BTS, Blackpink, Taemin & Jungkook Lead Tumblr's Most Popular K-Pop Stars of 2017 Summer: Exclusive
With more than 90 million engagements with K-pop content annually, the platform's addicted K-population spoke loud about the boy bands, girl groups, solo acts and group members who owned an exciting and competitive summer of K-pop this year.
When it came to boy bands, fans were most focused on BTS and EXO with the former act teasing an upcoming album and releasing a cover of "Come Back Home," while the latter made their highly anticipated comeback with their latest Billboard 200–charting album The War.
Fellow boy-band sensations Seventeen, GOT7 and Monsta X follow finish out the Top 5, while the TV-created Wanna One landed at No. 6 despite just finalizing their members in June and making their official debut in August.
BTS and EXO were also the clear favorites when it came to individual group members with the two sensational acts occupying all 10 spots of the summer's most popular band members. The seven BTS boys take Nos. 1 through 7, with vocalist Jungkook ultimately being the most actively interacted with of all, while EXO members Chanyeol, Baekhyun and Sehun round out the Top 10.
When it comes to solo acts (Tumblr defines a solo K-pop act as a traditional soloist or group member that has released an official solo album or full-length project), Taemin was No. 1 likely thanks to the SHINee singer holding a slew of solo concerts and releasing a new Japanese single. He was followed by G-Dragon (who released his latest Billboard 200–charting Kwon Ji Yong album in June), fellow SHINee member Jonghyun, Girls' Generation star Taeyeon and Agust D, an alter-ego for BTS member Suga who released a full-length mixtape in 2016.
When it came to the ladies, Blackpink shined brightest in the season's girl-group competition, likely thanks to their June single "As If It's Your Last," which nearly cracked the Billboard Hot 100. They were followed by Red Vevlet and Girls' Generation (who both had summer releases with the latter celebrating its milestone 10th anniversary), along with TWICE and Mamamoo rounding out the Top 5.
Counting tag data from the first day of summer to the last (June 21 to Sept. 22), here are Tumblr's 10 most active K-pop artists for summer 2017, categorized into boy bands, girl groups, solo singers and group members:
5. Monsta X
6. Wanna One
8. NCT 127
2. Red Velvet
3. Girls' Generation
10. Cosmic Girls
5. Agust D
6. Jay Park
4. Rap Monster