AceShowbiz - Not everybody is happy with BTS' (Bangtan Boys) recent international feat. The boyband made history by topping the Billboard 200 chart with their new album "Love Yourself: Tear", becoming the first K-pop act to do so.
But some Japanese netizens reacted negatively to the group's achievement. Instead of congratulating Jin and friends, some internet users in online Japanese communities blasted the group and accused the Korean government of chart manipulation.
"Their name is so corny" and "The quality of American music market has gone down" were some of the comments that they posted online. Some others even accused Korean government of manipulating the chart. One wrote, "Korea is a country that manipulates behind our backs."
Korean netizens, of course, are defending BTS. They praised the group for their achievements and hit back at the Japanese critics, claiming they are only salty about the global success of K-pop.
Meanwhile, BTS continues their domination on U.S. music charts by having their new track "Fake Love" entering the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100. The song placed tenth on the chart, which ranks the most popular songs in the United States across all genres, based on radio airplay audience impressions, sales data, and streaming activity data.
Previously, BTS' song "MIC Drop" peaked at No. 28 on Hot 100, becoming the first K-pop group to debut in the Top 40 of the chart. The only other Korean artist to reach the Top 10 of the U.S. songs chart is PSY with his 2012 hit "Gangnam Style" (No. 2) and 2013's "Gentleman" (No. 5).
The group's recent record-breaking achievement on Billboard 200 followed their previous feat with their album "Love Yourself: Her", which debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the chart last year.