- TikTok released its year-end report on Monday, including a list of the app’s “breakthrough stars.”
- The number one spot in the world went to Khaby Lame, TikTok’s second most-followed creator.
- Chef Puff, a cat who makes cooking videos, was ranked the number one breakout TikToker in the US.
TikTok has named its breakthrough creators for 2021, featuring Khaby Lame and Chef Puff, a cat known for “cooking” in TikToks alongside its owner.
Oneya D’Amelio from the “angry reactions” TikTok account was named the fifth breakthrough star in the world, and number two in the US.
On December 6, TikTok released an array of data showing some of the most popular songs, videos, and creators to come from the app in 2021 as part of its end-of-year report.
The app ranked the 10 “breakthrough” creators in the US and the top five worldwide throughout the year. The report defines its “breakthrough” creators as those that “hit new heights in 2021” and “grew massive fandoms with their captivating content.”
The global breakthrough accounts on the app included K-pop stars and a Dutch soccer player
Deadpan advice-giver Khaby Lame has been dubbed the number one breakthrough account on TikTok for 2021. Metrics site Social Tracker reports he’s averaging a 5 million follower increase per month, and after surpassing Addison Rae as the second most-followed person on the app in July this year, he seems set to soon overtake Charli D’Amelio for the number one spot. While D’Amelio has 130.9 million followers, Lame currently stands at 123 million.
Abby Roberts, a beauty TikToker and cosplayer known for makeup looks causing her to resemble celebrities, has been ranked the second global breakthrough TikToker by the app after her videos racked up a cumulative 1.4 billion likes.
K-pop boyband BTS came in at number three with 44.5 million followers and over 700 million likes, and Dutch soccer player Koen Geven, who posts under handle @thedutchgoalkeeper, has been ranked number four with 41.3 million likes across all of his videos. He’s mostly known for posting soccer-related tricks, “challenges,” and goal-keeping videos.
Ranked fifth is Oneya D’Amelio, who posts videos of himself yelling positive affirmations with humorous, exaggerated anger and gained 1 million followers within 24 hours, according to BuzzFeed. At one point, he was homeless and filming his viral TikToks in his car, the outlet reported.
Breakthrough creators across the US include Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, and a cat who cooks
According to TikTok, the biggest breakthrough star in the US in 2021 is Chef Puff, a cat who, with the help of his owner Lynch Zhang, cooks various meals and debunks food myths to their 19.7 million followers.
Better known by his handle @angryreactions, Oneya D’Amelio’s aggressive affirmations have made him the second breakthough account in the US as well as the fifth in the world this year.
Olivia Rodrigo was ranked third, with her song “Driver’s License” also being one of the most widely-used on the app this year, followed by Lissette Eduardo from the Dominican Republic, who has garnered 9.3 million followers for her humorous content pinned on female empowerment.
Fifth on TikTok’s US breakthrough list is Taylor Swift, who joined the app in August ahead of dropping Red (Taylor’s Version) as well as releasing a re-recording “Wildest Dreams” after the song became part of a viral trend over the summer. She now has almost 10 million followers.
Other creators making up the top 10 include dermatologist Dr Shah, Boston-based makeup guru Mikayla Nogueira, and Jon Graziano, whose infamous pet Noodle the Pug sparked a viral trend based on whether he’s having a “no-bones day.”