BTS Military Enlistment - Big Hit Music Announced The First Member To Enlist
The most important question about which K-pop band is the most popular has been answered. The members of BTS military enlistment is coming, the South Korean military as the law requires, the band's label said on Monday.
This ends months of public debate about whether the group could get out of having to join the military. The band's decision was announced less than two days after it played its first show in months. This basically confirms the break that the members first talked about in the summer.
Fans of the K-pop sensations who were hoping that the band members would be given special consideration because of their contribution to the economy of South Korea and their international prestige were disappointed to learn that the artists will each be required to serve in the military for almost two years.
BTS has become a worldwide phenomenon since its debut in 2013. Their catchy songs and social campaigns aimed at empowering young people have contributed to this success.
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BTS Jin to enlist in military and other members to follow suit
Media reports say that Jin, who is the oldest member of the group, will be the first to start wearing a uniform soon after he turns 30 in December.
The band's management company, Big Hit Music, says that the other six members, who were born between 1993 and 1997, will do the same. The band is expected to get back together in about 2025.
Big Hit, a part of BTS's agency HYBE, said on Monday that the band's members were:
moving forward with plans to fulfill their military service as each individual embarks on solo endeavours, it’s the perfect time and the members of BTS are honoured to serve.
- Big Hit Music, HYBE
Group member Jin will initiate the process as soon as his schedule for his solo release is concluded at the end of October. Other members of the group plan to carry out their military service based on their own individual plans.
- Big Hit Music, HYBE
All able-bodied South Korean men under the age of 30 must serve in the military for between 18 and 21 months. This is to keep the country's defenses up in case North Korea, with whom it is still technically at war, attacks.
Some well-known South Koreans, like Olympic and Asian Games medalists and prize-winning classical musicians and dancers, have been given exemptions or been given the chance to do other kinds of public service.
They include Seong-jin Cho, who was the first Korean pianist to win the International Chopin Piano Competition, and Son Heung-min, who won a gold medal in football at the 2018 Asian Games while playing for Tottenham.
Some South Korean MPs had said they wanted an exemption, even though they were worried that it would lead to accusations of favoritism, especially from young men who have to serve.
Refusing to serve in the military in South Korea is a crime that can lead to jail time and social shame, as actor and singer Steve Yoo found out when he was deported and banned from entering the country for becoming a US citizen months before he was due to be drafted.
Millions of sad fans, who call themselves "the Army," took to social media to show their support, grief, and shock. The move is also likely to have bigger effects, like taking billions of dollars out of South Korea's economy that the band's fans put into it.
After the announcement, the stock price of Big Hit’s parent company, HYBE, fell 2.5 percent on Monday. Since June, when BTS talked about taking a break while the members worked on solo projects, the market value of the company has dropped by about half.
Jin told about a solo project at the BTS concert in Busan, South Korea, on Saturday. The concert was free and about 50,000 fans showed up. On Monday, the record label seemed to have a message for both fans and investors.
This month, Lee Ki-sik, who is in charge of the military manpower administration, told MPs that it would be "desirable" for members of the band to do their military duties to make sure that everyone is treated the same in the military service of the country.
The BTS military enlistment decision was made some months after BTS declared that they would be on hiatus as a group in order to focus on their individual endeavors. The group reunited to play a concert in support of Busan's bid to host the World Expo in 2030. The concert, which took place on Saturday and was free to attend, took place in Busan.
On their route to the top of the album sales charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom, this multi-award-winning boy group has amassed more than 30 million album sales around the world and received two Grammy nominations.