All members of Ok-pop supergroup BTS will go to the navy to meet necessary service, beginning with the oldest member Jin, the band’s company stated Monday.
“Jin will revoke his request to delay his conscription on the finish of this month and can comply with conscription procedures required by the Army Manpower Administration,” Massive Hit Music stated in a public discover to the native bourse. “Different members will fulfill their navy obligation in flip in accordance with their particular person plans.”
Jin, born in 1992, had his conscription delayed until the tip of this 12 months beneath the Army Service Act revised in 2020.
In South Korea, all able-bodied males are required to serve within the navy for about two years. However the present regulation permits world award-winning athletes and classical musicians advisable by the minister of tradition, sports activities and tourism to do various companies of their respective fields as a substitute of serving in lively navy obligation.
Payments that would come with globally acknowledged male popular culture artists, like BTS, in this system are nonetheless pending on the Nationwide Meeting amid a lingering debate over whether or not the Ok-pop big ought to get exemptions in recognition of its contribution to bettering the nation’s model picture.
With Monday’s determination, the septet will pause working collectively as a gaggle in the interim.
Jin is predicted to enter the navy a while after dropping his solo track, as he introduced throughout a live performance within the southeastern port metropolis of Busan on Saturday that he would be the second BTS member to make a solo debut, following J-Hope.
However Jin can go inside this 12 months on the earliest if he revokes the postponement this month and if there are few folks ready to go to the navy, in accordance with officers on the Army Manpower Administration.
“Now we have to date mentioned with the artists about their plans to hold out the navy obligation,” Massive Hit Music stated. “Now we have thought so much in regards to the timing of saying the choice and judged that now, when the live performance to advertise Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo is over, is the very best time,” it added.
The company then expressed hope BTS will be reunited as a full group by 2025, asking for the folks’s beneficiant understanding of the issue in pinpointing the precise time-frame.
BTS debuted with the one “2 Cool 4 Skool” in June 2013 and has risen to world fame. It has change into the primary Ok-pop act to prime the U.S. Billboard’s Scorching 100 predominant singles chart and Billboard 200 predominant albums chart, and now has six songs and albums that hit the highest of the charts, respectively.
“BTS will concentrate on solo tasks for some time in accordance with the members’ particular person plans for fulfilling the navy service,” the company stated.