KBS deems several songs in BTS’s “Proof” unfit for broadcast due to “explicit lyrics”

2 songs from BTS’s anthology album “Proof” have been ruled as inappropriate by broadcasting station KBS. 1 other was in consideration. 

According to censorship results of the public broadcasting station KBS, many songs from BTS’s upcoming album “Proof” were deemed unfit for broadcast. 

In particular, “Run BTS” and “Born Singer” did not manage to get through censorship due to “crude and explicit” use of language. Meanwhile, “For Youth” is under consideration for having no lyrics and voice in the first 30 seconds – which are just concert sound effects. 

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The title “Yet To Come” has safely passed all examinations and thus can be performed and broadcasted as normally. 

The team involved in writing and composing these songs, which was first revealed through the results of this review, also drew keen interest from music fans. Big Hit music producer Pdogg, American singer MAX, BTS leader RM, and members Suga and J-Hope participated in the title song “Yet To Come”.

In the credits of the b-side song ‘Run BTS’, not only RM, Suga, and J-Hope, but also Jungkook were named. RM, Suga, and J-Hope also participated in the production process of the fan song “For Youth”, alongside HYBE Chairman Bang Shi Hyuk (hitman bang) and Big Hit music producer Slow Rabbit.


Previously, many of BTS songs have been banned in Korea’s large broadcasting stations, including “Go Go”, “Pied Piper”, “Cipher Pt. 3”, “Ma City”, “Converse High”, and many more. Main reasons listed include: vulgar/explicit language, negative song connotation, and mentions of brand names. Most of the time, the group and their agency Big Hit music opted to keep the lyrics of their songs. 

Public stations in Korea generally have strict broadcasting rules, and other than BTS, many other group’s releases, including those of NCT 127, EXO, BIGBANG, and so on, have been ruled inappropriate due to a variety of reasons 

BTS will return on June 10, 2022, with their anthology album “Proof” and title song “Yet To Come”. The album will consist of 3 CDS with 14 songs, out of which 3 are completely new. 


Starting with Mnet’s “M Countdown” on June 16th, BTS will appear on KBS 2TV’s “Music Bank’ on the 17th and SBS’s “Inkigayo” on the 19th in a pre-recorded format to perform the title song live. This is the first time BTS appeared on a Korean music show in about two years since March 2020.

In addition, BTS plans to pre-record “M Countdown” with 4,000 fans at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on the 13th. June 13th is the 9th anniversary of BTS’s debut, so it is expected to be a meaningful time.

Regarding this, Big Hit Music, BTS’s management company, said, “This recording was conducted on a special day for BTS members and ARMYs (fandom of BTS), so we have increased the size and number of people to welcome as many ARMYs as possible.” Applications for pre-recording of public broadcasts are decided by lottery.

Source: Daum

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