YouTube Reveals K-Pop Channels With Most Growth In First Half Of 2018

Global video streaming site YouTube has released the top 20 K-pop channels and the top 20 Korean channels who showed the most growth in the first half of 2018.

The data was recorded from November 24, 2017 through June 25, 2018 ranks the channels based on the highest increase in subscribers from locations outside of Korea. Foreign subscribers accounted for 95 percent of the top 20 K-pop channels’ new subscribers, proving the worldwide status of K-pop idols.

First place went to BigHit Entertainment’s channel ibighit, while BLACKPINK’s official YouTube channel and BTS’s BANGTANTV channel came in second and third place, respectively.

ibighit has the most new subscribers and surpassed 10 million subscribers last December. As we dive into the second half of the year, they’re speeding towards a staggering number of 20 million subscribers.

BLACKPINK’s official YouTube channel also gained many new subscribers with the release of their latest mini album “SQUARE UP.” The music video of their title song “DDU-DU DDU-DU” gained a tremendous number of views and is currently passing 215 million views.

1theK came in fourth place, and JYP Entertainment’s official YouTube channel came in fifth place. SM Entertainment’s channel is in sixth.

Other artist channels in the top 20 are BIGBANG at No. 9, PSY at No. 11, Girls’ Generation at No. 12, TWICE at No. 14, iKON at No. 15, GOT7 at No. 16, SEVENTEEN at No. 19, and TWICE’s Japanese channel at No. 20.

Excluding K-pop channels, the ranking of the top 20 Korean YouTube channels with the most growth in the first half of 2018 chart was topped by JFlaMusic. The channel features both original and cover songs and currently has more than 8 million subscribers. 1MILLION Dance Studio took second place, and KBS World TV came in third place.

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