Some netizens believe that SuperM reaching number one on Billboard 200 with their debut was nothing to congratulate.
This is nothing to congratulate. Billboard better figure out what to do with bundles. The last day of the tracking period was embarrassing to see. When artists are promoting their merch to rack up album sales instead of their music, what does that say about the Billboard chart? https://t.co/6v9Uv7cc8E
— ☼ bora ☼ (@modooborahae) October 14, 2019
they should create a billboard top merch chart it’s literally not about the music anymore
— chihiro [semi ia?] (@k00kceptional) October 14, 2019
merch and concert tickets are NOT music. y’all know damn well nobody is using that digital album download link. this has gone too fucking far. y’all need to get a GRIP. @billboard
— ً (@arianafenty) October 14, 2019
They feel that the number one ranking doesn’t reflect how many people actually listen to the group’s music.
According to BuzzFeed:
“Those numbers are practically unheard of in an era almost entirely dominated by streaming. Every 1,500 song streams counts as the equivalent to one sale, meaning SuperM’s seven-track album was streamed around 4.9 million times over the course of its first week.
The No. 2 spot went to Summer Walker, whose debut album Over It earned 134,000 equivalent units — only 14,000 of which came from album sales. In comparison to SuperM, Over It gained almost 155 million streams in its first week.”
In addition there have also been some fans of SuperM pointing out that the promotions through text were just too much.
HSHSKS WAIT superm sent this notice thing saying we can buy their albums at fye, target and walmart but then I replied saying I couldn’t find it at walmart. SO THEY REALLY SENT ANOTHER TEXT BUT WITHOUT THE WALMART THIS TIME EYE- pic.twitter.com/pMWwPyvssc
— nicole (@ktaejavu) October 10, 2019
But one netizens also pointed out that bundles have been a common practice used among many artists and their agencies as well.
“Superm cheated bc of bundles!”
Every damn artist in Western music does bundles. Beyoncé? Bundles. Ariana Grande? Bundles. Harry Styles? Bundles. Taylor Swift? Bundles. So exactly who are yall gonna go run to cryin? Bc Billboard is not gonna give two shits. So whose it gonna be? pic.twitter.com/mg3D70do21
— Kiara ? (@damnchimchim) October 14, 2019
How do you feel about SuperM’s recent number one spot on Billboard 200?