February Brand Reputation Rankings For Individual Boy Group Members Revealed

On February 18, the Korean Business Research Institute announced this month’s ranking for brand reputation among boy groups.

The ranking is based on the analysis of consumers’ participation, media coverage, interaction, and community indexes for 155,501,755 pieces of big data on 395 boy group members from January 16 to February 17.

Wanna One’s Kang Daniel came out on top for the seventh consecutive month. With a participation score of 6,881,473, media coverage score of 3,917,281, interaction score of 1,428,563, and community score of 901,753, his total score for the month came out to be 18,375,135, which is a 9.80 percent increase from his January score.

“Wanna One,” “Insolent Housemates,” and “Advertisements” are words that ranked high for the keyword analysis of Kang Daniel, while “Like,” “Handsome,” and “Cute” ranked high for his link analysis. The positivity-negativity analysis found that reactions are 85.41 percent positive.

With the news of his recent wedding and upcoming enlistment, BIGBANG’s Taeyang rose 13 spots to take second with a participation score of 4,621,536, media coverage score of 2,788,277, interaction score of 171,225, and community score of 901,753. His total score for the month is 8,482,790, which is a 136.78 percent increase from his previous score.

Wanna One’s Park Ji Hoon maintained his spot in third with a participation score of 1,130,345, media coverage score of 1,599,544, interaction score of 1,153,393, and community score of 1,846,040 for a total brand reputation score of 5,729,322.

All 11 Wanna One members once again made it into the top 30. The majority of BTS and BIGBANG members also ranked high this month.

Check out the top 30 below:

  1. Wanna One’s Kang Daniel
  2. BIGBANG’s Taeyang
  3. Wanna One’s Park Ji Hoon
  4. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon
  5. Wanna One’s Ong Seong Woo
  6. BTS’s Jimin
  7. Wanna One’s Hwang Min Hyun
  8. Wanna One’s Kim Jae Hwan
  9. Super Junior’s Leeteuk
  10. Wanna One’s Park Woo Jin
  11. BTS’s Jungkook
  12. BTS’s V
  13. EXO’s Baekhyun
  14. Wanna One’s Bae Jin Young
  15. Wanna One’s Lai Guan Lin
  16. BIGBANG’s Seungri
  17. Wanna One’s Ha Sung Woon
  18. Wanna One’s Lee Dae Hwi
  19. JBJ’s Kwon Hyun Bin
  20. BTS’s Suga
  21. EXO’s Xiumin
  22. Wanna One’s Yoon Ji Sung
  23. EXO’s Chanyeol
  24. BTS’s Jin
  25. iKON’s Junhoe
  26. Highlight’s Yoon Doojoon
  27. EXO’s Sehun
  28. BTS’s J-Hope
  29. ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo
  30. BTOB’s Yook Sungjae

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100 Idols Vote For The Best Of The Best Among K-Pop Idols

K-pop idols seem to have it all from amazing visuals to stellar singing and dancing skills. But who do the idols believe are the best of the best?

For the second consecutive year, media source Ilgan Sports surveyed 100 idols in honor of Seollal (also known as Korean Lunar New Year) and they were asked to vote in a variety of categories like visuals, variety talent, and dancing and singing skills. A total of 21 idol groups participated in the survey and they were GOT7, NU’EST W, Red Velvet, RAINZ, MONSTA X, BTS, BLACKPINK, BTOB, SEVENTEEN, Super Junior, Akdong Musician, Wanna One, GFRIEND, Oh My Girl, WINNER, Taeyeon, TWICE, fromis_9, EXID, JBJ, and TRCNG.

From voting on the most handsome and beautiful idols to the greatest gamers and the idols other idols most want to collaborate with, 100 idols voted for 12 categories with interesting results.

Check out their choices below!

Most Handsome Idol

  1. BTS’s V (20 votes)
  2. ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo (19 votes)
  3. SEVENTEEN’s Vernon (6 votes)
  4. NU’EST’s Ren (4 votes)
  5. WINNER’s Kim Jin Woo / SEVENTEEN’s Jeonghan (3 votes)

Most Beautiful Idol

  1. Red Velvet’s Irene (20 votes)
  2. TWICE (10 votes)
  3. TWICE’s Tzuyu (9 votes)
  4. Suzy (7 votes)
  5. Girls’ Generation’s YoonA / f(x)’s Krystal / BLACKPINK’s Jisoo / BLACKPINK’s Jennie (4 votes)

Most Comical Idol

  1. BTOB’s Eunkwang (15 votes)
  2. BTOB’s Changsub (11 votes)
  3. SEVENTEEN’s Seungkwan (9 votes)
  4. BTOB (9 votes)
  5. Super Junior’s Heechul / Super Junior’s Eunhyuk (4 votes)

Best Dancing Machine

  1. EXO’s Kai / TWICE’s Momo (13 votes)
  2. SEVENTEEN’s Hoshi (10 votes)
  3. SHINee’s Taemin / BTS’s Jimin (6 votes)
  4. Super Junior’s Eunhyuk / BTS’s J-Hope (5 votes)
  5. Wanna One’s Park Woo Jin (4 votes)

Idol you most want to collaborate with

  1. IU (9 votes)
  2. TWICE (8 votes)
  3. BTS (7 votes)
  4. SEVENTEEN’s Woozi (6 votes)
  5. BLACKPINK’s Rosé (5 votes)

Best Idol Gamer

  1. Super Junior’s Heechul (14 votes)
  2. VIXX’s Hongbin (12 votes)
  3. Wanna One’s Park Ji Hoon (9 votes)
  4. B1A4’s Gongchan / SEVENTEEN’s Wonwoo (8 votes)
  5. TWICE’s Mina / B.A.P’s Youngjae (7 votes)

Male Idol With Hottest Body

  1. Wanna One’s Kang Daniel (12 votes)
  2. MONSTA X’s Shownu (11 votes)
  3. MONSTA X’s Wonho (10 votes)
  4. BIGBANG’s Taeyang (6 votes)
  5. SHINee’s Taemin / EXO’s Kai / EXO’s Sehun (5 votes)

Female Idol With Hottest Body

  1. HyunA (14 votes)
  2. AOA’s Seolhyun (11 votes)
  3. TWICE’s Momo (7 votes)
  4. BLACKPINK’s Jennie (6 votes)
  5. EXID’s Hani (5 votes)

Idol Who Looks Even Better In Real Life

  1. ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo (12 votes)
  2. Red Velvet’s Irene (7 votes)
  3. TWICE (6 votes)
  4. TWICE’s Jihyo / BLACKPINK’s Jisoo (5 votes)
  5. Oh My Girl’s Jiho (4 votes)

Most Fashionable Idol

  1. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon (29 votes)
  2. BLACKPINK’s Jennie (9 votes)
  3. Block B’s Zico (7 votes)
  4. Sunmi / SEVENTEEN’s The8 (6 votes)
  5. JBJ’s Kwon Hyun Bin / Wanna One’s Lai Guan Lin (4 votes)

Best Idol Vocalist

  1. BTOB’s Eunkwang (10 votes)
  2. SEVENTEEN’s Dokyeom (8 votes)
  3. Wanna One’s Kim Jae Hwan (7 votes)
  4. Taeyeon / IU (6 votes)
  5. MONSTA X’s Kihyun / GFRIEND’s Yuju (5 votes)

Idol You Most Want To Get To Know

  1. BLACKPINK (7 votes)
  2. IU (6 votes)
  3. BTS’s V / BTS’s Jungkook / TWICE (5 votes)
  4. BTS / Red Velvet’s Irene (4 votes)
  5. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon / BIGBANG’s Taeyang (3 votes)

Do you agree with their choices?

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QUIZ: Which Male K-Pop Idol Are You Spending Valentine’s Day With?

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to daydream about which K-pop star to spend the day with. You can fantasize about going on that perfect date, receiving chocolates and teddy bears galore, and having that sweet conversation that could last all night. Sounds like perfection, right? If you’re having a hard time daydreaming about which perfect and charismatic K-pop star to spend this lovely day with, take this quiz to find out who we picked for you!

Hey Soompiers, what were your results? Let me know in the comments below!

binahearts is a Soompi writer who can be most often seen singing her heart out at karaoke, walking her dog, or indulging in dessert. Her ultimate biases include Song Joong Ki, BIGBANG and BTOB. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!

February Boy Group Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

The Korean Business Research Institute has published February’s results for brand reputation rankings among boy groups!

The Institute analyzed 123,332,307 sources of data from January 9 to February 10 in the categories of participation, media coverage, communication, and community awareness.

BTS topped this month’s brand reputation rankings with a total score of 19,433,248. Wanna One followed up in second place with a total score of 14,886,529, while iKON came in third place with a score of 8,441,289.

A source from the Institute revealed that BTS was highly associated with the keywords “Golden Disc,” “Billboard,” and “Grand Prize (Daesang)” as they came in first place this month.

The top 30 rankings are as follows:

  1. BTS
  2. Wanna One
  3. iKON
  4. EXO
  8. JBJ
  9. SHINee
  10. BTOB
  11. Super Junior
  12. WINNER
  13. Shinhwa
  14. GOT7
  15. 2PM
  16. NCT
  18. VIXX
  19. Block B
  20. NU’EST W
  21. B1A4
  22. Highlight
  23. ASTRO
  24. MXM
  25. MONSTA X
  26. BEAST
  27. TRCNG
  28. TVXQ
  29. RAINZ
  30. VAV

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Most Memorable Male Idol Group Moments In 2017

The 13th annual Soompi Awards are just around the corner and in honor of this occasion, we want to look into the nominees’ best moments from 2017. All of them are more than worthy of the Best Male Group Award, seeing as their qualities as artists and musicians are out of question, because obviously, every single one of them deserves the world. Now, without comparison and in alphabetical order; the most memorable moments of the nominees for Best Male Group in 2017. Let’s go!

B1A4: Their 7th EP

B1A4 had BANAs more than excited by keeping their promise and releasing a new Korean album in 2017. “Rollin‘,” the title track of their 7th EP of the same name, was produced by Baro and Jinyoung, who is one of the busiest idol producers around. The EP debuted at No. 1 on the Gaon Weekly Album chart, making it the group’s seventh No. 1 album.

BIGBANG: A hard and yet optimistic goodbye

Four members of BIGBANG held their “The Last Dance” tour in Japan, which was completed with two final shows in Seoul, a tearful last goodbye for their fans before the members’ enlistments this year. Despite being words of farewell, the members’ last statements on stage were full of optimism and hope, and, most importantly concluded with the promise to return as a five-member group.

Block B: The return of their unique style

Everybody knows – Block B and crazy (hair) styles go way back. In the MV for “Yesterday” in early 2017, the boys all sported pretty normal haircuts and pretty normal clothes, lulling us into a false sense of security. But in late 2017, they released the MV for “Shall We Dance,” showing off truly bold styles – especially in terms of hair. Purple dreads with piercings for U-Kwon, a mullet for Kyung, an ajumma perm for P.O, and the most shocking part (besides Zico having relatively normal hair): they’re still very much able to pull it off.

BTOB: Their sign-language choreo

BTOB had several meaningful moments in 2017, such as their “Piece of BTOB” project or the group getting their very first Bonsang at the 1st Soribada Best K-Music Awards. But probably their biggest goosebumps-moment was when they performed “Missing You” with a choreo that incorporated sign-language, accentuating the lyrics of the song. The combination of having a great song (which topped multiple major music charts), sweet choreo, and a powerful fanchant made “Missing You” a truly memorable comeback.

BTS: Their Billboard Award

Looking at their global success, it is in fact hard to pick just one moment of BTS’s year, but several members themselves chose their Billboard Music Award for “Top Social Artist” as their favorite moment of 2017, so who are we to disagree with them? Their success in the U.S. media, their talk show appearances, their performance at the AMAs, and their chart ranking on Billboard’s Hot 100 – all of this shows their talent, hard working mentality, and the support of their fans, which the boys never cease to show their gratitude for.

DAY6: Their “Every DAY6” project

In December 2016, DAY6 announced their monthly release project “Every DAY6,” and what can we say – the boys did exactly what they promised. Releasing two songs every month in 2017, they kept their fans well supplied with great music and told a catchy story with a total of 12 MVs. With all the sudden teasers and comebacks here-and-there, DAY6’s releases were a very welcome constant to have last year.

EXO: Their speech at 2017 MAMA

EXO has been awarded Album of the Year at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards, making this the fifth consecutive year for them to receive this daesang (grand prize), and marking the group’s 22nd daesang overall. That’s 22 acceptance speeches, all of them full of gratefulness towards their families and fans. But this year’s award was especially intense, with deep, meaningful words from the members, and a lot of tears. Chanyeol took several tearful attempts to say his part, showing just how much it meant to him and all members alike.

GOT7: Completing their trilogy and beginning a new era

In early 2017, GOT7 released the third and final album of their “Flight Log” trilogy, called “Flight Log: Arrival,” topping several album charts. They went on to release “My Swagger” and later “Turn Up” in Japan, all while Jackson had his solo debut with “Papillon,” and Jinyoung and JB made their long awaited comeback as JJ Project. Then, in late 2017, GOT7 began their new era by releasing “7 for 7,” containing many songs co-produced by members and leading the group to a more mature sound (if they’re not currently doing a “skurr” version of “You Are,” that is). Safe to say, it was a very busy and successful year for GOT7 and Ahgases alike.

Highlight: Their new beginning

BEAST’s transmission to a five-member group and leaving their label of seven years had many fans worried about the future of the group. But in 2017, after transferring from Cube Entertainment to their new label Around Us Entertainment, they debuted as Highlight with their mini-album “Can You Feel It?” and proved to everyone, that sometimes after an ending, there’s an even better new beginning.

MONSTA X: Their first win

For people who do not watch MONSTA X’s content regularly, the importance of their first win with “Dramarama” on “The Show” only became obvious after seeing the boys’ reactions. Monbebe, of course, knew that the group had struggled with not yet having won a music show and feeling like they were disappointing their fans. They even expressed this in their post-win interview, saying they were worried about being nominated, as they expected to just lose yet again. This was probably one of the most emotional wins of 2017, and a more than well deserved one at that. Congratulations, MONSTA X!

NCT 127: New success with new members

In January 2017, NCT 127 released their second mini album “Limitless,” the first release with new members Johnny and Doyoung. The boys promised fans to work harder than ever before as a nine-member group and make 2017 their year. Little did they know that with their next mini album and the single “Cherry Bomb,” they would officially prove to be the biggest hit on the stage of the June 22 episode of “M!Countdown” and earn their first music show win. It’s safe to say, NCT 127 kept their promise.

NU’EST W: Their longest overdue very first win

Yes, we know – writing about a lot of wins here, but how could we not write about the most meaningful moment for the groups themselves? For the members of NU’EST W, their first music show win on “M!Countdown” with their song “Where You At” meant a lot, as it had been the longest time since debut for a boy group to win. It had been 2,046 days since the members’ debut to be exact. That is a heart-wrenching record. If you’re going to watch this, you better prepare tissues. Congratulations, NU’EST W!

SEVENTEEN: Their biggest concert tour to date

In 2017, SEVENTEEN took on the world in their very first “world tour” under the title “Diamond Edge.” Touring not only South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines; but adding the United States, Canada, and Chile; the boys were met with an incredible amount of over 200,000 fans. Whether you’re one of the lucky 200,000 or not, be assured SEVENTEEN is grateful towards all of their fans for being able to see the world, just like S.Coups stated during their LieV.

VIXX: Their “Shangri-la” performance at MBC Gayo Daejejun

In 2017, VIXX held their “VIXX V FESTIVAL” to celebrate their fifth debut anniversary. As a part of the celebrations, they released their fourth mini album “Shangri-La” with the title track of the same name. While the MV already looks undoubtedly breathtaking, the group’s performance at the 2017 MBC Gayo Daejejun was just jaw dropping. Performing a remix version of “Shangri-La,” all six members looked like they had just emerged from an animation, leaving fans and fellow artists staring in awe.

WINNER: Their success with “Really Really”

After the departure of Nam Taehyun in late 2016, WINNER returned as a four-member group in April 2017 with their single album “Fate Number For,” including the tracks “Really Really” and “Fool.” The album reached No. 1 on the iTunes charts of 21 countries and became the group’s most successful release to date. By December, “Really Really” reached 100 million streams without ever charting out of the top 100 in Gaon’s weekly chart, being the only 2017 idol group track to achieve this.

What was your favorite group’s most memorable moment in 2017? Let us know in the comments!

And don’t forget to vote for Twitter Best Fandom (voting is ending soon, at 8 p.m. KST) and Best Male Group (nominees below)!

daisygonzo can’t decide who deserves the award for best male idol group most, so she’ll just settle for cheering for all of them. See how her plan to finally move to Korea goes on Instagram.

Idols And Their Overwatch Characters

1theK has revealed a list of idols and their Overwatch characters!

Check it out below:


Taeil: Tracer

Jaehyun: Hanzo

Taeyong: Hanzo, McCree

Haechan: Junkrat, Lucio


V: Diva

Suga: Diva

Jungkook: Tracer


Gongchan: Roadhog

Baro: Mei

Jinyoung: Hanzo, Reaper


Mark: Mercy


Jongup: Mei

Youngjae: Soldier: 76, McCree


Hongbin: Hanzo

Hyuk: Mercy


Song Mino: Mei


Baekhyun: McCree

Sehun: Genji

D.O: Mei

Chanyeol: Hanzo


S.Coups: Reinhardt

Wonwoo: Diva, Reaper

Woozi: Lucio


Bobby: Soldier: 76

B.I: Junkrat

Jinhwan: Diva

Chanwoo: Winston

Block B

Park Kyung: Junkrat

Teen Top

Niel: Genji


I.M: Reaper, Mei

Wanna One

Ong Sung Woo: Diva


Kim Yong Guk: Torbjorn


Sanha: Tracer

Moonbin: Diva


JR: Reaper


Yook Sungjae: McCree


Yoon Doojoon: Genji

Lee Gikwang: Diva


Jung Eun Ji: McCree

Namjoo: Symmetra

Who is your Overwatch character?

January Singer Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

On January 28, the Korean Business Research Institute announced the newest ranking for brand reputation among singers.

The results are based on the analysis of participation, media coverage, interaction, and community indexes for 145,534,053 pieces of big data on singers from December 26 to January 27. This is a 11.49 percent increase from the 130,541,250 pieces of big data analyzed for the December ranking.

Wanna One maintained their spot on top with a participation score of 1,449,876, media coverage score of 3,202,104, interaction score of 4,839,660, and community score of 4,030,596 for a total brand reputation score of 13,522,236. This is a 2.90 percent increase from their December score of 13,141,487.

BTS also maintained their second place position with a total score of 11,925,730. TWICE followed in third place with a total score of 8,246,881.

Check out the top 30 below:

  1. Wanna One
  2. BTS
  3. TWICE
  4. EXO
  5. IU
  6. Red Velvet
  7. Sunmi
  8. Oh My Girl
  9. Chungha
  11. PSY
  13. Taeyeon
  14. BTOB
  17. HyunA
  18. WINNER
  20. Gummy
  21. JBJ
  22. G-Dragon
  23. Park Hyo Shin
  24. Yoon Jong Shin
  25. Kim Dong Ryul
  26. Bolbbalgan4
  27. Davichi
  28. Lee Hi
  29. EXID
  30. Hwang Chi Yeol

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