Kpop group BTS became the most streamed artist in 2021, selected by the world’s largest audio streaming platform Spotify.
Spotify said on December 2 that BTS ranked #1 as a result of counting the most-streamed Kpop artist this year as part of the year-end campaign ‘Spotify Wrapped.’
BTS ranked third in the global artist rankings after Bad Bunny and Taylor Swift. Then, Drake and Justin Bieber took fourth and fifth places, respectively.
Following BTS, Kpop groups BLACKPINK, TWICE, Stray Kids, and Tomorrow X Together ranked in order in the Korean artist ranking.
According to Spotify, the number of streams of the ten most-streamed Korean artists worldwide exceeded about 13.7 billion. This is an increase of about 29% compared to about 10.6 billion in the previous year.
Particularly, BTS swept the No. 1 to No. 4 places in the Korean music charts that recorded the most number of streams on Spotify with a total of four songs, including ‘Butter,’ ‘Dynamite,’ ‘Permission to Dance,’ and ‘Life Goes On.’
BLACKPINK’s ‘How You Like That‘ rose to #5. TWICE, ITZY, Red Velvet, and (G)I-DLE ranked in the female group category that BLACKPINK took first place. As for male groups, the ranking includes BTS, Stray Kids, Tomorrow X Together, Seventeen, and EXO as the most-streamed groups.
Furthermore, BLACKPINK Rosé ‘R’ took the top spot for the Korean solo artist single with the most streams, followed by BLACKPINK Lisa’s ‘LALISA’ in 2nd and IU’s ‘Celebrity’ in 3rd. Next, BLACKPINK’s Jennie’s ‘SOLO‘ and IU’s ‘Eight’ (Prod. & Feat. SUGA of BTS) ranked 4th and 5th, respectively.