2019 American Music Awards

BTS Becomes Second Act to Rule Social 50 Chart for 150 Weeks

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Peter Ash Lee
From left: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Jimin, RM and J-Hope photographed on Jan. 19, 2018 at Korea House in Seoul. 

Justin Bieber holds the all-time record with 163 weeks at No. 1.

BTS is the second act in the nine-year history of Billboard’s Social 50 chart to rule the list for at least 150 weeks, ruling the Nov. 2-dated ranking.

The Social 50 is powered by data tracked by music analytics company Next Big Sound and ranks the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Wikipedia. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers with artist page views and engagement. The chart's latest tracking week ended Oct. 24.

50 weeks prior, BTS became the second act ever to rule the chart for 100 weeks. The K-pop group has led the Social 50 each week beginning with the July 29, 2017, list, after initially ruling the tally for the first time on the Oct. 29, 2016, list.

Only Justin Bieber has more weeks at No. 1 on the Social 50 than BTS; the pop singer has led for 163 weeks since February 2011. Perhaps fittingly, he’s also the last artist to rule the Social 50 that wasn’t BTS, doing so on the July 22, 2017, chart.

Most Weeks at No. 1, Social 50
163, Justin Bieber
150, BTS
28, Taylor Swift
21, Miley Cyrus
21, Rihanna

The Nov. 2-dated Social 50 finds BTS leading the chart despite a 37% drop in overall social metrics for the week ending Oct. 24. The group, whose remix of its song “Make It Right” with Lauv was released Oct. 18, snagged 9.8 million Twitter mentions and 4.2 million Twitter reactions, according to Next Big Sound.


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