BTS's lead rapper Suga to go on solo world tour in six countries

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : February 15, 2023, 10:56 Updated : November 6, 2023, 10:46

[Courtesy of Big Hit]

SEOUL -- BTS member Suga will go on a solo world tour, starting with the first concert in Belmont Park, New York on April 26. The 29-year-old became the first BTS member to launch a solo world tour.
Big Hit, the seven-member band's agency, said in a statement on February 15 that Suga will cover six countries -- United States, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan. BTS' lead rapper will interact with global fans from April to June in various cities including Los Angeles, Auckland, Jakarta, Bangkok, and Seoul. Big Hit has not disclosed his schedule in Japan.
Suga has showcased rapping skills by collaborating with various artists. He participated in "Song Request," a song by 53-year-old veteran singer Lee So-ra in 2019. The music video for the song gained more than 1.3 million views in less than 24 hours. Suga also collaborated with IU, one of the most popular female artists in South Korea's entertainment scene, to release "Eight," a dance song with some 169 million views on YouTube.
BTS has earlier shocked fans with a sudden decision that all members would fulfill their mandatory military service in South Korea technically at war with North Korea. All able-bodied South Korean males who are 18 and older must do their mandatory military service for more than 18 months. During their service, group members will be allowed to participate in limited group activities such as concerts outside barracks if top commanders make an exceptional judgment that their reunion will promote national interest.
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