After a light-speed rise to the top of the music industry, since their launch in 2013, Korean icons BTS have announced an “official and extended period of rest and relaxation”.
The group’s managing company, Big Hit Entertainment, announced via Twitter that the group would be taking this vacation after their August 11 Lotte Duty Free Family Concert.
This will be the group’s first official break in their six-year run, with their management describing the group as “relentless” in their efforts to achieve their goals following their debut in 2013.
[공지] 방탄소년단 공식 장기 휴가 알림 (+ENG) pic.twitter.com/fV4Aw5UNY4
— BigHit Entertainment (@BigHitEnt) August 11, 2019
Big Hit Entertainment has not disclosed how long the break will be, and their wording in the announcement provides no clear picture. As well as calling the break ‘extended’, their management also said;
“This [break] will also provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly.”
The announcement also asked fans to “show consideration for their need to rest and enjoy their private time off”, should they encounter a member of the group.
The group, comprised of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook, have quickly grown to be K-Pop’s biggest export; iHeartRadio reports that they’re the all-time best-sellers in South Korea, with 14 million albums sold. Their 2019 album Map of the Soul: Persona, is currently the best-selling album in the country’s history.
The group also became the first, and so far only, Korean act to hit the top of the US Billboard 200 album charts with Love Yourself: Tear, and then became the first group since The Beatles and the Monkees to have three number-one albums within a year with Love Yourself: Answer and Map of the Soul: Persona.
Need some BTS to calm you down after hearing the news? You can catch them any time on their iHeartRadio artist station.