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K-pop group BTS can defer military service after South Korea passes new law

December 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 22: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY; NO BOOK COVERS.) In this image released on November 22, J-Hope, Suga, V, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM of BTS perform onstage for the 2020 American Music Awards on November 22, 2020 in South Korea. (Photo by Big Hit Entertainment/AMA2020/Getty Images via Getty Images)

K-pop fans can breathe a sigh of relief, with BTS here to stay -- for a few more years, at least.

(CNN)K-pop fans can breathe a sigh of relief, with BTS here to stay -- for a few more years, at least.

But on Tuesday, the parliament passed a bill allowing pop stars -- such as BTS -- to defer their service.

Previously, the law allowed special exemptions for top artists, athletes, and musicians -- for instance, those who have won classical music competitions -- but not top K-pop stars.

The revised law now allows exemptions for those who "excel in popular culture and art," according to a notice from the National Assembly.

Now, the law will buy him two more years.

The revision comes shortly after BTS' single "Dynamite," released in August, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 -- making them the first South Korean pop act to debut at No. 1.

BTS' label, Big Hit Entertainment, has previously said in statements that military service was a "duty" the band would fulfill.

One of the country's biggest K-pop stars, G-Dragon, completed 20 months of service last year, leaving the army's headquarters to major fanfare.

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