BTS enters Guinness World Records 2022 Hall of Fame with 23 feats

Published September 2, 2021, 10:03 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

BTS with the Guinness World Records certificates (Guinness) 

Guinness World Records announced on Sept. 2 that K-pop superstars and Grammy nominees BTS have entered its 2022 Hall of Fame with 23 records.

“At the moment of writing the group holds a staggering 23 world records, making them one of the most successful bands in the history of Guinness World Records,” according to Guinness.

It added, “Culturally, BTS jumping from strength to strength aided a global rediscovery of South Korean society. Their popularity grew hand in hand with a general awareness and passion for ‘K-culture,’ which spread across the web like wildfire. It’s hard to determine if the rise of trends such as K-beauty and K-dramas is a consequence or a cause of BTS’ ever-growing popularity, but one thing is for sure: the country is, now more than ever, one of the global trendsetters.”

“The barriers BTS overcame – cultural, linguistic, and within the music industry – and the way they unified so many people across the world with the sheer power of their art is, and will continue to be, an inspiration,” Guinness stated, adding that BTS can be found in the Guinness World Records 2022 on pages 212 to 213.

Here are BTS’ 23 Guinness World Records titles to date, according to Guinness:

BTS MUSIC RECORDS

  1. First K-pop act to reach No.1 on the US albums chart – First Place – June 2, 2018
  2. First K-pop act to reach No.1 on the US Artist 100 – First Place- June 2, 2018
  3. First K-pop group to reach the Top 10 on the US singles chart – First Place – June 2, 2018
  4. Highest annual earnings for a K-Pop band (current year) – $50 million – June 1, 2020
  5. Most viewers for a music concert live stream on a bespoke platform – 756,000 – June 24, 2020
  6. Most tickets sold for a livestreamed concert (current year) – 756,000 tickets – June 14, 2020
  7. Most weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Social 50 chart – 189 weeks – August 1, 2020
  8. Most “daesang” (“grand prize”) awards won at the Mnet Asian Music Awards – 13 total number – December 6, 2020
  9. Best-selling album in South Korea – 4,440,818 units sold – March 1, 2021
  10. Most Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards won by a music group – 5 total number – March 13, 2021
  11. Most weeks on the US Hot 100 by a K-pop track – 32 weeks – April 10, 2021
  12. Most weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart- 18 weeks – April 10, 2021
  13. Most streamed act on Spotify (group) – 16,300,000,000 total number – April 27, 2021

BTS SOCIAL MEDIA RECORDS

  1. Most Twitter engagements (average retweets) for a music group – 422,228 engagements – April 29, 2019
  2. Most Twitter engagements (average retweets) – 422,228 engagements – April 29, 2019
  3. Fastest time to reach one million followers on TikTok – 3 hours 31 min – Sept. 25, 2019
  4. Most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours – 101,100,000 views – Aug. 22, 2020
  5. Most followers on Instagram for a music group – 40,220,226 – April 22, 2021

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS BROKEN BY BTS’ “BUTTER”

  1. Most streamed track on Spotify in the first 24 hours – 11,042,335 streams – May 21, 2021
  2. Most viewers for the premiere of a music video on YouTube – 3,900,000 total number – May 21, 2021
  3. Most viewers for the premiere of a video on YouTube – 3,900,000 views – May 21, 2021
  4. Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours – 108,200,000 times – May 22, 2021
  5. Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group – 108,200,000 – May 22, 2021
 
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