Music industry executives voted on the best solo artist, rookie group, and more.
In celebration of Seoul Sports' 33rd anniversary, the media outlet held a survey about the 'Power People of K-Pop' with executives from 35 music agencies. They were asked to name 3 figures for every question and rank them from #1 to #3. The figure ranked #1 is given 3 points, #2 is given 2 points, and #3 is given 1 point.
On top of best K-Pop groups and producer, the experts also ranked the best solo artist, rookie group, and entertainment agency.
Out of all, G-Dragon took 1st place for the best male solo artist with 55 points. Zico came in 2nd with 29 points. Crush followed in 3rd with 15 points. Ballad singer Hwang Chi Yeol and SHINee's Taemin both ranked at 4th with 11 points each.
For the best female solo artist, IU ranked 1st place with 85 points. Former Wonder Girls member Sunmi came in next with 33 points. Taeyeon followed in at 3rd place with 31 points, then Heize and Kim Chung Ha tied at 4th place with 16 points each.
The next question asked the experts to vote on the groups/solo artists they most look forward to. Rookie girl group (G)I-DLE received the most votes and ranked 1st with 39 points. Kim Chung Ha placed 2nd with 18 points. Wanna One followed next with 15 points. Stray Kids and NCT tied at 4th place with over 14 points, then The Boyz followed in 5th place with 13 points.
Lastly, the voting took place for the best K-Pop management company. SM Entertainment took 1st place with 69 points. Big Hit Entertainment, the home to megahit boy group BTS, came in 2nd with 61 points. JYP Entertainment took 3rd place with 42 points, then YG Entertainment at 4th place with 8 points.
Which artists and agency would you pick?