Updated September 21 KST:

According to Metro, a YouTube spokesperson has stated that BTS’s “IDOL” music video garnered 45.9 million views in the first 24 hours after its release.

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BTS’s “IDOL” MV had the biggest 24-hour debut in YouTube history!

BTS made a comeback on August 24 with their repackaged album “Love Yourself: Answer” and its title track “IDOL,” and the music video for the song was released at 6 p.m. KST that day on YouTube.

According to Billboard, a YouTube spokesperson has confirmed that the “IDOL” music video “earned more than 45 million views in its first 24 hours.” This breaks the YouTube record for most views on a music video in its first day after release, which was set by Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” and its 24-hour debut record of 43.2 million views.

Back in May, BTS’s “Fake Love” reached 35.9 million views within a day after its release.

There has been concern over the way that YouTube calculates views after the view count on the “IDOL” MV froze for several hours during the weekend, and the counter originally showed 56.2 million views in the first 24 hours. The YouTube website states the following: “To verify that views are real and accurate, YouTube may temporarily slow down, freeze, or adjust the view count, as well as discard low-quality playbacks.”

BTS opened their “Love Yourself” world tour over the weekend with two concerts in Seoul. They will be promoting “IDOL” on music shows for a week before heading around the globe to perform at sold-out shows, including their first ever solo stadium concert in the United States.

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