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 – 4 February 2021 – While 2020 changed the way that we enjoy many different types of
entertainment, K-pop continued to be a worldwide cultural phenomenon and one of
the most global communities on Twitter today. Fans connected with their
favorite K-pop artists and participated in conversations with each other around
the world, setting a new global record
of 6.7 billion K-pop related Tweets in 2020
. With over 300 K-pop Topics to
follow on Twitter, it’s now easier than ever to see and participate in the best
conversations every day about the K-pop artists you love.

#KpopTwitter achieves new record of 6.7 Billion Tweets globally in 2020


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“Even in a year where the sounds of
K-pop were not able to fill the arenas and venues that they typically do, the #KpopTwitter community set a new worldwide record and K-pop artists continued to
energize their global fanbase on Twitter. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic last
year, Twitter  provided the most
thrilling social soundtrack for K-Pop fans, and enabled them to share their
love for their favorite K-pop artists with their friends, as well as make new
ones all over the world,” said YeonJeong Kim, Head of Global K-Pop Partnerships
at Twitter.


fans with non-stop conversations: Top 20 markets by Tweet volume

The markets generating the most buzz
about K-pop showed that the genre’s popularity continues to grow in markets
where it’s secured a foothold – even pushing new markets to the top. Surging
conversations from fans in Indonesia and India generated enough Tweets to push
both higher in the 2020 rankings, with Indonesia taking the #1 spot, and India
entering the top 10 for the first time. Despite fierce competition, Brazil and
Mexico managed to retain their spots in the top 10, while Spain reached the top
20 for the first time due to the passion of the K-pop fans there.

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The top 20 markets Tweeting about
K-pop ranked by Tweet Volume in 2020 were:

  1. Indonesia
  2. Thailand
  3. South Korea
  4. Philippines
  5. USA
  6. Brazil
  7. Malaysia
  8. Japan
  9. Mexico
  10. India
  11. Argentina
  12. Peru
  13. Vietnam
  14. UK
  15. France
  16. Chile
  17. Singapore
  18. Canada
  19. Turkey
  20. Spain


popularity on the rise across the world: Top 20 markets by unique voices

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Looking at the top 20 markets by
unique voices reveals a diverse range of markets, highlighting the increasingly
global nature of the K-pop community. K-pop increased its mainstream appeal in
several of the largest markets worldwide as Japan and the USA topped this
country list with the most number of people who Tweeted about K-pop in 2020. In
addition, K-pop fandoms are growing larger across the globe, with other markets
like Turkey, France, and Saudi Arabia moving up this country list.


The top 20 markets Tweeting about
K-pop ranked by number of unique voices in 2020 were:

  1. Japan
  2. USA
  3. Indonesia
  4. South Korea
  5. Philippines
  6. Brazil
  7. Thailand
  8. Malaysia
  9. Mexico
  10. India
  11. UK
  12. Turkey
  13. Argentina
  14. France
  15. Spain
  16. Canada
  17. Saudi Arabia
  18. Vietnam
  19. Russia
  20. Chile

favorites: Most-mentioned K-pop artists

Even without many events and tours,
the biggest K-pop artists continued to drive conversations among their
passionate fans. The top most-mentioned artists, including BTS (@BTS_twt), NCT (@NCTsmtown), EXO (@weareoneEXO), and BLACKPINK (@BLACKPINK) all released new music projects for their fans last year to help them
get through 2020.


The top 10 most-mentioned K-pop
artists on Twitter in 2020 were:

  1. BTS (@BTS_twt)
  2. NCT (@NCTsmtown)
  3. EXO (@weareoneEXO)
  5. GOT7 (@GOT7Official)
  6. TREASURE (@treasuremembers)
  7. SEVENTEEN (@pledis_17)
  10. ATEEZ (@ATEEZofficial)


#KpopTwitter achieves new record of 6.7 Billion Tweets globally in 2020

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/BTS_twt/status/1303343927676731392


The songs
that defined 2020: Most mentioned K-pop songs

Many different songs, whether from
the early part of 2020 or just before year-end, helped us make it through 2020.
The biggest may not surprise you – by offering “Dynamite” in part for its fans
in English-speaking countries, BTS helped to make it one of the year’s biggest
songs. Fans of other groups, like GOT7 and NCT 2020, generated plenty of
conversations for their favorite artists’ comeback singles, “Breath” and
“RESONANCE,” respectively.

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The top 10 most-mentioned K-pop
songs on Twitter in 2020 were:

  1. Dynamite, by BTS (@BTS_twt)
  2. ON, by BTS (@BTS_twt)
  3. Black Swan, by BTS (@BTS_twt)
  4. Life Goes On, by BTS (@BTS_twt)
  5. Breath, by GOT7 (@GOT7Official)
  6. RESONANCE, by NCT 2020 (@NCTsmtown)
  7. How You Like That, by BLACKPINK (@BLACKPINK)
  9. Boy With Luv, by BTS (@BTS_twt)
  10. Shadow, by BTS (@BTS_twt)

#KpopTwitter achieves new record of 6.7 Billion Tweets globally in 2020


The new kids
on the block: Fastest-rising K-pop artists

Exciting artists emerged onto the
scene or took flight in 2020, tantalizing fans with buzzworthy teasers and
promising debuts. Each artist’s approach was different – from TREASURE’s (@treasuremembers) approach of solo debuts and their The
First Step
EP series, to TXT (@TXT_members) making their Japanese debut and second EP just months apart. In
addition to TREASURE, many of the fastest-rising artists appeared here for the
first time, including ENHYPEN (@ENHYPEN_members), THE BOYZ (@WE_THE_BOYZ), and IZ*ONE (@official_izone).


The top 10 fastest-rising K-pop artists on Twitter in 2020 were:

  2. TXT (@TXT_members)
  3. ATEEZ (@ATEEZofficial)
  4. Stray
    Kids (@Stray_Kids)
  6. WayV (@WayV_official)
  8. SuperM (@superm)
  9. IZ*ONE (@official_izone)
  10. ITZY (@ITZYofficial)

#KpopTwitter achieves new record of 6.7 Billion Tweets globally in 2020


artists with fans: livestreams, virtual award shows, and more

In the new normal, artists found new
ways to stay connected with fans to replace 
the concerts, events, and other activities a typical year would bring.
The #TwitterBlueroom produced many of the most popular livestream viewing opportunities to
get to know the top K-pop artists better.


The #TwitterBlueroom gave K-pop artists the ability to talk live directly to their fans on
Twitter, as well as a chance to hear exclusive behind-the-scenes stories and
other insights not available elsewhere – sometimes, artists like BLACKPINK (@BLACKPINK) even used the #TwitterBlueroom to give their fans content that they personalised for them.

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/BLACKPINK/status/1328624032787230720 


To close out 2020, Twitter partnered
with MAMA (Mnet ASIAN MUSIC AWARDS) to bring K-pop fans’ favorite artists
closer to them than ever before. The hashtags #2020MAMA and #MAMA2020 topped Twitter real-time trends worldwide and in 68 markets, with a
whopping 126 million Tweets related to 2020 MAMA generated from October 29 to
December 6. #2020MAMA also marked the first time use of the ‘Twitter Stanbot’, the exclusive
high quality, slow motion videos of K-pop artists and K-drama casts, with these
videos viewable only on the official @MnetMAMA Twitter account.


Other #OnlyOnTwitter content like 1:1 Q&A, Emoji, Fleets, and Voice drove conversations and trending topics about album launches, key
artist milestones, and more, to bring fans closer to their favorite K-pop


More than
music, K-pop idols and fans band together for social causes on Twitter

As shown by #YearOnTwitter, the second most-Tweeted hashtag of 2020 was #BlackLivesMatter as the world mobilized and amplified the need for equality and social
justice. K-pop fans, as well as their favorite idols, participated in the
movement by mobilizing others to use the hashtag and join the cause, as well as
raise funds through initiatives like #MatchAMillion. The #KpopTwitter community’s involvement in the #BlackLivesMatter movement gave fans another way to stay connected and express their
views on broader issues in society.


In 2021, K-Pop will come back bigger
than ever. #TwitterBlueroom, alongside other only-on-Twitter online content, will give fans to
follow their favorites closely, until concerts and events come back in full
force. And with comebacks tours already starting, there’s a full year of music
and your favorite idols ahead. Come join the #KpopTwitter conversation today to see and talk about your favorite K-Pop idols and
stay updated with other K-Pop fans around the world!

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happening and what people are talking about right now. To learn more, visit about.twitter.com and follow @Twitter. Let’s talk.

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