According to reports on September 20, KST, all seven members of BTS have renewed their exclusive artist contracts with BIGHIT MUSIC.
The news comes as a surprise for ARMYs since the tenure of the group’s last contract is yet to be over. However, early renewals are not new for the group. BTS’s first contract with BIGHIT was tenured from 2013 to 2020. But they renewed their contract much in advance, in 2018.
The second contract would have expired in 2025, the year all BTS members are supposed to return from their mandatory military service. But they have again renewed two years in advance, ensuring their future as a group.
Additionally, reports state that BIGHIT MUSIC donated ₩1.00 billion KRW (about $754,000 USD) to UNICEF Korea as a thankful gesture to BTS and ARMY to commemorate this renewal. The donation was made through BTS’s LOVE MYSELF campaign, which commenced in 2017.
While contract renewals in K-Pop can often be elusive, ARMYs didn’t have to wait for media outlets to break the news to them. RM took the lead and posted a snippet of the contract document on his Instagram. He followed it up with another story dedicated to ARMYs, implying that the reunion everyone is looking forward to in 2025 is all secured.
[rkive] instagram story
'pop culture artist exclusive contract'
💜 2025 💜 pic.twitter.com/DpzEl2PjXJ
— 윤서⁷ (slow) (@btsinthemoment) September 20, 2023
While the unexpected news of the renewal was already a treat for fans, they are even more grateful that RM thought of sharing it with them directly and provided the assurance they never realized they needed!
Love how Namjoon didn’t even leave any room for us to question if the articles were legit or not. Straight up posted the contract tagging BTS and ARMY like he’s celebrating with us https://t.co/VXi46Jt37S
— Taylor Mari⁷ (@tayeditsx) September 20, 2023
namjoon’s instagram story… im crying pic.twitter.com/dgDyjJQOu5
— namjoon pics (@rmarchives) September 20, 2023
The # army 😭 this is a promise to us https://t.co/SMOvF5LnXW
— Vanessa⁷ missing BTS (@ARMYEuphoria7) September 20, 2023
Not that I ever doubted it, but it makes me so emotional to see our leader posting this. It’s an 아포방포 statement 💜💜💜 https://t.co/A0ZaxUINGw
— agnes⁷ ˙८ ˙ ʟᴀʏᴏ(ꪜ)ᴇʀ (slow) (@moonchild112611) September 20, 2023