BTS members to start out Korean navy service : NPR

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The band BTS poses throughout the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in 2020.

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The band BTS poses throughout the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in 2020.

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All seven members of the globally mega-popular Okay-pop band BTS might be serving within the South Korean navy, the band’s label and administration firm, Massive Hit, introduced Monday.

Massive Hit, says that BTS plans to return again collectively as a bunch “round 2025,” in spite of everything seven members full their service.

“For the reason that creation of BTS over ten years in the past, the band has risen to worldwide success, damaged information, and catapulted Okay-Pop into the worldwide stratosphere,” Massive Hit’s assertion reads partly. “BIGHIT MUSIC has centered to the milestone second when it could be attainable to respect the wants of the nation and for these wholesome younger males to serve with their countrymen, and that is now.”

Massive Hit says that the primary BTS member to enter the navy would be the group’s oldest performer: Kim Seok-jin, who is called Jin. The 29-year-old plans to enlist as quickly as his solo undertaking is rolled out later this month.

Beneath South Korea’s conscription system, the nation requires all able-bodied males to serve at the very least 18 months within the armed forces by age 28, as a consequence of ongoing threats from North Korea. There are exemptions accessible for sure athletes and performing artists, particularly these working in classical and conventional music.

When Jin turned 28 in 2020, the federal government provided him a tw0-year delay in coming into the military in recognition of BTS’s efforts in “enhancing Korea’s worldwide picture.” He was one of many the primary Okay-pop stars to be provided such a reprieve.

In June, the band introduced through video that it was taking a break of then-unspecified size. The group’s rapper RM, also called Kim Nam-joon, stated in that video, “After 10 years of dwelling as BTS and dealing on all our schedules, it is bodily unattainable for me to mature anymore.”

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