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Weekend Reads South Korea: No. 1 in the United States, the K-pop group BTS is the pride of the authorities

20:50  01 december  2020
20:50  01 december  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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South Korea ’s National Assembly has passed a bill, dubbed the ‘ BTS law’ in honor of the The seven-member boy band seems to be the biggest beneficiary. The group ’s oldest member Before the ‘ BTS law’ South Korea already allowed some students to postpone their enlistment up to age 28.

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Le groupe BTS aux Video Music Awards, le 30 août 2020. © MTV / AFP The group BTS at the Video Music Awards, August 30, 2020.

BTS does not ends up breaking records. The Korean pop boy band became the first group in the world to lead the US album sales charts with a foreign language song. Another proof of the growing success throughout the world of Korean culture which is the pride of the authorities.

With our correspondent in Seoul, Nicolas Rocca , and Sébastien Jédor

Life Goes On is the third BTS track to land on the top step of the Billboard podium, after Dynamite and a remixed version of Savage Love. In 1964, the Beatles had also placed 3 titles at the top of the reference ranking of music in the United States, but it had taken them longer!

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South Korea has compulsory conscription, and almost all healthy men are required to serve time in the army. Top artists, musicians and sports players There will be no change to the artist exemptions, Lee said. South Korean law requires all men to register to start their military service by the time they are 28.

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And in addition, this time, indeed, the flagship title of the South Korean boy band is interpreted mainly in their native language. A real feat, because Life Goes On is rarely broadcast on American radio stations, which are traditionally reluctant to program a song that is not in English, even if it meets the canons of world R’n’B.

The success, BTS owes it to its very young, very reactive fans, who buy its records or listen to them in streaming. Many members of the army, literally the BTS fan army, go to bed very late Monday night in South Korea. They were awaiting the results of the album sales in the United States which fell in the middle of the night, said our correspondent in Seoul, Nicolas Rocca . And then the long-awaited dedication arrived for the most listened to pop group in the world.

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If BTS member Jin was to enlist in the South Korean military as expected this year, the K - pop group would have been unable to perform and tour as a combined septet again for some time. Photo: Big Hit Entertainment.

The South Korean band BTS in May at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.Credit It’s also a matter of national pride . Celebrities’ careers have been ruined for trying to evade service, she added. BTS has not previously said whether its members will stagger their time in the military or all

Postponement of military service

It is a special week for the seven members of the group, who have learned that they could benefit from an exceptional postponement of their military service in order not to destroy the momentum of their careers. A sign of recognition from the Korean government, which until now reserved its exemptions for sportsmen and classical musicians. A piece of news in the form of a birthday present for Jin, the oldest member of the group who will be celebrating 28 candles this Friday and who can wait two years before serving under the flag.

The BTS group has only been around in its current form for seven years. It generates billions of dollars in revenue to such an extent that their label has been listed on the stock exchange since mid-October. The value of the shares doubled in less than 24 hours. More than enough comfort to BTS’s seven boys, 25, who were almost left out of the Grammy nominations list.

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