Jimin has a gift for fans in the final days of 2023. The singer’s management company BigHit Music announced Wednesday (Dec. 20) that the BTS member will be releasing a new solo single titled “Closer Than This,” arriving under ARMY’s trees with time to spare before Christmas.
Sharing the news on Weverse, BigHit wrote that the company is “excited to announce the release of BTS member Jimin’s digital single, ‘Closer Than This,’” which drops at 2 p.m. KST on Friday, which means midnight ET on Dec. 22 for fans stateside. According to the company, the 28-year-old K-pop star’s newest project is a “heartfelt fan song that encapsulates Jimin’s genuine feelings for ARMY.”
“As we approach the final days of 2023, we hope that ‘Closer Than This,’ with its lyrics conveying Jimin’s love and affection for his fans, will bring you hope and warmth,” BigHit concluded its message.
The song announcement comes just a few weeks after it was confirmed that Jimin and three of his bandmates — V, Jung Kook and RM — had started the process of enlisting in the South Korean army, and have since begun serving. Jin, Suga and J-Hope had already previously began their service; all able-bodied men are obligated to complete about two years of service by South Korean law.
Earlier this year, Jimin dropped his EP Face, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. One of the project’s singles, “Like Crazy,” topped the Billboard Hot 100 in April, becoming the singer’s first No. 1 on the chart as a soloist.
Last month, Jimin was a top nominee with eight nods at this year’s MAMA Awards, where he was crowned best male artist. “Today we received so many valuable awards today,” he wrote to fans afterward on Weverse. “Thank you very much to all ARMYs who always support and love us. We will do our best to show you better music and performances. Thank you again and I love you.”
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