The seven members – Jin, Suga, RM, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, dropped the news about the band taking an indefinite break during their ‘Festa’ dinner where the group got together to celebrate their nine year anniversary as BTS.
In a one-hour-long video, the band members opened up about the struggle to develop and mature as individual artists within the K-pop genre.
However, Hybe, the South Korean entertainment company behind BTS, released a statement hours after the group’s announcement and said the band will still be working on projects as a group, as well as individually. “BTS are not taking a hiatus. Members will be focusing more on solo projects at this time,” the statement said.
Meanwhile on Thursday, BTS’ youngest member, Jungkook, did a live session for over an hour where he addressed the wildfire and assured the fans that the group was not disbanding. The singer further said that BTS was going to continue working on ‘Run BTS’, their reality show and other projects.
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The K-pop band is credited with generating billions of dollars for the South Korean economy, so needless to say, the news sent shockwaves in the market as the shares of Hybe, the label that manages BTS, tumbled down about 27 per cent.
Bloomberg News, the stock – down nearly 60 per cent so far in 2022, was headed for its lowest close on record since its trading debut in October 2020, wiping $1.6 billion off its market value.
The announcement by BTS came days after the band released a three-disc anthology album ‘Proof’.
By the end of the dinner, several of the members of the group grew tearful as they voiced gratitude for ARMY, their fans known online.
The band’s leader, RM, 27, said that after the Grammy-nominated BTS’ last few singles, he “didn’t know what kind of group they were anymore.” The group further said that they were exhausted.