BTS Under Investigation Again? Ministry’s Probe Sparks Uproar Among Netizens

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST) has initiated an investigation into complaints of music hoarding against global K-pop sensation BTS. The Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), operating under the ministry, confirmed the probe, sparking widespread debate among fans and netizens.

On May 21, KOCCA announced it would lead the investigation into allegations that BTS engaged in music hoarding. The investigation follows a formal complaint filed with the MCST, which was subsequently passed to KOCCA for further action. “We plan to investigate the facts by requesting a response from HYBE (Big Hit Music),” a KOCCA representative stated.

The process may involve collecting data from music service providers and reporting findings to the MCST. If necessary, KOCCA could seek cooperation from courts or other investigative agencies. Civil complaints related to BTS will also be handled through this procedure.

HYBE, the management company behind BTS, has strongly denied the allegations, hinting at possible legal action. A HYBE spokesperson said, “We completely reject any claims of music hoarding involving BTS.”

  • “Is the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism a court? What can it do?”
  • “None of the numerous hoarding suspicions have been adjudicated before. It seems like they are the first hoarding marketing users to have a clear ruling.”
  • “It’s an old story, and in the meantime, BTS has grown so much that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism won’t touch it.”
  • One netizen summarized the general sentiment, “Most of us know that the investigation into music hoarding is meaningless.”

KOCCA proceeds with its investigation, it remains to be seen how the findings will impact BTS and their management. With fans and critics watching closely, the outcome could set a precedent for handling similar allegations in the future.

For now, BTS continues to dominate the global music scene, while the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism faces the challenge of addressing these complex allegations amidst public skepticism.