The future of BTS! Are you curious? Let us read about their success, struggles, and upcoming military service here at SeoulBox.
“We are not exceptional people.” These words belong to no one else than BTS member Suga while talking to Billboard (https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/9618967/bts-billboard-cover-story-2021-interview).
From his words alone it becomes crystal clear that a lot is expected from each member of the currently most successful Kpop group worldwide. Member V chimes into the conversation.
“The pressure has been overwhelming”, the 25-year-old says. BTS has never bragged about their success, even when they expanded from being stars in South Korea to becoming worldwide-known superstars and ambassadors for their culture.
“We’re constantly thinking about Karma”, the leader of the group RM says. And that’s what makes BTS so lovable to many fans of the Kpop group, they never became inapproachable during all these years of their career.
(Credits BigHit Entertainment)
What is the success story behind BTS?
BTS has come a long way. From the very beginning, starting with debuting in 2013 with “No More Dream” and the linked EP “Too Cool 4 Skool” to handing out free tickets for their show at West Hollywood’s Troubadour to perform for a crowd of 200 people.
Their international success and powerful fandom, who named itself Army, standing like soldiers behind the Kpop group, became visible at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.
The US fans had voted for BTS to such extends that they were able to break Justin Biebers & year-long streak of holding the title of the “Top social artist”.
From 2018 on they were selling out stadiums all around the world, from Wembley Stadium London to Citi Field in New York, being the first Korean pop group to perform in a US stadium ever.
After landing five number-one albums on the Billboard 200 since 2018, they recently dominated the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks, making it the longest leading hit of 2021.
Their success over the years contributed greatly to the character development of the members of BTS. J-hope, the group’s lead dancer says “We are more prudent” and Jimin adds that he has become calmer with time.
“There are more things to consider in my head”, the 25-year-old says.
(Credits BigHit Entertainment)
When will BTS enlist for Military Services?
There are more difficult times ahead of the group of singers who have become close friends over the past 8 years.
In South Korea it is compulsory to fulfill at least 18 months of military service, starting at the latest of being 28 years old.
Due to BTS’s significance as cultural ambassadors this limit was already exceeded to the age of 30. But Jin, the vocalist and oldest member of the group is turning 30 at the end of 2022, which is going to lead BTS to miss at least .
The group had performed life concerts with one member missing previously, in 2020 while Suga was recovering due to shoulder pain and surgery in November of the same year.
While the 28-year-old wasn’t present in life events like the MAMA Awards in 2020, he could still participate as a singer and songwriter for the group.
Being enlisted in the military is going to make Jin unavailable for BTS, leading some stock analysts in South Korea to the prediction that BTS will go into group hiatus for at least 18 months with the possibility of all members enlisting at the same time, to be more efficient one member service, starting at the latest of being 28 years old.
The group had performed life concerts with one member missing previously, in 2020 while Suga was recovering due to shoulder pain and surgery in November of the same year. While the 28-year-old wasn’t present in life events like the MAMA Awards in 2020, he could still participate as a singer and songwriter for the group.
BTS has overcome so many obstacles in the past like 28.5 workdays a month or performing to empty stadiums or not at all due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are sure that this hard time will have a positive outcome as well. Stay tuned for more information about the future of BTS.
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Author - Kris.