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Another K-Pop Star Is in the Army Now

BTS' Suga begins his mandatory military service in South Korea

(Newser) - A third member of K-pop group BTS has begun his compulsory military service in South Korea. Following the enlistment of Jin, the group's eldest member, in December, a second member, J-Hope, followed suit in April. Now it's Suga's turn, the AP reports. "We would like to...

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BTS Is Headed to the Army Now

BTS Is Headed to the Army Now

K-pop stars to fulfill mandatory military service, likely won't reconvene till 2025, reps say

(Newser) - BTS fans knew it was only a matter of time, though they'd crossed their fingers for some kind of last-minute dispensation. On Monday, reps from BigHit Music officially announced that all seven members of the South Korean supergroup have agreed to fulfill their mandatory military service, putting an end...

BTS Is Taking a Break. There's More Than Music at Stake

K-pop group's break, which it says is temporary, spurs debate in Korea on conscription, activism

(Newser) - The surprise announcement by BTS last week that they were taking a break to focus on members' solo projects stunned their global fan base, shaking their label's stock price and leaving many questions about the K-pop supergroup's future. HYBE, the company behind the band, denied the group was...

K-Pop Superstars Test Positive For COVID

BTS heartthrobs RM, Jin, and Suga were all vaccinated

(Newser) - Three members of the K-pop superstar group BTS have been infected with the coronavirus after returning from abroad, their management agency said. RM and Jin were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday evening, the Big Hit Music agency said in a statement, per the AP . It earlier said another member, Suga,...

BTS Wins Big at AMAs: 'This Whole Thing Is a Miracle'

Big night for South Korean boy band at American Music Awards, including first artist of the year win

(Newser) - South Korean superstars BTS were crowned artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, brushing aside challenges from Taylor Swift, Drake, and The Weeknd as they took home a total of three awards, teamed up with Coldplay for a raucous " My Universe," and closed the...

K-Pop Stars Address UN General Assembly

BTS members spoke at sustainability event

(Newser) - It was a United Nations speech that got attention like few others—a plug for vaccines, young people, and the earth's well-being from superstar K-pop band BTS. Addressing the stage for a sustainability event, the seven-member musical juggernaut appeared before the renowned green-marbled backdrop in the General Assembly hall...

That Cloud Hanging Over BTS? South Korea Just Removed It

With law change, member can delay military service for 2 more years

(Newser) - Friday marks Kim Seok-jin's 28th birthday. It could've also marked the splintering of K-pop sensation BTS, of which Kim (stage name Jin) is the oldest member, since able-bodied men in South Korea must submit to military service by age 28. But no matter—South Korea has changed its...

Some Fans Don't Like 'History of Pain' Comment by BTS

Chinese fans whose troops fought against South Korea and US see a lack of respect

(Newser) - When BTS received an award last week recognizing the ties between the US and South Korea, its leader acknowledged the nations' joint sacrifices 70 years ago during the Korean War. "We will always remember the history of pain that our two nations shared together and the sacrifices of countless...

As Investors Scoop Up Shares, One Thing Looms Over BTS

K-pop group's star is rising—but military service awaits

(Newser) - Ordinary investors got a shot at shares in the management agency of K-pop sensation BTS on Monday and Tuesday. And they didn't hold back, requesting 58.4 trillion won worth—the equivalent of $50.2 billion. As AFP reports, that's 607 times more than the value of the...

This Boy Band Is About to Get Very Rich

IPO will make members of K-pop group BTS multi-millionaires

(Newser) - All seven members of K-pop sensation BTS are about to become multi-millionaires. The band's label, Big Hit Entertainment, plans to go public on Oct. 15 with a market valuation of $4.1 billion—making this South Korea's largest IPO in three years, per the Hollywood Reporter . The BBC...

This New Music Video Is Smashing YouTube Records

K-pop sensation BTS is racking up millions of views per hour for 'Dynamite'

(Newser) - The South Korean K-pop group BTS has dropped its first all-English song and video on YouTube, with record-breaking results. The minute "Dynamite" debuted, somewhere between 3 million and 4 million viewers were watching it concurrently, which could wind up being double the previous record, reports Forbes . The old mark...

K-Pop Band's Fans Respond in Big Way to $1M BLM Donation

BTS fans match boy band's Black Lives Matter donation

(Newser) - K-Pop superstars BTS announced a $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter on Saturday—and it didn't take long for the boy band's devoted fans to match it. The "ARMY" fan collective, which spread the word under the #MatchAMillion hashtag, said its campaign had raised $1 million...

Celeb Most Tweeted About in US Isn't American

K-Pop band BTS nabs most mentions in 2018

(Newser) - Twitter data once again shows that South Korean boy band BTS is indeed a "global phenomenon," per Billboard . Year-end stats released by the site identify the K-Pop group as the most tweeted about celeb in the US for a second year in a row. One individual member also...

K-Pop Band Member Accused of Wearing Controversial T-Shirt

BTS' Jimin allegedly wore shirt celebrating mushroom cloud over Japanese city in WWII

(Newser) - A popular South Korean boy band was set to appear on one of Japan's biggest TV stations this week, but that appearance has been canceled due to a clothing choice one of its members may have made. Per the Guardian and CNN , K-pop group BTS was scheduled to be...

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