Recently, it was reported that BTS‘s Jungkook had gotten his own Spotify account.
Initially, signs pointed in favor that the account was indeed Jungkook’s as it was verified. Additionally, the “Artist Pick” playlist was “This Is BTS,” with a caption, requesting fans to wait for upcoming solo music.
Since then, its verified sign has been removed. Now, this is starting debate on whether this account was fake the entire time.
.@Spotify has removed the verified sign from JUNGKOOK's spotify profile that went viral recently. Fans now wonder if the profile is fake and await clarification from @BIGHIT_MUSIC. #bts #jungkook pic.twitter.com/jYjJLXZVdP
— Clout News (@CloutNewsMedia) January 7, 2022
Even before the verified symbol was removed from the account, ARMY kira (@kirakowo on Twitter) was suspicious. So, she created a thread of all the signs that pointed to the Jungkook Spotify account being fake…
Here’s all the evidence:
1. The GoFundMe
In addition to adding a playlist, the artist added a fundraising pick.
Upon looking further, ARMYs discovered that it is linked to a fundraiser on behalf of 4-year-old Arianna Delane, who is suffering from a gunshot. The GoFundMe was created two days ago by Arianna’s aunt.
It links to arianna’s gofundme???? pic.twitter.com/27VNgs0XSZ
— hia (@lowqualtybts) January 7, 2022
While the BTS members are philanthropic, most donations are made privately. Additionally, they rarely ask of their fans, although most ARMYs participate in donation campaigns themselves on behalf of the group.
Still, none of the BTS members’ official accounts have ever included this fundraising tag before.
This alone makes the Spotify account suspicious.
also to clear some querries: just because other big artists (American ones) have gofundme doesn't make jk's one more valid, furthermore in the official member accs we have seen, there isn't such a gofundme so why would bh suddenly put a gofundme in jk's one specially?
— kira⁷ check pinned (@kirakowo) January 7, 2022
2. You’re unable to search “Jung Kook.”
While you can search other BTS members’ Spotify accounts, “Jung Kook” fails to appear in the search for “Artists.” Kira added, “regardless of how little numbers the artist has, so long as it’s genuinely official, it is searchable, they’ll even give you related names.”
3. The playlists
Many ARMYs were loving the selected playlists by Jungkook. There was a lot to appreciate, from the playlist titles’ and covers to the featured songs.
JUNGKOOK LIKING A PLAYLIST CALLED GENDER AND THE COVER SAYS GENDER KILLS MY VIBE I ADORE HIM#€::! € pic.twitter.com/s2b9JqdW67
— ִֶָ (@vantieskoo) January 7, 2022
Global artists Troye Sivan, John Mayer, and Harry Styles were some of the few to have songs included in the playlists. While many wanted to believe that these playlists were simply a form of self-expression for Jungkook, questions were still raised.
Even the style of writing was unlike Jungkook.
Not only that, but no other official solo account for a BTS member has included non-related playlists before.
Also, when looking into the account behind the playlists, there’s even more to evaluate. Most assumed it’s Jungkook himself, but everything about it is weird. The profile picture choice has no relation to him.
Additionally, the account has exactly 1,000 followers exactly and is following 29 people. These 29 followed accounts are the most unusual thing. You can’t see all 29, but the ones you do include random names and profile pictures. The few BTS-related accounts seem copied from the members’ Instagram accounts. And, like the other original account, they all have 1,000 followers.
4. There’s no proper information on the artist page to verify it is Jungkook.
As you know, the Spotify artist’s page contains an “About” section. Jungkook’s profile has had nothing but links for Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Of all things, why these social media platforms and websites? At least, there should be a short bio like the other members.
Other than that, the “Coming soon” is simply posted by anyone controlling the account. It’s not necessarily an official confirmation of anything.
The “Verified Artist” symbol, which has since been removed, has, of course, been the main source of identifying that Jungkook’s account is legitimate. As kira points out, this doesn’t actually mean as much as most believe. Anyone can verify a Spotify account “as long as they go through a set of procedures.” She added, “I have a friend who has his own Spotify artist account despite not being an official singer-songwriter. he does have 1 song there.”
5. No BTS member, including, Jungkook has shared.
All the members generally share big news related to themselves on social media, whether it’s Weverse, Twitter, or Instagram. So far, Jungkook nor the group’s biggest supporter and hype man J-Hope has acknowledged the account. BIGHIT MUSIC has also said nothing so far.
conclusion: until an official statement is made, this account is definitely a fake one. you want the easy way out of this?
trust bts. if they said nothing about the account means they have nothing to do with it.
— kira⁷ check pinned (@kirakowo) January 7, 2022
Based on everything, we can only make assumptions. So, until confirmation, we will wait for Jungkook’s upcoming 7Fates: CHAKHO OST to drop.
Jungkook’s spotify account is no longer verified and everything has been deleted. We don’t know yet if it’s fake or hacked. For now let’s just wait for the OST to be drop. pic.twitter.com/qxGx0vrBfX
— ◡̈ (@taebokkiii) January 7, 2022
This wouldn’t be the first time a “verified” Spotify profile was created. So, as always, let’s wait for the artist himself to share.
my personal advice would be to not follow any spotify acc until jungkook actually releases music and the link to his profile is officially shared by bh/etc. last year there was a fake ‘verified’ profile created as well so let’s be careful 😭
— bts 🪂 (@jeonboops) January 7, 2022