Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, BTS, Katy Perry named most influential people on internet


Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, BTS and Katy Perry have been named as a few of the 25 most influential people on the Internet in Time's third annual roundup. The magazine explains it looked at global impact on social media and overall ability to drive news while compiling the list, which is not ranked.

Chance the Rapper is praised for his "mastery of the Internet" in the writeup. Time notes that the Chicago MC became one of hip-hop's top players without a record deal, using the web as a tool to distribute all three of his mixtapes and an album while building a relationship with his fans.

Coloring Book was the first streaming-only album to chart on the Billboard 200 and to win a Grammy.

At Sunday night's (June 25) BET Awards, Chance won best new artist and was honored with the Humanitarian Award.

Regarding Rihanna, the magazine says: "The 29-year-old singer approaches social media with the same aplomb and fearlessness that has become her trademark across music, fashion and culture." She's recognized for her direct connection to both fans and haters, as she regularly "RIHplies" to her Instagram comments.

This week, Rihanna's feature on DJ Khaled's "Wild Thoughts" puts a female artist back in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after a 12-week absence.

Korean boy band BTS spent 27 consecutive weeks topping Billboard's Social 50 chart, overtaking artists such as Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The group's seven members "have managed to cultivate a virtual fanbase that could give the Beyhive a run for its money," Time writes.

In May, the BTS Army helped the group win Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards.

Katy Perry made the list for "ditching her script" for a recent 96-hour YouTube livestream during which she went to therapy, meditated, practiced yoga and slept while the cameras were rolling. After the promo for her new album, Witness, she became the first person to pass 100 million followers on Twitter.

Perry also made history last week by becoming the first artist to earn three Diamond Song awards: "Roar" has moved more than 10 million equivalent song units in the U.S., following her past certifications for "Dark Horse" and "Firework."