We’ve seen first-hand this year exactly what getting caught up in a TikTok phenomenon can do for a local artist’s career, and now the social media giant has revealed the biggest Aussie acts on the platform in 2020.
Its annual Year In Review contains two music lists, including the top 10 most-followed Australian artists, which features up-and-coming indie acts alongside global stars, as well what tracks Aussies used most to make TikToks with.
At the top of the most-followed list sits Adelaide pop superstar Sia with 2.6m followers, closely followed by Iggy Azalea (2.5m), while Sydney’s Mia Rodriguez and Hobart trap metal/hardcore artist Kim Dracula have both shot to over 2m followers each this year.
MOST FOLLOWED AUSTRALIAN MUSIC ACTS ON TIKTOK
2. Iggy Azalea
3. Mia Rodriguez
4. Kim Dracula
5. Troye Sivan
7. 5 Seconds Of Summer
8. The Kid Laroi
10. Timmy Trumpet
“In a year when the music industry was amongst the hardest hit, Aussie artists big and small took to TikTok to reach fans when performing IRL wasn't an option,” reads TikTok’s Year In Review.
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“Some of the hottest Aussie acts on TikTok in 2020 are already global superstars and others are the ones watch, previously undiscovered talents who found sudden fame during lockdown.”
Also scoring a wealth of views in 2020 were The Wiggles, via their #renegadechallenge clip, which landed at #8 on the most-loved TikTok videos in Australia this year list.
As for the tracks Aussies used the most:
1. Jawsh 685 - Laxed (Siren Beat)
2. Megan Thee Stallion - Savage
3. Doja Cat - Say So
4. JACKBOYS & Travis Scott - Out West (Feat. Young Thug)
5. Cardi B - WAP (Feat. Megan Thee Stallion)
6. StaySolidRocky - Party Girl
7. Monte Booker & Smino - Kolors
8. BENEE - Supalonely (Feat. Gus Dapperton)
9. Ke$ha - Cannibal
10. K CAMP - Lottery
At the top of the “trends that took over Australia” list was the #fleetwoodmacchallenge/#dreamschallenge, which kicked off after Nathan Apodaca (who goes by the handle @420doggface208) uploaded a video of himself skating down a freeway and singing along to the Fleetwood Mac 1977 hit while drinking from a bottle of Ocean Spray.
It blew up across the globe and eventually Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks got involved.
Back in August, it was revealed that former triple j content director Ollie Wards was heading to TikTok, and earlier this week it was announced that live streaming event Isol-Aid was partnering with the social media giant.