Hot on the heels of their appearance in the new Guinness World Records 2020 book, we can now confirm that BTS have claimed a new record for the fastest time to reach one million followers on TikTok.
The South Korean K-Pop sensation announced their new venture on Wednesday 25 September with a tweet from their official Twitter account.
#BTS TikTok Channel Open!https://t.co/OYVpJF8SmT— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) September 25, 2019
The band officially joined the platform at 19:40 KST (Korean Standard Time). Word spread rapidly amongst their army of social media followers, and by 23:11 KST they had reached their first million, achieving a record time of 3 hours 31 minutes.
The move led to a flurry of downloads as fans clambered to see what their heroes would post on the short-form video app.
According to stats from TikTok, after 13 hours the group had gained two million followers and over four million likes on their debut post. After 59 hours, less than two-and-a-half days after joining the platform, they reached three million fans.
TikTok has seen many high profile entertainment stars join the platform in recent months, including Will Smith, Miley Cyrus, Ellen Degeneres, Shakira, Cardi B., Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Smith.
BTS feature in Guinness World Records 2020 for the most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours for "Boy with Luv", featuring Halsey. The track also claimed the overall title for most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours and most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group.
K-pop sensation @BTS_twt hold the record for most viewed @YouTube music video in 24 hours for their track “Boy with Luv” - which received 74,600,000 views in one day. Here’s a sneak peek of their entry in #GWR2020 👀 📖— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) September 5, 2019
2019 has certainly been a year of superlative achievements for BTS; they also earned the title for best-selling album (South Korea) for Map of the Soul: Persona and BTS fans contributed to a new record for for most used hashtag on Twitter in 24 hours when voting took place for the annual Soompi Awards.
New record: Most used hashtag on @Twitter in 24 hours #️⃣🐦— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) April 18, 2019
K-Pop fans helped contribute to a new record, tweeting #TwitterBestFandom an incredible 60,055,339 times in 24 hours, voting for the @soompi Awardshttps://t.co/Ll7a3ctFjH#SoompiAwards
You can check out some of our amazing record holders on Guinness World Records' official TikTok channel as well as more pop music and social media records in Guinness World Records 2020 which is out now.