BTS Fans Drag Billie Eilish For Calling Her Album The “Biggest-Selling … Of The Year”
BTS Army has no chill when they feel their fave is being disrespected and their latest target is American Music Award-winning artist Billie Eilish. The “Bad Guy” singer recently sat down with Vanity Fair to talk about her 2019 highlights and, among them, she mentioned that When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? was the “biggest-selling album of the year.”
“Released the album, had a number-one single, had a number-two single for like, 16 weeks straight or some sh*t, right? … biggest-selling album of the year, I have Drake‘s phone number,” she told Vanity Fair during a video.
While it’s true that Billie’s album was the best-selling record of 2019 at the end of June in Canada, she was soon after dethroned by Taylor Swift‘s Lover, which became the best-selling album of the year in just the two days after its release.
BTS, on the other hand, had their album Map of the Soul: Persona break records as the best-selling Korean album of all time (!) and as of July, was the number-one biggest selling album of 2019 when it came to physical copies sold. There’s also questions about whether or not Billie bundling albums with merch is considered a fair indicator — an issue that Billboard is confronting head-on in 2020 with their changing rules.
It also should be noticed that not all BTS stans are heated. Some realize that Billie’s just speaking to some of the facts and point out that measuring these things is — if nothing else — complicated.
no hate against billie but i’m really sick of people pretending BTS don’t exist bc their music isn’t english… it’s really getting old https://t.co/lU8RRBA7LU
— lisa (@abratasas) November 26, 2019
BTS are still the best selling album in 2019 cry about it pic.twitter.com/P8ilOhjWZP
— ⚜ (@JKSARl) November 26, 2019
BTS without bundles pic.twitter.com/uRc1AmOnfT
— 🌞 (@hey_mr_sunshine) November 27, 2019
The issue stems from the fact that there are so many different ways to measure album successes that saying “biggest selling,” no matter what, doesn’t exactly explain what one person’s talking about. Digital downloads? Psychical albums? Also, as of when? It’s way too complicated to compare these things — just like it’s going to be to compare 2018 and 2019 albums sold once Billboard‘s new rules come into effect, so there’s really no use debating it.