Jin of boy band BTS is seen on departure at Gimpo International Airport on November 21, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Han Myung-Gu/GC Images


  • BTS member Jin's upcoming solo single album "The Astronaut" will be released on Oct. 28
  • The song is meant to be a "gift" for the fans, Jin's agency says
  • Preorders start Wednesday via the Weverse Shop and Target

BigHit Music just announced the official release date of BTS member Jin's upcoming solo single album "The Astronaut," and it's sooner than most fans expected.

"BTS member Jin's first official solo single, 'The Astronaut,' will be released on October 28, 2022," BTS' entertainment label said in a statement posted via global fandom platform Weverse Wednesday.

"Since it's a song made with so much love toward the fans, we hope 'The Astronaut' can be a gift to all of you," the statement continued.

This song will make Jin the second BTS member to debut as an individual artist. J-Hope became the first member to go solo when he dropped his album "Jack in the Box" in July.

The news came after BTS' management group Hybe, which owns Bighit, announced Monday that all seven members of the band will serve compulsory military service in South Korea. Oldest member Jin, 29, will be the first to start military duty after the release of his solo single this month.

Although further information about the track has yet to be released, it was rumored to have been gifted by the British band Coldplay.

During BTS' concert in Busan, South Korea, Saturday to support the city's bid for World Expo 2030, Jin gave an update on his solo music and teased that his upcoming track was made by an artist that he is a fan of.

"I have a new album coming out. It's not that big of a deal. It's just a single. I was able to collaborate with someone I really adore. I have a lot of [content] to share with you so I hope you enjoy them," the singer told the crowd, according to a translation posted by Twitter user @jinnieslamp.

Last year, BTS and Coldplay collaborated on the track "My Universe," which has surpassed 500 million streams on Spotify. If Jin indeed worked with the band for his solo music, fans can expect "The Astronaut" to potentially have a similar vibe.

On Tuesday, a logo trailer for "The Astronaut" was released via YouTube, and it showed an astronaut floating in space. The video has accumulated 1.4 million views as of writing.

BigHit Music announced that two versions of Jin's solo single album will be released, both of which will include a photobook, CD, lyric card, postcard, graphic sticker, seal sticker, random photocard with Jin's signature at the back and a poster.

According to the promotion schedule, Jin will release a poster for the song Thursday and concept photos from Oct. 24 to 26. Music video teaser clips will be unveiled on Oct. 27.

Pre-orders for "The Astronaut" start Wednesday at 11 a.m. KST (10 p.m. EDT). It will be released alongside the official music video on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. KST (12 a.m. EDT).

The album can be pre-ordered online and via in-person music retail stores. For U.S.-based fans, make sure to check out Weverse Shop USA and Target.

According to Koreaboo, physical albums can also be purchased through Amazon, Walmart and Barnes & Noble upon release.

South Korean boy band BTS arrives for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022
South Korean boy band BTS arrives for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022 AFP / ANGELA WEISS