Time Magazine announces 25 Most Influential People on the Internet
K-pop superstar BTS was included in the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet list for 2019 recently announced by Time Magazine for three years in a row.
Time Magazine said that it evaluated contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.
The news outlet did not rank the 25 people, which included U.S. President Donald Trump and American singer-songwriter Ariana Grande on top of BTS.
“South Korean supergroup BTS are well on their way to becoming a household name – if they aren’t already – thanks to their millions-strong fanbase of digital natives, called “ARMY,” who avidly consume and promote their content online,” Time Magazine said.
“In 2009, having helped BTS top Billboard’s Social Artist chart for over two years, the ARMY propelled the group’s members – RM, J-Hope, Suga, Jungkook, Jimin, Jin, and V – to even greater success.”
Short for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth, the ARMY refers to very loyal global fans of the seven-member boy group.
“Among the group’s latest accolades: releasing three Billboard No. 1 albums ina single year: debuting the ‘Boy With Luv’ music video, which logged a record-setting 75 million views in its first 24 hours; and collaborating on a mobile game in which fans play the role of the group’s manager that topped the Apple App Store charts in a number of countries,” it noted.
Last month, BTS World came to town enabling fans to become a manager of BTS members in 2012, a year before the Seoul-based septet made its debut.
Earlier this year, Time Magazine also included BTS in its top 100 most influential people in the world for 2019.