The successful band of K-pop BTS leaves the stage to serve in the military in South Korea – BBC News World

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For the past two years, BTS has been the best-selling band in the world.

They have been one of the most successful musical groups in the world in recent years, but now the K-pop band BTS will leave their “army” of fans to join the South Korean Army and thus fulfill their mandatory military service, according to reported their agents.

The announcement ends years of debate over whether members of the world’s biggest boy band could get away with this duty.

The law in South Korea states that all men between the ages of 18 and 28 must enlist for compulsory military service, which lasts between 18 and 21 months.

In the past, some prominent citizens, including Olympians or award-winning entertainers, have been exempted or allowed to perform alternative public service. That has been the case of Son Heung-min, a player for the Tottenham soccer team; and musician Seong-jin Cho, who was the first Korean to win the international Chopin piano competition.

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The successful band of K-pop BTS leaves the stage to serve in the military in South Korea – BBC News World