Kanye West and Rihanna have been listed among TIME’s 25 most influential people on the internet in 2018.
The music icons stood out as the biggest music names on TIME’s online radar, majorly because of their cultural impact, entrepreneurship and huge following on social media sites.
Rihanna denounced Snapchat for ridiculing her domestic violence experience. Her criticism plummeted the company’s financial value.
The pop star has been a voice for women over the years and is also using her beauty and fashion line to inspire women who feel undesired.
Her influence was summarised by Eliza Berman in a description for TIME. “When Rihanna speaks—or, more precisely, ‘grams—the world listens,” Berman said.
Another famous music icon to make the list is Kanye West.
However, West has a different relationship with the social media world, as he regularly posts controversial quotes and pictures.
The rapper infamously posted a picture of a signed Donald Trump’s hat with the slogan ‘Make America Great Again’.
He received a lot of backlash, although he still remains very influential among his devoted fans that backed his album ‘Ye’ to number one on the Billboard charts.
Also on the list is the award-winning band BTS
BTS saw their ‘Tear’ album become the first K-pop project to top the Billboard 200 chart.
The group has a very strong influence on their ‘ARMY’ fan base and has been at the top of Billboards’ social 50 chart longer than many famous artistes including Justin Bieber.
Recently in May, the band won the top social artists award at the Billboard Music Awards.
TIME also featured people such as Shaun King who constantly fights for marginalised societies, Donald Trump, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg.
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