Imagine if there was a sell-by date for your pop star crush, not because you have fickle tastes, not because of maturity, but because you know there will come a point in time they have to stop singing and dancing and start assembling rifles. Such is the case for artists hailing from South Korea. On the one hand, no nation in the world boasts an industry so intent on continually manufacturing fresh boy bands, and no nation boasts an audience so willing to accept them. On the other hand-the less good hand--South Korea has compulsory military conscription which means the members of these endless bands only have a short window to become famous before they depart for two years of military service.
This year, one of K-Pop's most durable outfits, BIGBANG, starts to lose members to the army. TOP and G-Dragon are first to hang up their glittery costumes, with the other three members to follow next year.
Let's wish these guys a safe couple of years out of the spotlight and let's hope they sytill have an audience when they get back.
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