BIGHIT MUSIC has now officially announced that J-Hope is the first of the BTS members to release a solo album, Jack In The Box, after the announcement that BTS would be taking time to focus on individual work.
— BIGHIT MUSIC (@BIGHIT_MUSIC) June 25, 2022
In the statement posted to Weverse, BIGHIT MUSIC once again clarifies that despite the focus on individual activities, BTS is not taking a hiatus as a group.
This is BIGHIT MUSIC.
We would like to announce the release of Jack In The Box, J-Hope’s solo album. BTS has turned the page on their new chapter, throughout which the members will harmoniously carry out their group and individual activities. J-Hope will be the first member of BTS to start this new journey and release his solo album.
Although the animated teaser for Jack In The Box didn’t suggest much about what the album would be, BIGHIT MUSIC’s statement expresses that the album will demonstrate J-Hope’s “aspirations to break the mold and grow further.”
J-Hope’s solo album, as expressed in the title of the album Jack In The Box, represents his aspiraitons to break the mold and grow further.
The statement shares that a pre-released track will be released on July 1st, and the full album will be released on July 15th.
Starting with his pre-released track to be released on July 1st, diverse content to show J-Hope’s creative identity as an artist will be introduced. Please stay tuned and we will continue to provide you with more details on the album.
We hope that you look forward to Jack In The Box and send J-Hope your love and support as he takes his first step as a solo artist.
Pre-released track release date: 1 PM, Friday, July 1, 2022 (KST)
Full tracks release date: 1 PM, Friday, July 15, 2022 (KST)
Although fans were hopeful that J-Hope would be releasing a solo album ever since it was announced that he would be headlining Chicago’s Lollapalooza, they can’t contain their excitement now that the album is confirmed.
JHOPE IS COMING pic.twitter.com/twkkyXfeKU
— maryam (@syubhoya) June 25, 2022
JHOPE JACK IN THE BOX ALBUM, LET'S GO!!! pic.twitter.com/hre6d5H9VX
— ängelique (@mygsrockstar) June 25, 2022
THE JHOPE ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT pic.twitter.com/i7GEqxzyre
— belle⁷🃏 (@jeonluvrbot) June 25, 2022
J-Hope is also expressing his excitement at the news, sharing the animation on his Instagram.
And updating his Instagram bio to tell ARMY to “Get ready for Jack In The Box.”
Some fans are joking that despite the hiatus rumors, BTS really aren’t planning on giving fans a break.
June 24: jk collab
July 1st: Jhope pre released title
July 15: jhope album
Who said we can have a break??! 😭
— Charlotte⁷ LEFT & RIGHT (@youazz7) June 25, 2022
Other fans are already confident that they will love the album.
hope world and jack in the box by jung hoseok 🔥 can't wait for jhope solo album pic.twitter.com/ntnTpoZO9J
— MAYCEE ⁷ 🐹 (@seokjinmylabsss) June 25, 2022
— ray 🌸 (@kookgibuys) June 25, 2022
Especially since the concept of a Jack In The Box is all about surprise and breaking expectations.
“Jack in the box” is a toy where usually clown doll springs out of an open box
— milenna⁷ | Left & Right (@taesoothe) June 25, 2022
Which fans think is also an appropriate way to describe how they’re feeling waiting for Jack In The Box to be released.
The anticipation is literally like turning the crank of a box waiting for Jhope to jump out and scare the whole industry with his versatility, skills and power. pic.twitter.com/Auj3LoYam8
— Gujovski⁷ | Yoongi's Hair Tie (@gujovski) June 25, 2022
Although some fans are teasingly pointing out that because of the title, they will have to trend four different names for the album’s release.
now we are really going to trend four names: HOSEOK, HOBI, JHOPE and JACK 😭
— sen⁷ #JackInTheBox (@sugatradamus) June 25, 2022
One eagle-eyed fan noticed that when Jimin allegedly spoiled J-Hope’s appearance at Lollapalooza, J-Hope was conveniently wearing a shirt with “Jack” on it.
The coincidence of jimin mentioning Jhope solo concert and then there’s hobi wearing a shirt with a jack on it 😭 pic.twitter.com/sS31f6yi2r
— ◡̈ (@taebokkiii) June 25, 2022
And fans also pointed out that because Jack In The Box will be released before Lollapalooza, J-Hope will be able to perform his new songs.
oh my god jhope's new album "jack in the box" full tracks release is on july 15 so we'll probably see him perform his new songs at lollapalooza on july 31st
— anne⁷ (@mpeachyungs) June 25, 2022
But one thing’s for sure: fans can’t wait to support J-Hope’s new endeavors.
— The Moon & His Sun 🌔 Hobipalooza (@TheMoon_HisSun) June 25, 2022
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