Hit K-pop band BTS to take an extended break
Members of South Korean pop group BTS perform during a Korean cultural event in Paris, France, 14 October 2018. EPA-EFE/FILE/YOAN VALAT
South Korean boy band BTS performs at a concert to promote the 18th FINA World Championships at a stadium in Gwangju, South Korea, 28 April 2019. EPA-EFE/FILE/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT
K-pop group BTS pose for photos during a showcase for the group's new album, 'Map of the Soul: Persona' at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, South Korea, 17 April 2019. EPA-EFE/FILE/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT
Members of South Korean K-pop group BTS arrive at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, South Korea, 10 June 2019, following the band's European tour. EPA-EFE/FILE/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT
Seoul, Aug 12 (efe-epa).- The ultra-popular South Korean K-Pop band BTS will take an extended break after achieving sales records and completing a world tour over the past two years, according to Big Hit Entertainment, the agency that represents the group.
For BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene,” this will be an “official and extended period of rest and relaxation,” the first since the band's debut in 2013, Big Hit said on social media Sunday.
"This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentlessly driven themselves towards their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators,” the statement said.
"This will also provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly,” it added.
The break comes after the group became the first band since The Beatles to have three albums topping the Billboard 200 charts in less than two years.
Over the last two years, the seven-member group has performed in cities around the world, and their last concert took place on Sunday at a free family festival in Seoul.
The time out for BTS will last for two months as their next concert is scheduled on Oct. 11 at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which will be the first performance by a foreign group on this stage, according to their agency. EFE-EPA