Lead Vocal and Main Vocal

November 20, 2013 @ 7:56 am#1

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What's the difference? I read somewhere that one do the adlibs, while the other do most of the lines/chorus. Is this true? and which is which? 

I only know the vocal line for my bias groups but didn't really pay attention on who is lead and who is main vocal. Who are the lead/main vocals for the following groups: DBSK, Suju, SS501, Big Bang, Shinee, 2pm, Beast, Mblaq, Infinite, B1a4, Exo, Bap, Vixx, etc.?? And also the girl groups: SNSD, 2ne1, f(x), apink, sistar, miss A, etc.?? 

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:03 am#2

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SNSD for example:

Main Vocal: Taeyeon- Has the most song lines, sing the hardest part of the song. 

Lead Vocal: Jessica- Adlibs, high notes, harmonization etc. 

P.S. I know TaengSic are both considered main vocals and SeoSunFany for lead. But I'm just giving a general example~

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:04 am#3

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For EXO, it says that Chen, Baekhyun, and D.O are the main vocalists and Luhan, Suho, and Xiumin are the lead vocalists. 

For SNSD, it says Taeyeon and Jessica are the main and Seohyun, Tiffany, and Sunny are the leads.

For f(x), Luna is the main vocalist and Krystal is the lead vocalist.

But I don't really know the difference between lead and main. They both pretty much mean the same thing. But of course, some are better singers than others. 

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:06 am#4

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For BAP, there's no difference between Youngjae and Daehyun. They both share the same role as main vocals but because Youngjae and Daehyun have very different voices (Youngjae's more husky while Daehyun's more smooth) so the line allocation in songs is according which fits their voice the best. 

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:07 am#5

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Lead: (Usually) starts off a song, sings more parts, sings important parts

Main: Sings harder parts

EG Krystal has more lines but Luna does all the hard parts 

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:07 am#6

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I heard that the main sings a lot and gets the hardest parts of the songs and lead sings most lines. Yeah I don't really know the difference..

But on Infinite profile there's no lead vocalist... Sunggyu and Woohyun are labelled main vocalist

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:09 am#7

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DBSK (5) Main Vocals: Junsu, Lead: Jaejoong and Changmin

Suju I'm not entirely sure who IS the main and who is the lead so I'll just have to say KRY

Big Bang Main Vocals: Taeyang Lead Vocals: Daesung

Shinee Main Vocals: Jonghyun Lead vocals: Onew

2PM Main Vocals: Jun.K Lead: Junho

Beast Main Vocals: Yoseob Lead: Hyunseung

MBLAQ Main Vocals: G.O Lead: Seungho

SNSD Main Vocals: Taeyeon Lead: either Tiffany or Jessica or maybe both.

2NE1 Main Vocals: Park Bom Lead: Minzy

Miss A it's really hard to tell who is the MAIN vocalists but it might be Fei and the rest are lead vocals


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November 20, 2013 @ 8:10 am#8

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SHINee: Jonghyun = Main, Onew+Taemin = Lead

SuJu: Yesung = Main, Kyuhyun+Ryeowook = Lead 

EXO: Baekhyun+Chen+D.O. = Main, Luhan+Suho = Lead

MBLAQ: G.O = Main ( dont know about the rest)

SNSD: Taeyeon + Jessica = Main, Tiffany + Seohyun = Lead

Sistar: Hyorin = Main, Soyu = Lead

f(x): Luna = Main, Krystal = Lead

APink: Eunji = Main (dont know about the rest)

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:11 am#9

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What I have observed main vocalist is usually the one who sings in chorus (it's like this at least in Big Bang and 2PM) and has more charasteristic voice that fits to group.. or so I think it goes ^^ Lead vocalist is often as talented or sometimes maybe even more than main vocalist though. Sometimes it's little difficult to know who is main and who is lead though since I don't think it's often official and there can also be many lead vocalists.

2PM: Minjun is main and Junho is lead.

B.A.P: Daehyun is main and Youngjae is lead.

Big Bang: Taeyang is main and Daesung is lead.

2NE1: Bom is main and Minzy is lead (unofficial lead I think ^^)

SNSD: Taeyeon is main.. and I think they have couple lead vocalists? But at least Tiffany is lead.

Miss A: Suzy is main (though I have seen people saying that Fei is main) and Fei is lead.


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November 20, 2013 @ 8:15 am#10

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I only know the one with the great vocal is the main and they give him the high notes in big bang the main vocal is Daesung and the lead vocal is Taeyang , in SuJu they have 3 main vocal bcuz the group have alot members so it Yesung , Kyu and Ryewook and the lead are Sungmin, kangin ect ? In 2pm the main Jun.k and the lead is Junho, in Mblaq G.O the main and Seungho and Joon the lead ? shinee JJ the main and Onew the lead , TVXQ5 JJ was the main but all of them can sing well and VIXX the main vocal are Ken and Leo and the lead is N . 2ne1 main vocal Bom and the lead are Minzy and CL but now Minzy and CL can hit high notes easy, Miss A suzy the main and Fie and Min the lead , fx Luna the main And sistar hyoren the main and suyo the lead . That what i think 

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:29 am#11

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chocopandaa said:

I heard that the main sings a lot and gets the hardest parts of the songs and lead sings most lines. Yeah I don't really know the difference..

But on Infinite profile there's no lead vocalist... Sunggyu and Woohyun are labelled main vocalist

Some Inspirit once told me that the lead vocal in Infinite was Myungsoo.... and I still don't know if that's true or not.

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:36 am#12

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dogireo-saram said:

SHINee: Jonghyun = Main, Onew+Taemin = Lead

SuJu: Yesung = Main, Kyuhyun+Ryeowook = Lead 

EXO: Baekhyun+Chen+D.O. = Main, Luhan+Suho = Lead

MBLAQ: G.O = Main ( dont know about the rest)

SNSD: Taeyeon + Jessica = Main, Tiffany + Seohyun = Lead

Sistar: Hyorin = Main, Soyu = Lead

f(x): Luna = Main, Krystal = Lead

APink: Eunji = Main (dont know about the rest)

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:38 am#13

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November 20, 2013 @ 8:42 am#14

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propanda said:

What I have observed main vocalist is usually the one who sings in chorus (it's like this at least in Big Bang and 2PM) and has more charasteristic voice that fits to group.. or so I think it goes ^^ Lead vocalist is often as talented or sometimes maybe even more than main vocalist though. Sometimes it's little difficult to know who is main and who is lead though since I don't think it's often official and there can also be many lead vocalists.

2PM: Minjun is main and Junho is lead.

B.A.P: Daehyun is main and Youngjae is lead.

Big Bang: Taeyang is main and Daesung is lead.

2NE1: Bom is main and Minzy is lead (unofficial lead I think ^^)

SNSD: Taeyeon is main.. and I think they have couple lead vocalists? But at least Tiffany is lead.

Miss A: Suzy is main (though I have seen people saying that Fei is main) and Fei is lead.


I think officially, there's no difference between Daehyun and Youngjae. They are both main vocals (at least officially) I thought? 

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November 20, 2013 @ 9:12 am#15

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2NE1 - BOM -main vocal Minzy and CL - Lead vocal 

SNSD - Taeyeon and Seohyun- Main vocal Tiffany and Jessica - Lead vocal

Bigbang - Daesung - Main vocal Taeyang and GD - Lead vocal

SUJU - Kyuhyun and Yesung - Main vocal  Hangeng and Donghae is the Lead vocal

2PM - JunK - main vocal Junho and Wooyoung - Lead vocal

BAP - Daehyun and youngjae - main vocal and Lead vocal i think they switch positions depend on who fits the song the most..

Infinite - Sunggyu - Main vocal Woohyun -Lead vocal

Beast - Yoseob - Main vocal  Hyunseung - Lead vocal

T-ara - Soyeon - Main vocal Hyomin - Lead vocal

Shinee - Jonghyun - Main vocal Onew and Taemin -Lead vocal


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November 20, 2013 @ 9:37 am#16

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sexysone said:

Lead: (Usually) starts off a song, sings more parts, sings important parts

Main: Sings harder parts

EG Krystal has more lines but Luna does all the hard parts 

This is a good explanation...i like this.

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November 20, 2013 @ 10:03 am#17

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hally said:

I only know the one with the great vocal is the main and they give him the high notes in big bang the main vocal is Daesung and the lead vocal is Taeyang , in SuJu they have 3 main vocal bcuz the group have alot members so it Yesung , Kyu and Ryewook and the lead are Sungmin, kangin ect ? In 2pm the main Jun.k and the lead is Junho, in Mblaq G.O the main and Seungho and Joon the lead ? shinee JJ the main and Onew the lead , TVXQ5 JJ was the main but all of them can sing well and VIXX the main vocal are Ken and Leo and the lead is N . 2ne1 main vocal Bom and the lead are Minzy and CL but now Minzy and CL can hit high notes easy, Miss A suzy the main and Fie and Min the lead , fx Luna the main And sistar hyoren the main and suyo the lead . That what i think 

I think others are correct but Daesung is lead and Taeyang's is main. Taeyang has usually way more lines in songs than Daesung though Daesung sings high notes. I don't know though is there official main vocalist in BB.

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November 20, 2013 @ 10:06 am#18

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Its one of those aspects of Kpop where everyone seems to agree on a definition without actually knowing what they're agreeing on.

The thing is, its different for every group....so trying to make one category fit everyone is just stupid.

In Sistar....its pretty obvious. Hyorin is the main, Soyu is the lead. Easy.

In 4minute, JiYoon and GaYoon are both the main vocals, and they split their parts pretty much 50/50. The other three are simply vocalists/rappers. No lead.

Nine Muses has 4 lead vocals; Sera, Hyemi, Hyuna, and Kyeung Ri. No main.

Miss A has no lead/main/sub vocal/leader/etc. The only one that can be given an official title is Jia, because she is the main rapper.

Personally, I don't even see a real distinction between the two titles. I just look at it as; Main Vocal, Vocal, Sub Vocal. Anything else is just complicating things unnecessarily. 

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November 20, 2013 @ 10:18 am#19

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I'm one of the people who gets confused about this thing too.. 
my opinion is so different with people here. just wanna share what I think..

all this time, I thought that 'lead' is a level above 'main'. because I saw SJ members profile, stated yesung as lead vocalist and kyuhyun+ryeowook as main vocalists. as I know as SJ fans, yesung does sing the most adlibs (and personally I think he sings best), but he sings less than kyu & ryeo.
for me it's like: let the kids sing for you and you just need to sing the best part and stand out at the most important parts.

but as time goes by, I think I was wrong. 'main' should be a level above 'lead' instead. but if it is, I'm questioning the profile who puts yesung as lead, cause he should be main then!

as for me, the level division for me is like this:
SJ: yesung || kyuhyun, ryeowook
shinee: jonghyun || onew (used to be key, but now taemin)
SNSD: taeng, sica || seo, tiffany
apink: eunji || bomi, namju (chorong?)
missA: this is difficult one, but I think the vocalists are suzy and min? fei is dancer and jia is rapper+dancer

as exo, I'll say it's: d.o, baekhyun, chen || luhan, xiumin, suho (lay)
but if you just take the 3 vocalists d.o baekhyun and chen, and compare the similar role with SJ KRY, for me it's d.o as yesung, baekhyun & chen as kyuhyun & ryeowook


but..I actually have another theory about 'lead'. 'lead vocalist' should be the leader of vocalists?
just like other kind of leader, to get this leader position, is not all about ability. but somewhat about seniority, age, and experience too.
I take example of SJ dancers. if I'm not wrong, hangeng was lead dancer, while eunhyuk is main dancer. (hangeng is older than others SJ's dancers)
but sometimes during break dance, hangeng didn't even dance and let hyuk, hae, and shindong danced.
but, but most of times, hangeng danced at the center, as like he led other members to dance.
leader doesn't have to be the best. but he needs to be able to lead.

if it's the case, so it's right to put yesung as lead vocal. as he is the oldest too.


lmao I'm just blabbering. just read it too serious xD

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November 20, 2013 @ 12:55 pm#20

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propanda said:

I think others are correct but Daesung is lead and Taeyang's is main. Taeyang has usually way more lines in songs than Daesung though Daesung sings high notes. I don't know though is there official main vocalist in BB.

GD said there no main or lead vocalist in BB bcuz in every song the lead and the main change 

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