The globally popular South Korean male idol group BTS has unexpectedly announced a hiatus. The entertainment world is in turmoil, with the company’s stock price plummeting 23% as a result.
However, the reason for BTS’s hiatus is not a negative one. The main reason seems to be that they “need time to mature as human beings.
Until recently, most of the reasons for suspensions or dissolutions of popular groups were due to disagreements among the members. Take, for example, Tohoshinki. The group is currently composed of two members, Yunho and Changmin, but was once a five-member group that enjoyed tremendous popularity in both Japan and Korea. However, dissatisfied with the remuneration, the three members filed a lawsuit against the agency in 2009. At that time, there was a disagreement among the members, and only the current two members remained.
Another group that is still fresh in our minds is SMAP, which split up in 2004 after another disagreement over independence from the office.
BTS is in agony, saying “I want to quit my job.
However, there is nothing particularly disturbing about BTS’s decision to suspend its activities this time. This situation probably reminded everyone of one group in particular: the national idol group BTS. Yes, the national idol group Arashi.
Arashi, which announced a hiatus on New Year’s Eve 20 years ago, had long been known for the close friendship among its five members. The group’s decision to suspend their activities came as a surprise, but the circumstances surrounding their decision were also very typical of the group. The members decided to take a hiatus after discussing the possibility of doing so with leader Satoshi Ohno, who was tired of his busy idol career and was anguished that he wanted to quit his job. It was a brilliantly peaceful decision.
The same impression can be drawn from the announcements of the BTS members. It seems as if the members discussed that they were “exhausted” and “what is needed now is a change,” and reached a conclusion that they all agreed on.
A music writer who is familiar with the music scene commented on the circumstances of BTS and Arashi’s hiatus as follows: “The members used to have strong personalities, but now they have come together to form a new group.
In the past, it was common to believe that a powerful group is born when members with strong personalities gather together. Therefore, at some point, the individuality of each member would no longer fit within the framework of the group, and they would begin to clash. I think this was also the fate of the group.
However, with the advent of the Heisei era, the world’s needs have changed. The era of the “weak and strong” was over, and people began to look for the best way to make everyone happy. I think Arashi rose to prominence as if to symbolize such an era.
The K-pop world itself still tends to place the highest value on individual charisma, but as in Japan, the members may be changing to respect each other. The problem with the structure of K-pop is that it doesn’t give you time to mature as a person. Hopefully, their decision will change the direction that the agency will also respect their talent.”
BTS has promised to “grow up and come back to you,” and it will be interesting to see how the K-pop world will have changed by then.
Interview and text by： Nanako
Born in Ehime Prefecture. After working at a broadcasting station, she became a freelance writer. She specializes in interviews with celebrities and analysis of popular events, and is always on the lookout for serial dramas and popular Japanese movies. She is a well-known beautiful writer in the magazine industry.
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