South Korean influential K-pop group BTS goes on "break"

The news had a bombshell on social media. Calling themselves “exhausted”, the K-pop group BTS announced on Tuesday a “break” for each of the seven young men in the component to focus on their own journey, after the lightning career of this boys band.

This sudden announcement was made at a dinner broadcast on the Internet to mark the ninth anniversary of the group of seven artists in their twenties. In a very relaxed and casual style, the seven in jeans and T-shirts converse around a beautiful wooden table, with bottles of wine and beer.

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One of them, RM, 27, explains with tears in his eyes and a sore throat that after several Grammy Award nominations – the awards of the American music industry – they “no longer know which band they form” exactly , adding that some members are “exhausted”.

“I always thought that BTS was different from other bands (…) but the problem with K-pop and the whole ‘star system’ is that we don’t have time to mature,” continues the young man to millions of fans and the global music industry.

BTS “seeks (its) identity”

BTS is seen as a pump to generate billions of dollars in benefits for South Korea’s economy, and in 2021 recorded record sales of more than $ 1 billion, thanks to online content and album sales.

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But according to RM, the band “has to constantly produce music and do something.” “In ten years, I’ve changed and I need to think and have time for myself,” breathes the artist. .

One of its partners, Suga, announced that BTS “will now take a break”. Another, Jimin, 26, added that the septuor “was slowly trying to understand” what was happening to them and “to think about the memory that everyone wanted to leave to their fans.” Jimin, who spoke like his Korean comrades and whose words were subtitled in English on the video, also acknowledges that BTS “is going through a difficult time, (seeking) (his) identity, a long and exhausting ”.

At the end of the dinner, the “icons of 21st century pop” according to their Big Hit label – authors of the tubes Dynamite et Butter – crush a few tears and express their gratitude to their fans, grouped under the “army” banner.

A global influence

BTS, who released an anthology album on Monday (Proof), had already announced “breaks” in 2019 and 2021. But this time, the group “needs change” and wants to “start a new chapter,” hammers J-Hope, another member of the septuor.

South Korean artists in dark ties and white shirts were invited by President Biden to the White House on May 31 to denounce racism against Asians in the United States. The US presidency said it saw BTS as “youth ambassadors spreading a message of hope and optimism” around the world.

The group had twice been invited to address the UN in 2018 and 2021 about climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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