Jeon Jungkook, the youngest member of BTS, has once again proven his immense popularity in the global K-Pop industry. The 25-year-old singer has been ranked as the #1 K-Pop solo artist in several countries like India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt in the 2023 Global Hallyu Trend survey conducted by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
Jungkook has been able to create a separate identity for himself outside of the highly successful BTS group. He has consistently ranked as the most searched K-Pop star on platforms like Google and YouTube year after year. The singer has also released three solo tracks as part of BTS’s discography, which have charted on South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart.
In 2022, Jungkook had a highly successful year as a solo artist, where he featured in three successful songs. His track “Stay Alive,” which was the soundtrack for the BTS-based webtoon 7Fates: Chakho, was highly popular. He also featured in the single “Left and Right” by American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, which peaked at number 22 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Later that year, Jungkook became the first South Korean singer to release a song for the FIFA World Cup soundtrack, with “Dreamers,” which he performed at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony.
Jungkook’s popularity has not just been limited to music charts and digital platforms but has also extended to live performances. During his visit to Qatar for his World Cup performance, he gained significant popularity among fans, which has contributed to his success in countries like India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
The 2023 Global Hallyu Trend survey is significant as it indicates the trends and preferences of K-Pop fans worldwide. Jungkook’s #1 ranking as a K-Pop solo artist in several countries reinforces his popularity and solidifies his position as one of the most prominent K-Pop stars globally.
In addition to the Global Hallyu Trend survey, Jungkook was also mentioned as one of the most popular K-Pop idols in the KOFICE 2023 Korean Wave Report. The report ranked Jungkook as the 3rd most popular Korean solo artist following PSY and IU, who were mentioned in the most countries as top 5 popular singers or groups.
Overall, the success of Jungkook and BTS highlights the growing popularity of K-Pop worldwide. The Korean music industry has seen significant growth in recent years, and artists like Jungkook have played a vital role in this expansion.