BTS announces going on a break, but promises to return The boy band announced their break during a dinner filmed for social media. The group officially debuted in 2013.

K-pop sensation BTS is going on a break but promises to return

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SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST:

BTS, one of the biggest pop bands in the world, is taking a break. They say it's not forever, but the K-pop superstars announced today they're ready to pursue solo projects. NPR's Elizabeth Blair has more.

(SOUNDBITE OF BTS SONG, "BLACK SWAN")

ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: With their good looks, charm and dazzling dance moves, BTS is a global phenomenon. Just last week, they released an anthology of some of the band's favorite songs released over the last nine years.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLACK SWAN")

BTS: (Singing in Korean) yeah, yeah, yeah (singing in Korean) yeah, yeah, yeah (singing in Korean) yeah, yeah, yeah, killin' me now, killin' me now, do you hear me?

BLAIR: Today, BTS posted a video of the seven members having dinner together. Over the course of more than an hour, they talk about a range of topics - touring different continents, doing interviews and other promotional events. They talk about hitting a rough patch. BTS member RM says they're exhausted and finding it difficult to concentrate on writing new songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

RM: (Speaking Korean).

BLAIR: "There's no time to think of the messages to say," he says. So they plan to take time for other projects. They talk about their fans known as the ARMY. They want to live up to their expectations and don't want to disappoint them. And there are a lot of them. The video to the song "Butter" alone has been viewed more than 770 million times.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BUTTER")

BTS: (Singing) Know that I got that heat, let me show you 'cause talk is cheap, side step, right, left to my beat, get it, let it roll. Smooth like butter, pull you in like no other.

BLAIR: This isn't the first time BTS has taken a break. In 2019, the band's record label issued a statement saying the band was taking a hiatus to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew. But this time around, the artists don't seem to be in sync with the company that represents them. In a statement, the company says BTS is, quote, "not on hiatus but will take time to explore some solo projects at this time and remain active in various different formats." Meantime, one of the new songs on the album released last week is about BTS taking the past difficulties and challenges they faced in stride and how your best moment is yet to come.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YET TO COME")

BTS: (Singing) Yeah, the past was honestly the best, but my best is what comes next. I'm not playing, nah, for sure. (Singing in Korean) you and I, best moment is yet to come.

BLAIR: The song is at the top of Billboard's Hot Trending Songs chart. Elizabeth Blair, NPR News.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YET TO COME")

BTS: (Singing in Korean).

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