In recent years, the Korean music scene is increasingly showing strong development in the international market. Kpop idols are not only famous in the country but also attract the attention of fans from all over the world. In two major music markets like the US and Japan, Korean artists are doing very well with huge YouTube views. Let’s take a look at the names that are “occupying waves” in these two countries.
View ratings of male idols
Leading this chart is the name that is no longer too strange for Kpop fans. Owning a YouTube channel with more than 59.7 million subscribers and a large global fan base, boy group BTS has earned 953 million views in the United States.
Boy group BTS has earned 953 million views in the United States
Gen 4 groups are also showing their charm in this world’s largest music market. Accordingly, Stray Kids unexpectedly ranked 2nd in the chart with more than 152 million views in the past year. Although it’s only been over 3 years since their debut, it can be seen that the representatives from JYP are doing very well in a difficult market like the US.
Stray Kids unexpectedly ranked 2nd in the chart with over 152 million views
In third place with 81.6 million views is BTS’ junior boygroup – TXT . After 2 years of debut, the 5 boys of the HYBE family have increasingly increased their coverage in many countries, including potential markets like the US.
In 3rd place with 81.6 million views is TXT
Following this cult line up is still a representative from Gen 4. With unique concepts and outstanding talents, group ATEEZ is gradually attracting the attention of domestic and international fans. In the past year, the 8 boys of ATEEZ have earned more than 62.2 million YouTube views in this country alone.
The 8 boys of ATEEZ have earned more than 62.2 million YouTube views in this country alone
Although debuting for nearly 10 years, the charm of SM’s cult group – EXO has not cooled down. With 57.2 million views from this country, the EXO boys have shown that their music is very popular with international fans, including the US
The remaining positions in the chart of male idol views in the US:
6. SEVENTEEN: 54.8 million views
7. NCT 127: 46.1 million views
8. Monsta X: 35.5 million views
9. BIGBANG: 34.7 million views
10. ENHYPEN: 34.1 million views
BTS is truly a “global group” when sweeping all the charts in major music markets around the world. In 2021 alone, the 7 HYBE boys earned more than 2.04 billion YouTube views in the “land of the rising sun” – a huge number for a Kpop idol at that time.
The 7 boys of the HYBE family have earned more than 2.04 billion YouTube views in the “land of the rising sun”
Behind BTS is a representative who is doing very well in the Japanese market – SEVENTEEN . With the frequency of hard work and quality music products, the populous group SEVENTEEN has collected 211 million views on the YouTube platform in Japan.
SEVENTEEN has earned 211 million views on YouTube in Japan
In 3rd place is the representative of Gen 4 from JYP – Stray Kids . Not only attracting the attention of fans in the United States, the boys of Stray Kids are also increasing their coverage in the Japanese market with 118 million views earned in the past year.
Stray Kids is covering their music products in Japan with 118 million views
The duo Stray Kids and TXT are still “chasing” each other in terms of YouTube views from the US market to Japan. Ranked in 4th place with 94.3 million views, the 5 boys of the HYBE family are also showing their success in major music markets, following in the footsteps of their seniors in the BTS family.
Ranked 4th with 94.3 million views, TXT is also spreading widely in Japan
The next name is a “strong” representative of Kpop Gen 2 – BIGBANG . Although they have not released any new products in recent years, it can be seen that the charm of the 5 YG boys has not decreased. BIGBANG has earned more than 68.9 million YouTube views in this country and ranked 5th in the chart.
BIGBANG has earned more than 68.9 million YouTube views in Japan and ranked 5th in the chart
The remaining positions in the chart of male idol views in Japan:
6. TREASURE: 61.2 million views
7. NCT 127: 52.8 million views
8. ASTRO: 45.1 million views
9. EXO: 43.7 million views
10. ENHYPEN: 40.7 million views
View ratings of female idols
Owning a YouTube channel with more than 68.5 million subscribers and a large global fan base, fans are not surprised when BLACKPINK leads in this chart in the US market. With 442 million views in the United States, the 4 YG girls are increasingly proving their attraction and coverage in the international music markets.
With 442 million views in the US, BLACKPINK is proving more and more attractive internationally
Following closely the BLACKPINK button is another cult representative – TWICE . With an extremely dense product release frequency and targeting many different music markets, it is not surprising that the group from JYP has collected nearly 200 million YouTube views in the US.
The group from JYP earns nearly 200 million YouTube views in this country
In third place is still the representative from the “big man” JYP. Potential Gen 4 group ITZY also showed its coverage in the United States when earning more than 82 million views on the YouTube platform in the past year.
ITZY also showed its coverage in the United States when it received more than 82 million views
SM Red Velvet’s girlgroup has also earned more than 68.1 million views on US YouTube. With the release of many quality music products with an unmistakable music color, fans are not too surprised when the 5 SM girls topped this chart.
Red Velvet has also earned over 68.1 million views on US YouTube
Coming in at 5th place is the group that possesses a beautiful, strange voice and songs that easily win the hearts of listeners – MAMAMOO . The girls are doing very well in the fastidious music market like the US when grossing 60 million YouTube views in the past year.
MAMAMOO earned 60 million YouTube views last year in the US
The remaining positions in the chart of views of female idols in the US:
6. (G)I-DLE: 51.2 million views
7. IU: 44.4 million views
8. Loona: 41.2 million views
9. aespa: 36.9 million views
10. Rosé: 28.9 million views
In the Japanese music market, this chart has had a throne change between two popular girl groups TWICE and BLACKPINK. Besides Korea, Japan is the country that JYP targets and continuously promotes. Therefore, it is not surprising that the coverage of the 9 TWICE girls is much stronger than that of the YG girl group. Earning huge views of up to 800 million in the “land of the rising sun”, TWICE is an opponent that many groups have to be wary of.
Earning 800 million views in Japan, TWICE is a rival that many groups have to be wary of
BLACKPINK is in second place with 278 million views on the YouTube platform in this country. Although ranked after TWICE, the global appeal of the YG girl group is undeniable when it records a series of new records.
BLACKPINK is in second place with 278 million views
JYP’s Gen 4 representative – ITZY is doing very well in most of the major music markets. In Japan, 4 ITZY girls also recorded more than 167 million YouTube views, ranking 3rd in this chart.
ITZY recorded over 167 million YouTube views, ranked 3rd in this chart
4th in this chart continues to be a Gen 4 group – IZ * ONE when collecting 108 million YouTube views in Japan. Although IZ * ONE officially disbanded at the end of April, the products of the 12 girls have always attracted the attention of Kpop fans.
IZ*ONE collects 108 million YouTube views in Japan
MAMAMOO continued to show its influence in the world’s two major music markets when recording 85.9 million YouTube views in Japan. It can be seen that the 4 MAMAMOO girls are doing very well when releasing quality products, capturing the hearts of domestic and international fans.
MAMAMOO records 85.9 million YouTube views in Japan
The remaining positions in the chart of views of female idols in Japan:
6. IU: 46.9 million views
7. Red Velvet: 45.2 million views
8. aespa: 44.1 million views
9. SNSD: 28.6 million views
10. Oh My Girl: 25 million views