Over 20 iconic BTS performances have been removed from official YouTube channels, resulting in millions of lost views and backlash from fans.
On January 29, “big hit” began trending on Twitter after ARMYs noticed that a total of 26 BTS performances were quietly removed from The Tonight Show channel, The Late Late Show with James Corden channel, and more.
The deleted performances include “Dynamite” at the Billboard Music Awards, “DNA” at the American Music Awards, “Boy With Luv” on Britain’s Got Talent, “IDOL” on Good Morning America, and “Boy With Luv” at the Jingle Ball.
Performances of “DNA”, “FAKE LOVE”, and “Black Swan” were removed from The Late Late Show with James Corden channel, while “IDOL” and “I’m Fine” were removed from The Tonight Show channel.
Saturday Night Live performances of “Boy With Luv” and “MIC Drop” are now missing, as are “MIC Drop”, “DNA”, “Boy With Luv”, and “Mikrokosmos” performances from New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. “Blood, Sweat & Tears”, “Fire”, “Save Me”, “Go Go”, and “I NEED U” are no longer on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Combined, the videos had over 100 million views. Now, fans are blaming Big Hit Entertainment for allegedly not purchasing the performance rights that would allow BTS’s performances to stay on these official channels.
bts made bighit the company it is today, bts gave them the recognition and not the other way around so it’s about time armys stop defending them. to think that such iconic bts performances are ALL GONE just bc the company didn’t buy the rights is really screwed up
— 𝐬⁷☁️ (@pjmvelvets) January 29, 2021
bighit out there buying companies BUT can’t even buy bt5’s performances
— maze⁷ (@jiminsforever) January 29, 2021
— ᴴᴼᴾᴱbtsluvs⁷☀ (@Tanya030302) January 29, 2021
— 🏴☠️ (@genreatz) January 29, 2021
Big Hit Entertainment has not yet responded.