RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook will begin their military duties "soon," according to the boy band's agency BigHit Music on Nov. 22, 2023.
"RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook are getting prepared to begin their duties," the agency said. "We will inform you with any follow-up information as soon as it's decided."
Jin started his military service in December 2022 and J-Hope started his service in April 2023, while SUGA is serving as a social service agent from September 2023.
BTS is a seven-member boy band that debuted in June 2013 under HYBE, then Big Hit Entertainment, and is recognized as the biggest success for a K-pop band. Many words are used to describe the band, among which is "reimported," depicting how the band received acclaim from overseas music markets that ironically led to popularity in the domestic scene. The band made its debut with "2 Cool 4 Skool," a powerful hip-hop concept single album that was common among K-pop boy bands. It wasn't until 2015, when it turned to a more emotional side of its music with the two-part "The Most Beautiful Moment in Life" album series, that the band started gaining recognition in the music market. The band's humongous success trickles back to "The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2," which landed No. 171 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time in 2015. Since then, the band has been writing many firsts in Korean history — the first K-pop band to be nominated by the Grammys, the first K-pop band to speak at the UN General Assembly, the first K-pop act to win at the Billboard Music Awards and the American Music Awards, the most-streamed K-pop band on Spotify and so on. The oldest member Jin started his mandatory military service of 18 months on Dec. 13, 2022.
Why is BTS so popular?
Many factors have been credited for BTS's success, but the three key points are sincerity, fan engagement and ARMY. BTS started out as a small band in June 2013 and has been through the "harsh" realities of a lesser-known K-pop band. The seven members, however, showed their passion and sincere willingness to make it to the top in interviews and appearances on TV programs.
The band also kept a very intimate relationship with their fans through social media from very early on, making them feel rewarded for their hard work to push their stars higher up on the charts. Last but not least, the band's famed fandom ARMY's dedication also cannot be forgotten. ARMY was comprised of overseas fans who were very active in promoting BTS to a wider range of audiences worldwide, which was again helped by the increasing number of people using smartphones and social media. (2022.09.09)
Why is BTS called BTS?
BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan in Korean, which means "Bulletproof boy scouts" in English. The band was named by Bang Si-hyuk, the producer of the group and the current chief executive of HYBE, to mean "to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets." (2022.09.09)
How much is BTS net worth?
According to a 2020 Forbes report, BTS's net worth comes to $50 million, adding up profit from performances, royalties and advertisements. A study by the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute this year said that a concert held in Korea would be worth around 619.7 billion won to 1.2 trillion won for each event they hold this year. (2022.09.09)