BTS, who dominated the global music market with their new album, recently wrapped up their activities in Korea. However, the fact that the group never appeared on MBC’s Show! Music Core draws attention as to its reasons.
BTS released their fourth full-length album MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 on February 21 and marked their second week of comeback as of March 8. During the period, they appeared on Mnet’s M Countdown on February 27, KBS’s Music Bank on March 6 and SBS’s Inkigayo on March 8. However, they didn’t appeared on MBC’s Show! Music Core, which airs every Saturday afternoon, on both February 29 and March 7, even after winning No.1 for both weeks.
Some are saying that BTS couldn’t appear on the show after missing MBC’s Gayo Daejejeon 2019 held on December 31 last year. They appeared on SBS’s Gayo Daejeon on December 25 and KBS’s Song Festival on December 27. Therefore, out of the three major music festivals held at the end of the year, BTS did not attend only the one from MBC. Of course, on the same day, they were unable to perform since they appeared on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, a special program hosted on the new year’s eve.
But later, as TOMORROW X TOGETHER, idol group from the same agency, also did not appear on MBC’s Gayo Daejejeon and Idol Star Athletics Championships, a popular entertainment show hosted on holidays, rumors of a conflict between Big Hit Entertainment and MBC broadcasting station have been surfaced. In addition, girl group GFRIEND, who was merged into Big Hit, never appeared on Show! Music Core since their comeback in February, further raising the suspicion. As to the rumors that MBC is intentionally banning artists from Big Hit Entertainment as the act of retaliation, MBC answered “groundless rumors.”