K-Pop band BTS break Taylor Swift’s YouTube record

The group's video for 'Idol' is racking up a lot of views

K-pop band BTS have broken Taylor Swift‘s YouTube record for most-watched video over 24 hours.

Swift previously set the record when she returned last year with her single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. The video racked up 43.2 million views in one day.

However, BTS’ video for ‘Idol’ has now bested the pop star’s hit, gaining over 45 million views in its first 24 hours online. The video is now at over 90 million views, at the time of writing. The band’s previous record for views within a day was 35.9 million views on the video for ‘Fake Love’.


The group released their new album ‘Love Yourself: Answer‘ last week (August 25), which features an alternative version of ‘Idol’ with a guest appearance from Nicki Minaj.

Meanwhile, BTS will head to the UK for the first time in October, where they will play two shows at London’s The O2. Any remaining tickets for the shows will be available here.

BTS will play:

London, The O2 (October 9, 10)


The boyband, consisting of members RM, V, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, and Jungkook, have amassed a huge global following and have become one of the leading global K-Pop exports. Their band name is an acronym for Bangtan Sonyeondan, aka “Beyond The Scene”.

They kicked off the Love Yourself world tour in Seoul this weekend, where they played two sold-out stadium shows, performing to over 140,000 people.