A day after BTS‘s long-awaited album Proof, the South Korean boyband has achieved the best debut of a Korean song on Spotify with Yet To Come, which already accumulates more than seven million plays on the platform and whose video clip is about to reach one hundred million plays on Youtube.
All this happened just a week ago, when they released their first anthology album, which contained no more and no less than 48 songs, with the surprise that 45 of those songs are tracks belonging to other works. And after many rumors and worries for the ARMYS (the name given to BTS fans), today their fears have finally been confirmed: BTS is temporarily splitting up.
Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook have made clear the “temporarily” part because their intention is far from breaking up the group, rather they want to focus on some individual projects as they have been dropping in Proof. They will be back, that’s for sure, but for the moment we can only wait for the first of them to release a solo work.
In fact, this was something we could expect and has already happened in other K-Pop groups, and when the group is doing so well, it is natural that the members begin to experiment on their own and try to collaborate with other artists even if they do not want to separate from the group. This is, for example, the case of Jungkook, who although he has not yet released an entire work by himself, has already collaborated with Charlie Puth on the song Left and Right, of which Charlie Puth posted a preview on his official TikTok account. In the snippet, we can see the artists simulating a video call conversation, then asking Jungkook to sing a few verses to show fans how the song is finally turning out.
Of course, the youngest BTS member is not the only one who is already getting his solo projects underway. J-Hope has been confirmed as a headlining artist for the Lollapalooza festival, so expect a musical repertoire from the hitherto unknown artist. V, meanwhile, will participate in In The SOOP: Friendship Trip, a Korean program in which he will appear alongside other stars belonging to the world of Korean dramas. For the rest, Suga has assured that he wants to experiment with new rap styles, and it is believed that RM will follow the same path, while Jin has not made clear a fixed direction and seems to opt for a well-deserved break. Jimin, has taken this as a challenge to experiment with new styles of music and intends to come up with a more raw and mature style about himself. In other words, he wants to delve deeper into his life and persona to create a much more personal music.
BTS themselves have assured that, in addition to their new projects, they need time to rest and find their individual identity, something that is very important for artists.