[!!!] INTL. USAGE OF KOREAN MUSIC APPS/SITES
For the years that I have followed K-pop and BTS, fans have always been encouraged to download Korean music applications and create accounts even if you do not live in Korea. We all took tedious measures (ex. creating separate accounts for the Korean app store) to download and stream for BTS (or our favorite groups in general). However, sadly, I regret to inform you all that all Korean music sites (i.e. MelOn, Genie, Naver, etc.) do not count streaming/downloading outside of Korea. A Korean BTS streaming support account has received a lot of questions from international ARMYs about streaming and as a result contacted numerous music sites, and all have said that due to an IP block, streaming/downloading internationally does not count to help BTS on charts/awards. While there are methods to change VPN, this is not guaranteed to make your streams/downloads count. If you want to see more information beyond this post, please check @MYoongi_0309′s thread on Twitter here. She contacted the streaming support account who directly talked to various music sites and translated the information she received from that K-ARMY. While this is all the information we have at the moment, she has stated that she will give updates if there are any more in the future.
While I know we are all probably very disappointed as streaming passes are by no means cheap and many of us have been working hard to stream/download throughout the year, we can still help the boys on Billboard. Now we know that we must focus our streaming/downloading to YouTube, iTunes, and Spotify.