South Korea’s National Assembly has passed a revision of its Military Service Act to allow male K-pop stars to postpone their mandatory military service until they turn the the big 3-0. Translation: BTS is good to go (for another two years at least).
According to the New York Times, all able-bodied men in South Korea are required to enlist in the military for around about 20 months once they turn 28.
BTS member Kim Seok-jin, otherwise known as just Jin, literally turns 28 this Friday, December 4.
Cutting it close, I tell ya what!
Jin is the oldest member of the group, followed by Suga who turns 28 in March.
The revised law means K-pop stars like Jin can postpone their military service until they turn 30, if they have received government medals awarded to artists who have helped spread or elevate the country’s cultural influence around the world.
BTS has done absolutely that. In fact, all seven members of the group were awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in 2018.
Military aside, BTS’ latest single Life Goes On debuted at No. 1 (!!!!!!) on the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. US charts.
If you’re a numbers person, that’s 152.5 million streams and 84,000 downloads in the week ending November 26. Hefty, very hefty.
This means BTS is the first act with three Global 200 no. 1s, following absolute tune Dynamite.
Speaking of Dynamite, the song earned BTS a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. They are now the first K-pop group to ever receive a Grammy Award nomination.
RM, Jungkook, V, and Jimin had the best reaction to the nom as they watched it live.
Well, V kind of just sat there, which is very on brand for him.
To conclude this yarn, here is one of BTS’ latest performances of Let It Go and Dynamite, which they performed for The Late Late Show with James Corden.
You truly do love to see it.