Despite the fact (or perhaps because of the fact) that they went through a major roster change this year, Girls’ Generation (SNSD) had the fifth most active fan base in the world according to Twitter. The other notable K-Pop group to make Twitter’s top 20 most active fan bases was Big Bang, which grabbed the 18th spot.
On the one hand, that’s a fairly impressive feat. Every single other artist in the Top 20 owes much of their Twitter-fame to having an established western fan base. On the other hand, Justin Bieber.
Can we all just take a second to recognize the sheer hilarity of some of these fan
base “army” names? Some are good (Bruno Mars’ Hooligans is acceptable, I want to join the Rihanna Navy and “Swifties” is so perfectly Taylor Swift that they should just use it to rename Tribeca) but some are down right lazy (Arianators, Selenators, The Victims) and some are unjustifiably bad (Team Breezy, Beliebers – although more so for the fact that they exists at all).
While it may be kind of amusing to think that SNSD’s fan “army” isn’t as rabid as the fearsome “Lovatics” or the truly intimidating “Directioners,” when Justin Bieber is at the top of any music list (has he even done anything musically this year?), it’s probably acceptable to pause for a moment and reflect on whether being the most active Twitter fan base is a good thing or not (hint: Twitter has given us hashtag speak, a crime for which it will never be held accountable #truth #sentencesaredead #howdopeoplereadthis).