RM has shut down claims making rounds that their dedicated fanbase manipulated their chart performance.
The boy band’s single, “Butter,” is the longest-running No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this year and while their fans are excited for them, some folks have suggested that itt was only through organized “manipulation” of the charts from the BTS fanbase, known as ARMY, that the group was able achieve such success.
BTS member RM firmly shut down accusations.
“It’s a fair question,” RM said in a Billboard cover story. “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.”
It is worthy though to note that some fans of the boy band are so dedicated that they pooled money together to buy more purchases that count toward sales in the U.S., Billboard reports. However, music sales data company MRC Data has not raised any concerns about suspicious chart activity.
Big Hit Music president Shin Young-Jae was asked if the label or its parent company HYBE had engaged in organization efforts for fans, and he replied: “Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually had the ability to mastermind such a thing?” he said. “I get that there are market developments [related to BTS] that are head-scratchers for some people. But I don’t believe the U.S. market is one that can be handily topped by downloads alone. We think the songs’ impact was shown in many ways, and we are proud of that achievement.”