BTS. Their single Dynamite alone generated 3,600 tonnes of carbon emissions just from its Spotify streams in 2021. The popularity of K-pop is contributing to climate change. Photo: @bts.bighitofficial /Instagram
BTS. Their single Dynamite alone generated 3,600 tonnes of carbon emissions just from its Spotify streams in 2021. The popularity of K-pop is contributing to climate change. Photo: @bts.bighitofficial /Instagram

How BTS and Blackpink Spotify streams add to climate-change problem – the energy used generates annual carbon emissions so big, whole forests need planting to offset them

  • Streaming music produces carbon emissions. In K-pop’s case, 2021’s top songs on Spotify, all by BTS and Blackpink, require 760,000 trees planting to offset them
  • K-pop fans often plant trees to celebrate their idols’ birthdays, but the scale of this task is beyond them and needs to involve streaming platforms

Topic |   Climate change
BTS. Their single Dynamite alone generated 3,600 tonnes of carbon emissions just from its Spotify streams in 2021. The popularity of K-pop is contributing to climate change. Photo: @bts.bighitofficial /Instagram
BTS. Their single Dynamite alone generated 3,600 tonnes of carbon emissions just from its Spotify streams in 2021. The popularity of K-pop is contributing to climate change. Photo: @bts.bighitofficial /Instagram

Corrected [12:13pm, 7 Jan, 2022]

  • [12:13pm, 7 Jan, 2022]

    To clarify, streaming of music by artists in all genres generates carbon emissions. We have added some examples for comparison.

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