BTS debuted in the K-pop industry in 2013 with very little fanfare. By 2015, they had managed to climb to the top of music charts in South Korea. A few years later, the group was well on their way to international superstardom.
However, despite the fact that BTS is now famous around the world, many fans believe they are not always treated well for an artist of their status. Recently, BTS fans also discovered another “unfair” treatment the group receives.
Fans often voice complaints about
BTS being treated unfairly in the American music industry
In August 2019, MTV found itself in hot water after it
debuted a K-pop category for the annual Video Music Awards and announced BTS as
one of the nominations. BTS fans found the move offensive
because they saw it as a way to sideline BTS instead of allowing them to be
nominated under much bigger categories like “Artist of the Year” or “Video of
Fans also pointed out that BTS already outperformed
artists like Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and the Jonas Brothers when it comes
to album sales and streams, which means they should have received nominations
in big categories like any other popular artists.
This incident was just one in a long list of complaints fans
have made about how BTS is sometimes not thought to be on the same level as
artists who sing in English or artists who originated in Western countries.
What is another ‘unfair’ and ‘problematic’
treatment fans discovered?
In mid-July, Nielsen Music released
a mid-year report to highlight music sales and consumption in the first
half of 2020. In the report, fans pointed out that BTS’s recent release, Map of the Soul: 7, did not make it to
Nielsen’s “Top Five Albums” list despite outselling other artists on there,
such as Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, and Lady Gaga.
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Journalist Brian Patrick Byrne allegedly reached out to
Nielsen for a clarification and received the response that it was because BTS
had been categorized differently.
“When I asked Nielsen about this discrepancy, they told me, ‘We
used Core genre and BTS core genre is ‘World’. While BTS is eligible for Pop
charts, the Core genre keeps genres unique,’” Byrne wrote on Twitter.
Byrne also shared that, unlike other non-American artists like Justin Bieber and Harry Styles, BTS has reportedly been categorized as “World” because they do not sing in English. Additionally, according to Byrne, Nielsen compared BTS to Latin pop artists, noting that the latter would be under the…