BTS’s label, Big Hit Entertainment, announced on the 17th that BTS had earned a spot on Time’s “25 Most Influential People on the Internet” list for the third year in a row.
Other figures on the list published by Time on July 16 (local time) include: US president Donald Trump, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, Ariana Grande, and Cardi B.
As the only Korean figures to make the list for the third consecutive year, BTS was recognized for their influence upon the global community.
“South Korean supergroup BTS is well on their way to becoming a household name,” said Time.
Time attributed this phenomenon to “their millions-strong fanbase of digital natives, called ‘ARMY,’ who avidly support and promote their content online,” and explained that “having helped BTS top Billboard’s Social Artist chart for two years, the ARMY propelled the group’s members to even greater success.”
Some of BTS’s recent accomplishments that were mentioned in the Time article include the group releasing three Billboard No. 1 albums in a single year, the record-setting 75 million views that were garnered in 24 hours by the music video for the song “Boy With Luv,” the title track from Map of the Soul: Persona, and the collaboration that the group did for a mobile game called BTS World – a game in which users play the role of the group’s manager – that topped the Apple App Store charts in a number of countries.
This was the fifth year that Time published their annual “25 Most Influential People on the Internet” list, with contenders being evaluated according to their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news