Bangtan Boys Named in TIME’s ’25 Most Influential People’ List

Ben Cho, July 2, 2018, 8:17 a.m.

Boy band Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, have been included in TIME's list of the 25 most influential people on the Internet for the second year in a row. The list, released on Thursday, includes U.S. President Donald Trump, YouTube personalities Logan and Jake Paul, and singer Rihanna.

"The real engine behind their success is their passionate social fanbase, who style themselves as the 'ARMY' and eagerly consume anything related to the group, from tweets to video," the magazine wrote.

"The YouTube views within 24 hours for their music video 'Fake Love' almost surpassed Taylor Swift's and Psy's all-time records," it said, adding that they have "at least 50 million followers across English-language social media platforms."

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