Will the New BTS, ‘Be,’ Album Debut Before Jin Leaves for the Military?

It’s almost time for another iconic BTS comeback, this one featuring their retro, disco-pop themed single, “Dynamite.” When does BTS’ new album, Be, debut and will it premiere before Jin leaves for the military? Here’s what we know about the oldest member of this K-pop group. 

BTS announced the release date for their upcoming album ‘Be’

Hot off the heels of “Dynamite,” this K-pop group is back with another announcement. Their album titled Be, premieres during November 2020. Although there will be a limited number of physical copies sold, fans look forward to hearing more music featuring RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook.

BE (Deluxe Edition) contains the most ‘BTS-esque’ music yet,” Big Hit said in a statement on the app Weverse. “The latest story from BTS begins by declaring that ‘even in the face of this new normality, our life goes on’ and imparts a message of healing to fans and to the world.”

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The BTS members are expected to serve in the military

As able-bodied men and citizens of South Korea, it’s expected that these performers will serve in the military. Although certain people are exempt from the service, including award-winning Olympic athletes and classical musicians, it was recently decided that K-pop idols will be expected to join the military. 

That means that even though BTS is still releasing music and is one of the world’s biggest boy bands, the members will each serve depending on when their birthdays are. The oldest member of BTS, Jin, was expected to serve as early as December 2020.

J-Hope, SUGA, Jungkook, Jimin, RM, V, and Jin of the K-pop boy band BTS
J-Hope, SUGA, Jungkook, Jimin, RM, V, and Jin of the K-pop boy band BTS | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

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Jin’s military enlistment has, reportedly, been postponed

As the oldest member of BTS, fans anticipated that Jin would have to take a step back from the group by his next birthday, on Dec. 4. Although he will still have to serve, according to one statement from Big Hit Entertainment, his required date may be pushed back another year. 

“BTS consists of members born between 1992 and 1997 who are required to enlist as active-duty soldiers. It has been assessed that it will be possible for the oldest member Kim Seok Jin to delay his enlistment until the end of 2021, based on the military service law,” the company said, according to a translation by Soompi.

That means if BTS wanted to tour following the release of Be, that is a possibility. There’s also the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to account for, though, which already postponed their Map of the Soul world tour earlier during 2020.

The “Dynamite” music video is now available on YouTube. Music by BTS, including their recently released album, Map of the Soul: 7, is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major platforms.