In case you have not heard the information, BTS is occurring an indefinite ‘break’ from group actions.
Now this would possibly not imply that we can’t be seeing them anymore, the entire members have a bunch of solo actions lined up, together with J-Hope’s upcoming efficiency at Lollapalooza and Jungkook’s collab with Charlie Puth. However what this does imply is that they are going to be taking a break from all group actions for the foreseeable future and focusing primarily on solo work. Meaning no extra new BTS albums, no extra group promotions, no extra live performance excursions for a protracted, very long time.
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This information could seem sudden, but it surely sounds prefer it was a very long time coming for the boys. BTS’s chief RM defined that the rationale why they’re going on hiatus is as a result of he felt just like the group misplaced their sense of id and path within the latest years with releases like “Butter”, “Permission to Dance” and “Life Goes On”. He all the time thought that it was necessary to have a significant message behind the lyrics that they wrote, however with their latest songs he got here to the belief that that they had mentioned all that wanted to be mentioned as a bunch, however there was a lot left unsaid as people.
So somewhat than simply making music for the sake of constructing music, they’ve determined to deal with exploring their particular person voices to the fullest extent, and can solely reunite for the time being once they really feel like BTS has discovered their voice once more inside the overarching cultural narrative.
Now this. That is profound. Not many individuals would see themselves on the peak of their profession, and somewhat than milking that money cow for every part that it has, select to step out of the highlight to seek out true artistry once more.
And whereas I’m nonetheless a real ARMY all the way down to the bone, I am unable to assist however agree with the members’ reflection on their latest music. I’ll readily bop alongside after I hear that “Easy Like Butter” play on the radio identical to every other music-lover, however as somebody who has been a BTS fan since listening to their debut album again in 2013, I need to say that I observed the shift of their music.
Now do not get me mistaken – artists evolve and their music evolves together with them. And I’ve seen that evolution time and again in BTS’s music. Their 2020 launch “Black Swan”, is an evolution of their 2017 music “Spring Day”, which is an evolution of 2015’s “I Want You” and the 2014 unofficial launch of “Born Singer”. The musical model modified however the coronary heart behind every message stayed the identical.
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You’ll be able to say the identical factor about their 2020 music “ON”, which is a direct callback to their 2014 launch “N.O”, and a mirrored image of the opposite anthematic songs launched all through the years (“Dope”, “Fireplace”, “Not Right now”, the listing goes on).
However there’s a slight distinction between evolving your id and dropping it. I’ve mentioned it right here and I am going to say it once more: “Butter” is an objectively good music. However it is not actually… Bangtan. And if even the members really feel just like the music represents a second at which their music now not mirrored BTS as an entire, who’re we to disagree?
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Now’s this an enormous blow to Massive Hit Leisure and the k-pop business as an entire? Doubtlessly. However by no means underestimate the k-pop business’s capacity to bounce again. There’s loads of BTS content material on the market to maintain your ARMY coronary heart satiated, and if you’re solely a latest fan, then I like to recommend you try this text about BTS’s greatest b-side tracks, if you wish to dive into the complete discography of BangTan Sonyeondan, a.ok.a. Past The Scene, earlier than they grew to become the enigma that’s BTS.
I’ll depart you with this gif of BTS commemorating new beginnings on the day they made the large announcement.
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Cheers to you BTS! Collectively or aside, know that the ARMY can be behind you in every part you do <3