Last month, BTS fans were devastated to learn that the Map of the Soul world tour was postponed indefinitely. The ARMY was hoping the South Korean K-pop sensation would announce plans to tour again in the not too distant future.
Sadly, the group’s management team sent an unexpected blow to the hordes of fans awaiting the return of the energetic boy group BTS.
BTS is a global phenomenon
The seven-member group of J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM, V and Suga reunited in 2010. Also known as Bangtan Boys, their debut album single 2 Cool 4 School debuted in 2013. Several years later the boy group rose to fame around the world.
The group’s unique blend of electronic dance and pop music, mixed with synchronized dance moves, has attracted countless dedicated fans. Rolling Stone calls international superstars “the future of music,” putting the boys on the June 2021 cover.
The magazine states, “BTS has solidified their status as one of the most influential musical groups, not only for their unique and genre-defying sound, but also for the message of positivity and hope that they bring to their fans.”
Soul Map World Tour Canceled
BTS was set to embark on an 18-country world tour after releasing their fourth album, Soul Map: 7. Scheduled to begin in April 2020, the world tour has been suspended for more than 16 months due to COVID-19.
The BTS fandom, known as ARMY, has been repeatedly disappointed with the continued delays in the tours. They hoped the concerts would take place.
While the band‘s label, Big Hit Music, acknowledged all the fans who “have been looking forward to the tour for a long time,” The New York Post confirmed that the tour is now officially canceled.
Variety reported that the label released a statement which read, “Due to changing circumstances beyond our control, it has become difficult to resume performances on the same scale and on the same schedule as planned.”
BTS aren’t the only artists to cancel due to COVID-19
BTS is not the only musical group to be forced to suspend their tours due to the long grip of the coronavirus.
According to NPR, Nine Inch Nails has canceled the remainder of their tour for 2021. The rock band released a statement saying, “These shows were meant to be a cathartic and festive return to live music. However, with each passing day it becomes more and more evident that we are not in this place yet. Country singer Garth Brooks also put the brakes on his stadium tour, saying, “I honestly thought the pandemic was behind us. Now, watching this new wave, I realize that we are still in the fight and I have to do my part.
Meanwhile, musical groups such as Dead & Company, Phish, Maroon 5 and Harry Styles continue to tour. Forbes reported that groups require spectators to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test before entering the room.
Den of Geek reported, “The North American concert industry alone lost an estimated $ 30 billion in 2020 due to the cancellation of almost all shows in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. “
McDonald’s and Hyundai Ioniq Ambassadors tried to keep fans engaged with online performances, a web series, and a record-breaking concert livestream, Muster Soowoozoo. The two-day online concert event drew 1.3 million paying viewers from around the world. Their recent single, “Butter,” spent 13 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard charts, and “Permission to Dance” debuted at number one.
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