Will ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ Be the Last BTS Album?

As the first K-pop group to perform at the Grammy Awards, it seems like BTS is just getting bigger and better. Still, with military service looming in the distance for member Jin, some fans are wondering what the future of BTS will look like. Will Map of the Soul: 7 be the last BTS album? Here’s what we know about this K-pop group.

BTS will release their album ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ during February 2020

This award-winning K-pop group is back with another album. Map of the Soul: 7 premieres on Feb. 21, 2020, complete with a package in shades of sky blue. This is, in fact, the seventh BTS album, and has the highest number of pre-sales to date.

With so much success, some fans are worried about the future of BTS, especially because of the group’s upcoming military service. Will BTS stay a group even though some members will have to join the South Korean military?

BTS performs during "The Late Late Show with James Corden,"
BTS performs during “The Late Late Show with James Corden” | Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images

Some BTS members will have to join the Korean military

As able-bodied male citizens of South Korea, the members of BTS are required to serve in the military. This conscription requires men to service in one branch of service for about two years. Although some classical artists and Olympic athletes are exempt, K-pop stars will serve once they are of age.

“As a Korean, it’s natural,” Jin, whose birth name is Kim Seok-jin, said in a CBS News interview in April. “And someday, when duty calls, we’ll be ready to respond and do our best.”

It’s unclear if the members will all serve together or stagger out their service. BTS fans aren’t worried, though, because the group has a contract and will presumably return as a seven-some after their service. However, fans wonder if the group will continue to perform with some members missing.

They still have some time, though. Jin’s birthday is in December, so the group can continue to perform and tour throughout 2020. In fact, BTS will go on their world tour beginning this spring, following the release of Map of the Soul: 7. Some fans are worried, however, how long it will be under BTS releases another album.

Will there be another BTS album released after ‘Map of the Soul: 7’?

Presumably, there is a third album coming in the Map of the Soul era, with some fans speculating it to be purple. (Because Persona is pink, 7 is blue, and this album will be a combination of the two themes.) Unfortunately, nothing has been confirmed by BTS or their management company, BigHit Entertainment.

Some of the BTS members have commented on their time together as a group and the future of the boy band. With their historic Grammy performance alongside Lil Nas X, members of BTS shared their vision to return to the award ceremony.

“Everything about the night was so special,” J-Hope said of the Grammys, during BTS’ appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. “BTS and K-pop on stage — we couldn’t believe it.”

“Next year, we’re going to do a BTS stage two,” Suga added.

Until then, Map of the Soul: Persona is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and other platforms.