BTS extends contract with HYBE, set to reunite in 2025 after military service
Renowned K-pop sensation, BTS, has once again renewed their contracts with their management agency, HYBE. The news comes with a heartwarming gesture from BigHit Music, which donated 1 billion won ($750,000) in the name of the devoted BTS ARMY fanbase.
HYBE officially announced the contract renewal, stating, "We have completed the board of directors' resolution to renew the exclusive contracts of the seven members of BTS, artistes under BigHit Music." Remarkably, this renewal signifies that the group will continue their journey together beyond 2025 when all members have fulfilled their mandatory military service.
As per South Korean law, all able-bodied men aged 18-28 are obligated to serve approximately two years in the military. BTS members, while having the option to defer their service until the age of 30, have consistently expressed their willingness to fulfill this civic duty when called upon by their nation.
Suga, whose real name is Min Yoongi, recently initiated his enlistment process, becoming the third BTS member to embark on this journey after Jin and J-Hope. As they take this break, the group urges fans to be cautious regarding unauthorised tours or merchandise that illegitimately employ the group's intellectual property (IP).
The enlistment of BTS members into the military has been a long-debated topic in South Korea. The group has consistently adhered to the principle of serving when their country calls them.
It's noteworthy that the South Korean military once had an "entertainment soldier" system until 2013, in which soldiers were tasked with creating radio and TV content promoting military ideals. However, this system was eventually discontinued due to complaints of unfairness.