TIME has chosen K-pop boy band BTS as one of this year’s 25 most influential people on the internet.
BTS joined the list that includes US President Donald Trump, J.K. Rowling, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian and Rihanna.
TIME picked the 25 “by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.”
“Overtaking Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez to spend 27 consecutive weeks atop Billboard’s ‘Social 50’ chart, which tracks popularity across different platforms, would be an impressive feat for any artist,” wrote TIME about BTS.
The achievement, it said, is “especially so for BTS, a Korean boy band – the full name, Bangtan Sonyeondan, loosely translates to ‘bulletproof boy scouts’ in English – whose seven members have managed to cultivate a virtual fanbase that could give the Beyhive a run for its money.”
BTS has enormous following on social media. The group’s Twitter account has 6.4 million followers to date and 4.67 million people follow their official Facebook account while Big Hit Entertainment’s official YouTube channel has 4.24 million subscribers.
With the support of BTS fans last year, the boy band’s “Wings” album peaked at “No. 26 on the Billboard 200 – the highest-ever debut for a K-pop album – and earlier this year, they helped BTS win Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards,” TIME added.
BTS became the first ever K-pop group to be nominated and win at the BBMAs.
“This award belongs to [everybody] around the world who shines the love and light on us,” said BTS’ Rap Monster on stage when they won the award.
Others on TIME’s most influential people on the internet list are Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Gorgeous, Jonathan Sun, Branden Miller, Matt Drudge, Carter Wilkerson, Yao Chen, Brian Reed, Alexei Navalny, Matt Furie, Steven Pruitt, Bana Alabed, The Indivisible Guide’s Ezra Levin, Leah Greenberg, Angel Padilla, Sarah Dohl and Matt Traldi, Chance the Rapper, Ariel Martin, Cassey Ho, Huda Kattan, Mark Fischbach, and The Skimm’s Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin.
Last December, Twitter Korea declared that BTS’ post on Nov. 19 as the “Golden Tweet” in Korea in 2016. The post was about BTS winning the Album of the Year award at the Melon Music Awards, which became the most retweeted with 188,000 that day.
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