Around 150 people lost their lives in a stampede at one of the Halloween events in Seoul, South Korea, recently. After the same, BTS’ agency, BIGHIT Music, announced on Sunday the postponement of the release of the scheduled events of Jin. The official account of BTS took to Twitter and shared the update in Korean and English languages.
Here is what the official handle tweeted, “[Notice] Jin’s content postponement announcement. We would like to inform you that the event and content below have been postponed. 12 PM, October 30 (KST) Stationhead Listening Party. 0 AM, October 31 (KST) The Astronaut Lyric Video.” In another tweet, it added, “The changed schedules will be announced through a separate notice. We ask for your generous understanding. Thank you.”
The announcement was made after 150 people got killed in an unfortunate stampede at the Halloween event in Seoul, as per AFP. The crowd surge and the crush hit reportedly happened in the capital’s Itaewon district, where around 100,000 people, mostly in their teens and 20s, went to celebrate Halloween, as per police officials.
[공지] 방탄소년단 병역 이행 및 향후 활동 계획 안내 (+ENG/JPN/CHN) pic.twitter.com/jntF90agO4
— BIGHIT MUSIC (@BIGHIT_MUSIC) October 17, 2022
South Korea mourns the incident
South Korean president Yoon Suk-Yeol declared a period of national mourning this Sunday. He also spoke to the countrymen in a televised address stating that the tragedy and disaster that occurred should have never happened. He reportedly said that the government would thoroughly investigate the incident and its cause and make the required fundamental improvements to ensure such accidents do not occur in the future.
The postponement of the release of The Astronaut’s lyric video and the listening party comes after the eldest member of the BTS performed his first-ever solo with Coldplay in their concert in Argentina. For the unversed, it was also Jin’s last live performance ahead of enlisting for his mandatory military services.
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Recently, BIGHIT Music announced that all the BTS members would compulsorily serve their military enlistment, starting with the oldest member Jin. In an official statement, the agency said, “BIGHIT MUSIC is proud to announce today that the members of BTS are currently moving forward with plans to fulfill their military service. After the phenomenal concert to support Busan’s bid for the World Expo 2030, and as each individual embarks on solo endeavors, it’s the perfect time and the members of BTS are honored to serve.
Since the creation of BTS over ten years ago, the band has risen to international success, broken records, and catapulted K-Pop into the global stratosphere. BIGHIT MUSIC has focused to the milestone moment when it would be possible to respect the needs of the country and for these healthy young men to serve with their countrymen, and that’s now. Group member Jin will initiate the process as soon as his schedule for his solo release is concluded at the end of October. He will then follow the enlistment procedure of the Korean government. Other members of the group plan to carry out their military service based on their own individual plans. Both the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment.”