Top 10 K-Pop Groups on Twitter

Twitter has over 300 million active users and targets a younger demographic than Facebook which is great to target the young Kpop-fan base.  Korea has finally embraced Twitter and because it is so easy to set up an account and send out your first tweet, Koreans are joining faster than expected.  Growing a twitter account is not as easy as Facebook or Instagram.  It is even harder to use it to build up your brand.  Some Kpop groups do it well and others like Super Junior, f(x), and 4 Minute don’t even bother.  Growing a real following on Twitter takes more than just sending out tweets, it requires the Kpop starts to really engage with their audience.  Here are the top 10 K-Pop Groups on Twitter.

10)  Big Bang – 1,486,487 followers

They don’t get any more famous than Big Bang, however, their Twitter account is not as strong as you might think.  They have been the top K-Pop group for over 5 years.  Created by YG Entertainment, all the members of the group have become famous in and of themselves.  They are considered the Kings of K-Pop.  G-Dragon and Taeyang will be doing their mandatory military service starting from 2018 so don’t expect their Twitter activity to go up anytime soon.

9)  CN Blue – 1,556,006 followers

CNBLUECNBLUE is one of the few rock groups in K-Pop.  They have a loyal following on Twitter with over 1.5 million followers and comes in at #9.  The group was formed in 2009.  Yonghwa their senior member is soon up for enlistment for his mandatory military service and many are wondering if others will join him.  Jung Yong-Hwa will be leaving a cable TV show after the revelation that he received preferential treatment in graduate school admission.

Current members:  Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Kang Min-hyuk, and Lee Jung-shin.

8)  Wanna One – 1,737,229 followers

Wanna One was formed by CJ E&M through a series on Korean T.V. called “Produce 101 Season 2”.  However, YMC Entertainment is now managing Wanna One.  They are one of the top up and coming K-Pop groups at the moment.

Current Members:  Daniel Kang, Ha Sung-woon, Park Ji-hoon, Bae Jin-young, Lee Dae-hwi, Hwang Min-hyun, Kim Jae-hwan, Yoon Ji-sung, Ong Seong-wu, Lai Kuan-lin, and Park Woo-jin.

7)  TWICE – 1,985,665 followers

TWICE was formed in 2015 by JYP Entertainment through the reality show Sixteen.  They are one of the most popular girl groups around.  The broke records on Melon and Youtube.  TWICE has the most members of any group under JYP Entertainment.

Current Members:  Tzuyu, Chaeyoung, Dahyun, Mina, Jihyo, Sana, Momo, Jeongyeon, and Nayeon.

6)  Monsta X – 2,043,944 followers

Monsta X was formed by Starship Entertainment from a Korean survival show called “No Mercy” which was aired on Mnet in 2015.  The members are not only active on Twitter but I.M. and Jooheon both opened their own Sound Cloud accounts.

Current Members:  Kihyun, Jooheon, Hyungwon, Shownu, Minhyuk, I.M. and Wonho.

5)  EXO – 2,083,408 followers

EXOOne of the largest member groups EXO comes in at #3.  They are a South Korean and Chinese mixed boy group created by S.M. Entertainment in 2011.  They are separated into two subgroups, Exo-K and Exo-M and they perform music in both Korean and Mandarin.  This was Korea’s attempt to break into the Chinese market and they were largely successful.  EXO is growing all around the world and in early 2018 their EXOpowerDubai hashtag was trending on social media worldwide.

Current members:  Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun.

4)  SEVENTEEN – 2,792,409 followers

SEVENTEEN was formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2015.  They are one of the biggest groups with 13 members which help with Twitter promotion.  They are divided into three sub-units, each with a different area of expertise:  a “Hip-Hop Unit”, “Vocal Unit”, and “Performance Unit”:  Seventeen has so far released two albums as well as four extended plays.

Current Members:  S.Coups, Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi, Wonwoo, Woozi, DK, Mingyu, The8, Seungkwan, Vernon, and Dino

3)  Girl’s Generation – 3,013,702 followers

Girl's GenerationOne of the most popular girl groups comes in at #3.  They are also known as SNSD and was formed by S.M. Entertainment back in 2007.  They have been together for 10 years and will be missed.

Current members:  Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Taeyeon, Yuri, Yoona, Seohyun, and Sooyoung.

2)  GOT 7 – 4,493,848 followers

GOT 7 FacebookYou would think GOT 7 would have a stronger following on Facebook but still, they come in at #7 on this list.  They are also with JYP Entertainment and their debut was in early 2014.  After showing fans a quick video of the “7 for 7” in early 2018 the group has now released their full comeback schedule via social media.  They made their Japanese comeback in late 2017

Current members:  JB, Mark, Jackson, Jinyoung, Youngjae, BamBam, and Yugyeom.

1) BTS – 12,077,206 followers

BTSOne of the hottest groups in K-Pop comes in at #1.  They are the KING of Twitter for K-Pop groups and it is not even close, they have over 12 million followers.  BTS is also known as Bangtan Boys and was created by Big Hit Entertainment in 2013.  They remain Big Hit Entertainment’s biggest draw.  BTS just set the record with “DNA” which got 13,335,134 views after just 10 hours since its release.

Current members:  Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook

John Yoon

John Yoon is the Editor in Chief at Startup Radar, Organizer for Startup Festival 2017, Head of Operations Korea at EOS Asia and the Global Marketing Director for Foresting.io. Email = john@startupradar.asia if you are interested in guest contributing and helping the Korean startup ecosystem. Wechat, Kakao, and Line user ID is jswy315

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