ARMY Aren’t Happy About YouTube’s Decision To Include BTS’s “IDOL” In 2018 YouTube’s Rewind, Here Is Why

2018-12-07T03:24:11+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Kpop|Tags: |

2018 YouTube Rewind is here!

YouTube Rewind is a yearly video that is created by YouTube, according to YouTube it aims to celebrate the videos, people, music and moments that defined 2018.

Kpop took over the world even more in 2018, with many Kpop groups such as BTS and BLACKPINK making and breaking records on Billboard as well as YouTube records.

At one point, BTS’s “IDOL” was the most viewed music YouTube video in the first 24 hours, YouTube confirmed it had garnered 45+ in the first 24 hours.

Initially, “IDOL” accumulated about 56 million views in the first 24 hours but around 10 million views were omitted from the video. Back then YouTube explained,

“To verify that views are real and accurate, YouTube may temporarily slow down, freeze, or adjust the view count, as well as discard low-quality playbacks.”

ARMY didn’t take kindly to that explanation or the omission of views from the video and they weren’t happy about YouTube Rewind as well.

The video included Kpop and played BTS’s “IDOL” without direct mention of the group but the phrase Kpop instead. Fans took to twitter to voice their own opinions about YouTube using BTS’s “IDOL” in 2018 YouTube Rewind.

Here are some of the fandom reactions below:

What do you think of this?

My Thoughts

I still feel that it’s ARMY are overreacting a bit with all honesty!

I do understand what they say and where they are coming from but I’ve always felt that the backlash of deleting those views was too much.

For all I know, an avid BTS fan could have purchased views for “IDOL.” YouTube has a system that detects that and deletes those bots of views. Its naïve to assume that every ARMY was going to play by YouTube rules, you guys already know that your fandom is huge, there are nice people and there are people who aren’t so nice….

A BTS fan might be so obsessive with views so much so they’re willing to buy them to help BTS succeed even more. Also, the whole idea of streaming is based on repetitiveness; you can only go so far with it and the system YouTube had is genius, you can’t expect the system not to be able to detect foul play.

If you love BTS then its not about breaking YouTube records as much as its about enjoying the music. This was always my problem with streaming. I understand some fans are broke and can only support their idols that way but I feel that its becoming more of a competitive toxic culture of fandoms fighting for views on YouTube as if they do matter so much. BTS is bigger than just a YouTube record, you guys always preach about the messages they deliver through their music, how about you focus on that rather than YouTube views?

It’s their platform and they have the right to do what they want with it if you don’t like YouTube then just stop watching videos on it all together or stop trying to stream since you assume its ‘skewed/fabricated.’

it’s all useless and YouTube will end up cutting views anyways. (from your point of view)

I am a YouTuber and there are things I don’t like about YouTube but there also a lot of things I like about it, I am not going to dismiss all that’s nice because they cut 10 million views off of “IDOL.”

As for the YouTube Rewind this year I found it very cringy and didn’t like it but it wasn’t because of the BTS thing. It was just cringy all around to me as a youtuber.

I would have preferred if they didn’t just mention ‘kpop’ but rather BTS since they’re using their song but its not a huge complaint.


  1. Kyra December 7, 2018 9:54 pm at 9:54 pm - Reply

    I don’t want to come off as a rude ARMY but the purpose of streaming IDOL was not to break a simple YouTube record, it was (or at least for me) to be able to hear BTS’s songs on the radio more often, I only heard IDOL once , that’s why we stream and Shazam the songs. It’s hard to hear their songs unless they are completely in English in my country (Waste it on me), we practically have to beg radio channels in order to hear them. Also, it was kind of frustrating when YouTube deleted 11+ million views, and freezing them for a few hours, after all our hard work and trying to follow our streaming rules, we were like what do we do now?? But I don’t blame them we did kind break YouTube, the comment section was all upside down, first time I had seen something like that happen. And I know some ARMYs probably used some bots, I wouldn’t be surprised, I know not all ARMYs are innocent, they should have known better. I just wish YouTube would have acknowledged BTS a little bit better, it was kind of disrespectful. Also did BTS even know their song was gonna be used in the rewind?!

    • Jazmine K December 8, 2018 3:14 am at 3:14 am - Reply

      First of all, I would assume youtube let BTS know (about the copyright) since its such a big deal and its remix. I do understand where you are coming from but I don’t think that youtube would deliberately try to censor BTS or their success. also, as you said some army might have bought some bots, how can we know who did this or how much they paid? Its impossible to assess or know for sure which army streamed the right way and who didnt since you have such a big fandom…. i suggest the army then stops paying attention to youtube records if they think they were screwed, that would be the best reaction to those deleted views

  2. Hero December 7, 2018 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Please say that to the artist who is getting multiples of millions of views right now. She has her management company paying for the views, such as advertisements and mediaplay. Her music video viewers werent deleted but are added by millions. Its been a few days now and shes sitting at 200M+ views. Youtube delete 11.5M views and froze for 11 hours straight on BTS IDOL mv in the 24 hours. Even to this very day, BTS IDOL still gets 1.2M to 2M views deleted everyday.

  3. Kel December 10, 2018 4:34 am at 4:34 am - Reply

    I wasn’t exactly mad about them putting IDOL in the video, what disturbed me is that they said “KPOP” and only put BTS. I am a pure ARMY but there is more than one group in kpop. When they said kpop, I was ready to hear at least some BLACKPINK, RED VELVET, EXO or any other group that came on top this year but they only played IDOL throughout the whole video. I just thought they should recognize other artist in the Industry and not just one group.

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