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BTS are taking an ‘extended period of rest’ for the first time since 2019

The K-pop legends will spend the time working on a new album, ahead of a ‘new chapter’

K-pop stalwarts BTS will be taking some time off from live performances and music after they finish their Los Angeles Permission to Dance Onstage residency and 2021 Jingle Ball tour.

The boyband’s record label, Big Hit Music, announced the “extended period of rest” on Monday (December 6) in a statement on Twitter – marking the band’s first hiatus since 2019. “This period of rest will provide the members of BTS, who have tirelessly committed themselves to their activities, a chance to get re-inspired and recharge with creative energy,” says the statement. “It will also be the first time since their debut (that they will be able) to spend the holiday season with their families.” 

It continues: “We kindly ask once again that you show consideration for their need to enjoy ordinary and free, everyday lives while solely concentrating on themselves, albeit for a short while, during their period of rest.” 

However, this doesn’t mean new content isn’t on its way. During the break, the band members will be preparing for a brand “new chapter” –  including the release of a new album and an “in-person” concert in Seoul this March. 

Last month, the group made history by becoming the first Asian act to win Artist of the Year at the 2021 American Music Awards. Since then, the band has spoken out about the challenges they face as East Asians within the global music industry. 

“These past years, our path around the world, we truly felt the walls. The walls can be always described as words, sometimes it’s visible, sometimes it’s invisible and sensitive,” said RM, explaining how they can help ​​”show a positive life to Asians and Asian Americans”. 

He continued: “So when we talk about Asian hate, our path (is) these awards, our music. We just hope that this can truly help every Asian in the world.”

Read Big Hit Music’s full statement on the group’s hiatus below.