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Hours after Twitter announced the most retweeted tweet of the year, BTS fans rallied to change the results. Now, a video of BTS member Jeon Jungkook dancing to Billie Eilish‘s “bad guy” takes the title with more than 1 million retweets. Never underestimate the power of the BTS ARMY.
Remember when Twitter came together to set the world record of retweets by retweeting a photo of an egg? Well, that was the original tweet that won 2019’s most retweeted tweet. Just an hour after Twitter announced this result, BTS Twitter catapulted the video of Jungkook–which was originally in the second spot–into the first place spot.
“Remember way back when we announced this was the 2nd most Retweeted Tweet of the year? Well, @BTS_twt ARMY, come get your:🏆within an hour you got it to the top spot,” the official account for Twitter Data wrote.
Remember way back when we announced this was the 2nd most Retweeted Tweet of the year? Well, @BTS_twt ARMY, come get your 🏆: within an hour you got it to the top spot. #ThisHappenedhttps://t.co/JIFasyXabW— Twitter Data (@TwitterData) December 9, 2019
In January of 2019, the account dedicated to the egg, @egg_rt_record, set out to beat the record of retweets.
“Let’s set a world record together and get the most retweeted tweet on Twitter. Beating the current world record held by Yusaku Maezawa @yousuck2020 (5.3 million!) We got this,” egg_rt_record wrote at the time.
Currently, the tweet has more than 950,000 thousand retweets.
Let's set a world record together and get the most retweeted tweet on Twitter. Beating the current world record held by Yusaku Maezawa @yousuck2020 (5.3 million!)— World Record Egg (@egg_rt_record) January 14, 2019
We got this 🙌 pic.twitter.com/VkMPwJo9GI
Twitter Data compiles various categories of annual top searches, including musicians, emojis, athletes, movies, and more. For the 2019 top musicians, BTS took the crown again. Following them was Ariana Grande, Drake, and then Rihanna.
Alt Text: 2019 top musicians worldwide— Twitter Data (@TwitterData) December 9, 2019
2. Ariana Grande
5. Cardi B
6. Justin Bieber
8. Kanye West
9. Billie Eilish
10. Lady Gaga
This was not the first time the BTS ARMY nearly broke the internet for the K-pop boy band. When BTS joined TikTok in September, the band was followed by 1 million fans almost instantly.
Proven countless times, 2019 was clearly the year of the BTS ARMY.
- BTS joined TikTok–and stans are already flocking to the platform
- Ethan Klein has declared war on K-pop—and K-pop fans
- Van Halen had a wholesome response in defense of Billie Eilish
- First YouTube comment to hit 1 million likes is on Billie Eilish’s ‘bad guy’ music video
H/T Pop Crush
Libby Cohen is a third-year University of Texas student originally from New Jersey. She has written for ORANGE Magazine, the Daily Texan, and most recently interned for 1010 WINS in NYC. She's now back in Austin writing for the Texas Standard and the Daily Dot.