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K-pop superstar group BTS will take 'extended' break

South Korean boy band BTS performs on ABC's

South Korean boy band BTS performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Central Park on May 15. Photo Credit: AP/Invision/Scott Roth

The wildly popular South Korean boy band BTS, one of only three rock-pop groups to release three number-one albums in less than a year, is taking its first prolonged break since forming in 2013.

The septet's management company, Big Hit Entertainment, tweeted Sunday that "for the first time since their debut, BTS will be going on an official and extended period of rest and relaxation."

The company said the group's performance that day at retailer Lotte Duty Free's 29th annual Family Concert, in the Seoul Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium, "will mark the last scheduled event before the members prepare to take their vacations."

Big Hit went on to explain, "This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentless [ly] driven themselves towards their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators. This will also provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly." It did not say how long the hiatus is expected to last.

The company added, "Should you have a chance encounter with a member of BTS while they are on vacation, we ask that you show consideration for their need to rest and enjoy their time off."

On April 27, BTS joined an elite group when its eighth album, "Map of the Soul: Persona," became its third in a year to reach number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, following "Love Yourself: Tear" on June 2, 2018, and "Love Yourself: Answer" on Sept. 8, 2018.

In November 2017, BTS set a Guinness World Record for the most Twitter engagements, overtaking the previous record-holder, singer Harry Styles.

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