Even the world’s number one group is not immune from Covid. South Korea’s BTS, the 7-member K-Pop supergroup, has announced that 3 of its members have tested positive for Covid 19.
Big Hit Music has revealed that RM and Jin tested positive for Covid just one day after teammate Suga was also diagnosed with a positive test. All members received their second vaccine in August of this year. The 3 members who have tested positive say their symptoms are either mild or nonexistent.
The 7 members of BTS had a short hiatus from their Permission to Dance on Stage concerts in Los Angeles, as well as numerous television appearances and promotional activities in November, including at the American Music Awards where they won the biggest, the better. Artist award, the first time for an Asian artist or group.
The singers returned to South Korea after a few personal trips and isolated themselves separately.
Suga returned on Thursday, December 23, and tested positive the next day, but showed no symptoms. Chief RM returned a week earlier on Friday December 17 and quarantined himself at his home but tested positive the following evening with no symptoms at this point. Jin, the oldest member of the group, returned to Seoul on Monday, December 6, self-quarantined, and eventually completed his quarantine period after testing negative twice. Since then, however, Jin has developed “mild flu-like symptoms” in recent days and tested positive last night.
The concerts and promotional tour were BTS’s first since their record-breaking world concert tour in 2019, before the pandemic began. In addition to winning the award for Best Artist, Best Duo or Group, and Best Pop / Rock Song for 2021 (Butter), BTS was also nominated at the 2022 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance, also for ” Butter “.
BTS debuted in 2013, and after battling in the highly competitive Korean K-Pop music industry, broke into major world music markets and the ‘bamboo ceiling’ to become the largest group in the world, arming social media along the way and shattering hundreds of sales, viewers and YouTube records.