K-pop continues to dominate the conversation on Twitter globally, even during unprecedented times. Fans turn to Twitter to connect with their favorite K-pop artists and the #KpopTwitter community around the world. In the year between the period from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, there were 7.5 billion Tweets about K-pop, setting yet another record for the most number of Tweets annually related to K-pop.
K-pop conversations around the world: Countries Tweeting the most about K-pop
Passionate and vibrant #KpopTwitter conversations continue to reverberate around the world as K-pop fans connect with each other. Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, and the United States are the top countries with the highest number of K-pop related Tweets.
K-pop popularity continues to grow
From Asia Pacific to South America, the global K-pop fanbase continues to grow on Twitter. Peru and Colombia join the top 20 countries list with the most number of people Tweeting about K-pop.
Introducing the most discussed K-pop artists
For the first time, we are announcing the Top 20 most talked about K-pop artists so that fans can celebrate their favorite artists on Twitter.
Newcomer TREASURE (@treasuremembers), who debuted just in August last year, emerged fifth on the inaugural list in a spectacular entrance. Since August 2020, TREASURE have already conducted four #TwitterBlueroom Live Q&A sessions across six months while actively engaging with their fans on Twitter. Similarly, new boy band ENHYPEN (@ENHYPEN) that only debuted in late November last year is ranked seventh.
Here are the most Retweeted Tweets from each of the Top 5 most discussed K-pop artists (*Period: 2020.07.01 ~ 2021.06.30)
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) September 8, 2020
— NCT (@NCTsmtown) September 22, 2020
— BLACKPINKOFFICIAL (@BLACKPINK) March 1, 2021
— EXO (@weareoneEXO) May 10, 2021
— TREASURE (@treasuremembers) June 20, 2021
Twitter Blueroom LIVE program connects artists with fans in the new normal
#TwitterBlueroom continues to connect fans globally to their favorite K-pop artists by bringing exclusive interviews and Q&A sessions for them to get closer to their idols. From 2PM (@follow_2PM), a second-generation K-pop group with a comeback after five years, to third-generation Kpop groups like DAY6 (@day6official) and iKON (@YG_iKONIC), artists and K-culture leaders engaged with their fans in real time on #TwitterBlueroom. ITZY (@ITZYofficial), one of the hottest K-pop girl groups, hosted a LIVE Q&A with over one million viewers while JUSTB (@JUSTB_Official), who just debuted last month, did so via a showcase live-streamed on #TwitterBlueroom, bringing fans from all over the world together virtually.
● 2PM (@follow_2PM) 7/3:
2PM #TwitterBlueroom LIVE Q&A
— 2PM (@follow_2PM) July 3, 2021
● DAY6 (@day6official) 7/2:
— DAY6 (@day6official) July 2, 2021
● iKON(@YG_iKONIC) 3/5:
— iKON GLOBAL iKONIC (@YG_iKONIC) March 5, 2021
● ITZY (@ITZYofficial) 5/2:
— ITZY (@ITZYofficial) May 2, 2021
● JUST B (@JUSTB_Official) 6/30:
— JUST B Official (@JUSTB_Official) June 30, 2021
YeonJeong Kim, Head of Global K-pop Partnerships at Twitter, said, “Whether they are global powerhouses or emerging stars, K-pop fans are talking about and engaging with their favourite artists regularly on #KpopTwitter. Culturally, we have seen the phenomenal rise of K-pop across the world, but this trend is not new on Twitter as we have experienced the growth in conversation first-hand. We will continue to work with artists and their labels to bring more content for the K-pop community.”
In 2021, K-pop is bigger than ever – there is always something happening on #KpopTwitter, from #TwitterSpaces to #TwitterBlueroom, and more. If you missed an event, catch up on what has happened on the Twitter blog. Here are some of the top moments from 2021 so far:
● #SMTOWN_LIVE delivered a message of Hope… Generated 12 M Tweets!
● SEOTAIJI concert “Quiet Night” grabbed 3.2M viewers worldwide on Twitter
● #BTS_Butter spread Twitter with 300M Tweets globally in 1 month
● 3 of the top 5 most listened-to Twitter Spaces are K-pop artists
Join the #KpopTwitter conversation with other fans and your favorite K-pop idols today!