The BTS Army is loyal and willing to stand for BTS. In a recent interview with Billboard, BTS was asked questions that the Army didn’t like.
In the interview, BTS was asked to share their opinions on a wide variety of topics. BTS was directly asked about chart manipulation that the fans do. This includes boosting sales, purchasing and streaming multiple versions of the same song (such as the “Butter” remixes), and choosing dedicated days for streaming and/or purchasing a particular song to greatly impact its chart performance.
To this, RM and the president of Big Hit Music replied, “It’s a fair question. But if there is a conversation inside Billboard about what being No. 1 should represent, then it’s up to them to change the rules and make streaming weigh more on the ranking. Slamming us or our fans for getting to No. 1 with physical sales and downloads, I don’t know if that’s right … It just feels like we’re easy targets because we’re a boy band, a K-pop act, and we have this high fan loyalty.”
Fans are now slamming Billboard for accusing BTS and their fans while they wonder if Billboard would ever ask this question to other artists.