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BTS, K-pop’s biggest group and one of the world’s hottest contemporary music groups, will be forced on hiatus until 2024 and much of 2025 after it was confirmed Wednesday that four members of the group – RM, Jimin, V and Jung Kook – would do so. imminently enlist in the Korean army.
The four follow Jin, who enlisted in December last year, J-Hope (April) and Suga, who have already started their mandatory military service.
The news was announced by Big Hit Music via social media. “We would like to inform our fans that RM, Jimin, V and Jung Kook have started the military enlistment process. The artists are preparing to perform their military service. We will notify you of further updates in due time. We will inform you ask for your continued love and support for RM, Jimin, V and Jung Kook until they complete their military service and return safely. Our company will spare no effort to support our artists. Thank you.”
All able-bodied men must serve in the military for 18 to 21 months. Local media in Korea reported that the four men were allowed to defer their military service until the end of the year, when they turn 30, under a conscription law revised in 2020, but have chosen to expedite the process and will likely be called later this year. or early 2024. The group hopes to be reunited in 2025.
Since Jin’s move almost a year ago, the group has already experienced a hiatus and the group members have expanded their solo careers. All seven members of the globe-trotting group entered the Billboard charts alone.
However, the seven-member group recently renewed their contracts with Big Hit Music in anticipation of a resumption of the group’s activity after the forced hiatus. “BigHit Music will take into consideration the military service status of certain members and plans to sign each BTS member sequentially,” a statement read. “Members currently serving in the military will have completed their military service by the start of the renewed exclusive contract period in 2025,” parent company Hybe Corp. said. in September.