K-pop band BTS to take extended break ahead of March concert

FILE PHOTO: iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert in Inglewood, California
BTS poses at the carpet during arrivals ahead of iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert at The Forum, in Inglewood, California, U.S., December 3, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

December 7, 2021

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – South Korean superstar pop band BTS will take an “extended period of rest” following U.S. appearances this month before returning to the stage in Seoul in March, the group’s management company said.

Bighit Music, the group’s management company, said in a statement on Sunday that the musicians would take a break over the holidays and prepare for a concert and new album that will start a “new chapter.”

“They are preparing for a concert this coming March to connect and communicate with fans in-person in Seoul,” the statement said.

The seven-member boy band is a global sensation, with catchy upbeat tunes including this past summer’s hit “Butter.”

BTS held online performances during the COVID-19 pandemic and recently thrilled fans with a series of live shows in Los Angeles.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Marguerita Choy)