K-pop supergroup BTS announces a hiatus from pursuing individual projects

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Korean boy group BTS celebrated their ninth anniversary with a shocking announcement: the group is on hiatus.

RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook broke the news during “Festa,” the anniversary event that is broadcast live. The K-pop sensations said they decided to take this time to pursue individual projects and “learn to be one again.”

The band thanked their fans, urging them to think of this as a necessary step for the band: “I hope you don’t see this as a negative, and that you see it as a healthy plan,” J-Hope said. “I think BTS will get stronger this way.”

Along with discussing their future solo projects – things already in the works for J-Hope, Suga, and Jungkook – they reflected on their many accomplishments.

The brand genius of K-pop BTS

Since BTS came onto the scene in 2013, they’ve been a force. Calling the group a success would be an understatement: in 2019, BTS was the first group since the Beatles to have three #1 songs in one year. Top 200 sites on Billboard. They sold Wembley Stadium in London, which seats 90,000 people in 90 minutes. Three years ago, ticket sales for their tour crashed on Ticketmaster, with an average price of $452. BTS don’t just have fans, they have an army – and that’s by chance The fans said they call themselves.

The news of the break is clearly devastating to their followers, especially those who remember some of the popular boy band’s hiatus. One Direction was famously discontinued indefinitely in January 2016 and has yet to be consolidated. NSYNC has technically been on a hiatus since 2002, and the band members are fun. They said they haven’t broken up in seven years, but they haven’t released new music since.

But there is hope: Just take a look at the big comeback of the Big Time Rush, the Jonas Brothers’ latest world tour, Fall Out Boy returns and more.

The band’s future is still unknown, but Suga made one thing clear: “It’s not like we’re breaking up!”

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