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Melon releases 2012 Year End Chart Rankings!
Melon, one of Korea’s top and biggest music site has released their year-end music charts for 2012. The sales data calculated are from February 1st until December 24th of 2012.
Overall TOP 50 Ranking Chart:
Download Chart (Most Downloaded Songs):
Afrodino - Monster (BIGBANG) [Re-Monster Hyundai Project]
YG Family dominates Youtube’s TOP 10 Most Watched K-POP MVs for 2012!
TOP 10 Most Watched Kpop MVs as of December 12 (2PMKST):
YG Family is nominated at 2012 SO-LOVED Awards!
so-loved Awards are the first European KPop awards. In 2012 they will be carried out for the third time. In a period where K-Pop is gaining more and more attention in Europe, current trends will be shown by the so-loved Awards every year. On the basis of the number of votes and the winners in each category, the Awards will indicate which artists will have a real chance to find their way into the European market. Thus so-loved and K-Colors of Korea collect important information for K-Pop fans as well as their idols.
BEST MALE BAND:
BEST SOLO ARTIST (MALE):
BEST MUSIC VIDEO:
BEST JAPAN RELEASE:
BEST HIP HOP/R&B:
VOTE HERE! http://awards.so-loved.net/en/?id=voting
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Se7en, Big Bang, 2NE1, PSY, Epik High & Lee Hi “YG Entertainment Artists Hitting #1 More Than 10 Times Daily”!
Almost every new song YG Entertainment artists are releasing, all easily reach the number one spot. With 7 artists of YG Entertainment who had a comeback or a debut, each one of them managed to get #1 more than 10 times daily on the charts seizing the #1 spots for quite a while.
According to a major daily music chart ”Melon”, all of YG Entertainment’s artists have been ”sailing” on the roof every release. YG Entertainment’s artist Se7en was the first artist to reach the roof on Melon this year with his February ”When I Can’t Sing”comeback. This song is also ranked high in the monthly chart of February followed by a T-ARA track.
Following labelmate Se7en, Big Bang finally returned too to the music scene after quite a while as members Daesung and G-Dragon took a while off due to a few circumstances. Ahead of ‘‘ALIVE” mini-album’s release, YG dropped the single”Blue” earlier then the album itself and it quickly sailed to #1 on all the charts, easily achieving an ”all-kill” status. Following the Blue single release and MV, Bad Boy was the next track followed by the rest and the ”ALIVE” mini-album itself which instantly reached #1 on the March monthly chart.
That wasn’t just all, after dominating charts for quite a while with ”ALIVE”, Big Bang released a repackaged album called ”STILL ALIVE” which once again climbed the charts seizing the #1 spots effortlessly on all the major music charts. The title track of the album ”Monster” was quite the hit as Big Bang showed a rather ”new” image with the music video released on the same day. The June monthly chart was clearly dominated by Big Bang followed by Wonder Girls with their ‘‘Like This”.
Girlgroup 2NE1 released their comeback single ”I LOVE YOU” on July 5th and as expected it dominated the weekly charts for quite a while. Even though it was a period of many popular artists making a comeback like SISTAR etc, it ranked quite high along with SISTAR’s ”Loving You”.
10 days after 2NE1, PSY the now called ”world star” released his worldwide hit”Gangnam Style” on July 15th and charted high in the monthly charts for July, August and September.
After PSY it was G-Dragon‘s turn who made his solo comeback after 3 years in September with his first mini-album ”One Of A Kind” with ”One of A Kind” released ahead of time giving fans a taste of what would be coming their way. After OOAK, G-Dragon released another track, ”That XX” ahead of the mini album which topped charts directly. With the album released on the 15th of September, the title track”Crayon” instantly reached #1 and entered the top 10 along with the rest of the tracks of his mini album that succeeded in setting up the line. For the month September, ”Crayon” was ranked 6th in the monthly charts.
After G-Dragon it was time for Epik High to return to the music scene after their 3-year hiatus. With ”It’s Cold” featuring new artist ”Lee HI” released ahead of Epik High‘s album, it topped instantly like every other song coming from any other YG artist. After releasing their full album, the double tracks ‘‘UP” feat 2NE1′s Park Bom and ”Dont Hate Me” charted high instantly followed by the rest of their tracks giving YG Entertainment another successful comeback,
And just a few days ago, YG Entertainment finally debuted Lee Hi who was a runner up for ”SBS K-pop Star” with the track ”1,2,3,4” loved by many as the new artist showed her incredible vocals in not a slow ”ballad” song but a groovy track many are loving at the moment. Of Course it reached #1 after it’s release on every chart, and is still topping charts as we speak.
2012 Most Melon Roof Hits (As of 121030):
Source: Star News via Nate; ㅇㅇ at DCKPOPSTAR via @ygltazanyaTranslated By: Yasmine@WeLoveBom
Additional info & minor edits by firstname.lastname@example.org
[YG PROJECT] BIGBANG - Alive & Still Alive (Part 5)!
After the ‘ALIVE’ album, the ‘STILL ALIVE’ also received a lot of attention. The innovative styles and visual concepts as well as the music were extremely popular. Only in the first of the year, the album sales were 110 thousand and considering the short period of time, this was a tremendous outcome. Only with 2 albums, the sales in the first half of the year were 400 thousand. ‘Still Alive’ was created because there were so much love and s for a full version after listening to the intro ‘ALIVE’ in the last 5th mini-album. The strong determination expressed in the lyrics will be the most noticeable aspect of the song.
Monster: ‘Monster’ has BIGBANG’s unique, sad mood and a beautiful piano melody on a house tempo is combined with an addictive chorus line. The music video captures the strong, monster-like images harmoniously. The lyrics express the desperate emotions of men who do not want to be monsters for the loved ones even when all others criticize them.
Feeling: Germany’s famous DJ, ‘BOYS NOIZE’ and G-Dragon and TOP worked together for this song and its rhythmic sound gives out BIGBANG’s unique, free-spirited energy.
빙글빙글: ‘Bingble Bingle’s most remarkable part is the lyrics. It’s about a guy asking daringly to his lover for honesty and to be upfront rather than making him go around in circles. Its wild voices and exciting beats are amazing and the song also gives some retro feelings with electronic guitar reefs.
Ego: ‘EGO’ has that unique balance between metaphorical lyrics and addictive melody line which BIGBANG’s is excellent at executing. It’s a groovy, electronic-pop song that tells about feelings of a guy who has fallen in love.
Where All the Biggest Stars Gather
BIGBANG’s latest journey, ‘2012 ALIVE Galaxy Tour’. From ‘ALIVE’ to ‘STILL ALIVE’, BIGBANG finished their official Korea schedules and begun their first world tour. This world tour will be on 16 countries, 25 cities beginning from Asia first and to North America, South America and Europe. From the beginning, this tour was a special project because it was Live Nation, the world’s best concert production company who first suggested BIGBANG for a world tour.
Live Nation has done some promotional works with Korean artists and helped out with one or two large-scale concerts but BIGBANG will be the first Asian artists to work with Live Nation in full scale. Live Nation’s cooperation meant that BIGBANG was now a world level artists. The staffs that will be participating on this world tour are brilliant as well. Laurieann Gibson who worked with Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour, and choreographed her hits Poker Face will be joining the world tour as a head director. She also previously worked with stars as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyonce and Katy Perry. Leroy Bennett, who worked with Madonna, Paul McCartney and the Eagles, will also join as a stage and lightning designer and Ken Van Druten, a world-level sound engineer who was in charge of the sound for Eminem, Jay-Z and Linkin Park concerts will be part of the team as well.
This is without doubt the best line up of staffs for a world tour. To create Korea’s first world tour at the best quality possible, world’s No.1 brand Samsung will be sponsoring the tour.
This collaboration between a world-level company who leads and sets the trend of smartifacts industry, and a world-level idol group who represent the popular ‘Korean Wave’ became the hottest topic of the year.
The recent concert held in China was simply earth shaking. Airport was almost Inoperable with nearly 2,000 fans welcoming BIGBANG and as BIGBANG moved some fans even followed them zealously via taxi. The concert seats were surely sold out and the fans were going wild with BIGBANG’s appearance. Considering that this is BIGBANG’s first concert in China, it was a huge success.
After a successful concert in China, it will be an interesting thing to see the impact BIGBANG will make as they take their next move on the ‘2012 BIGBANG ALIVE GALAXY TOUR’.
* To find out about a detail tour schedules, please visit BIGBANG’s official Facebook page. ( alive.ygbigbang.com )
[YG PROJECT] BIGBANG - Alive & Still Alive (Part 4)!
Something Unique They Have Never Done Before
There were some of the wonderful songs that were left out due to limitations of a mini album. As usual, BIGBANG considered making a repackage album. However, they wanted something more unique in putting their true colors into this album. Fortunately, as it happens, Hyundai Card got In touch with BIGBANG. Hyundai Card who puts brand value as their top priority had been keeping eye on BIGBANG’s brand values. And as a result, STILL ALIVE, the continuing project from the previous ALIVE, was created in a different style than other ordinary repackage albums.
BIGBANG’s special repackage, ‘STILL ALIVE’ is the result of a somewhat unusual collaboration between an entertainment company and a financial firm. Both brands wanted a groundbreaking attempt that was unprecedented and focused on making synergic effect between two brands instead of on celebrity marketing. Three ideas came out of this collaboration. First, for the repackage album title track, ‘MONSTER’, they wanted to create a true collaboration piece instead of a simple PPL advertised work. For example, during a ‘MONSTER’ music video, Hyundai Card logos are nowhere to be found. Two brands expressed their commitment, “instead of concentrating on publicity, making a good piece of work is where we put our priority.” And as a result, they have created a spectacular but very controlled music video. Secondly, BIGBANG’s brand identity was reinterpreted with Hyundai Card’s exquisite know-hows. BIGBANG was broken down into each members and a brand guidebook that included their unique individuality was made for each members. The design that perfectly showed the aesthetics of minimalism was the result of Hyundai Card’s special branding skills. Lastly, two brands attempted to do another great thing for the sake of Korean music industry’s growth. It was ‘RE-MONSTER PROJECT’. It was a sort of an auditioning project to discover talented yet obscure musicians in which any underground musicians could submit their own style and interpretation of ‘MONSTER’ to Hyundai Card Music. The winner of the contest will be given an opportunity to produce a digital single and music video at YG Entertainment. Numerous talented musicians of various genres, ROCK, R&B, HIPHOP, etc applied and 5,000 of those applied songs were downloaded.
A tie-up between YG and Hyundai Card was not only an ordinary investment or publicity project but it was a truly meaningful collaborative work. They respected each other’s strengths, made up for each other’s weaknesses, created a piece of art and sincerely worked for advancement of Korean music industry. This will be remembered as a meaningful collaboration between a financial firm and artists.
[YG PROJECT] BIGBANG - Alive & Still Alive (Part 3)!
Behind the great success with the latest album ‘ALIVE’, there was YG’s one and only, special promotion strategy. To match BIGBANG’s superb quality album, they needed something unique to go with the music. The ‘interview’ concept has made for the promotion after considering what ‘answers’ BIGBANG can give to the world when they broke the silence and finally come back to talk. Before releasing the album, each five members made teaser television commercial with their Individual ‘answers’ in them. Also, to highlight their accomplishments and confidence in this album, by making all of their songs as title tracks, they showed the process of making and practicing each song through these television commercials. For 13 days, total of 13 episodes were made and this unique, unprecedented attempt clearly let the fans know about their big comeback.
Another surprise was the pre-listening service provided by the new collaboration promotion with Naver. For the first time in the industry, fans were able visit Naver Music Web and pre-listen to the tracks for 30 seconds on the day before the official release date. Fan’s expectations reached their peak as the pre-listening tracks were being released one for each day.
Naver and YG Entertainment collaboration was a successful one between high quality music contents and the most influential web platform and it not only strengthened the BIGBANG’s voice in delivering their ‘answers’ but it also marked a beginning of a new marketing model.