SEOUL • Tottenham Hotspur participant Son Heung-min met his aim on the Asian Games, successful exemption from necessary army service after South Korea bagged the soccer gold medal final week.
A lawmaker has now sought the identical privilege for the seven members of Ok-pop boyband BTS after they scored one more monumental feat.
For the second time in six months, BTS struck, netting the No. 1 album within the United States, with Love Yourself: Answer matching the May chart-topping success of Love Yourself: Tear.
Answer, the third a part of a trilogy, options greater than a dozen songs from the earlier two chapters plus 10 new tracks, together with Idol, a collaboration with American rapper Nicki Minaj.
Billboard reported that amongst artists with albums this yr which are labeled as pop, solely Justin Timberlake and Ariana Grande had larger opening weeks than Answer.
That triumph, plus news of their attainable army obligation exemption, gave a booster shot to South Korean corporations linked to BTS.
LB Semicon, whose affiliate holds about an 11 per cent stake within the band’s administration company Big Hit Entertainment, gained as a lot as 12.6 per cent in share worth.
Netmarble, the second-largest shareholder of the company, and subsidiary YJM Games, jumped 1.7 per cent and 1.eight per cent respectively.
The necessary army service is taken into account the largest problem for Ok-pop boybands looking for global domination.
But enlistment within the military can also be a extremely contentious concern in South Korea, the place all able-bodied males should full about 21 months of service as a part of efforts to take care of a deterrent in opposition to North Korea.
Exemptions are at the moment supplied to athletes who win gold medals on the Asian Games or medals of any color on the Olympics.
Mr Ki Chan-soo, commissioner of the Military Manpower Administration, stated on Monday that the exemption rule might be amended.
Yonhap news company cited him as saying: “We’re already running short of military personnel resources, so we’ll start by looking into whether the exemption programme is fair.”
Some have referred to as for it to be abolished, questioning its equity in an period when South Koreans have been clamouring for an finish to lopsided benefits in all walks of life.
So at the same time as Mr Ha Tae-keung, an opposition lawmaker, has urged for exemption to cowl different areas equivalent to Ok-pop, the Answer for any request from BTS bandmates could be “no” for now, regardless of their global-conquering methods.
NYTIMES, BLOOMBERG, REUTERS