Back in June, fans of BTS got some rough news: the K-pop supergroup was taking a lil’ break to focus on “solo projects.” Yesterday, the situation worsened. The band’s record label, BIGHIT MUSIC, announced they will be on hiatus until 2025. It’s not so Jin can leave the others in the dust and become the next Harry Styles/Justin Timberlake/Beyoncé; it’s so each member can complete their mandatory military service in South Korea. That’s right, all able-bodied South Korean men must serve in the army for 18 months by the time they are 28 years old. In 2020, parliament passed a bill allowing pop stars to defer until they turn 30. Welp, Jin turns 30 in December, so he’s up first. Somebody get that boy a Phantom of the Opera mask STAT; he can’t risk scarring that beautiful face!
Winston Marshall Is Taking A Break From Mumford & Sons After Praising A Book By Right-Wing Journalist Andy Ngo
I know a bunch of you just responded, “who, meh, and who?” to that headline, so please, let me explain. A few days ago Winston Marshall, the banjo player in Mumford & Sons (not the one married to Carey Mulligan, the one who split from Dianna Agron last year) received a ton of online backlash after voicing his support for the book, “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy” by Andy Ngo. Andy, a FOX News regular, is known for his super-right-wing reporting on Portland protests and his affiliation with neo-fascist groups the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer. In a (since-deleted) tweet, Winston wrote: “Congratulations @MrAndy Ngo. Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.” Well, now Winston will have even more time to catch up on his reading, cuz last night he posted an apology and announced that he’s “taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots.” Continue reading
Peter Turik of the Canadian metal band Witchrot is either a genius at marketing, or has no idea what he’s just let slip between his fingers. Peter made a candid announcement about the band breaking up on their Facebook page, and now it’s gone viral.