Out of all the social networking service options, the most popular boy band in the world chose Twitter as their method of preferred communication. BTS fans flock to the website (or the app) to be part of the globe’s most diverse fan base. As the seven members grow in popularity, so does their follower count: and it grows by the millions.
One Million: June 22, 2015
By the time BTS gathered their first million, they’d already had their twitter account for four years and had been officially working as a band for two. When they hit their first million, BTS was nearing the end of their 2015 BTS Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet tour which performed to 80,000 people in 18 cities. The Most Beautiful Moment in Life pt. 1 had been released at the end of April. The music video for “Dope” would be released two days after the 22nd on the 24th.
Two Million: March 18, 2016
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life pt. 2 came out in November 2015 and Young Forever wouldn’t be released until May: BTS hit two million followers in between comebacks. In March, the band lay relatively low. The group’s second muster (a BTS fan meet concert) took place two months prior in January and BTS only had two award ceremonies in February.
Three Million: August 29, 2016
Three years after their debut, BTS’ career continued to bubble underneath the surface of mainstream popularity. They’d performed at KCON 2016 in June at the Staples Center (they had no idea they’d sell out the same place for four nights in two years on a headlining tour). BTS’ three million mark came five days before the start of the Wings era which began with Jungkook’s short film Begin, posted six days after the three million on September 4th.
Four Million: December 31, 2016
The month prior to four million, BTS won the first Daesang of their career for Album of the Year at the Melon Music awards (Daesangs are the grand prizes of Korean music award shows) and they held their third muster, also in November. BTS won their second Daseang (again for Album of The Year) at MAMA in the beginning of December. As of January 2019, twenty-six months after they won their first grand prize, BTS had raised their tally of two Daesangs to twenty.
Five Million: April 7th, 2017
Five days before hitting five million Twitter followers, BTS performed in California for the 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour. The tour traveled to twelve countries and served 550,000 fans. “Spring Day” from BTS’ repackaged album You Never Walk Alone topped the Gaon Digital Chart on its release and continues to thrive ever now; “Spring Day” is the longest charting BTS song on Melon, a popular South Korean streaming service. On April 10th, BTS would be announced as a nominee for the Billboard Top Social Artist award category.
Six Million: May 28th, 2017
Following their attendance and win at the Billboard Music Awards, BTS continued their worldwide Wings tour and performed in Australia on the 26th before heading to Osaka, Japan for a concert on the 30th.
Seven Million: July 28th, 2017
BTS took a break from touring in July and August; they’d already performed thirty-two shows and wouldn’t resume the tour until October. It’s presumed they worked on their EP Love Yourself: Her during this break, the follow-up release to Wings.
Eight Million: September 5th, 2017
The day prior to their eight-millionth follower, the teaser trailer for Her, “Intro: Serendipity” dropped. Love Yourself: Her was released fourteen days later on September 18th. Her debuted at No. 1 on the Gaon Album chart and number No. 7 on the Billboard 200. A year from then, BTS would have two No. 1’s on the BB200 and double the number of twitter followers.
Nine Million: October 12th, 2017
The Wings tour would resume from its break two days later on the 14th. When they reached nine million, BTS was still feeling the elation of “DNA” peaking at No. 67 on the Hot 100 earlier in the month, their highest peak on the chart to date and the highest charting single for a K-pop group of all time.
Ten Million: November 13th, 2017
Taking another break from their tour after their concert in Macau on the 4th, BTS was back in the United States by the 13th. During the month of November BTS would attend and perform for the American Music Awards and appear on a slew of talk shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Late Late Show with James Corden. They promoted their second single from Her, “MIC Drop (Remix)” with performances on some of the shows. “MIC Drop” would go on to peak at No. 28 on the Hot 100 .
Eleven Million: December 13th, 2017
The band closed out their tour with three final concerts in Seoul in the beginning of the month. BTS held a Japanese Fanclub event the same day they hit eleven million. After their AMAs performance, BTS’ popularity in the United States and abroad exploded. BTS gave their final U.S. performance of 2017 by appearing on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. When the year closed, BTS was the most tweeted about celebrity for the previous twelve months.
Twelve Million: January 17th, 2018
On the 11th, the band took home another Daesang at the Golden Disc Awards for Love Herself: Her. BTS concluded their fourth muster three days before they gathered their twelve-millionth follower and won another Daesang at the Seoul Music Awards eight days after.
Thirteen Million: March 4th, 2018
BTS was ten days from announcing Burn The Stage, a documentary about their worldwide Wings tour, on March 4th. BTS was also in the middle of upcoming album preparations and remained relatively silent apart from social media posts and a special commemoration for ARMYs’ win for Best Fan Army at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Fourteen Million: April 9, 2018
BTS released their third Japanese album Face Yourself on the 4th. On the 16th, BTS announced their new album, Love Yourself: Tear. BTS would have Japanese muster fan meetings from the 18th to the 24th. Two days after the muster ended, the BTS World Tour: Love Yourself concert tour would be announced.
Fifteen Million: May 30th, 2018
Love Yourself: Tear was released on the 18th and on May 20th, BTS won Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards for the second year in a row. They performed at the award show for the first time with their new single “FAKE LOVE” which would peak at No. 10 on the Hot 100, their first single in the top ten. Tear debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in a solidifying testament to BTS’ statewide popularity and success. The band made a second appearance on Ellen on the 25th and topped the Billboard Artist 100 chart for the first time the same day they hit fifteen million followers.
Sixteen Million: August 24th, 2018
On August 17th, BTS sold out their first United States stadium, Citi Field, in minutes. Love Yourself: Answer, their final release in the Love Yourself series, dropped the 24th, the same day BTS reached sixteen million Twitter followers. The Love Yourself world tour would start the next day in Seoul before traveling to eleven other countries by the tour’s end. Answer would give BTS their second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and its lead single “Idol” would take the record for most music video views in 24 hours.
Seventeen Million: November 18, 2018
On the first of the month, BTS charted on the Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart for the first time with “Waste It On Me,” their third collaboration with Steve Aoki and their first song entirely in English. BTS became the first Korean act to surpass one billion streams on Spotify on the 4th and gathered a slew of RIAA certifications on the 8th, with “MIC Drop” going Platinum and “IDOL” and Answer certified Gold. Two days before seventeen million, BTS’ documentary Burn The Stage opened in theaters worldwide. BTS continued their tour with the first round of Love Yourself concerts in Japan ending on the 24th.
Eighteen Million: January 23, 2019
BTS’ first million milestone mark of 2019 came during another break period. The tour won’t resume again until February 19th, nine days after the 61st Annual Grammy awards where Tear holds a nomination for Best Recording Package. Though rumors of new music swirl, nothing is confirmed. BTS continues to regularly post on Twitter despite the lull in comebacks.
As of January 26th, 2019, BTS holds three of the top thirty most-retweeted tweets on Twitter and 23 of the most liked. They’re the 114th most followed account on Twitter and average 422 thousand retweets and 1.22 million likes per tweet.
On the top Social 50 Chart, BTS logs 119 weeks on the chart, 110 of those at No. 1. The current record is 164 weeks at No. 1.
Updated January 26th, 2019.