How Billboard's Corrupt Practices Are Hurting BTS Jimin's Solo Debut
BTS Jimin is one of the most popular and talented idols in the world. His solo debut album, FACE, was released on March 31, 2023, and received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The title track, "Like Crazy", showcased Jimin's unique vocal color, emotional delivery, and artistic vision. The song also broke several records, including becoming the first song by a Korean soloist to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
However, Jimin's historic achievement was soon overshadowed by Billboard's corrupt and unfair practices that sabotaged his success and disrespected his artistry. ARMYs, BTS's loyal fanbase, noticed several discrepancies and inconsistencies in Billboard's data and rules that seemed to target Jimin specifically.
First of all, Billboard changed its rules regarding how it counts sales and streams for the Hot 100 chart right before Jimin's album release. According to Billboard, starting from April 3, 2023, only paid subscription streams from services like Spotify and Apple Music will be eligible for the Hot 100 chart. Free or ad-supported streams will no longer be counted. This rule change was announced only two days before Jimin's album release, giving him and his fans no time to adjust their streaming strategies.
Secondly, Billboard reported extremely low sales figures for Jimin's "Like Crazy", despite the song being a huge hit on other platforms. According to Hits Daily Double, a reliable source for music industry data, "Like Crazy" sold around 120,000 units in its second week of release. However, according to Forbes, which uses data from Luminate, Billboard's official source for sales information, "Like Crazy" sold only under 14,800 units in the same week. This means that Billboard somehow ignored or erased more than 100,000 units of Jimin's sales.
Thirdly, Billboard dropped "Like Crazy" from the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart in its second week of release, despite the song being stable on other charts. "Like Crazy" remained at #1 on the Global 200 chart and #2 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart for two consecutive weeks. It also stayed at #1 on the Digital Song Sales chart and #2 on the Streaming Songs chart for two weeks. However, Billboard placed "Like Crazy" at #11 on the Hot 100 chart for its second week, a huge drop from its debut at #1.
These actions by Billboard have sparked outrage among ARMYs, who accused Billboard of being corrupt, racist, and xenophobic towards Jimin and BTS. They also demanded respect for Jimin's hard work and talent, as well as transparency and accountability from Billboard. They trended several hashtags on Twitter, such as #BillboardCorrupt, #RespectJimin, #BillboardRacist, and #BillboardXenophobic. They also expressed their support and love for Jimin, who has not commented on the issue yet.
Billboard's corrupt practices are not only hurting Jimin's solo debut, but also undermining the credibility and integrity of the music industry. Billboard is supposed to be a reputable and objective source for music charts and data, but it has shown that it is biased and manipulative towards certain artists and genres. By doing so, Billboard is disrespecting not only Jimin and BTS, but also millions of music fans around the world who deserve to see their favorite artists succeed based on their merit and popularity.