In a world of likes, views, retweets, and comments, the numbers game has become a bloodsport — a trawl through stan Twitter will reveal a daily avalanche of posts demanding you watch, buy, or stream a song, and graphs tracking chart positions and streaming numbers. Incessant squabbling over matters like deleted YouTube views the platform continually removes bogus viewing numbers, but many stans believe that YouTube secretly has a vendetta against their faves and is hell-bent on sabotaging them sucks the fun from participating in fandom life. On the other, this laser focus on data is helping break K-pop in the west, giving the previously-skeptical little room to argue its increasing impact, and convincing the media and industry to take it seriously. As these acts drew fresh, curious eyes, also saw an uptick in music quality. Take the rap verse, for example, which April use like a hidden step, its rise and fall cadence tripping the listener out of the warm glow of nostalgia. The pre-chorus is adorned with clattering handclap effects and springy synths adorn the chorus, and behind the often feathery vocals lies a synthwave sound that borders on creepy.
20. iKON, “KILLING ME”
The K-pop Hot is a music singles chart in South Korea. It was launched in conjunction with Billboard and Billboard Korea on August 25, , and is based on digital sales via leading websites as well as downloads from mobile service sites using an industry-standard formula and the most credible music data sources within South Korea. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Exo above and BTS below both received five number-one songs on the chart, which is the most out of any boy band in the chart. Retrieved January 28, Billboard Korea. Archived from the original on August 15, Retrieved May 1, Billboard Korea in Korean. Retrieved December 5,
By Joshua Minsoo Kim. How will I remember in terms of K-pop? But more than anything, will be the year that I distinctly felt less excited about K-pop than ever before. In my many years of following the genre, marked the first year in which I felt that K-pop was not the most exciting thing happening in South Korea. While it may not be obvious from looking at this list indeed, it still includes a decent chunk of K-pop , I spent more time listening to non-idols than those firmly in the industry. There are obvious limitations for these independent artists that leads to their music often sounding like replications of things happening elsewhere.
With another year in K-pop coming to a close, the editorial team at KultScene looked back on , a year filled with amazing music, to decide the absolute best in our humble opinions, of course. There was not a down nor dull moment in ; we saw long awaited comebacks, development in solo careers, and experimentation with new genres from various artists. We also had a couple of heartbreaks due to military enlistments, upcoming disbandments, and, of course, the absence of Jonghyun. After voting on a pool of about tracks, here are the best K-pop songs of the year numbered 50 to