Amidst the flurry of trending topics on Twitter, one caught the eyes of many: “Hybe Apologize to Namjoon.”
In a recent turn of events, HYBE found itself under scrutiny following the release of an article on BTS’ iconic song, “Spring Day,” by Weverse Magazine, an arm of the company.
Published on February 7, the piece aimed to revisit the resonance and impact of the track. However, eagle-eyed fans quickly noticed a glaring omission. What was it?
HYBE faced scrutiny from BTS fans after an arm of the company- Weverse Magazine, published an article on BTS’ “Spring Day.” Released on February 7, 2024, the article sought to revisit the song’s impact but omitted proper credit to BTS leader Kim Namjoon, also known as RM, a co-writer of the track.
Why Are BTS Fans Mad at Weverse?
The controversy centers around the fact that “Spring Day” holds significance not only for BTS but also for their global fandom.
Co-written by Namjoon, aka RM, along with other members of BTS and external collaborators, the song encapsulates themes of longing, resilience, and hope.
Yet, despite Namjoon’s role as one of the primary songwriters, the HYBE article failed to give him due credit.
In the article, the writer eloquently delves into the song’s meaning, describing it as a beacon of solace for those who have faced loss and adversity. They wrote (via Koreaboo):
“For those seven years, some may have outright bawled while they listened to the song on repeat. Others may have heard it for the first time as they finally resolved to move forward, baggage still in their hearts.”
While RM’s (Namjoon) aspirations for the track were briefly mentioned, his substantial contribution to its creation was notably absent.
The only lines about him in the article were:
“RM’s wish of wanting to create a song that is ‘loved by Korean people for a long time’ as mentioned in BEYOND THE STORY: 10-YEAR RECORD OF BTS has come true.”
This oversight struck a chord with fans, who took to social media to express their disappointment and demand accountability from HYBE.
The controversy underscores the importance of acknowledging artists’ contributions, especially in a collaborative industry like music.
As fans continue to voice their concerns, the HYBE debacle serves as another reminder of the significance of proper attribution and recognition within the entertainment sphere.
All BTS members have enlisted, with varying dates. Kim Seokjin returns in June 2024, followed by J-hope in October 2024. The remaining members, including Namjoon, are due to complete service by June 2025.
Questions arise: Should artists receive proper credit for their work, especially in collaborative endeavors? How can the entertainment industry ensure equitable recognition for all contributors involved in creative projects?
Also, was it a simple mistake by HYBE or an unintentional omission?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.