K-pop group BTS taking ‘extended break’

  • BTS recently announced that it will be taking the time off to “recharge and refresh as musicians and creators” since they debuted in 2013.
  • Fans have left messages of support for the group, which currently has over 21 million followers on Twitter.
  • The agency of BTS did not state when the group will make its comeback.
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The popular Korean group BTS had recently announced that its members will be taking an extended break from the music industry for “rest and relaxation.”

The band’s agency Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement over the weekend that the much needed time off since they debuted in 2013 was needed so that its members can “recharge and refresh as musicians and creators.”

“This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentlessly driven themselves towards their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators. This will also provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly,” the statement issued August 11 read.

“If you run into BTS at an unexpected place, we ask for the fans’ consideration to allow the members to enjoy their private time,” it added.

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“BTS will return refreshed and recharged to return all the love you have and continue to show them. Thank you.”

This announcement came after BTS performed at the Lotte Duty Free Family Concert in South Korea on Sunday.

The agency did not indicate when BTS will make its comeback.

Fans who call themselves part of the “BTS Army” expressed their messages of support for the band, which currently has over 21.3 million followers on Twitter.

BTS’ recent Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour, which launched in May, has grossed $99.3 million with a series of U.S. stadium double-headers, according to Billboard Boxscore.

The 2019 trek followed the release of the K-pop group’s Map of the Soul: Persona album, which topped the Billboard 200 in March.

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Photo from The Guardian (Ahn Young-joon/AP)

BTS – or Bangtan Sonyeondan, which translates as Bulletproof Boy Scouts –became the first K-pop group to top charts in the United States and Britain, playing a string of sold-out shows in Los Angeles, Paris and London over the past years.

Sources:
Billboard
The Guardian

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