AceShowbiz - Time magazine is back with its fifth annual roundup of the most influential people on the Internet. Among 25 names mentioned on the list, which is compiled "by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news," are Lil Nas X, BTS as well as Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry.
Atlanta-born rapper Lil Nas X scored a hit this year with "Old Town Road". But before that, he already "developed his online fanbase (and his fluency in the quick, satiric language of the internet) by curating memes on Twitter." Most recently, the 20-year-old hip-hop star made headlines by coming out as gay during Pride month.
BTS a.k.a. Bangtan Boys has been taking 2019 by storm with the release of their sixth EP "Map of the Soul: Persona", which rose to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 200 chart. Their "Boy with Luv" music video logged a record-setting 75 million views in its first 24 hours and their recently released mobile game "BTS World" topped the Apple App Store charts in a number of countries. Time credits the ARMY (the group's fans) for having "propelled the group's members-RM, J-Hope, Suga, Jungkook, Jimin, Jin and V-to even greater success" this year after having helped BTS top Billboard's Social Artist chart for over two years.
Former American actress Meghan and her husband Prince Harry also make the list after their independent Instagram account, which launched in April, "reached 1 million followers in its first six hours, a platform record." It has since garnered 9.1 million followers, with people being drawn to posts about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's work as royals, including their efforts to raise climate change and mental health awareness, as well as announcements about the royal baby, Archie.
Other names on the list include Cardi B, who now boasts more than 47 million followers, Chris Godfrey, who set a world together with his creation of an image of a single egg against a white background, and beauty vlogger James Charles, whose recent feud with fellow beauty influencer Tati Westbrook gained a lot of interest, though it initially cost him millions of subscribers and a planned 24-city speaking tour.
Here are Time's 25 most influential people on the Internet: