Korea Singers Association president urges BTS to reconsider hiatus – Billboard

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Korea Singers Association president Lee Ja Yeon reportedly released a statement to BTS and HYBE labels on Wednesday (June 22), urging the group to reconsider their hiatus, just weeks after the septet announced they that they will be taking a much-needed break to focus on solo projects.

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“I am overcome by my fear and concern that the ‘BTS Hallyu Wave’, a movement with the greatest cultural soft power the world has ever seen, will soon disappear,” the statement said Allkpop. “In the years leading up to the birth of this movement, it was believed that finding the ‘Next Beatles’ would be very difficult, and now we’re at a point where it’s difficult to hope for the ‘Next BTS’ ‘ appear in the foreseeable future. Therefore, there is great concern that Hallyu’s heartbeat may run dry.

“The decision to release this statement was not an easy one,” the statement continued. “Please, will you reconsider the decision to take a group break for the future of the South Korean music industry?”

Lee Ja Yeon concluded: “When BTS disappears, the Hallyu and Korean culture missionaries, ARMYs, also disappear. South Korea’s tourism industry will suffer, and it will be difficult to hope for South Korea’s future as a cultural center in Asia. The special conscription laws allocated to sport and the classical music and arts industries must also be extended to popular culture. The need for attention and action on this existing problem is urgent. The South Korean government and National Assembly must heed this matter in order for the Hallyu boom to continue to spread and for BTS to continue to actively promote as a group. Please pursue a revision of existing military service laws.”

The statement came amid news on June 14 that BTS is taking an indefinite “hiatus” to give each member time to focus on solo endeavors. “We have to accept that we’ve changed,” RM said in the lengthy announcement video. “For me, it was like the group BTS was within reach until ‘On’ and ‘Dynamite,’ but after ‘Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance,’ I didn’t really know what kind of group we were.” He said , whenever he writes lyrics and songs, the story and message he wants to spread is very important, “but it was like that was gone now. I don’t know what story to tell now.”

A spokesperson for the group clarified BTS’ description of the disruption in a statement to Billboard: “To be clear, they are not on hiatus but will be making time to explore some solo projects at this time and remain active in various different formats.”

Jungkook also said during a livestream on South Korean app V LIVE that BTS will continue to be active as a group, including their current efforts to film their web series Run BTSper the rep.

Following Lee Ja Yeon’s statement, BTS’s loyal fan base, ARMY, took to Twitter to share their thoughts and slammed the Korea Singers Association for disregarding artists’ wishes for financial and status gains.

See some ARMY reactions below.

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