As BTS Enters ‘Hiatus,’ J-Hope Sets Solo Album

J-Hope will mark "the beginning with his upcoming solo album," the HYBE message explains, with further information to be shared in due course.

As news broke of BTS’ open-ended hiatus, ARMY shed tears, and the K-pop superstars’ music company shed market cap.

One door closes, and in the case of BTS, seven individual windows should open. Beginning with J-Hope.

J-Hope will mark “the beginning with his upcoming solo album,” the message continues, with further information to be shared in due course.

The impact was measurable, certainly for HYBE, whose shareprice fell 27.5% in early trading Wednesday morning, briefly knocking off about $1.7 billion of market capitalization, before rebounding.

Based on midweek data, Proof is on track for a U.K. Top 5 berth, and “Yet to Come” is eyeing a Top 20 debut, for what should be the week’s best-performing new title.