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

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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