When BigHit shared the press release that BTS would be on a 2-month hiatus/vacation, ARMYs celebrated BTS’ well-deserved vacation upon hearing the news. Some ARMYs placed their social media on "rest", spoke of catching up on all BTS content and saving money for all future BTS purchases.
How wrong were we? Let's start at the beginning of August.
Week 5th - 10th
Market Watch confirmed BTS as a powerhouse of the music industry. The article recapped all BTS sales and other accomplishments.
Billboard reported BTS attained 99.3 million in tour sales, with the band projected to make over 9 figures in tour revenue by the end of 2019.
Week 5th - 10th August
On August 7th, BTS released the docu-series "Bring The Soul" in theatres worldwide. In the movie, "members shared their real and untold stories by opening up to each other and the fans."
Bring The Soul docu-series created a record as it was released in 110 theatres worldwide.
BTS received a Double Million + Double Platinum Certifications From Gaon for the album Love Yourself: Tear and the BTS World OST, respectively. We also learned:
BTS attains a million sales certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RAIJ) with their singles Lights/ Boy With Luv Japan release. BTS is the only non-Japanese artist to attain this accolade.
BTS 2018 Memories DVD was also released during this week. They shared concert performances, behind the scenes videos, and images of all of BTS activities and success of 2018.
Week 11th - 17th
BTS Vacation begins
Lotte Duty-Free concert was the last performance done by BTS before their vacation began. BTS was last seen on stage at the end of their European Love Yourself - Speak Yourself Tour in France. Thus the Lotte Duty-Free dominant stage performances and new looks (*cough cough* Long Hair Bangtan *cough cough*) caused quite a stir within the fandom.
By the end of the first few weeks of BTS hiatus, we soon realized that although BTS was on vacation, we weren’t.
Starting with Bighit release of the trailer for BTS’ six-episode docu-series Bring The Soul with the premiere date on the 27th of August. This series teased at a more in-depth discussion with the members, than those seen in the BTS movie.
Forbes also reported that BTS became the first K-Pop act to chart three albums on the Billboard 200 twice simultaneously. A feat accomplished by the BTS OST for their game BTS WORLD re-entering the charts.
Week 18th - 24th
During this time, news broke that Map of the Soul: Persona was certified gold by the RIAA after 5 months of its release.
US history was made yet again by BTS when they became the first Kpop act to occupy three spots on the Billboard 200 for more than one week in a row.
ARMYs were surprised to learn that at the end of August, BTS would release their last summer package, which highlights their home country of South Korea.
Week 25th - 31st
The much anticipated BANGTAN BOMB from 2019 Billboard Music Awards was finally released and it was much more than we ARMYs expected.
ARMYs also enjoyed the first episode of Bring the Soul docu-series titled "Challenge."
As the docu-series premiered, at the end of August, Forbes reported that the film Bring The Soul earned 24.3 million dollars as it earned another record for profit made for an event movie.
Although unable to attend, BTS won two MTV VMAs in the Best Group and Best Kpop Category.
Week 1st -7th
ARMYs all over the world took to all social media platforms to share our birthday greetings to our maknae Jeon Jungkook. Along with projects, donations, letters and creations, ARMYs may have also crashed a website or two in our enthusiasm to share our love for Jungkook (sorry Twitter). While also taking over the Twitter trends for the whole day, which caught the eye of some famous people (Hi Mr. William Shatner).
Week 8th - 14th
ARMYs around the world were giddy with excitement to celebrate our BTS leader's Birthday. This time, although we didn't break any websites, we still took over all social media platforms to shower Namjoon with beautiful words, creations, and projects. One such project highlighted RM's love of nature as 250 fans planted a forest in his honor. ARMYs outpouring of love was so immense that RM wrote a very