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BTS, IU, BLACKPINK, TWICE: Most Popular K-Pop Artists In South Korea, United States, And Japan In 2021

by Victoria Marian Belmis / Jan 26, 2022 07:56 AM EST

Millions of people get to enjoy K-Pop worldwide. Despite not having offline shows, album sales are sky-high. Online media consumption of K-Pop content has also increased.

In this article, we look into the most popular K-Pop acts in three key countries: South Korea, the United States, and Japan, last year.

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South Korea

BTS, IU, and Lim Youngwoong proved their status as South Korea's biggest stars. Top K-Pop boy group BTS alone had 775.7 million views from people living in South Korea for the whole year! SM Entertainment rookie girl group also made a splash last year, being the only rookie group to enter the top 5.

#5 aespa with 248.6 million views

#4 BLACKPINK with 315.9 million views

#3 Lim Youngwoong with 639.6 million views

#2 IU with 649.7 million views

#1 BTS with 775.7 million views

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United States

JYP Entertainment has seen great results in its US moves so far as three of the five most viewed K-Pop artists in the United States came from the agency. Meanwhile, BTS remains to be the top K-Pop star in the US.

#5 Stray Kids with 124.3 million views

#4 ITZY with 139.1 million views

#3 TWICE with 301.3 million views
#2 BLACKPINK with 550.3 million views
#1 BTS with 898.6 million views

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Japan is the second-biggest music market and K-Pop is among the genres that are well-loved in the country. BTS tops the list, while TWICE trails in at second place. 

#5 NCT DREAM with 178.6 million views

#4 ITZY with 203.0 million views

#3 BLACKPINK with 250.8 million views
#2 TWICE with 808.1 million views
#1 BTS with 2.07 billion views

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