BTS Army's cheers reached a crescendo on Sept. 25 as the chart-topping K-pop sensations confirmed their contract renewal with Big Hit Music, reassuring their fervent fanbase that even South Korea’s obligatory military enlistments can’t keep the group apart.
"Big Hit Music will take into consideration the military service status of some of the members and plans to sign with each BTS member sequentially," states their press release. "The members who are currently serving in the military will have completed their military duty by the start of the renewed exclusive contract period in 2025."
Under South Korean law, all able-bodied men must complete 18-21 months of military service upon reaching the age of 28. However, BTS' members were granted a postponement until age 30 due to their significant cultural contributions. Following the release of their extensive anthology album last year, BTS announced a temporary break for the members to focus on individual solo activities and their respective military obligations. Jin was the first to enlist in December 2022, followed by J-Hope.
Suga, who recently completed his solo tour this year, took to the fan community WeVerse last Friday to announce his upcoming military enlistment as a social service agent, stating, "I was able to come this far thanks to you. And the time has come. I will faithfully complete my duty and come back."
In honor of the contract renewal and as a thank you to ARMY, Big Hit Music has donated 1 billion KRW (about $700,000 USD) to the Korean Committee for UNICEF as part of the "LOVE MYSELF" campaign, which began in 2017.
As BTS says, the best is "Yet to Come." While 2025 is still a bit away, for now, ARMY has plenty of fiery solo tracks to stream seven days a week. V released his debut studio album "Layover" earlier this month, and Jungkook, who captivated the crowd at the Global Citizen Festival in New York over the weekend, announced a new single, "3D," featuring Jack Harlow, set to drop later this week.
Published on September 25, 2023
Words by Daniel Anderson
Daniel Anderson is a disabled Chinese American adoptee based in Seattle. His freelance writing specialties include K-pop, entertainment, and food. He believes that any restaurant can be a buffet, and the key to success is to take a nap each day. Follow his adventures on Instagram @danzstan.