JIMIN of BTS recently released his solo debut “FACE” with title track “Like Crazy.” Though, very quickly after release, fans were quick to note that the track’s streams on Spotify were linked to the English version of the song. Usually for two tracks to become linked, they have to be the exact same song, based on IRSC code, but this wasn’t the case here.
After a few days, the track went on to reach #1 on the Global Spotify Chart with 6 million streams, but the very day after reaching it’s peak, the streams of the Original version and the English version were unlinked, causing “Like Crazy” to fall 13 spots to #14.
Twitter users were quick to call out the artist and his label for using combined streams to manipulate the Spotify chart during his debut week.
Fans of JIMIN, though, alleged sabotage from Spotify, saying they didn’t want him at the top anymore and putting the blame solely on unsubstantiated dating rumors being Spotify staff and another K-pop artist.