There was already no stopping Okay-pop titans BTS, however now it’s a executed deal. Hot off their historic Citi Field live performance, the seven members of the group — RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, V, Jimin, and Jungkook — have renewed their contract with their administration firm BigHit for an additional whopping seven years. What’s extra, they’ve renewed their contracts a 12 months early, bringing their future with BigHit to eight years whole. A press launch from the corporate likens the deal to that of “selective sports activities stars,” a good comparability given the best way the Okay-pop machine has lengthy coached its stars like aggressive athletes, coaching them from youth within the hopes of profitable semi-metaphorical gold medals. (BTS, because it have been, are inclined to go platinum.)
Though a seven-year dedication may appear staggering to Western audiences, it’s typical of Okay-pop teams, for whom the Korea Fair Trade Commission has set the cap at seven-year contracts, for higher or worse. (BTS had already been signed to BigHit since 2010; RM was the primary.) The press launch even goes as far as to get forward of any accusations of exploitation, saying that a part of the renewal will imply the creation of a “absolutely devoted staff for BTS [to] present systematic assist and funding for the band’s profession.” In different phrases, it’s not supposed to change into a “slave contract” like so many others earlier than them and appears to be a vote of confidence to maintain the group collectively by any hiatuses the nation’s obligatory navy service may pressure in the event that they aren’t granted exemption. Prior to the announcement, followers had feared the “seven-year curse,” the often-valid superstition that when a Okay-pop group doesn't renew its contract after seven years, they normally break up. In signing for an additional seven years, by 2026, with BigHit, BTS have put these rumors to mattress. They’re right here ceaselessly.
Their assertion: “We respect our mentor, producer Bang Si-Hyuk who has continued to point out us a imaginative and prescient for our future from even earlier than debut and have helped us type our perspective of the world and music. With Big Hit Entertainment’s assist, we’ll proceed to attempt to present our greatest for followers all around the globe.”