K-Pop sen­sa­tion BTS tak­ing a break

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

This won’t be mu­sic to the ears of BTS fans.

The record-set­ting Korean pop group is tak­ing an “ex­tended” break so its seven mem­bers can en­joy some “rest and re­lax­ation,” the com­pany that man­ages the band said Sun­day.

“This pe­riod of rest will be an op­por­tu­nity for the mem­bers of BTS, who have re­lent­lessly driven them­selves to­ward their goal since their de­but, to recharge and pre­pare to present them­selves anew as mu­si­cians and cre­ators,” Big Hit En­ter­tain­ment said in a state­ment.

“This will also pro­vide them with a chance to en­joy the or­di­nary lives of young peo­ple in their 20s, al­beit briefly.”

BTS, which started in Seoul in 2013, soon sky­rock­eted to in­ter­na­tional fame and was the first K-Pop group to reach No. 1 on the Bill­board 200 chart with last year’s “Love Your­self: Tear” al­bum.

In April, BTS’ song with Halsey, “Boy With Luv,” set a record with more than 74 mil­lion views in its first 24 hours on YouTube.

Big Hit En­ter­tain­ment as­sured fans the group’s break will not be per­ma­nent.

“BTS will re­turn re­freshed and recharged to re­turn all the love you have and con­tinue to show them,” the com­pany said. Aug. 13 birth­days: Ac­tor Kevin Tighe is 75. Ac­tor Danny Bona­duce is 60. Ac­tor John Slattery is 57. Ac­tress Debi Mazar is 55. Ac­tress Quinn Cum­mings is 52. Coun­try singer Andy Griggs is 46. Ac­tress Kathryn Fiore is 40. Ac­tor Se­bas­tian Stan is 37. Singer James Mor­ri­son is 35. Ac­tress Len­non Stella is 20.

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