15 K-Pop Artists Who Took The World By Storm In 2017

2017 was quite a year for K-pop. From climbing Billboard charts to trending worldwide on Twitter, K-pop was unstoppable! Will world domination be next on that list? For these 15 artists, we definitely think so! Check out our nominees for this year’s Artist of the Year below.

TWICE

Releasing hit after hit, TWICE bopped to the top in 2017! TWICE’s first studio album “Twicetagram” became the fastest-selling album by a K-pop girl group (since 2002), when they reached 100,000 unit sales within three days of the album’s release. “Twicetagram” also placed No.19 on Billboard’s 20 Best K-pop Albums of 2017. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, TWICE became the first female K-pop artists to top both of Billboard’s World Charts.

Their achievements weren’t just limited to Korea. In Japan, “#Twice” charted at No. 2 on the Oricon Daily Album Chart, as well as the Oricon Weekly Album Chart. TWICE was also selected as one of the winners of the 2017 Oricon Queen Award.

Awards

  • Gaon Chart Music Awards: Song of the Year in April for “Cheer Up” and in October for “TT”
  • Golden Disc Award: Digital Daesang and Digital Bonsang for “Cheer Up”; Digital Bonsang for “Knock, Knock”; Digital Bonsang for “Twicetagram”; CeCi Asian Icon Award
  • Melon Music Awards: Best Dance – Female for “Knock, Knock”; Top 10 Artists
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards: Song of the Year and Best Dance Performance – Female Group for “Signal”

Red Velvet

From their fun and fruity “Red Flavor” to their more edgy (but equally catchy) “Peek-A-Boo,” these girls were everywhere this year! Not only did they have their first solo concert in 2017, but Red Velvet also had their first showcase in Japan as well. “The Red Summer” was their third album to chart No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. It also set the record for the most No.1 albums on the chart by a K-pop girl group.

This summer’s anthem, “Red Flavor,” was the first song from Red Velvet to top Gaon and their fifth song to sell over a million copies. “Peek-a-Boo” was also a mega hit: it peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart.

And last, but not least, the fandom was finally named! Red Velvet revealed their fanclub name, ReVeluv, on the 1000th day anniversary of their debut.

Awards

  • Golden Disc Awards: Ceci Asia Icon Award, Digital Bonsang for “Red Flavor”
  • Melon Music Awards: Top 10 Artists
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best Female Group
  • Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award
  • Soribada Best K-Music Awards: Bonsang Award, Hallyu Icon Award

BTS

BTS had one of their best years yet! They ranked No. 5 on Forbes Korea Power Celebrity List, broke the Guinness World Record for most Twitter engagements for a music group, and was named by Time magazine as one of the “25 most influential people on the internet.” BTS also became the first K-pop group to enter the top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Mic Drop.”

Of course, BTS’s impact didn’t just stop in Korea. They were invited to perform at the AMAs (which marked their US TV debut performance), and they also won the Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist and a Shorty Award for Best in Music. Last, but not least, BTS is the only foreign artist to be certified double platinum in Japan. How’s that for a “mic drop”?

BTS also launched their fourth era, the “Love Yourself” series, this year, as well as a campaign with UNICEF called LOVE MYSELF. They rebranded as “Beyond the Scene” and collaborated with many American artists, like The Chainsmokers and Fall Out Boy.

Awards 

  • Melon Music Awards: Top 10 Artists, Global Artist, Song of the Year for “Spring Day,” Music Video Award for “Spring Day”
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best Music Video for “Spring Day” Artist of the Year, Best Asian Style in Hong Kong
  • Golden Disc Awards: Disk Bonsang for “Wings,” “Spring Day” and “Love Yourself: Her,” Global K-pop Artist Award, Disk Daesang and Disk Bonsang for “Love Yourself: Her”
  • Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award, Best Male Dance Performance Award, Record of the Year (Album) for “Wings,” Best Music Video Award for “Blood, Sweat, & Tears.”
  • Soribada Best K-Music Awards: Hallyu Star

IU

IU has grown tremendously musically since she first debuted, and 2017 was her year to really show that off! She released her first full album, “Palette,” in four years, where she served as the primary lyricist and producer. This was also IU’s first album to debut atop the Billboard World Albums chart. She also starred in the hit TV Program “Hyori’s Home Stay.”

Awards 

  • Melon Music Awards: Top 10 Artists, Best Song Writer, Album of the Year for “Palette”
  • Golden Disc Awards: Digital Daesang/ Song of the Year and Digital Bonsang for “Through the Night”
  • Mnet Asian Music Award: Best Female Artist

WINNER

These boys are “Really, Really” talented! “Fate Number For” entered and peaked at No. 2 on the Gaon Album Chart. This album also reached No.1 on the iTunes’s charts of 21 countries! They were also on “Youth Over Flowers,” where the the cast and crew of the show went the extra mile to keep it a surprise. Through thick and thin, these boys came out on top this year, and truly showed us what it meant to be a “WINNER”!

Awards

  • Golden Disc Awards: Digital Bonsang for “Really Really”
  • Melon Music Awards: Top 10 Artists

BLACKPINK

BLACKPINK in your area! These girls made a splash in Korea this year with their catchy single “As If It’s Our Last.” This single became the second most viewed music video in the first 24 hours by a Korean act on Youtube, and was the most viewed K-pop music video in 2017. “As If It’s Your Last” also debuted at No. 4 on the Gaon Digital Chart and peaked at No. 3. It also debuted at number one on Billboard World Digital Songs. Not many have accomplished what these girls have in this short of a span!

Awards 

  • Golden Disc Awards: New Artist of the Year, Digital Bonsang
  • Seoul Music Awards: New Artist of the Year

SEVENTEEN

Say the name! SEVENTEEN! Certainly, you’ll be hearing their names worldwide! Despite not having an official debut in Japan, their Japan concerts had about 50,000 people in attendance. “Teen, Age” also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. SEVENTEEN also went on their first world tour in 2017.

Awards 

  • Asia Artist Awards: Best Artist Award
  • Golden disc Awards: Disc Bonsang for “Love Letter” and “Teen, Age”
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards: Worldwide Favorite Artist, Best Dance Performance- Male Group for “Don’t Wanna Cry”

GFRIEND

After all GFRIEND accomplished this past year, we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year! “The Awakening” debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s World Album Chart. They also won “best Korean Act” of 2017 at MTV EMAs. These girls make their fandom “Buddy” proud!

Awards 

  • Golden Disc Award: Digital Bonsang for “Rough,” Best Female Group
  • Melon Music Awards: 1theK Performance Award
  • Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award
  • Soribada Best K-Music Awards: Bonsang Award

EXO

EXO’s powerful performances this past year can’t be beat! “Ko Ko Bop” debuted at No. 1 on the Melon Digital Chart. “The War” debuted at No. 87 on the Billboard 200 chart, and No. 1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart. “The War” also recorded the highest first week sales of any K-pop album previously, with over 600,000 albums sold.

EXO was also the youngest K-pop act to hold a concert at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, and became the third idol group to chart at No. 1 on Gaon for four weeks. They also celebrated their 100th win on music shows this past year.

Awards

  • Asia Artist Awards: Popularity Award, Fabulous Award, Daesang Award
  • Golden Disc Awards: Ceci Asia Icon Award, Disk Bonsang and Disk Daesang for “Ex’Act,” Genie Popularity Award, Global Popularity Award, Disk Bonsang and Disk Daesang for “The War”
  • Melon Music Awards: Artist of the Year, Top 10 Artists, Netizen Popularity Award, Best Male Dance for “Ko Ko Bop”
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards: Mwave Global Fans Choice for “Ko Ko Bop,” Album of the Year for “The War”
  • Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award, Fandom School Award, Daesang Award
  • Soribada Best K-Music Awards: New Hallyu Popularity Award, Bonsang Award, Daesang Award

BIGBANG

BIGBANG has been one of the defining artists of K-pop in the past 11 years they’ve been promoting. From record breaking to paving the way for the idol groups of now, BIGBANG is truly one of a kind. In 2017, they held their fifth Japanese dome tour, and this was the last activity they will participate as a group for a while, since most of the members will be enlisting in 2017.

Taeyang also announced his impeding marriage to Min Hyo Rin in 2017, and he, along with G-Dragon, will enlist this year. We wish them all the best in their individual activities!

Awards 

  • Golden Disc Awards: Digital Bonsang (Top 10 Digital Artist) for “FXXK It”
  • Melon Music Awards: Top 10 Artists

Wanna One

Talent has another name – Wanna One! After showing off their explosive charisma on “Produce 101 Season 2,” each member that ranked in the top 11 was chosen to make up the group Wanna One. They became the first K-pop group to sell a million copies of their debut album. Wanna One was also chosen by Billboard as the Best New K-pop Act of 2017.

Awards

  • Asia Artist Awards: Rookie Award, Super Rookie Samsung Pay Award
  • Golden Disc Awards: New Artist of the Year
  • Melon Music Awards: Best New Artists, Top 10 Artists, Kakao Hot Star Award
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best of Next Award, New New Male Artist, Best Male Group
  • Soribada Best K-Music Awards: New Artist of the Year, Rising Hot Star Award

Highlight

These veteran idols came back stronger than ever in 2017! After leaving Cube Entertainment and rebranding from BEAST to Highlight, they were not only able to avoid the “7th year curse,” but they successfully “debuted” again with “Can You Feel It?” They also had their “first” end of year solo concert as Highlight. Not bad for a “rookie” group!

MAMAMOO

With their killer vocals and unstoppable confidence, MAMAMOO had one of their best years yet! They set a new record on Melon for the girl group song with the most listeners in 24 hours. “Yes I Am” also charted No. 1 on the Melon real-time chart. The only direction these girls can go is up!

Awards 

  • Asia Artists Awards: Best Icon Award (singer Category)
  • Golden Disc Awards: Digital Bonsang for “You’re the Best”
  • Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang for “You’re the Best”
  • Soribada: Bonsang

GOT7

Only the sky is the limit for GOT7! In 2017, they wrapped up their mega successful “Flight Log” series. “Flight Log: The Arrival,” the third and final part to their “Flight Log” series, sold more than 300,000 copies. Since debut, these boys have continuously upped themselves every year, and we can’t wait to see what they have planned for us in 2018!

Awards

  • Golden Disc Awards: Disc Bonsang for “Flight Log: Turbulence” and “Flight Log: Arrival”
  • Global V LIVE Award: Global Artist Top 10, Best Worldwide Influencer
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards: World Performer, 2017 Favorite KPOP Star
  • Seoul Music Awards: Bonsang Award for “Flight Log: Turbulence”

NU’EST W

Never say never! These idols embody the fruits of hard work and never giving up. Since their debut in 2012, NU’EST scored their first music show win with “Where You At.” While Minhyun is currently promoting with Wanna One, NU’EST is promoting as a subunit called NU’EST W, where the “W” in their name stands for “Wait.” They also released an OST for the Korean drama “Hwayugi,” which was their first OST since debut.

Awards 

  • Asia Artist Awards: Best Entertainer Award
  • Golden Disc Award: Disk Bonsang for “W, Here”
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards: Discovery of the Year

Hey Soompiers! Have you voted for Artist of the Year yet in the 13th Annual Soompi Awards? If not, check out the nominees below, and don’t forget to vote! Voting ends soon, at 12 p.m. KST on February 21!

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SHINee’s Key, EXO’s Xiumin, And Red Velvet’s Seulgi Call BoA To Support Her During First Live Broadcast

SM artists showed their support for BoA during her first live broadcast on Naver’s V Live.

On February 19, BoA held a broadcast for the upcoming release of her mini album “One Shot, Two Shot.” She asked fellow SM Entertainment artists for tips on how to do a V Live well and received three phone calls.

Red Velvet’s Seulgi called her first and said, “I’m watching your V Live right now. You’re doing well.” When BoA asked her about the app, Seulgi explained, “Through V Live, you can show your everyday life and get closer with fans. It’s good to do it often.” BoA admitted, “I’m confused. It’s hard to do it by myself.”

Seulgi also told her that after the group’s latest promotions, she was resting during Lunar New Year, and would be returning to work the next day. They then talked about previously promoting Red Velvet’s “Bad Boy” and BoA’s “NEGA DOLA” at the same time.

BoA said, “I was happy we promoted during the same time. I should’ve bought you something yummy, but we were both busy so I wasn’t able to.” Seulgi responded, “It was such an honor for us to promote with you. Next time, we’ll come see you.” BoA promised to exchange numbers with her and buy her food next time.

EXO member Xiumin was the second person to call BoA during her live broadcast. He expressed happiness in seeing her on TV often and brought up something he saw on her reality program “Keyword #BoA.” Xiumin suggested they get together and gather the best drinkers from each group. BoA said, “[TVXQ’s] Changmin drinks too well.”

She praised Xiumin and described him as “the member who is in charge of drawing in new fans” and “the oldest member who has a lot of cuteness.” After hearing that he was waiting to go into the recording studio, she told him to take care of his throat and to record well.

Xiumin concluded the phone call by saying, “You are our pride. You are one of the artists I trust and watch. When you perform, I will go see you like last time. Go BoA!”

SHINee’s Key was the last phone call of the night. The two artists recently showed their close friendship on her reality show. Key commented that BoA looked burdened during her V Live and asked why she hadn’t asked him to join her. BoA replied, “No it’s because you know me too well so you can see things like that, but I’m doing well. I need to get used to broadcasting alone.”

BoA then asked him how SHINee’s concert went and Key replied that he performed well and was currently resting. “I’m proud of you, you worked hard,” she told him.

Key helped her promote her upcoming track by saying, “‘One Shot, Two Shot’ is an easy-listening track, which BoA is releasing for the first time in a while. After you listen to it once, you can’t forget the chorus. It’s that kind of song.”

The artist laughed and accused him of reading off of an article. Key replied, “I’m not! This kind of description shows up on [music programs like] ‘Inkigayo.’” She ended their conversation after asking if he ate dinner, thanking him for calling, and promising to call him after the broadcast.

BoA’s mini album “One Shot, Two Shot” will be released on February 20 at 6 p.m. KST.

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February Brand Reputation Rankings For Individual Girl Group Members Revealed

The Korean Business Research Institute has published February’s results for brand reputation rankings among girl group members!

MOMOLAND’s JooE topped this month’s brand reputation rankings with a total score of 4,138,210. Red Velvet’s Irene followed up in second place with a total score of 3,852,928, while TWICE’s Momo came in third place with a score of 3,489,178.

A source from the Institute revealed that JooE was highly associated with the keywords “MOMOLAND,” “BBoom BBoom,” and “rumors” as she came in first place this month.

The top 30 rankings are as follows:

  1. MOMOLAND’s JooE
  2. Red Velvet’s Irene
  3. TWICE’s Momo
  4. Red Velvet’s Seulgi
  5. MOMOLAND’s Nancy
  6. Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun
  7. Red Velvet’s Joy
  8. MOMOLAND’s Yeonwoo
  9. Red Velvet’s Yeri
  10. Girls’ Generation’s YoonA
  11. TWICE’s Sana
  12. TWICE’s Dahyun
  13. Oh My Girl’s Arin
  14. gugudan’s Mina
  15. Red Velvet’s Wendy
  16. TWICE’s Nayeon
  17. BLACKPINK’s Jisoo
  18. TWICE’s Mina
  19. MOMOLAND’s Daisy
  20. TWICE’s Tzuyu
  21. TWICE’s Jeongyeon
  22. BLACKPINK’s Jennie
  23. EXID’s Hani
  24. Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung
  25. Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon
  26. Weki Meki’s Kim Doyeon
  27. Oh My Girl’s YooA
  28. gugudan’s Kim Sejeong
  29. TWICE’s Jihyo
  30. Girls’ Generation’s Yuri

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Idols Born In The Year Of The Dog Share Messages And Goals For 2018

It may already be the second month of 2018, but the Lunar New Year celebrations are currently underway in Korea. Meet the stars who were born in the year of the dog and their plans for 2018.

Suzy

“I hope 2018, the Year of the Golden Dog, will be full of good luck and blessings for everyone,” said Suzy.

She continued, “I was born in the year of the dog, so 2018, the Year of the Golden Dog, feels somewhat special to me. In 2017, I released my first solo album, and I kept busy through my appearance in the drama ‘While You Were Sleeping.’ I sincerely thank the fans who gave me lots of interest and love. In the Year of the Golden Dog, I am planning to promote even more actively as a singer and an actress. Happy New Year to everyone, and please stay healthy!”

GOT7’s Jinyoung

Jinyoung said, “2017, the Year of the Rooster, has ended, and it is now a new year. Rather than feel pressure at the start of a new year, I hope you will all enjoy more relaxing, fun experiences and thoughts and have a happy 2018. Happy New Year, and I hope you will always be healthy!”

He added, “I think it’s meaningful that I’m able to offer my New Year’s greetings to this many people. Above all, my fellow GOT7 member Jackson was also born in the year of the dog, so I think I will be able to spend a more meaningful and confident 2018.”

DAY6’s Wonpil

Wonpil said, “Hello. This is Wonpil of DAY6! An eventful 2017 has passed, and now a new year has come! In 2018, I hope there will be many happy and exciting events, so that 2018 will be full of laughter for everyone! Everyone, let’s be happy!^^”

He continued, “2018, also known as the Year of the Golden Dog, has arrived! Since this year is the same zodiac sign as the year I was born, I think I will need to become a Kim Wonpil who gives more meaning to everything and acts with more gratitude!^^”

Wonpil concluded, “In 2017, I released two new tracks every month, and I held a concert every month. It was a priceless time for me, and I learned a lot in many ways. In the new year, I won’t forget about the things I felt in 2017, and I will work hard to become a more memorable person through good music and positive appearances!”

Apink’s Son Naeun

Son Naeun said, “Hello. This is Naeun of Apink. I want to offer my New Year’s greetings for 2018, the year of the dog! I plan to work hard to show you better things in 2018. I will show you lots of different things as a singer and as an actress, so I hope you will give me lots of love. Everyone, please be happy and healthy this year! Happy New Year!”

She also shared her plans for the year ahead, revealing, “My film ‘Woman’s Wail’ will be released, and I am planning to work hard at Apink’s promotions and the filming of various ads.”

VICTON’s Seungwoo

Seungwoo said, “Hello. This is VICTON’s year of the dog member Seungwoo~^^. They say 2018 is the Year of the Golden Dog. I will work even harder so that VICTON can shine brighter this year. We are working hard on our next album, so please stay tuned. I’m working hard on the next album, so please stay tuned. We will improve and come back with a cooler look. Happy New Year, everyone, and I hope all of your wishes come true. Thank you!!”

Wanna One’s Ha Sung Woon

Ha Sung Woon said, “I hope everyone will be healthy and happy, and I hope this year will be filled with only good things. That is my hope and my happiness. As someone who was born in the year of the dog, I hope everything I wish for comes true.”

Wanna One is currently preparing for a new comeback album in the spring.

Red Velvet’s Seulgi

Seulgi said, “As 2018 is the first time in 60 years that the Year of the Golden Dog has returned, I hope only good things will happen for everyone. I also hope that everything you planned for works out.”

She continued, “I will meet with fans in more diverse areas to spread bright energy, so I ask that you give me lots of support and encouragement.”

Red Velvet’s Wendy

Wendy said, “I will show you better things this year, so I ask for your support and anticipation. I hope the new year will be full of good things and good health for not only those who always give their help and love to Red Velvet, but everyone else as well.”

AOA’s Seolhyun

Seolhyun was born in the year 1995, but because she was born on January 3 (before the start of the next lunar year), she is considered to have been born in the year of the dog. She said, “Last year, I set goals to relax and to travel, and I fulfilled them. In 2018, I made resolutions to have a positive mindset and to be courageous enough to confront anything. I think 2017 was the preparation stage for my next opportunity. In 2018, I plan to be active with both AOA’s album promotions and individual promotions as well.”

She added, “I hope there will be more opportunities to show who I am as a person, and I want to learn more about myself through those opportunities.”

BTS’s J-Hope

J-Hope wrote, “To our members, Happy New Year, and let’s be healthy. I am working hard on my mixtape. Since you have waited for it for a long time, I will do my best so that I can show you good music.”

BTS’s RM

Using his name to create an acrostic poem, RM wrote, “I don’t know, but I hope you will be happier in the future.”

He added, “As this year is the Year of the Golden Dog, I think I will be happy if everything works out well this year. I will use that energy to work harder. In the new year, I want to accomplish our goal of a world stadium tour.”

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February Female Advertisement Model Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

The Korean Business Research Institute has shared the February brand reputation rankings of female advertisement models.

The rankings were determined after analyzing 18,236,422 pieces of data about 50 female brand models, which were collected from January 14 to February 15. This marked a 23.68 percent increase from the 14,745,208 pieces of data used in the rankings for last November.

The monthly brand reputation rankings are a product of big data analysis of participation, media coverage, communication, and community awareness as a means to study consumer habits.

Kim Yuna came in first for February with a total score of 2,492,725 points. This was an impressive 261.55 percent jump from her previous score of 689,458 points in the November 2017 rankings.

The chief of the Korean Business Research Institute, Goo Chang Hwan, remarked, “Following the analysis for the February 2018 female advertisement model brand rankings, Kim Yuna has placed first after topping last November’s rankings as well. Kim Yuna’s brand has been increasing among consumers due to the PyeongChang Olympics, and has been successful communicating and spreading awareness to consumers.

He continued, “‘Beautiful, does well, and I like her’ ranked high as keywords related to Kim Yuna’s brand, while ‘queen, PyeongChang, and Olympics’ ranked high in the link analysis. Kim Yuna’s brand was determined to be 63.97 percent positive after a brand sentiment analysis.”

IU took second place, recording a total score of 1,114,611 points. This was a 84.82 percent increase from her 603,088 point score in the November 2017 rankings.

Finally, Hong Jin Young placed third with a total score of 965,393 points, which is a whopping 431.09 percent increase from her previous score in the November 2017 rankings.

The top 30 for this month are as follows:

  1. Kim Yuna
  2. IU
  3. Hong Jin Young
  4. Son Na Eun
  5. Jung Yoo Mi
  6. Seolhyun
  7. Irene
  8. Baek Jin Hee
  9. Han Hye Jin
  10. Jung So Min
  11. Kim So Hyun
  12. Park Na Rae
  13. Jun Ji Hyun
  14. Kim Ji Won
  15. Hyeri
  16. Kim Hee Sun
  17. Suzy
  18. Kim Yoo Jung
  19. Ji Woo
  20. Kim Tae Hee
  21. Shim Eun Kyung
  22. Taeyeon
  23. Son Yeon Jae
  24. Park Han Byul
  25. Kyungri
  26. Ha Ji Won
  27. Son Ye Jin
  28. Jung Chae Yeon
  29. Han Eun Jung
  30. Jane

Check out the rankings for male advertisement models here!

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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)

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14 K-Pop Groups That Snatched Our Attention With Their Amazing Stage Outfits

It takes more than just music to make a hit. The lyrics, choreography, music video, and concept are all part of the overall production process, and oftentimes, the artists’ wardrobes play another huge part. It sets the mood for the song as well as grabs the attention of the audience. We gathered some of the best stage outfits from 2017 (in no particular order) that made a whole lot of difference:

Highlight: Plz Don’t Be Sad

Highlight channeled bright and charming “Kings” in their promotions for “Plz Don’t be Sad,” which you can see in their modern, deconstructed “royal robes” and tops with big bows and ruffles. They also wore mismatched pieces, clashing prints, and loud colors to suit their fun and energetic concept. It was after all, a kind of rebirth for the group as they changed their name and started fresh with a more upbeat, positive vibe.

Red Velvet: Red Flavor

“Red Flavor” became the nation’s summer theme when it was released, and the girls of Red Velvet were dressed to suit the cheery mood of the season. They wore matching sailor-inspired outfits and light, trendy summer pieces that projected a girl-next-door image. “Red Flavor” is a fun song that talks about the sweetness and excitement of young love and their colorful outfits perfectly depicted this concept.

SEVENTEEN: BOOM BOOM

SEVENTEEN went for an edgy sporty image in their “BOOM BOOM” live stage performances. They paired track suits with blazers or matching customized bomber jackets that varied in material, such as velvet, jersey, and sequins. It was a “uniform” concept that reflected their boyish and lively image.

SF9: O SOLE MIO

SF9 burst into the scene at the end of 2016 as the latest boy band to debut under FNC Entertainment. Their concepts were fresh and attention-grabbing, especially “O Sole Mio” where they went for a romantic European vibe both in song and in costumes. Part of their choreography featured a step which required their outfit to have movements, so their suits had fringes and their polos had extra capes or long fabrics.

TWICE: Signal

TWICE is very consistent with their bright and cute concepts, and with “Signal,” they went for a school uniform/cheerleader wardrobe that matched the upbeat sound, innocence, and thrilling feeling of a one-sided crush depicted by the song. Their uniforms came in different pastel colors, cuts, and styles as well.

VIXX: Shangri-La

Speaking of concepts, VIXX went for an entirely unique and standout idea for their song, “Shangri-La.” Inspired by Ancient Chinese fables and fantasy stories, the boys wore modernized traditional clothes with silk robes, belts with tassles, and suits jackets with cherry blossom prints. Of course, they had beautifully-designed fans as their most important accessory and highlight of their choreography.

NCT 127: Cherry Bomb

Vogue was on to something when they featured NCT 127 in an article that raved about their limitless fashion potential in “Cherry Bomb.” Despite having a hodgepodge of punk, street, and hip-hop styles with contrasting prints; as well as loud “cherry” colors and varied styling, the group still had a cohesive, unified look.

Girl’s Day: I’ll Be Yours

Girl’s Day went all-out sexy for their “I’ll Be Yours” performances, with animal print, sequined, and fringed matching looks. The cut and silhouette of their outfits emphasized their famous leg choreography.

Girls’ Generation: Holiday

Girls’ Generation couldn’t have picked a better concept for their comeback which celebrated their beginnings and accomplishments as the nation’s girl group. Their song “Holiday” had a fun celebratory mood, which called for outfits that had a lot of color and character.

Sunmi: Gashina

Sunmi went on a trend parade for her promotions for “Gashina” with statement pieces such as: wrap dresses, thigh high boots, balloon blouses, harnessed tops, florals, and velvets. Her hair, makeup, and accessories were all on point, too. She didn’t really have one concept, which made the fans wait in anticipation and ask, “What is she going to wear next?”

Oh My Girl: Coloring Book

Oh My Girl members are considered as cute girls-next-door and nation’s fairies, which is why they looked the part for their “Coloring Book” performances. Key pieces included fluffy tulle mini skirts, school-girl uniforms, and matching silk outfits.

Weki Meki: I Don’t Like Your Girlfriend

Weki Meki had a sporty look for their debut single, and it showed off their youthful, energetic personalities. Key items included colorful basketball jerseys, wristbands, and sports-inspired looks.

NCT DREAM: We Young

NCT Dream brought the image of the tropics alive with their sailor, pirate, and island-dweller inspired looks. The group was targeting a younger audience with a “Peter Pan” theme, which coincides with their song about being young.

PENTAGON: Critical Beauty

PENTAGON was creative with their suits for “Critical Beauty,” as they wore a variety of styles, monotone colors, and print stripes. Each member’s identical outfit made for a well-coordinated overall look and it added to the synchronization of their choreography.

Hey Soompiers! Which artist do you think has the best stage outfit? Let us know in the comments below!

DP_Kim is an English magazine and online writer and former stylist based in South Korea. Follow her Korean adventures at instagram.com/dianne_panda.