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BTS Commits to Continue Creating Music Together with Big Hit Music

(L-R) Jimin, Jungkook, RM, J-Hope, V, Jin, and SUGA of the K-pop boy band BTS visit the "Today" Show at Rockefeller Plaza on February 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo courtesy Forbs)
(L-R) Jimin, Jungkook, RM, J-Hope, V, Jin, and SUGA of the K-pop boy band BTS visit the “Today” Show at Rockefeller Plaza on February 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo courtesy Forbs)

In an exciting announcement, the world-famous K-pop sensation BTS has officially renewed their exclusive contract with Big Hit Music. This decision means that all seven members of the group are committed to making music together as a full unit, even after completing their mandatory military duties.

The news was shared through a press release from Hybe, the powerhouse behind BTS and Big Hit Music. This marks the second time the group has renewed their contract with the agency, the first being in October 2018. BTS originally debuted under Big Hit Music’s banner back in 2013.

As many fans know, BTS has been on a group hiatus since their ninth anniversary last June due to South Korea’s mandatory military service. During this time, several members have been making waves in their solo careers. Notably, Jin and J-Hope are currently fulfilling their military duties.

With the renewal of their exclusive contract, BTS is set to stay united as a full group until 2025, when all members are expected to have completed their military service. This is fantastic news for the BTS Army, as they can look forward to more incredible music and performances from their beloved group.

Hybe expressed their enthusiasm for the renewal, stating, “With the contract renewal, we will be able to support BTS for its group activities, (which we aim to) resume in 2025. Hybe and Big Hit Music will do all they can to support BTS.” This commitment from the agency is sure to delight fans around the world.

In a heartwarming gesture, the agency has also decided to donate a substantial amount of 1 billion won (approximately $746,658) to the Korean Committee for UNICEF. This generous donation serves as a token of gratitude towards BTS and their devoted fandom, known as the Army. It’s a touching reminder of the positive impact BTS has had on the world, not only through their music but also through their philanthropy.

Billboard’s Hot 100 features BTS’ V at No. 51

BTS Band member ‘V’ (Photo courtesy The korea herald)

In other exciting news, BTS member V has been making waves with his first solo album, “Layover.” The album’s title track, “Slow Dancing,” has earned an impressive spot at No. 51 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart dated Sept. 23. This achievement marks V’s third appearance on the chart, following his single “Christmas Tree” and “Love Me Again.”

“Layover” has not only charmed listeners but also found its place on the Billboard 200 chart, debuting at an impressive No. 2. Billboard reports that within the first week of its release, the album saw impressive sales figures, with 100,000 copies sold in the United States. This includes 88,000 physical CDs, 9,000 streaming equivalent albums, and 3,000 track equivalent albums.

V now joins his fellow BTS members Suga and Jimin as the first K-pop soloists to make it onto the prestigious Billboard 200 chart. This is an exceptional accomplishment and a testament to V’s talent and the global appeal of K-pop music.

The success of “Layover” doesn’t stop there. The title track “Slow Dancing” also made its mark on various other Billboard charts, including No. 2 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales, No. 3 on Billboard’s Global (Excl. US), and No. 4 on Billboard’s Global 200. These impressive rankings illustrate the widespread popularity of V’s solo work.

Meanwhile, another BTS member, Jungkook, continues to dominate the charts with his solo single “Seven (feat. Latto),” which has held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Global (Excl. US) chart for an impressive nine consecutive weeks. This achievement solidifies Jungkook’s place as a record-breaking K-pop artist.

With the renewal of their exclusive contract with Big Hit Music, fans can eagerly anticipate the group’s return in 2025, following their military service commitments. Additionally, V’s solo success on the Billboard charts is a testament to the talent and global impact of BTS and K-pop as a whole..

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