BTS will never see them again on the Billboard charts? Kpop is de*d in the US? Rest in peace the 4th gen? Oh my god! Seriously, what is throwing Kpop into such chaos?
Well well well, this fuss turns out to stem from the latest move that Billboard just popped up yesterday.
Specifically, according to SingleMusic, Billboard introduced new rules for the “Hot 100” and other charts which were put in place and have been effective as of 2022.
With these new rules, only one digital sale will be counted per customer per week for songs and albums. “Bulk purchases” of two or more will definitely not be counted. Still, this does not affect physical album sales.
Expectedly, this announcement quickly caused a stir among K-nets as fans have been discussing what these rule changes could mean. When discussing Billboard charts or the music scene in general, of course, BTS was mentioned and ARMYs had a lot to say.
With these new rules, some netizens believed that Billboard is discouraging fans from buying their favorite artists’ music. Instead, they seem to be shifting the focus and importance of streams.
Meanwhile, many other people can’t help but remember when Billboard was under fire for their interview with BTS in their August 2021 controversy, in which the magazine implied ARMYs were responsible for chart manipulation to help BTS’s rise to the top on their charts.
But the most notable thing is that while these new rules came as an earthquake to the whole music industry, especially to smaller artists who will find it harder to get on their dreams, I didn’t get why many netizens are seeing it as great news.
They even celebrated this announcement, claiming that BTS is over now and will never get another Number 1 on any Billboard charts.
Well well well, seems like there are lots of BTS-antis who have always gotten any chances to bring the boy group down.
However, with millions of ARMYs around the world, I bet BTS will probably win in the end, no matter how Billboard changes the rules.
Are you a Kpop fan? If yes, then you've come to the exact channel you ever need! Here, we will bring you exciting and exotic K-pop content through beautifully edited videos. With us, you can grasp deeper knowledge about the K-pop world - a large, strange yet amazing industry of Korea.