The chief producer behind BTS says K-pop is in crisis as global sales slow or decline — and BTS' taking a break is a big factor. But the industry is trying to pick itself back up.
Six other younger BTS members are to join the military in coming years one after another, meaning that the world's biggest boy band must take a hiatus, likely for a few years.
The K-pop superstar and BTS member performs a set of solo material in front of a very impressive replica of the Tiny Desk.
In June, the mega-popular K-pop group had already announced a hiatus. On Monday, the band's label and management company announced that all seven BTS members will be enlisting in the military.
The boy band announced their break during a dinner filmed for social media. The group officially debuted in 2013.
K-Pop stars BTS met with President Biden Tuesday to talk about inclusion and representation. There's been an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.
The appearance of the popular boy band from South Korea is one of many unexpected moments at the U.N. General Assembly — everything from a U.N. TikTok to a groundbreaking food summit.
BTS isn't just one of the most popular bands in the world. It's also bringing billions of dollars to the South Korean economy.
The meal includes Chicken McNuggets, a medium order of french fries, a medium Coke and two new sauces inspired by McDonald's South Korea.