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Idol (BTS)

Artist
BTS
Song
IDOL
Songwriting
"hitman" bang, Roman Campolo, Pdogg, RM, Supreme Boi, Ali Tamposi
Vocals
RM, j-hope, SUGA, V, Jimin, Jungkook, Jin
Other Information
Producer: Pdogg, Supreme Boi, "hitman" bang, Roman Campolo, Ali Tamposi, RM
Vocal & Rap Arrangement: Pdogg, Supreme Boi
Gang Vocals: Supreme Boi, RM, Jungkook, J-HOPE
Chorus: Supreme Boi, Jungkook
Keyboard: Pdogg
Synthesizer: Pdogg
Digital Editing: Pdogg, Supreme Boi, Adora, Hiss noise
Recording Engineer: Pdogg, Supreme Boi
Mix Engineer: James F. Reynolds


Information

"IDOL" is a song recorded by BTS. It was first released on their compilation album Love Yourself Gyeol 'Answer' as track #15. An alternative version, featuring Nicki Minaj, was included as a bonus track of the digital edition of the album. This version has an extra bridge rapped by her.

"IDOL" was used as theme song for their web series' third season, Run BTS!. It was also used as theme song for their traveling program Bon Voyage's third season.

On July 3rd, 2019 a Japanese version was released as a B-side on the single "FAKE LOVE / Airplane pt.2 and later on their fourth Japanese album MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 ~THE JOURNEY~ as track #6.

Live Performances

Music Video

PV Shot

The music video for "IDOL" was released on August 24th, 2018, the same day as the release of the compilation album Love Yourself Gyeol 'Answer'. It became the most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours at the time. It also became the fastest to reach 100 million views in 2018 at that time.

The music video includes several references to Korean culture, traditions and stories.

On September 6th, 2018 another music video featuring Nicki Minaj was released. The theme is similar but it includes additional scenes featuring her, as well as a solo scene for her rapping part.


Credits:


Official Music Video

  • Director: YongSeok Choi (Lumpens)
  • Assistant Director: Guzza, MinJe Jeong, HyeJeong Park (Lumpens)
  • Director of Photography: HyunWoo Nam(GDW)
  • Gaffer: HyunSuk Song (Real lighting)
  • Art Director: JinSil Park, Bona Kim (MU:E)
  • Art Team: HyunSeung Lee, YeMin Ahn
  • Construction Manager: SukKi Song
  • Key Scenic artist: Yeongjun Hong, KwangHyun Lim, SangHyeok Seo
  • Show Light: SungKeun Ma (A&T light)
  • Lift Operating: Jong Kang


(Feat. Nicki Minaj) Music Video

  • Director: YongSeok Choi (Lumpens)
  • Assistant Director: Guzza, MinJe Jeong, HyeJeong Park (Lumpens)
  • Director of Photography: HyunWoo Nam(GDW)
  • Gaffer: HyunSuk Song (Real lighting)
  • Art Director: JinSil Park, Bona Kim (MU:E)
  • Art Team: HyunSeung Lee, YeMin Ahn
  • Construction Manager: SukKi Song
  • Key Scenic artist: Yeongjun Hong, KwangHyun Lim, SangHyeok Seo
  • Show Light: SungKeun Ma (A&T light)
  • Lift Operating: Jong Kang
  • Co-Production Company - Freenjoy
  • Executive Producer - Nathan Scherrer, Tiffany Suh
  • Director of Photography: Justin Francis
  • Production Designer: Susan Linss
  • Line Producer: John Lathan, Brien Justiniano

Accolades

Awards

Guinness World Records

  • Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours (surpassed)

TV Music Shows

Melon Popularity Award

  • [2018.09.03] Weekly Popularity Award
  • [2018.09.10] Weekly Popularity Award
  • [2018.09.17] Weekly Popularity Award
  • [2018.09.24] Weekly Popularity Award
  • [2018.10.01] Weekly Popularity Award

Certifications

Sales / Download
  • Australia - Gold (35,000 sales/streams)
  • South Korea - Platinum (2,500,000 sales)
  • United Kingdom - Silver (200,000 units sold)
  • United States - Platinum (1,000,000 units sold)
Streaming
  • Japan - Gold (50,000,000 cumulative streams)
  • South Korea - Platinum (100,000,000 cumulative streams)

Gaon Digital Chart

IDOL
Weekly
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Position 12 1 3 5 8 8 12 15 17 18
Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17 Week 18 Week 19 Week 20
Position 22 25 26 34 38 38 40 32 32 26
Week 21 Week 22 Week 23 Week 24 Week 25 Week 26 Week 27 Week 28 Week 29 Week 30
Position 27 30 31 31 32 35 32 34 38 49
Week 31 Week 32 Week 33 Week 34 Week 35 Week 36 Week 37 Week 38 Week 39 Week 40
Position 58 62 66 59 43 43 44 39 45 48
Week 41 Week 42 Week 43 Week 44 Week 45 Week 46 Week 47 Week 48 Week 49 Week 50
Position 48 47 55 58 61 69 73 75 70 68
Week 51 Week 52 Week 53 Week 54 Week 55 Week 56 Week 57 Week 58 Week 59 Week 60
Position 68 65 66 69 76 78 77 91 89 92
Week 61 Week 62 Week 63 Week 64 Week 65 Week 66 Week 67 Week 68 Week 69 Week 70
Position 90 87 93 85 87 89 99 100 98 94
Week 71 Week 72 Week 73 Week 74 Week 75 Week 76 Week 77 Week 78 Week 79 Week 80
Position 93 86 86 73 52 57 61 61 80 115
Week 81 Week 82 Week 83 Week 84 Week 85 Week 86 Week 87
Position 123 135 163 170 187 192 192
Week 143 Week 144 Week 145 Week 146 Week 147 Week 148 Week 149 Week 150 Week 151 Week 152
Position 269 195 153 158 163 164 156 174 168 152
Week 153 Week 154 Week 155 Week 156
Position 160 173 172 190
Monthly
Year Month Rank
2018 August 29
September 4
October 16
November 28
December 34
Year Month Rank
2019 January 28
February 33
March 47
April 52
May 44
June 56
July 67
August 67
September 76
October 87
November 87
December 90
Year Month Rank
2020 January 67
February 69
March 142
April 199
2021 May 201
June 159
July 157
August 195
Yearly
Year Rank
2018 70
2019 49
2020 164
IDOL (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
Week 1
Position 86

Disambiguation

IDOL
Found on the Love Yourself Gyeol 'Answer' compilation album as track #15. This is the standard version of the song.
IDOL (Stadium Remix)
Found on the "FAKE LOVE / Airplane pt.2" as track #4. This is a remix.
IDOL (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
Found on the Love Yourself Gyeol 'Answer' compilation as a bonus track. It features Nicki Minaj.
IDOL -Japanese ver.-
Found on the "Lights / Boy With Luv" Japanese single as track #3 and on the MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 ~THE JOURNEY~ album as track #6. This is the Japanese version of the original song.

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