BTS’ South Korean label Big Hit Entertainment has eliminated the one “Bird” from the Korean group’s ninth Japanese CD single, Bird/ FAKE LOVE/ Airplane Pt.2.
Set to be launched on Nov. 7, South Korean followers of the group protested the track on the premise of its songwriter, leading to it being pulled from the album.
“Due to reasons concerning the production, the track list for the Japanese album scheduled for release in November will be changed. We apologize for any inconvenience,” reads an announcement posted by Big Hit Entertainment on BTS’ official fan group web site. The updated track list revealed that remixed, Japanese variations of “Idol” and “Fake Love” will substitute “Bird,” becoming a member of Japanese remakes of “Airplane pt. 2” and the unique “Fake Love.” “Fake Love” was initially launched in May and peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100, whereas “Idol” was launched in August and debuted at No. 11 on the identical chart.
“Bird” is an unique Japanese track that includes lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto, considered one of Japan’s most distinguished songwriters and the mastermind behind the favored J-pop woman group franchise AKB48. His accused misogyny and alleged political beliefs concerning Japan’s imperialist historical past led to South Korean followers of the group to protest on-line and finally led to the choice, as Yonhap stories. Korea was colonized by Japan from 1910 to 1945, and geopolitical relations repeatedly affect cultural exchanges between the 2 nations.
It is unknown whether or not “Bird” shall be launched at a later level that includes lyrics written by one other lyricist. Billboard has reached out to Universal Japan, BTS’ native distributor, for an announcement.
The November launch shall be BTS’ first Japanese music since April’s Face Yourself, which peaked at No. 1 on the World Albums chart upon its launch.