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Korea Singers Association face backlash after asking BTS to ‘reconsider’ their break

  • The head of the Korea Singers Association issued a statement on June 22 in The Korea Times imploring BTS to “reconsider” the group’s temporary break.
  • Lee Ja-yeon expressed concern that without BTS, the K-pop industry and the hallyu (Korean wave) would decline.
  • Army was quick to descend on social media, criticizing the remarks and expressing support for the members to take their needed break and focus on their individual projects.
  • BTS announced a break earlier this month following the release of their anthology album, “Proof.”

Lee Ja-yeon, head of the Korea Singers Association, is facing backlash after saying she was “concerned” about the K-pop industry following BTS’ announcement of their temporary break. 

The June 22 statement from Lee comes via The Korea Herald, where she writes, “I’m concerned that the Korean wave centring around BTS, which has the strongest cultural soft power in Korea and the world, may fade away … Like a ‘second Beatles’ won’t arrive easily, it is unlikely for there to be a ‘second BTS,’ so I’m worried that hallyu may be cut.” 

‘Proof’: A BTS journey in review

BTS PROOF ANALYSIS
  • Released on June 10, “Proof” is BTS’ first anthology album with “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” as its lead single.
  • True to the album’s title, “Proof” is a collection of old, new and demo songs that provide proof of the South Korean megagroup’s identity, fans and legacy.
  • The first CD is the culmination of the group’s previous and current albums — a collection of the lead singles from all of their Korean albums.
  • The second CD begins with a new single, “BTS Run,” and also consists of hand-picked songs from previous albums that provide “proof” of how different identities can live in one individual.
  • Only available in physical print, the final CD is an intimate confession to ARMY, featuring three new singles and demos for previous hits.

BTS’s newest album “Proof” is the complete finale of the group’s first nine years together, concluding their first chapter in the spotlight while also reminding them to “get ready” for what the future holds.

Nearing the decade anniversary of BTS’s 2013 debut, the success and achievements of the South Korean megagroup in the musical realm have reached global dominance. From their consistent releases of chart-topping songs to their history of breaking records left and right, BTS has left their mark on the world. With the release of “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” and “Proof,” the group’s first chapter has reached its finale. True to their first anthology album’s title, “Proof” is a collection of old, new and demo songs that provide proof of the group’s identity, fans and legacy.

More ‘Yet To Come’: BTS in tears as they announce group hiatus to focus on solo projects

bts group hiatus
  • BTS announced a group hiatus on Tuesday during their annual Festa dinner party.
  • The members expressed their feelings about the group’s direction and their need for time to focus on solo projects.
  • Leader RM said, “ I need to think and have some alone time and then those thoughts can mature into something uniquely mine… I can’t physically mature anymore.”
  • Others shared similar sentiments but assured fans that this was not permanent and they will only be apart for a little while.

After releasing their anthology album “Proof” last week, BTS announced through tears on Tuesday that the group will be taking a hiatus to “take time to explore some solo projects.” 

The group made the emotional announcement during their annual Festa dinner party in celebration of its 9th anniversary.

BTS drops 48-track anthology album ‘Proof’ along with ‘Yet To Come’ music video

  • BTS’ three-disc, 48-track anthology album “Proof” dropped today with the title track music video “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment).”
  • “Yet To Come” is one of three new songs on the album, including “Run BTS” and “For Youth.”
  • The first two discs of the album are out now digitally, but the third disc is physical only and contains unreleased demos of the group’s hit tracks and member solo tracks.
  • Celebrating the group’s ninth anniversary, the album is meant to be representative of BTS’ journey, with the album tracks all being specially selected by the members.
  • BTS will promote “Proof” with performances on Korean music shows and two pop-up stores, one located in LA and the other in New York City.

BTS released their highly anticipated three-disc anthology album titled “Proof” today alongside a music video for the title track Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment).”

The 48-track album features three new songs — “Yet To Come,” “Run BTS” and “For Youth” — and coincides with the group’s ninth anniversary. The first two discs are available digitally, but the third disc is physical only. 

TikToker reveals shadowy intruder reported by her spooked neighbors is cardboard cutout of BTS’ Jin

  • A Filipino fan’s standee of BTS’ Jin spooked neighbors after it was mistaken for a ghost in the Philippines.
  • The life-sized cardboard figure was placed by her apartment window, creating an eerie silhouette behind her curtains when viewed from outside.
  • The building opposite from the fan’s residential complex alerted the building administrators of the mysterious figure after its appearance continued for days.
  • “The figure has been looking out of the window for about four days now. So how do I tell them that it’s only my Kim Seok-jin standee?” the BTS fan said in a TikTok video.
  • The incident has gone viral among BTS’ fandom in the Philippines, with many finding it hilarious and relatable.

A Filipino fan’s cardboard cutout of BTS’ Jin spooked neighbors after it was mistaken for a ghost standing in her apartment window.

The fan, who goes by the handle @snowlight711 on TikTok, shared the humorous incident online to reveal the mysterious figure as her K-pop idol standee. 

BTS releases individual music video teasers of each member for ‘Yet to Come’

BTS Yet to Come
  • Hybe Labels has released teasers for BTS’ upcoming single, “Yet to Come.”
  • “Yet to Come” is the lead single for the upcoming anthology album “Proof.”
  • The “Yet to Come” music video and “Proof” will both be released June 10.

Although the anthology album “Proof” is yet to come, BTS have unveiled their teasers in a series of vid.

On June 7, a music video teaser for “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment),” the lead single for “Proof,” was uploaded to the Hybe Labels YouTube channel.

‘The juice is Dynamite’: Trader Joe’s Army employees go viral for BTS-themed marketing

Trader Joe's BTS
  • A Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn, New York, went viral for its BTS-themed marketing strategy after a customer shared photos of the grocery store’s product advertisements to Twitter.
  • One of the custom signs shown in the photo is placed over the ube (purple yam) products and reads, “Permission to Ube” in reference to BTS’s hit song “Permission to Dance.”
  • The customer also ended up finding the displays’ creators and credited them in the same Twitter thread. “I work at this location!” the Trader Joe’s employee responded on Twitter. “My boss is the head army at this store lol. Come through on Friday, we’ll be playing BTS music all day!”

A Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn, New York, went viral for its BTS-themed marketing strategy.

A customer at the grocery store was surprised to find food displays referencing the world-renowned boy band BTS and uploaded photos of the advertisements to Twitter under the account @oq_sowoozoo on June 5.

Charlie Puth accidentally confirms collab with BTS following Jungkook clues

  • Charlie Puth accidentally confirmed a collaboration with BTS on Saturday during an interview with 102.7KIISFM at the iHeart Radio Wango Tango concert.
  • When asked about a collaboration, the singer-songwriter spilled, “We legitimately have no idea of the day it comes out. We do, but like we just figured it out."
  • There is speculation across social media that BTS, or one of the group’s members, Jungkook, might be involved in Charlie’s new track “Left & Right.”
  • Puth and BTS shared the stage together back in 2018 for their MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards performance of “Fake Love.”

Singer-songwriter Charlie Puth accidentally dropped details of a collaboration with K-pop group BTS on Saturday during the iHeart Radio Wango Tango concert.

Puth, a performer at the day-long concert, was later interviewed by 102.7KIISFM. When asked about a possible collaboration with the K-pop superstars, Puth said, “I heard that too, and everybody in my camp doesn’t know the day it comes out. We legitimately have no idea of the day it comes out. We do, but like we just figured it out.” 

BTS reportedly paid for their trip to the White House themselves — fans are not surprised

  • K-pop sensation BTS reportedly paid out of pocket for their trip to the White House, where they met with President Biden to discuss anti-Asian hate.
  • Washington Post contributor Soo Youn posted on Twitter that the boy band had paid for their visit themselves.
  • “Oh, I asked if BTS paid for the trip or the WH paid and it was BTS. They paid their own way, this was something they wanted to do, per WH sources.”
  • It came as no surprise to many netizens, who exclaimed the members were genuinely outstanding people.

K-pop sensations BTS reportedly paid out of pocket for their trip to the White House to meet with President Biden to discuss anti-Asian hate.

Washington Post contributor Soo Youn posted the news on Twitter on Tuesday.

BTS will return to perform on Korean music shows for the first time in over 2 years

BTS PERFORM 2 YEARS
  • BTS will appear in Korean music shows for the first time in two years to promote their new album “Proof,” which drops on June 10, three days before the anniversary of their debut single.
  • BTSwill pre-record a performance on June 10 for KBS2 Music Bank, where fans can also send letters before the HYBE supergroup performs live on June 17.
  • They will also appear on the music shows “M Countdown” on June 16 and SBS’ “Inkigayo” on June 19.
  • BTS’ last non–award show performance in Korea was for their track “On” off the album “Map of the Soul: 7.” in 2020.

BTS is set to make a return to multiple Korean music shows for the first time in over two years for the release of their new album “Proof.”

The comeback was announced on the fan community platform WeVerse from BTS’ label Big Hit Entertainment on June 3. The notice reads, “We would like to provide you with some information about the KBS2 Music Bank pre-recording and live show participation on Friday, June 17, 2022.”

Netizens react to President Biden posing with a finger heart for Oval Office photo with BTS

WHITE HOUSE BTS FINGER HEARTS
  • A photo of the K-pop group BTS doing ‘finger hearts’ with President Biden at the White House has netizens falling for their favorite group all over again.
  • Internet users voiced how thrilled they were with the fact that the Grammy-nominated boy band convinced America’s commander-in-chief to do the adorable, heart hand sign.
  • “You must be so proud!!!!” commented Lea Salonga, who was the singing voice for iconic Disney heroines Princess Jasmine and Mulan.
  • On the official BTS twitter, the group posted that being invited to the White House was “a great honor” and credited the BTS Army with making “everything possible” for them.

A photo of K-pop band BTS doing “finger hearts” with President Biden at the White House has netizens falling for their favorite group all over again.

BTS’ choreographer, Son Sungdeuk, posted the photo to Instagram, where the picture has garnered over 800,000 likes.

‘Welp, he’s dead’: Tucker Carlson stokes BTS Army’s fury by ridiculing group’s White House invite

TUCKER CARLSON BTS

Fox News host Tucker Carlson officially put himself on the BTS Army hit list after making a sly comment about the White House inviting a “Korean pop group” to discuss anti-Asian hate.

In Carlson’s May 31 segment, he reported, “Things have gotten very bad for Joe Biden, both public-facing and internally. What are they doing about it? Well, they broke glass in case of emergency and invited a Korean pop group to speak at the White House today.”