BigHit Music, the management company for the K-Pop sensation BTS, has finally announced the release date of Kim Seok-debut Jin's solo album. On October 28, 2022, the album titled “The Astronaut” will be released. BigHit Music made the announcement of the release of the new solo album by Kim Seok-Jin, also known as Jin, on the BTS fan community forum Reverse on Tuesday night. They specified that the new solo album would be published on October 28, 2022, at 1 pm KST.
The Astronaut Song Release Date Revealed
According to the agency's announcement, BTS member Jin's debut solo song, “The Astronaut,” will be released on October 28, 2022. Since ‘The Astronaut' was created with so much love for the fans, we hope it can be a present for you all”.
Throughout the process of preparing this song, we also planned a number of promotions for the fans. Please demonstrate a great deal of eagerness and support for this campaign, in which you can meet numerous sides of Jin,” BigHit Music stated.
Jin revealed the title, a teaser, and the release date for his debut solo song, ‘The Astronaut‘ on October 18, 2022. The organization made it clear that with the release of Jin's solo album, he will immediately begin the enlisting process for the South Korean military. Jin is the band's senior member and will turn 30 in December. The remaining members of the band will follow the enlistment processes after Jin.
Following the release of his debut solo single, Jin will enlist in the military. South Korea is a country where mandatory military service exists. According to South Korean law, all able-bodied men aged 18 or older are required to enlist in the military before the age of 28 and to serve for an average of 18 to 21 months.
In addition, there is a clause exempting a small group of individuals from this restriction. This law does not apply to exceptional athletes such as Olympic medalists and winners of musical or other artistic competitions.
As a result of the band's contributions to putting South Korea on the world map, the South Korean government established a rule allowing the members of BTS to avoid mandatory military service until the age of 30. Fans and band members waited so long for the government to give a statutory exception for the band members, but this did not occur.
BTS is the first K-Pop group to have performed alone at the Grammys and to been nominated for Grammys twice. They have also spoken and played at the United Nations and visited with the U.S. president at the White House. They were also essential to the expansion of the South Korean economy. All of these contributions gave them and their fans optimism that the government would modify mandatory military enlistment, but the government did not take the expected action.
Due to Jin's compliance with the regulation and enlistment in the military, the band will be put on hold. The members are scheduled to be discharged from the military by 2025, at which point the band will be able to restore its previous status.
The band BTS was created in 2010 and made its debut under BigHit Music in 2013. On August 20, 2014, their debut album Dark & Wild was released. The band became a pop phenomenon after releasing consecutive successes. The songs Dynamite, DNA, Butter, and Blood Sweat & Tears elevated them to the level of being one of the top bands in the world. Their music transcended linguistic barriers and even topped the Billboard charts.
On July 14, 2022, the band announced that they will be going on pause to allow everyone to focus on their respective careers. The announcement took place during a FESTA dinner. The leader of the band RM stated that the image of pop stars places so many expectations on the artist that they are unable to focus on their solo career. The group and management have declared unequivocally that this does not indicate the dissolution of the band and that they intend to reunite later in 2025.