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"IDOL" is a song by BTS. It was released on August 24, 2018, serves as the title track and and appears as the fifteenth track of CD A in their second compilation album Love Yourself: Answer. A remixed version featuring American-Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj was released the same day in the digital version of their second compilation album. Also a stadium remix was released on October 16, 2018 and serves as the third track in their tenth Japanese single "FAKE LOVE/Airplane Pt.2".

This song has a Japanese version featured featured in their ninth Japanese single "Lights/Boy With Luv" and the album Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~. It also appears at the for their fourth Japanese compilation album BTS, THE BEST.

The song also appears as the thirteenth track on CD1 of their first anthology album Proof.


Awards and Nominations[]

Music program awards[]

Song Program Date
"IDOL" Music Bank (KBS) August 31, 2018
September 7, 2018
September 14, 2018
Inkigayo (SBS) September 2, 2018
September 9, 2018
September 16, 2018
Show Champion (MBC Music) September 5, 2018
September 12, 2018





For more IDOL Records: List of Records Set and Broken
  • On August 25, 2018, "IDOL" garnered over 56.2 million views in its first day, surpassing Taylor Swift's record of 43.2 million views made by her "Look What You Made Me Do" video.
  • On August 27, 2018, according to Billboard, a "YouTube spokesperson" has confirmed that the “IDOL” music video “earned more than 45 million views in its first 24 hours.”


  • On August 25, 2018, the views were frozen for 14 hours, staying at 61 million. Over 30 million views weren't added after the views unfroze.
  • On September 1, 2018, when the video reached 120 million views, over 3 million views were deleted, bring it back to 117 million.
  • On October 6, 2018, the official music video reached 200 million views.
  • On December 17, 2018, the official music video reached 300 million views.


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