#KpopTwitter: Malaysia Cheers Loudly for K-Pop on Twitter in 2021

With a massive 7.8 billion global Tweets in 2021, #KpopTwitter once again showed its power by breaking its previous record of 6.7 billion Tweets in 2020.

#kpoptwitter: malaysia cheers loudly for k-pop on twitter in 2021

Registering a notable 16% increase in Tweet volume globally, #KpopTwitter conversations became more diverse and vibrant in 2021.

In 2021, Malaysia ranks 7th in the top 20 countries listed. 2021 was an exciting year for the younger artists like ENHYPEN (@ENHYPEN), Stray Kids (@Stray_Kids), aespa (@aespa_official), and ITZY (@ITZYofficial) who have forged strong connections with their fans on Twitter.

#kpoptwitter: malaysia cheers loudly for k-pop on twitter in 2021

Diving deeper into the flurry of Tweets, Twitter’s analysis reveals the Top 20 countries Tweeting most about K-pop, the Top 20 countries with the most K-pop fans, as well as rankings of the most Tweeted about K-pop artists and rising K-pop artists.

With its legion of passionate K-pop fans, Malaysia has placed in the seventh spot for the most number of K-pop Tweets generated in 2021 worldwide with BTS being their most discussed K-pop group. Interestingly, the Malaysian BTS ARMY lended a huge helping hand to those affected by the floods in December 2021.

Among the worldwide audience, Indonesia tops the list for the second consecutive year. Other countries that also made it into the top 10 include the Philippines, Korea, Thailand, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, India, and Japan.

While the list of countries with the most number of fans (analyzed by unique authors) looks similar to the list for most number of Tweets, Malaysia again ranks among the top 10 of countries with the most K-pop fans with Indonesia coming in first and the others like Japan and the Philippines close behind.

#kpoptwitter: malaysia cheers loudly for k-pop on twitter in 2021

Countries like Peru, Colombia, Singapore, and Ecuador were featured among the top 20 this year.

Of course, the 21st century pop icon, BTS (@BTS_twt), takes the top spot as the most Tweeted about K-pop artist globally - with the band’s on-site concert ‘BTS PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE - LA’ alone contributing more than 68 million Tweets from all over the world. For the second year in a row, NCT (@NCTsmtown) comes in second.

In addition to K-pop sensation BLACKPINK (@BLACKPINK) and heavyweights EXO (@weareoneEXO) being featured on the top 20 list, younger groups also cemented their positions with TOMORROW X TOGETHER (@TXT_members) rising from 8th place in 2020 to 6th in 2021, ATEEZ (@ATEEZofficial) climbing one spot to 9th, and Stray Kids (@Stray_Kids) at 10th.

#kpoptwitter: malaysia cheers loudly for k-pop on twitter in 2021

2021 also proved to be a breakthrough year for the 4th generation of K-pop idols.

ENHYPEN (@ENHYPEN_members) who were 5th on the 2020 list of rising K-pop artists impressively came in as the 3rd most Tweeted about band in 2021 (just after BTS and NCT). Within a year of their debut, the group celebrated a huge achievement with their first studio album “DIMENSION:DILEMMA” becoming a ‘million-seller’ and placing 11th on the Billboard 200 chart.

Fellow 4th generation idols aespa (@aespa_official) and ITZY (@ITZYofficial) also hit significant milestones as they first entered the top 20 list, at 14th and 16th respectively.

Other K-pop idols on the top 20 list include TREASURE (@treasuremembers), SEVENTEEN (@pledis_17), TWICE (@JYPETWICE), GOT7 (@GOT7Official), The Boyz (@IST_THEBOYZ), iKON (@YG_iKONIC), ASTRO (@offclASTRO), MonstaX (@OfficialMonstaX), Red Velvet (@RVsmtown), and SHINee (@SHINee).

#kpoptwitter: malaysia cheers loudly for k-pop on twitter in 2021

In Malaysia, K-Pop’s global phenomenon, BTS (@BTS_twt), dominated the massive excitement among K-Pop fans in the country and landed in the top spot of the most Tweeted K-Pop artists in the country.

Coming in second is the group with 23 multi talented members, NCT (@NCTsmtown), while ATEEZ (@ATEEZofficial) follows them in the third spot. Malaysia’s love for everything K-Pop is diverse and it shows! 

ENHYPEN (@ENHYPEN_members), SEVENTEEN (@pledis_17), EXO (@weareoneEXO), TREASURE (@treasuremembers), TOMORROW X TOGETHER (@TXT_members) are also among the idols that Malaysians cheer loudly for in 2021.

#kpoptwitter: malaysia cheers loudly for k-pop on twitter in 2021

Unsurprisingly, ENHYPEN (@ENHYPEN_members) is first on the list of the Top 10 rising Artists, followed by TOMORROW X TOGETHER (@TXT_members), TREASURE (@treasuremembers), aespa (@aespa_official), and ITZY (@ITZYofficial). Newer generation groups like IVE (@IVEstarship), CRAVITY (@CRAVITYstarship), WEi (@WEi__Official), ONEUS (@official_ONEUS), and CIX (@CIX_twt) are also featured on the Top 10.

2021 saw growing global interest in Korean entertainment beyond music.

While the reach of K-pop continued to skyrocket, we also saw a variety of conversations as Korean dramas, movies, webtoons, and other types of entertainment steadily cemented their place on the world stage.

In particular, webtoons turned K-dramas were embraced by the global audience, with True Beauty, Sweet Home, and Navillera among the top most Tweeted about webtoons on Twitter. Of course, the influence of 4 K-pop also had a part to play.

When official soundtracks included famous K-pop artists, dramas and webtoons enjoyed a boost in viewership - such as BTS V’s song ‘Sweet Night’ for Itaewon Class.

As the place to be for both fans and artists to connect, Twitter is a home for many celebrities from the different facets of Korean entertainment. In addition to well-known rapper Youngji (@dokgodieinsaeng) and actress Lee SeYoung (@seyoung0703), stars from the hit show Street Woman Fighter such as Monika (@monikaaashin), Honey J (@__honey_j__), and no:ze (@noze_world) started new Twitter accounts in the second half of 2021.

With so many different artists regularly sharing content and interacting with their fans on Twitter, the K-pop community has become more diverse and influential across K-culture.

What’s next in 2022?

With up and coming idols connecting with their passionate fans on Twitter, we are confident that #KpopTwitter will continue to break new records every year.

But beyond K-pop, we’ve also seen discussions about Korean content across the board on Twitter growing with K-pop fans talking about not just their favorite music, performances, concerts, and daily lives, but showing increasing interest in dramas and webtoons with K-pop OST (original soundtracks) or starring K-pop idols.

As the global consumption of Korean content grows, we look forward to seeing even more diverse conversations on Twitter and providing more content you can see #OnlyOnTwitter in 2022.