Jin of BTS to enlist in December, sources say; 'We are Bulletproof: The Eternal' breaches 100M views | Inquirer Entertainment

Jin of BTS to enlist in December, sources say; ‘We are Bulletproof: The Eternal’ breaches 100M views

/ 01:58 PM November 24, 2022
BTS' Jin. Image from Big Hit Music / The Korea Herald / ANN

BTS’ Jin. Image from Big Hit Music / The Korea Herald / ANN

SEOUL, South Korea — Jin of the K-pop group BTS will begin his military training on December 13, industry and military sources said, just as the oldest member of the septet recently made history after selling more than 1 million units of his first solo EP — also a first for a single from a solo K-pop musician.

The South Korean newspaper Aju Business Daily reported on Thursday, citing unnamed military authorities, said Jin, who turns 30 on Dec. 4, will be deployed to a unit after receiving five weeks of training at the boot camp, the paper reported.

ADVERTISEMENT

South Korean entertainment outlet Soompi, quoting industry representatives, also said that Jin “will enter the recruit training center in Yeoncheon County of Gyeonggi Province on December 13 and then receive his official assignment after completing basic training.”

Spokespersons for BTS’ agency, HYBE, and the South Korean Ministry of Defense declined to confirm the report.

FEATURED STORIES

In a social media post last week Jin hinted he was headed to a “front-line” position.

FILE PHOTO: K-pop boy band BTS member Jin poses for photographs during a photo opportunity promoting their new single 'Butter' in Seoul, South Korea, May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

FILE PHOTO: K-pop boy band BTS member Jin poses for photographs during a photo opportunity promoting their new single ‘Butter’ in Seoul, South Korea, May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Bighit Music, the music label of South Korean boy group BTS, has confirmed in October that the band members are set to enlist for mandatory military service duties, starting with the group’s eldest member Jin. The group plans to pursue individual projects and reunite in 2025 after all had served, HYBE said at the time.

The enlistment announcement came after the recently concluded “BTS ‘Yet to Come’ in Busan’” concert, as per a statement released on its Twitter page on Monday, Oct. 17.

The announcement of Jin’s enlistment in December also came after his first solo EP  “The Astronaut” sold more than 1 million units after its first rollout in October. The solo was a collaboration with the British band Coldplay, and sold over 770,000 copies in its first week, a record for a solo single.

All able-bodied men in South Korea between 18 and 28 must serve in the military for 18 to 21 months. Some categories, however, have won exemptions, or served for shorter periods, including Olympics and Asian Games medal winners, and classical musicians and dancers who win top prizes at certain competitions. Some lawmakers had called for BTS to be exempted.

South Korea’s defense minister has suggested BTS could still perform overseas while serving in the military.

Another historic milestone

Meanwhile, the septet hit another milestone after yet another music video breached the 100-million views mark on YouTube.

ADVERTISEMENT

The animated music video for “We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal”, went past the hundred million mark in less than 2 years and a half since its first release in June 2020.

RELATED STORIES:

BTS’ Jin sets record selling 1 million copies of 1st solo album

BTS’ Jin bids farewell on ‘magical night’ in Buenos Aires

K-Pop group BTS sasabak na sa ‘mandatory military service’: It’s the perfect time and the members are honored to serve

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: BTS, BTS Jin, K-Pop, military enlistment
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our entertainment news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.