K-Pop superstars BTS respond to accusations that they “rigged” music charts

Boy band BTS is responding to accusations that they and their huge fan base, the military, have manipulated the music charts to repeatedly top the Hot 100.

K-pop sensations responded to the allegations during a lengthy interview with painting, suggesting that their international popularity and notorious fans make them “easy targets” for these kinds of accusations.

In July, two of the band’s songs, Butter and Permission to Dance, oscillated between number one and number seven leading to questions from social media users about whether the big jump back and forth was legitimate.

Speak out: Boy band BTS responds to accusations that they and their huge fan base, the military, have manipulated music charts to repeatedly score number one on the Hot 100, in an interview with Billboard

Butter spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and only dethroned him with the band’s next song, Permission to Dance.

Butter then climbed to number seven but returned to number one the following week with permission to dance the trading positions at number seven.

According to Billboard, BTS’s military typically raise funds to purchase digital copies of the band’s singles, which results in them becoming increasingly popular as one person can have an unlimited number of songs.

While iTunes will note that a song has already been purchased/downloaded, the outlet adds that sources have claimed that the majority of BTS’ sales go through their website where fans can purchase the same song in bulk.

Questions: In July, two of the band's songs, Butter and Permission to Dance, were swinging between points number one and number seven leading to questions from social media users about whether the big jump back and forth was legitimate.

Questions: In July, two of the band’s songs, Butter and Permission to Dance, were swinging between points number one and number seven leading to questions from social media users about whether the big jump back and forth was legitimate.

When asked about accusations that such practices by their fans are, in fact, wrongly pushing the group into number one, the band seemed to feel it was a problem with the charts, not them or their fans.

BTS’ RM said, “It’s a fair question. “But if there’s a conversation within Billboard about what being #1 should represent, it’s up to them to change the rules and make the broadcast more of an impact on the rankings.”

Addition: “We or our fans slammed us for getting to number one with physical sales and downloads, I don’t know if that’s true… It feels like we’re easy targets because we’re a boy band and K-pop did, and we have such high fan loyalty.

Shin Young-jae, president of BTS’ Big Hit Music, denied the accusations: “Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually had the ability to orchestrate such a thing?”

BTS' RM said, ``It's a fair question.

BTS’ RM said, “It’s a fair question. “But if there’s a conversation within Billboard about what being #1 should represent, it’s up to them to change the rules and make the broadcast more of an impact on the rankings.”

I understand that there are developments in the market

This is a scratch for some people. But I don’t think the US market can top it in downloads alone. We believe the impact of songs has been demonstrated in many ways, and we are proud of this achievement.

The Korean band was formed in 2010 and debuted their first track two years later in 2013.

BTS consists of seven members, Jin, 28, Suga, 28, J-Hope, 27, RM, 26, Jimin, 25, V, 25, and Jungkook, 23, who have achieved massive international fame since their debut.

The first English-language track, Dynamite, was released in August of 2020 to huge commercial success and scored the group their first ever Grammy Award nomination.

“We or our fans slammed us or our fans for getting to #1 with sales and physical downloads, I don’t know if that’s true… It feels like we’re easy targets because we’re a boy band, a K-pop actor, and we have such high fan loyalty.”

Recently, BTS left fans devastated when they announced the cancellation of their Soul World Tour map.

BTS’ world tour has been in limbo since April 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic threw live events into chaos.

Citing “changing circumstances” for the reason for the cancellation, the band’s Big Hit Music entertainment company has apologized to sad ticket holders around the world.

The entire official statement said, “Our company has worked hard to resume preparations for BTS’s map of the Soul Tour, knowing that all fans have been eagerly waiting for the tour for a long time.

Big Honor: The first English-language track, Dynamite, was released in August of 2020, and was a huge commercial success and scored the group their first ever Grammy Award nomination.

Big Honor: The first English-language track, Dynamite, was released in August of 2020, and was a huge commercial success and scored the group their first ever Grammy Award nomination.

Due to changing circumstances beyond our control, it has become difficult to resume shows with the same scale and schedule as previously planned. So we must announce the cancellation of BTS Map of the Soul Tour.

Once again, allow us to offer our sincere apologies to all the fans who have been waiting for the resumption of BTS Map Of The Soul Tour. We are working on a viable schedule and performance format that can meet your expectations, and we will provide updated notifications as soon as possible.

The South Korean boy’s seven-piece tour was originally supposed to coincide with the group’s release of their album Map of the Soul: 7 in the spring of last year, but the concerts have been constantly postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The bummer: The seven-piece South Korean boy tour was originally supposed to coincide with the band's release of their album Map of the Soul: 7 in the spring last year, but the concerts have been constantly postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The bummer: The seven-piece South Korean boy tour was originally supposed to coincide with the band’s release of their album Map of the Soul: 7 in the spring last year, but the concerts have been constantly postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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