We have the official numbers from YouTube: K-pop boy band BTS new music video IDOL is now the most viewed music video in the first 24 hours to set a new record.
A YouTube spokesperson revealed to Metro.co.uk that IDOL garnered over 45 million views in the first 24 hours since it was uploaded on the video-sharing site on 24 August.
South Korean boy band BTS official music video for IDOL now holds the record for biggest music video debut in YouTube history, earning over 45 million views in its first 24 hours. The previous record holder is Taylor Swifts official music video for Look What You Made Me Do which had 43.2 million views in 24 hours, the YouTube rep stated.
With this, BTS also erased the record set last July by Black Pinks Ddu-Du Ddu-Du, which garnered 36.2 million views, and have now reclaimed the title of having the biggest 24-hour debut of 2018 so far.
The boy band also set a personal record with IDOL as the music video surpassed the views of their Fake Love music MV, released last 18 May, which had 35.9 million views in the first 24 hours.
IDOL is the lead track of their new album Love Yourself: Answer, which was released on 24 August.
How YouTube count views
Last 30 January, YouTube announced that it was rolling out an update to improve system accuracy and validation of views across YouTube. You may see view fluctuations on your channel from January 29, 2018, as more or fewer views may be marked as invalid than before.
On YouTubes help page, it explained that we want to make sure that videos are being viewed by actual humans and not computer programs. During the first couple of hours after a video has been published, well only show views that our systems believe to be valid. This might not yet show all legitimate views at that time.
After quality views are counted, view count updates more frequently. The process of including all quality views can take some time depending on a videos popularity and viewership. Afterward, the view count updates more frequently, but keep in mind that were constantly validating views, so view count can always be adjusted, it further read.
In videos with frozen view count, the YouTube page explained that video views are algorithmically validated to maintain fair and positive experiences for content creators, advertisers, and users. To verify that views are real and accurate, YouTube may temporarily slow down, freeze, or adjust the view count, as well as discard low-quality playbacks.