BTS’ J-Hope to release song before military enlistment

J-Hope, a member of Grammy-nominated K-pop group BTS, will be releasing a single before his military enlistment. 

On Feb. 26, Big Hit Music, BTS’ agency, announced that “we would like to inform our fans that J-Hope has initiated the military enlistment process by applying for the termination of his enlistment postponement. We will inform you of further updates in due course.”

BTS' J-Hope in the Disney+ documentary "J-Hope in the Box" (top) (Photos from Disney+, Big Hit Music)

This is the first step that will allow J-Hope to receive a notice from the Military Manpower Administration (MMA), Korea’s government agency that is responsible for conscription. 

Immediately after the announcement, Big Hit Music released another notice that J-Hope will release the song “on the street” on March 3. 

“We are happy to inform you that BTS member j-hope will be releasing a solo single ‘on the street.’ J-Hope wrote the track to share his candid feelings toward his fans,” it said. 

It explained that “on the street’ is about “J-Hope's roots—street dance—from which his dream to become an artist began, and the path the artist and fans will continue to walk together. We hope that j-hope’s ‘on the street’ serves as a meaningful gift to everyone who supports the artist. Please look forward to j-hope’s new song!”

Last July, J-Hope released “Jack in the Box,” his first studio album, which sold 410,671 copies by the end of 2022, according to Hanteo Chart. 

On Feb. 17, Disney+ released the documentary “J-Hope in the Box,” which provides “exclusive look at J-Hope’s creative process as he works to release his first solo album.”

J-Hope’s “on the street” will be released at 2 p.m. KST (1 p.m. in the Philippines) on March 3.