Which K-Pop stars are the public most interested in right now? Kpop Idol Charts on Twitter has compiled a mid-year chart of the top idols with the most Google searches across the world in 2021 so far, and these were the top 40 most-searched male K-Pop stars between January and June this year. First, let’s count down the top 20.
20. Taeyong (NCT)
NCT’s Taeyong ranked 20th among male idols and 31st overall with an index score of 46.1. This year, Taeyong opened his own SoundCloud account and released several demo singles, including two collaborations with labelmates.
19. Sehun (EXO)
EXO’s Sehun ranked 19th among male idols and 30th overall with an index score of 47.5. This year, Sehun will be playing a supporting role in SBS‘s Now, We Are Breaking Up and is expected to finally make his movie debut in the Chinese film Catman.
18. Lucas (NCT)
NCT’s Lucas ranked 18th among male idols and 29th overall with an index score of 47. This year, Lucas is continuing his worldwide domination by reprising his cast member role on the Chinese SBS Running Man spin-off, ZRTG‘s Keep Running.
17. Taemin (SHINee)
SHINee’s Taemin ranked 17th among male idols and 26th overall with an index score of 49. Sadly for fans, Taemin began his mandatory military service this year, but not before releasing his acclaimed third mini-album, Advice.
16. Kai (EXO)
EXO’s Kai ranked 16th among male idols and 25th overall with an index score of 54.55. This year, Kai became a cast member on TVING‘s Amazing Saturday idol spin-off, Idol Dictation Contest.
15. Jonghyun (SHINee)
SHINee’s Jonghyun ranked 15th among male idols and 24th overall with an index score of 55. Following the 3rd Shiny Arts Festival, Jonghyun also ranked 9th on the male idol brand reputation ranking for June 2021.
14. Jaehyun (NCT)
NCT’s Jaehyun ranked 14th among male idols and 22nd overall with an index score of 56. Jaehyun’s acting debut in KBS2‘s Dear. M is expected to be released later this year.
13. Jackson (GOT7)
GOT7’s Jackson ranked 13th among male idols and 19th overall with an index score of 65. After leaving JYP Entertainment earlier this year, Jackson released his newest English single “LMLY” and debuted on U.S. late-night television.
12. Chanyeol (EXO)
EXO’s Chanyeol ranked 12th among male idols and 18th overall with an index score of 67. Before enlisting to serve his mandatory military service this year, Chanyeol played a lead role in the jukebox musical The Box.
11. Baekhyun (EXO)
EXO’s Baekhyun ranked 11th among male idols and 16th overall with an index score of 72.73. This year, Baekhyun drew in 110,000 viewers for his first solo concert and earned his second album to sell over 1 million copies, all before enlisting in the military.
10. Hyunjin (Stray Kids)
Stray Kids’ Hyunjin ranked 10th among male idols and 15th overall with an index score of 81.82. Much to fans’ delight, Hyunjin began making his return to activities this month when he appeared in Stray Kids’ new music video.
G-Dragon ranked 9th among male idols and 14th overall with an index score of 100. Fans are hoping G-Dragon will make his long-awaited solo comeback sometime this year.
8. J-Hope (BTS)
BTS’s J-Hope ranked 8th among male idols and 13th overall with an index score of 163.64. One of the many highlights of J-Hope’s year is his charity, donating ₩250 million KRW (about $222,000 USD) to various foundations this year alone.
7. RM (BTS)
BTS’s RM ranked 7th among male idols and 11th overall with an index score of 181.82. RM continues to rack up awesome collabs this year, featuring on eAeon‘s “Don’t” in April.
6. Cha Eunwoo (ASTRO)
ASTRO’s Cha Eunwoo ranked 6th among male idols and 9th overall with an index score of 200. Alongside gaining even more popularity on tvN‘s True Beauty, Eunwoo will also act in the movie Decibel this year.
5. Jin (BTS)
BTS’s Jin ranked 5th among male idols and 8th overall with an index score of 218.18. Lee Kyung Kyu, known as the “Godfather” of South Korea’s entertainment industry, recently revealed he wants to cast Jin in a movie.
4. Suga (BTS)
BTS’s Suga ranked 4th among male idols and overall with an index score of 303. This year, Suga’s collaboration with IU, “eight,” won a Gaon Chart Music Award, and his album D-2 became the most-streamed Korean soloist album on Spotify.
3. Jimin (BTS)
BTS’s Jimin ranked 3rd among male idols and overall with an index score of 409.09. As of June, Jimin has also topped the brand reputation ranking for 30 consecutive months.
2. V (BTS)
BTS’s V ranked 2nd among male idols and overall with an index score of 563.64. If all goes well, fans are expecting V’s long-awaited solo mixtape to finally be released this year.
1. Jungkook (BTS)
And BTS’s Jungkook took the top spot, ranking 1st among male idols and overall with a maximum index score of 600. Earlier this year, Jungkook set a record when his solo live broadcast surpassed 22 million simultaneous viewers.
And here’s the rest of the top 40:
21. Jaemin (NCT)
22. D.O (EXO)
23. Suho (EXO)
24. Jay Park
25. Felix (Stray Kids)
26. Doyoung (NCT)
27. Bang Chan (Stray Kids)
28. Bambam (GOT7)
29. Mark (NCT)
30. Chen (EXO)
31. Haechan (NCT)
32. Yeonjun (TXT)
33. Yuta (NCT)
35. Heechul (Super Junior)
36. Lay (EXO)
37. Jisung (NCT)
38. Ten (NCT)
39. Soobin (TXT)
40. Renjun (NCT)