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Everyone relax: K-pop superfans say BTS hiatus is NBD
News of the Korean boy band’s plans for a temporary break sparked a media frenzy but that doesn’t mean the end is nigh

Elizabeth de Luna

18, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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‘There’s no time left for growth’: why BTS have paused their career at its height
They became the world’s biggest pop group, and a multibillion-dollar asset in their native South Korea. But by taking a break, BTS are refusing to lose their selfhood in a tough industry

Katie Hawthorne

15, Jun, 2022 @4:32 PM

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BTS to take a break as K-pop band members announce ‘hiatus’ to pursue solo work
South Korean boy band say in a video they are ‘exhausted’ and ‘going through a rough patch’ – but will return ‘a stronger group’

Justin McCurry in Tokyo, and agencies

15, Jun, 2022 @3:19 AM

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BTS-mania sweeps the White House as boy band speaks on anti-Asian hate
Young fans peer through the gates while K-pop sensations meet the president and address the press

David Smith in Washington

31, May, 2022 @11:05 PM

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South Korea split in row over military service for BTS
The K-pop superstars add billions to the economy, so should they be exempt from conscription?

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and Raphael Rashid in Seoul

23, Apr, 2022 @12:56 PM

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Grammy awards 2022: Olivia Rodrigo wins big and Ukraine’s Zelenskiy makes cameo
The specter of Oscars chaos loomed over the music awards – a mega-concert which included a message of hope from the Ukrainian president

Adrian Horton

04, Apr, 2022 @4:34 AM

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From tuna fishing to teen love: the producer behind K-pop’s biggest stars
Bumzu is one of the most influential people in K-pop, helping shape South Korea’s multibillion-dollar global music business

Raphael Rashid in Seoul

24, Feb, 2022 @1:00 AM

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Can the K-pop boyband BTS … save the world?
Their sunny pop-optimism and ‘Army’ of fans are giving millions of people hope – and may even be luring some people away from the far-right

Moustafa Bayoumi

09, Feb, 2022 @11:16 AM

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‘BTS taught me that I am worthy’: readers on why they love the K-pop superstars
Guardian readers from Scandinavia, the Philippines, Morocco and beyond explain their fandom, which has helped rejuvenate them, heal racial trauma and understand their identity

Guardian readers and Hibaq Farah

14, Dec, 2021 @3:16 PM

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Singapore suspends crypto exchange over row with K-pop band BTS
Bitget reportedly loses licence after it promoted Army Coin, named after group’s ‘BTS army’ followers

Vincent Ni

05, Dec, 2021 @5:29 PM

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Bad Bunny most-streamed artist on Spotify for second year running
The Puerto Rican star beats Taylor Swift and Drake, while Olivia Rodrigo continues meteoric rise as Spotify and Apple Music announce stats

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

01, Dec, 2021 @2:05 PM

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The 20 best songs of 2021
We celebrate everything from Lil Nas X’s conservative-baiting Montero to Wet Leg’s instant indie classic – as voted for by 31 of the Guardian’s music writers

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

29, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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