While we wait for the boys to regroup in 2025, let’s take a look at some of their solo projects so far.
On June 14, 2022, K-pop boy group BTS announced that they would be taking a hiatus from group activities. According to the members, they plan to take this time to focus on solo ventures. The break would also allow them to complete their mandatory military enlistment.
With plans to return as a group in 2025, the members have been keeping busy while embarking on their own musical pursuits.
J-Hope was the first member to launch his solo album after the hiatus announcement. The rapper released Jack in the Box on July 15, 2022. The first single “More” came out ahead of the album on July 1.
According to Big Hit Music, the album represents J-Hope’s “aspirations to break the mold and grow further” as well as his “own musical personality and vision as an artist.”
During BTS’ last concert Yet to Come in Busan, Jin announced that he would be releasing a solo single. “I got the opportunity to work with someone I like, so a single will come out soon,” he told their fans.
On October 28, 2022, Jin released “The Astronaut,” co-written with British band Coldplay. Shortly after the single’s release, BTS’ oldest member went ahead with his enlistment.
While BTS’ leader RM has released two mixtapes in the past, Indigo was his long-awaited debut solo album. Released on December 2, 2022, the album featured several guest artists including Erykah Badu, Anderson .Paak, Tablo of Epik High, Paul Blanco, Mahalia, and more.
“Like a diary, Indigo recounts the stories and experiences RM has gone through. It is a record of his 20s and a candid introduction of who RM truly is,” Big Hit Music’s website states.
On March 24, 2023, Jimin released his first solo album FACE. The album follows “Vibe,” his hit collaboration with BIGBANG’s Taeyang. The single was their first entry to Billboard’s Hot 100.
For the album, Jimin released music videos for “Set Me Free Pt. 2” and “Like Crazy.” The artist’s company says “Jimin steers the album solely with his own voice.” Meanwhile, the main track “sits on the synth pop genre, upon which Jimin’s poignant timbre draws a beautiful distinction.”
A month later, on April 21, Suga released his solo album D-Day under the moniker Agust D. The album acted as the finale to his mixtape trilogy which includes Agust D (2016) and D-2 (2020).
“Suga participated in the songwriting of all tracks and the overall production of D-DAY, boasting his unparalleled capability as a musician and producer,” Big Hit Music states.
The rapper was also the first BTS member to embark on a solo tour with stops in the US, Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore, Seoul, and Japan.
V’s first solo album Layover dropped on September 8, 2023. The album largely focused on an R&B sound with elements of pop music. V led the single “Slow Dancing” with his soulful tone.
“To fully appreciate the album’s flow, we recommend listening to it in sequence from start to finish,” the singer’s label suggests. They continue to describe V’s voice as one that “tugs at the listener’s heartstrings” and “stirs up deep emotions.”
The third single “Standing Next to You” was released along with the full album on November 3, 2023. So far, he is the only member to release an all-English record. He also collaborated with several global artists including Latto, Jack Harlow, Shawn Mendes, and Ed Sheeran.
With his solo debut, Jungkook has broken several massive records worldwide, cementing his reputation as the “golden maknae (youngest).”
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