K-pop now enters the age of female solo artists with the decline of the girl group rush.
With girl groups having their goodbye stages and back to the practice room, female solo artists are dominating major music charts.
Solo artists such as Lee Hi, Ailee and HyunA are in the spotlight for their impressive vocal talent, stage charisma and all-round abilities.
In October, Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga In releases “Bloom” that became the best selling single for the month, ushering the age of female solo artists. On the 29th of the same month, ‘monster rookie’ Lee Hi debuts with “1,2,3,4”. Her debut single lead major music charts for 18 consecutive days since release. Currently, Lee Hi, Ailee and Byul ranks among the top 10 in Melon real time chart.
As for rookie award nominations this year, a trend of boy bands and female solo artists can be observed.
According to an industry representative, female solo artists are flexible enough to pull off cute and sexy concepts unlike their male counterparts. The time is right for female solo artists to shine.
The representative further commented that current female solo artists bring a distinct appeal compared to girl groups. As male artists tend to perform in groups, they are unable to maintain total stage presence individually.
Article by Biopolymath
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