BTS’ JHope

to release a digital album? ARMY criticize HYBE

BTS member JHope is finally debuting his first solo album called “Jack in the Box.” However, instead of a physical copy, the Kpop artist seems to be releasing a digital album. His fans, ARMY, seem to be unhappy about it and openly criticized HYBE, the management company behind BTS, for sabotaging JHope’s debut as a solo artist.

After releasing their physical album “Proof” in June 2022, BTS members announced they will be taking a break as a group and promote as solo artists. This news came as a surprise for fans but also great anticipation on finally seeing their favorite artists debut as solo artists.

Following the announcement, JHope became the first member of the group to debut as a solo artist. He will be releasing a solo album “Jack in the Box” on July 1, 2022, and perform at Lollapalooza 2022, becoming the first K-pop idol to do so.

With the news of the debut album, fans anticipated the release of a physical album. However, HYBE announced it will be a digital album available on Weverse Album App.

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This angered a lot of fans and they openly criticized HYBE for sabotaging the solo debut of JHope.

The songs will be streamed digitally through streaming sites and the album buyers will only receive physical photocards of the album.

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As of now, HYBE hasn’t responded to the criticism and seems adamant about releasing JHope’s album digitally.

ARMY fears that the lack of a physical album will prevent the artist from charting on International Music Charts, especially Billboard.

Inside BTS JHOPE Digital Album “Jack in the Box”

Weverse Albums are digital albums introduced by HYBE which come with a QR code to scan to access the music tracks online on Weverse Music App.

Weverse is a social app made for HYBE artists and other Kpop idols to interact with fans, post, do live streams, buy albums, and more. Each group or artist has its own community that fans can join.

“Jack in the Box” digital album is shaped like a flat box and opened up in a blade-like shape.

Inside the album are two photocards of JHOPE, two hologram Jack in the Box stickers, one Weverse rewards scan card, and a Weverse digital music scan card with instructions.




The fans can simply scan the QR code on Weverse printed on the digital music card, which will redirect them to the tracks from JHOPE’s Jack in the Box album. It’s that simple and easy.

The Digital album came in two versions, blue and pink, but both of them had the same QR code to scan. This album was eligible for the music album chart on Billboard and other international sites.

However, since only the Digital album was released, the physical sales weren’t counted for JHOPE. Still, the artist managed to top the local Korean and International charts thanks to the fans.

Additionally, HYBE also released JHOPE’s Jack in the Box limited edition vinyl release for fans who wish to own a physical file of the album.