Billboard just unveiled the Top Social 50 Artists of 2020.
For the first time in its history, K-pop acts secured the top 3 positions with BTS, EXO, and NCT 127 reigning over the charts.
The top Social 50 artists of 2020 🏆— billboard (@billboard) December 3, 2020
Check out the complete year-end @billboardcharts here: https://t.co/UNqmUltDqW pic.twitter.com/hMnsVekG2b
This is BTS' 4th year atop the yearend Social 50 chart, having previously done so in 2017, 2018, and 2019. This comes as the latest in the group's record-breaking wins. In the span of a couple of weeks, the Grammy-nominated act's latest single 'Life Goes On' debuted on the top of 3 Billboard charts, while their newest album BE topped the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Following BTS are SM Entertainment acts EXO and NCT 127.
This follows EXO's ongoing streak of topping music charts across the world. The group was recently revealed to be one of Spotify's Top K-pop artists of the year, also alongside NCT, and more, while member Baekhyun is also part of Melon Music Awards' Top 10 Artists.
For NCT, this comes after their big wins at the Asia Artist Awards 2020, where they won Album of the Year for Resonance, while its units NCT127, NCT DREAM, and WayV, were the recipients of the Best Artist Award, Best Emotive Award, and Asia Celebrity respectively.
여러분 아름다운 밤이에요— NCT (@NCTsmtown) November 28, 2020
우리 많은 팬분들의 낮과 밤은 다를테지만 항상 우리와 함께하는 시간만큼은 같다라고 생각이 들어요
항상 다른 시간을 살고 있지만 계속해서 사랑해주시고 응원해주시는 여러분들 덕분에 저희가 좋은 상을 받게 된거 같습니다#NCT #RESONANCE#NCT_RESONANCE#2020AAA pic.twitter.com/UQ50cdrbNT
Rounding off Billboard's Social 50 charts are other notable K-pop acts like SEVENTEEN, BLACKPINK, ATEEZ, and TOMORROW X TOGETHER, and pop music icons Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish, as well as P-pop group SB19.
SB19 is the only Southeast Asian act to grace this year's top 10. Throughout the year, the group has been a mainstay on Billboard's Social 50 charts, having peaked at No. 2 earlier this August.1 They also recently had their tracks 'Tilaluha' and 'Hanggang Sa Huli' debut at No. 1 and peak at No. 3, respectively, on Billboard's LyricFind Global chart.
💥Namamayagpag pa rin! #SB19's 'Tilaluha' debuts at #1 on Billboard LyricFind Global and 'Hanggang Sa Huli' peaks at #3 on its 4th week!— SB19 Official (@SB19Official) December 3, 2020
#8 naman tayo this week sa Billboard Social 50 on its 50th week!
Maraming salamat po sa pagmamahal sa musikang Pilipino at sa aming grupo 🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/szbDKU7QdP
Thank you for the recognition, @billboard. And of course, to our beloved A’TIN, thank you for all of the unimaginable plot twists in our life. Too grateful to have you. Stay amazing, guys! 💙— SB19 Official (@SB19Official) December 4, 2020
1 An earlier version of this article noted SB19's peak position on the Billboard Socials Chart at number 3. It has since been amended.