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All of BTS Solo Projects and Plans, So Far: Complete List

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It all occurred so quick. Off the back of their anthology album’s launch, BTS shared a prerecorded dinner with the followers. Amidst a delicious-looking show of shrimp and meat and side dishes, the boys introduced that they had been taking a break from making music as a bunch to pursue solo tasks. Looking back, the announcement wasn’t stunning — BTS spent the final decade living and making music collectively, so a break to seek out their very own personal sounds and tales was maybe overdue. Not to say the truth that BTS should should take part in South Korea’s mandatory military service by the point they flip 30, which might hold the band aside for the foreseeable future (Jin, who turns the massive 3-0 in December, can be the primary member to enlist). But within the rapid aftermath of the announcement, the information of BTS’s break elicited a sort of hysteria: Hybe’s stocks tanked (this could be BTS’s administration company), many observers speculated that the “hiatus” would appear like One Direction’s (specifically, BTS would by no means return as a bunch), and followers started to plan for his or her lives with out fixed updates from the Tannies (some resolved to work on themselves).

That being mentioned, nobody might have anticipated that BTS would begin their solo careers instantly. Straight out the gate from their emotional dinner that teased a plethora of particular person tasks, Jungkook launched a collaboration with Charlie Puth, whereas J-Hope introduced a full studio album. V, ever the tastemaker, set off to Paris to attend Celine’s summer 2023 menswear show. Art connoisseur RM did a little bit backpacking journey to Europe for Art Basel as the remainder of the members stayed in Korea. Mind you, I’m scripting this simply three weeks into their so-called break, introduced June 14, the identical week that they introduced an October reunion live performance to help Busan’s bid for the 2030 World Expo (they’re additionally vlogging, apparently). So far, a BTS break to pursue solo tasks hasn’t meant a curbing of actions. Instead, it’s multiplied all of their actions by seven, making it almost inconceivable to maintain monitor of all of it. But let’s attempt to anyway — right here’s a useful little record of their group and solo actions, which I’ll be updating typically:

BTS is back! Through archival footage and interviews, anyway. As half of a deal between Hybe and Disney, BTS will launch a 4K live performance movie, BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage — LA, tied to their November 2021 present in Los Angeles. There’s no launch date set, however Suga says in a July 11 announcement video that the project “will be available soon.” Meanwhile, the group can also be getting an unique docuseries. According to Disney, BTS Monument: Beyond the Star will embrace “a vast library of music and footage over the past nine years,” in addition to “the daily lives, thoughts, and plans of BTS members, as they prepare for their second chapter.” The docuseries is scheduled to start out streaming someday in 2023.

J-Hope is the primary member to launch a studio album. Titled Jack within the Box, the album seems to play with the parable of Pandora’s field, the place the one factor left was the best evil of all — hope. The visible teasers counsel that Hobi is leaning into the dark with this new file, taking part in round with new sounds and uncooked themes. Prerelease single “More” rattles with concepts about his occupation consuming him. His job is each a salve and an habit, the place nothing however music (and mastering the craft) can sate his thirst. He slides over a hip-hop rock-inflected hook that’s simply so cool. And sizzling of him … Anyway, he’ll be headlining Lollapalooza — heretofore often called Hobipalooza — on July 31 after the album’s July 15 launch.

The youngest was the primary to launch a monitor within the post-BTS-break world. Featuring on Charlie Puth’s summer time earworm “Left and Right,” Jungkook sings about how he can’t get a obscure lover out of his head as a result of they “did things to me that I just can’t forget.” The music is cute and very enjoyable to drive to. The music video is the second to depict Jungkook each getting hit by a automobile and perhaps having a gay lover. He is at present engaged on his debut album.

In June, Kim Tae-hyung set off to Paris to take a seat entrance row at Celine’s summer time 2023 menswear present. He attended the present together with his actor friend Park Bo-gum and Blackpink’s Lisa. He seemed excellent in his double leather-and-sequined look (I’ve many phrases, however they’re too shameful to print). In different information, he might be on a Disney+ display close to you together with his actuality present In the Soop: Friendcation. Starring Tae-hyung, Choi Woo-shik (Parasite), Park Seo-joon (Itaewon Class), Park Hyung-sik (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon), and musician Peakboy, the sequence will comply with their four-day trip to a seaside city. If you’re in any respect conversant in Korean trip selection exhibits, then you definately’ll know that these quiet, drama-free sequence about sizzling mates getting collectively to make one another breakfast is a balm on your chapped brain. If you desire a head-empty summer time full of 5 engaging males chilling out, that is for you. The present premieres on July 22. As for music, Tae’s been teasing his solo stuff for some time, however has admittedly deleted all the things that doesn’t make the reduce.

If there’s one factor that you must find out about BTS’s chief, most important songwriter, and nature extraordinaire, it’s that he has a factor for tremendous artwork. Outside of being a pop-music big, he’s additionally an art-world influencer whose private collection boasts some of the most exciting art from each Korean and worldwide artists. As a former art-world individual myself, I can perceive his fascination with the timelessness of work and sculptures. He took this concept and ran on an episode of the Art Basel podcast, the place he expresses his need to seek out one thing lasting in his personal career and reveals his plan to open his personal museum. There’s no phrase but on new music.

In an interview with Weverse Magazine, Jimin says he’s engaged on a “raw” and “explicit” solo album. “I just think I can show something a little more raw about me. That might include a more mature side, too, but what I’m really interested in is showing something closer to my real, personal rawness directly in a format like music or music videos,” he says. “I want to be better and cooler.” Meanwhile, he’s been taking conferences with producers and spending time recording both at his company or the CEO Bang Si-hyuk’s place, in line with the video of their fateful dinner.

Aside from the discharge of his OST for his or her new online game BTS in the Seom, Suga doesn’t seem to have music popping out anytime quickly — not less than, that’s the official line. Eagle-eyed followers observed his Apple Music profile combining his music below one profile (he at present has the profiles Suga and Agust D, the latter being the alias he makes use of to launch mixtapes). Apple has since uncombined the profiles, however followers assume one thing is afoot.

As for Jin? He’s been sizzling and unbothered on a trip to Jeju Island. The eldest shared a topless image on Instagram to indicate followers his BTS friendship tattoo — they’ve largely all gotten them thus far — but it surely was actually a thirst lure, for my part. Ain’t no one taking a look at that tattoo!

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