Korea Singers Association president asks BTS to ‘reconsider’ hiatus – Billboard

Korea Singers Association President Lee Ja Yeon 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 that they will be taking a long break. needed to focus. lonely projects.

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“I am overcome by my fear and concern that the ‘BTS Hallyu Wave’, a movement that holds the greatest cultural soft power the world has ever witnessed, will soon disappear,” the statement reads, according to the statement. Allkpop. “In the years leading up to the birth of this movement, it was believed that finding ‘Next Beatles’ would be a very difficult achievement, and now we’ve reached a point where it’s hard to wait for ‘Next BTS’. ‘ to emerge soon. Thus, there is great concern that Hallyu’s heartbeat will stop.

“The decision to publish this statement was not an easy one,” the statement continues. “Will you please reconsider the decision to go on a hiatus from the group, for the future of the South Korean music industry?”

Lee Ja Yeon concluded, “If BTS leaves, the missionaries from Hallyu and Korean culture, ARMYs, will also leave. South Korea’s tourism industry will suffer and it will be difficult to look forward to a future for South Korea as a cultural hub in Asia. The special laws assigned to the sports and music and classical arts industries for mandatory military service must be extended to popular culture as well. The need for attention and action in relation to this existing issue is pressing. The government and national assembly of South Korea must be mindful of this matter so that the Hallyu boom can continue to spread and BTS can continue to actively promote as a group. Please seek a review of existing military service laws.”

The statement came amid news on June 14 that BTS is going on an indefinite “hiatus” to allow 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 my reach until ‘On’ and ‘Dynamite’, but after ‘Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance’, I didn’t know what kind of group we were anymore.” He said that whenever he writes lyrics and music, the story and message he wants to spread is very important, “but it was like that was over now. I don’t know what kind of story I should tell now.”

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

Jungkook also said during a live stream on the South Korean app V LIVE that BTS will continue to be active as a group, including their current effort to film their web series. Run BTSby the representative.

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

See some reactions from ARMY below.

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