Korea Singers’ Association head Lee Ja-yeon wanted to oppose the plans of KPop superstars BTS to temporarily stop all their group activities to focus on their individual projects due to its negative impact on hallyu’s influence globally.
The association released a statement Wednesday to express Lee’s thoughts about the group’s planned hiatus.
“I’m concerned that the Korean wave centering 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,” Lee Ja-yeon stated.
The association head also mentioned that while she understands that the septet may have made the decision to pause their activities as a group after thorough deliberation, she would like to appeal for their reconsideration for the sale of the country’s music industry.
In addition, Lee stated that no BTS means there would be no “ARMY,” the collective term of the boy band’s fan club. She claimed that most of them are hallyu followers, which could mean a decline in most hallyu-related tourism activities.
In regards to the issue of the mandatory military service involving the BTS members, which could be one of the reasons why decide to focus on their solo activities, Lee Ja-yeon appealed to the South Korean government and the National Assembly to revise the existing Military Act to exempt all qualified pop music stars from doing military duties.
The current exemption only qualifies artists and top-performing athletes from serving their mandatory military duties.
The fans turn to social media to express their disapproval of the call to halt the hiatus.
BTS’ agency Hybe has yet to answer Lee’s call.
Source: The Korea Times