On Tuesday, Apr. 3, Vogue Korea released an article praising these four idols as shining stars both in their respective groups and as solo artists. Want to know who they selected? Then keep on reading!
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BLACKPINK Rosé and Red Velvet's Wendy are the Female Idols Who are Shining Soloists
Starting Vogue Korea's list is BLACKPINK's main vocal, Rosé. The idol made her solo debuted on Mar. 12 with her debut single album "-R-." Her debut song, "On The Ground," is receiving praise both domestically and internationally. In South Korea,
"On The Ground" debuted at number fifteen on the Gaon Digital Chart and soon leaked at number four.
In the United States, "On The Ground" peaked at number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest-charting song by a female K-pop soloist.
"On The Ground" and "-R-" peaked at number one on both the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts. With that, Rosé broke a Guinness World Record as the first artist to reach number one on a Billboard Global 200 chart as a soloist and as a member of a group.
"On The Ground" also broke the record for most-viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop soloist.
The next and final female idol mentioned by Vogue Korea is Red Velvet's main vocal, Wendy.
Wendy debuted as a soloist on Apr. 5 with the debut mini-album "Like Water." Her debut title track is of the same name. Following the release of her mini-album, "Like Water" topped the iTunes Chart in 30 countries, making Wendy the female K-pop soloist with the most number ones in the said chart.
"Like Water" also debuted at number one on the iTunes Albums Chart, making Wendy the fifth female K-pop soloist to achieve this feat.
A day after the release of "Like Water," Hanteo Chart reported that the mini-album sold 70,847 copies, making it the fifth-highest first-day sales on the said chart. Wendy joins the likes of Taeyeon, IU, and BLACKPINK's Rosé.
EXO's Baekhyun and WINNER's Yoon are the Male Idols Who are Shining Soloists
The first male soloist praised by Vogue Korea is Baekhyun. The EXO/SuperM member made his comeback as a soloist on Mar. 30 with his third mini-album, "Bambi." Hours before the mini album's release, it was revealed that "Bambi" had surpassed 833,392 pre-order sales. This makes "Bambi" the most pre-ordered album by a soloist in South Korean history.
According to Hanteo Chart, Baekhyun sold over 868,000 copies of "Bambi" during the first week of its release.
"Bambi" is Baekhyun's final release before he enlists for the military on May 6. On Apr. 3, the "Candy" singer revealed to Dispatch that he was going to be serving as a public service worker instead of an active-duty soldier due to his hypothyroidism.
The next and final male soloist applauded by Vogue Korea is Yoon, a member of WINNER. Following his solo debut in 2013, the male idol has finally returned to the music scene as a soloist after eight years on Mar. 29 with his first studio album titled "Page," which contains the title track "IYAH."
"Page" contains a total of twelve songs that show Yoon's rich vocals and charms. The male idol wrote and composed all of the songs on the album and was highly involved in the arrangement to enhance the album's overall quality.
Top 17 Best-Selling Albums By K-Pop Female Soloist On Gaon Of All Time
Albums from female K-Pop soloists have become quite popular in recent times, although there have been several released half a decade or more ago that did remarkably well too! The majority of the best-selling albums in this category are from two artists, though there are several others on the list as well. Here’s a look at the 17 best-selling female soloist albums in Gaon‘s history, determined by their sales data!
17. A Flower Bookmark by IU
Released on May 16, 2014, this album has sold 73.48k copies since it came out!
16. Chat-Shire by IU
Released on October 23, 2015, this album has sold 75.74k copies since it came out!
15. Dark Side of the Moon by Moonbyul
Released on February 14, 2020, this album has sold 79.69k copies since it came out!
14. With Love, J by Jessica Jung
Released on May 17, 2016, this album has sold 80.78k copies since it came out!
13. Spit It Out by Solar
Released on April 23, 2020, this album has sold 84.95k copies since it came out!
12. Real by IU
Released on December 9, 2010, this album has sold 92.74k copies since it came out!
11. Solo by Jennie
Released on November 12, 2018, this album has sold 97.51k copies since it came out!
10. What Do I Call You by Taeyeon
Released on December 15, 2020, this album has sold 107.3k copies since it came out!
9. Why by Taeyeon
Released on June 28, 2016, this album has sold 117.9k copies since it came out!
8. Palette by IU
Released on April 21, 2017, this album has sold 120.4k copies since it came out!
7. Last Fantasy by IU
Released on November 29, 2011, this album has sold 129.4k copies since it came out!
6. I by Taeyeon
Released on October 7, 2015, this album has sold 155.4k copies since it came out!
5. Purpose by Taeyeon
Released on October 28, 2019, this album has sold 171.9k copies since it came out!
4. My Voice by Taeyeon
Released on February 28, 2017, this album has sold 225.4k copies since it came out!
3. Love Poem by IU
Released on November 18, 2019, this album has sold 238.2k copies since it came out!
2. Lilac by IU
Released on March 25, 2021, this album has sold 336.3k copies since it came out!
1. R by Rosé
Released on March 12, 2021, this album has sold 521.7k copies since it came out!
15 Lesser-Known K-Pop Boy Group Songs To Enrich Your Playlist This Summer
When the weather gets warmer, we know another summer's coming, a summer with beaches, campfires and long-distance travel. And wouldn't it be sad if there weren't some cheerful music to accompany those fun? The following vibrant songs will be good additions to your playlist in this hot summer!
1. 'Ride On The Wind' by KARD
The modern and vibrant music from KARD makes any listener dance right from the first tunes. All are blended with the bright blue sea and white sand of the MV, the symbol of summer.
2. 'Crazy Sexy Cool' by ASTRO
Honestly, most of ASTRO’s songs could make this list, but 'Crazy Sexy Cool' is the one worth mentioned the most.
3. 'NEWTON' by MONSTA X
MONSTA X are not all about sexiness, they’re the kings of duality, who really served the industry one of the best summer songs that year with 'NEWTON.'
4. 'Let’s Hang Out' by SF9
What could be better than spending time with friends in summer? That’s what 'Let’s Hang Out' is all about.
5. 'VIBE' by 1TEAM
Although 1TEAM already disbanded, their debut song 'VIBE' shouldn't be forgotten, as it has that cheerful atmosphere that every summer song should have.
6. 'Wave' by ATEEZ
'Wave' contains that summer vibe even in its title. The track will transport you to the seaside in an instance no matter where you might be.
7. 'DO or NOT' by PENTAGON
PENTAGON’s latest title track, 'DO or NOT,' can make you wanna dance, a perfect addition to your summer playlist.
8. 'Blueprint' by Stray Kids
Stray Kids' 'Blueprint' is all about fun, paired with optimistic lyrics to lift you up this summer.
9. 'Holiday' by SEVENTEEN
Summer is not just sunny days on the beach, it can be a holiday night, just like in this song from SEVENTEEN.
10. 'Airplane' by ONEUS
ONEUS’ 'Airplane' guaranteed to take you on a flight of joy, and isn’t that what we want for summer?
11. 'Beautiful Beautiful' by ONF
The lyrics to this bop by ONF combined with its catchy tune can stuck in your head throughout this summer.
12. 'I’m Serious' by DAY6
Yes, DAY6 aren’t your typical boy group, and this song is not that new, but this list wouldn't be complete without 'I’m Serious'.
13. 'Take Me Higher' by A.C.E
The video for 'Take Me Higher' are as colorful as its melodies, promising to enrich your experience.
14. 'Pump It Up' by Golden Child
'Pump It Up' wasn't released in summer, yet it retains that carefree, fun feeling of the season.
15. 'Can’t Help Myself (feat. LOCO)' by Eric Nam
Summer can be about love, too. And Eric Nam’s 'Can’t Help Myself' us here to give us that romance feelings. He's a soloist, but we need him in the list.