Feminine Power Sweeping Music Charts
Also known as 'Music Queens', numerous female artists, whether it be solo or in a group, have topped music charts upon releasing a new track. Some notable singers include IU, Heize, Sunmi, Suran, and girl group TWICE who continue to receive much love and support from fans both in Korea and Japan.
'It's showtime folks!' National Producers Are In This Season
Speaking of producers, Mnet's 'Produce 101' Season 2 wrapped up with rookie group Wanna One making their big debut. The boys ranked number one on music programs with debut track "Energetic". Thanks to their popularity, fellow participants also made their official debut as JBJ and Rainz.
Songs That Are Climbing Up the Music Charts
NU'EST sub-unit NU'EST W is currently in the spotlight as they received an explosive response following the release of title track "Where You At" in addition to countless MV views. Other songs, such as Deepflow's "Jakdu", SEENROOT's "Sweet Heart", Hwang Chi Yeol's "A Daily Song", and Yoon Jong Shin's "Like It" also resulted in positive outcomes.
The Emergence of Talented Idol Producers
As if performing in a group isn't enough, numerous idol singers went on to demonstrate their unique skills apart from their usual singing/dancing, spicing up the competition even further. For example, Block B member Zico has demonstrated his producing skills as well as BTS' SUGA, Seventeen's WOOZI and B1A4's Jinyoung all writing and composing tracks for fellow artists, resulting in hit collabs!
Healing BGM music featured on variety programs
With variety programs slowly shifting gears providing a soothing healing effect for viewers, BGM (background music) is clearly doing its job with shows like JTBC's 'Hyori's Bed & Breakfast' and tvN's 'Youn's Kitchen'. 'Begin Again' an album created by the cast of the reality series featured comforting songs sung by skillful musicians while busking around the world.
Melon Magazine also mentioned tropical house as the 'it' genre this year as well as the rise of international artists visiting Korea, and much more.
So there you have it, a rundown featuring core elements of K-Pop in 2017. What were some memorable moments for you? What are your expectations for the K-pop scene in 2018?