K-Pop supergroup BTS cancels world tour due to COVID-19 pandemic
The mega-popular Korean boy band BTS canceled its “Map of the Soul” world tour in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The news comes after the seven-member group made the heartbreaking decision with their label, Big Hit Entertainment.
“Our company has been working hard to resume preparations for the BTS Map of the Soul tour, knowing that all fans have been looking forward to the tour for a long time,” group backer Big Hit Music said in a statement. published on his fan platform Weverse.
“Due to changing circumstances beyond our control, it has become difficult to resume performance on the same scale and on the same schedule as planned.”
The tour was originally scheduled to begin in April 2020, with thirty-nine stops in town and covering eighteen countries. The United States was part of the “Map of the Soul” tour with Japan as a conclusion. However, as with many live artists in the spring of 2020, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world has resulted in a delay until it is safe to resume touring.
This hiatus ultimately led to a sixteen-month hiatus, but the BTS military was not left without. Online concerts and a film titled Break the silence and released in August 2020, explored the group’s “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” 2019 tour and offered a personal look at the members.
The rescheduled “Map of the World” tour was originally scheduled to start in South Korea, but with daily cases recently exceeding 2,000, the government is considering tighter restrictions in response to the contagious variant of the Delta, including increased social distancing, collection regulations and travel curfews.
The live concerts will of course continue someday, but at the moment there is no official timestamp of when. In the meantime, fans may be entitled to more virtual performances from the group.
BTS, or their full Korean name, Bangtan Sonyeondan, (Bulletproof Boy Scouts in English) was formed in 2010 and released their freshman album 2 Cool 4 Skool in 2013. Since then they have grown into the K-pop group. the most successful in history. The group has been highly praised for their active philanthropy and for helping to introduce K-pop and Korean culture to a global audience.
Members Jin, RM, Jungkook, J-Hope, Suga, V, and Jimin each give BTS their own unique twist, making them even brighter.
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