A wave of change is slowly sinking into the once harshly systematic K-pop industry. Last Tuesday, boy band BTS announced it will halt group activities in order for the seven bandmates to focus on their individual pursuits, which have been pushed back for the past decade. While the members stated several reasons for their group’s hiatus, they openly condemned the systematic pressures of the K-pop idol industry, which innately restricts the personal time they ought to have as individuals. “The problem with the whole K-pop idol system is that it doesn’t give you the time to mature. You have to keep producing music, keep doing something,” BTS leader RM had said during the announcement video.
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