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This is the moment K-Pop fans all around the world have been waiting for – the results of the 9th annual 2013 Soompi Awards!
Sponsored by the mobile application LINE, the Soompi Awards is bigger than ever with more votes, more awards, and more stars! From Artist of the Year to Best Fandom, we are proud to honor the top artists in K-Pop, as well as you, the fans.
K-Pop music continued to grow in 2013, and has become the leading genre in Asia and a force around the world. Many artists have expanded their fan base internationally with concerts and fan meetings, and Soompi has been working hard to help bring the artists closer to you through events like this.
For the first time ever, we presented trophies to the winning artists, who graciously responded with thank you messages to the Soompiers who love and support them. Click the image below to find out the winners of each category, and hear what your favorite artists have to say in response to receiving their awards!
Thanks for your support, and join us again next year!
G-Dragon"s 1st World Tour appearance in Jakarta. Although, 2013 was the Lunar Year of the Snake, Big Bang"s leader G-Dragon proved that as far as K-Pop is concerned it was the year of the dragon.For G-Dragon, 2013 was a record breaking year. In January 2013, G-Dragon became the first Korean solo artistto establish a four dome Japanese tour with announcement ofthe 2013 G-Dragon 1st World Tour.The 2013 G-Dragon 1st World Tour completed twenty-seven performances in nine countries throughout Asia in support of the One of A Kind mini album.The tour ran from March 30th through September 1st with a wide assortment of YG Entertainment artists in support including Big Bang.
In April 2013, G-Dragon released the critically acclaimed music video Michi Go. In addition to his tour, G-Dragon made his American fans incredibly happy when he appeared at KCON 2013. G-Dragon was the only artist from YG Entertainment to appear at the SM Entertainment laden KCON.G-Dragon utilized his KCON 2013 performance to premier his collaboration with hip hop legend Missy Elliot. At KCON, he introduced his single off of Coup d"Etat with Missy Elliot entitled Niliria.
G-Dragon and Missy Elliot on the KCON 2013 "What"s Up LA" stage. Coup d"Etat was released in two parts in September 2013 to widespread success.The two part album featured numerous artists including electronic dance music artists Diplo, Boys Noize, and Baauer, as well as indie pop darling Sky Ferreira, and Missy Elliot.The album served as a magnum opus to G-Dragon"s composition skills with the artist responsible for a greater part of the album.YG Entertainment"s Teddy and Choice 37 also played a large part on Coup d"Etat which explored a varying range of musical genres and featured English vocals from artists such as Missy Elliot and Sky Ferreira.
In October 2013, G-Dragon won the highest honor at the 2013 Style Icon Awards, the Style Icon of the Year Award.At the 2013 Style Icon Awards, G-Dragon mentioned the possibility of the formation of a Big Bang sub-unit.While the sub-unit has yet to be announced, fans are eager to see the project come to fruition.2013 MAMA proved to be a huge occasion for G-Dragon as a solo artist. G-Dragon received Best Male Solo Artist, Best Music Video for Coup d"Etat, Best Dance Performance-Male Solo for Crooked, Artist of the Year, and a MAMA for Artist of the Year.
G-Dragon at 2013 MAMA. G-Dragon collaborated with Infinity Challenge"s Jung Hyung Don to create one of the most humorous bromances in K-Pop for 2013.Their collaboration Going To Try for the Infinity Challenge Freeway Song Festival helped G-Dragon establish a more humorous side in the public eye, in light of the serious nature of his career accomplishments.G-Dragon continued to display aegyo and sweet banter with Jung Hyung Don on episodes of MBC Every1"s Weekly Idol leading the duo to be nominated for the Best Couple Award at the 2013 MBC Entertainment Awards.
December has also proven to be a record breaking month for G-Dragon.La Presse, a French Canadian magazine named G-Dragon as the Korean celebrity most likely to succeed abroad. Complex Magazine also listed G-Dragon and Missy Elliot"s Niliria at 32nd on their The 50 Best Songs of 2013. G-Dragon ranked number four on Complex Magazine"s Most Stylish Celebrities of 2013 list. Michi Go is named one of the24 Most Brilliant Music Videos of 2013 by BuzzFeed. G-Dragon also appeared on Billboard"s year end World Music Artist chart in which he placed ninth.
G-Dragon at the "One of a Kind 3D" premier. In 2013, G-Dragon took a brief break from being the leader of Big Bang to firmly establish his career on an international level.While December comes to close, G-Dragon continues to rack up year end awards and acclaimfrom critics, worldwide.As K-Pop gains more critical acclaim as a musical genre, it has become apparent that G-Dragon will be on the forefront of proving that there is more to Korean pop than Gangnam Style.With his composition skills and drive, G-Dragon will sustain longevity in the years to come and may possibly be the successor to Yang Hyun Suk in terms of the YG Entertainment dynasty.
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MTV Iggy has chosen G-Dragon‘s “Crooked” as the no.1 “Song of the Year 2013″
The “Song of the Year” poll was started from December 13 to December 20. G-Dragon’s “Crooked” won no.1 with 47.7% of the votes. Bunji Garlin‘s “Differentology” followed G-Dragon with 47.68% of the votes.
Other hits on the poll included Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,” Drake‘s “Started from the Bottom,” Lorde‘s “Royals” and PSY‘s “Gentleman.”
MTV Iggy stated, “EDM proved that it had some staying power. Dubstep proved that it might not. K-pop spread its global dominance a little more,” and “The songs of the year were made by people from countries as diverse as France, Korea, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ghana, Germany, and Chile.”
Regarding G-Dragon’s “Crooked,” MTV Iggy commented, “Big Bang’s G-Dragon made a big splash in the world of K-pop and beyond with his solo album Coup D’etat. ‘Crooked’ from that album was the endlessly replayable sound of him breaking big. Ahem. We called it in 2012.”
Congratulations to G-Dragon!
Big Bangs G-Dragonlanded on Billboard'sTop 50 Game-Changing EDM Tracks of 2013.
G-Dragon ranked 22nd with his songCoup DEtat featuringDiplo and Baauer.
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Big Bang rapper and frontman G-Dragon continues to rack up the awards for his solo efforts this year, as he was selected as number nine on Billboard's list of the Top World Artists of 2013.
The K-pop RB boy band SHINee was selected as number 10.
The title track off of G-Dragon's double album "Coup D'Etat," released in September, was also selected as number 22 on the Billboard Top 50 Game-Changing Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Tracks of 2013.
The song features hip-hop mogul Diplo and Baauer, the Brooklyn DJ behind the Internet viral craze "The Harlem Shake."
Daft Punk's disco-funk juggernaut "Get Lucky" was rated number one.
G-Dragon is currently in Japan to perform with Big Bang as part of their six-dome tour, performing at the county's six largest outdoor venues.
The rapper was his usual playful self when the opening act for the Big Bang tour, WINNER, recently formed by the group's record label YG Entertainment from the reality TV musical competition "WIN: Who Is Next?" came to visit him and his bandmates.
The moment was captured on film for the band formerly known as Team A, as part of their new follow-up reality show, "WINNER TV."
"Are you acting all modest and grateful because these cameras are filming you?" G-Dragon asked the members of WINNER.
The group had been playing down their excitement after nailing their debut performance in front of thousands of fans in the Dec. 20 premiere of "WINNER TV."
Yet G-Dragon made it clear he was just kidding, adding that the two groups should go to dinner together.
At which point his Big Bang bandmate T.O.P made it clear that the friendly ribbing hadn't stopped.
"You'll you need to pay for your own meals," T.O.P said. ""One meal is 900 yen ($8.50) two meals are 1800 yen ($17). You have to calculate these things very carefully."
The two groups both erupted with laughter.
"WINNER TV" will air every Friday on the South Korean network Mnet, for the next nine weeks.
Big Bang G-Dragon has gained much attention as his name was seen on the U.S. Billboard 'Top 50 Game-Changing EDM Tracks of 2013' list.
This chart showed the top 50 most popular EDM songs of the year and G-Dragon's "Coup D'etat" was seen at number 22. He was the only Korean artist to rank in the top 50 as well, making this even more special.
Although G-Dragon has never officially released an album in the U.S., he has ranked on the Billboard 200 chart back in September at number 182.
Also on December 13, he was also ranked number 9 on the Billboard '2013 Year End Chart' as well and showed off his global power.
G-Dragon released his 2nd solo album this year and showed off his album and music power as a male solo artist.
This year has proven to be a great year for G-Dragon as he was featured in numerous U.S. magazines and articles showcasing him as one of K-Pop's leading stars.
On the other hand, he is currently on a Japan 6 dome tour with Big Bang.
Following the 2013 SBS Gayo Daejun, Big Bang’s G-Dragon and Lee Hyori indirectly expressed their displeasure at the camera work for the show. On his Twitter, G-Dragon posted a short status, “Ca…me…ra” On Lee Hyori’s Twitter also, after thanking her fellow guests on the show and her collab partner CL, she said, “And the camera, um… …thanks.”
With the appearance of so many singers, as well as many performances including various collaboration stages that aren’t often seen on the end-of-the-year music shows, the 2013 SBS Gayo Daejun had the attention of a lot of people. However, in terms of the camera work, the show left a lot to be desired.
Following their posts, the situation escalated, and even viewers of the show posted on their Twitters and various social media sites that it was a shame about the camera work, showing shots of the ground or open air, that if they had taken just a little more care, it was a preventable problem, and that they could’ve watched a better show if not for the camera work, etc.
Upon seeing the increase in complaints, Lee Hyori soon deleted her Twitter post, and explained, Now that I think about it, the Gayo Daejun was roughly 4 hours of performances, with nearly 100 singers hitting the stage with countless remixes. It must’ve been really hard for the camera director, too. This wasn’t the fault of the cameras.
Did you watch the show? What did you think of the camera work?
Check out G-Dragon and Taeyangs as well as Lee Hyori and CLs collab performances below!
And if you missed it, watch the rest of the performances here!
Taeyang – “1 AM” , G-Dragon – “Crooke” , TaeyangG-Dragon – “Ringa Linga”“Bad Boy”
Lee HyoriCL – “Bad Girls”“The Baddest Female”
2013 SBS Gayo Daejun Music Drama Recap: Same Characters, Different Style
G-Dragon and SHINee Rank in Top Ten Among "World Album Artists" for Billboard’s 2013 Year-End Charts
G-Dragon and SHINee shows how their music passes cultural boundaries with their ninth and tenth place ranking, respectively, on Billboard’s 2013 Year-End Charts in the category of world album artists.
In regards to the Billboard rankings, YG Entertainment commented, “It is the first time Korean artists has ranked on Billboard’s annual charts,” defining the accomplishment of their artist.
Back in September, G-Dragon released his solo album, “Coup d’Etat,” presenting to the world a variety of genres from soft ballad to hip hop. The release of the album resulted in complete dominance of the K-Pop charts, as well as great popularity overseas. Among other awards throughout the year, G-Dragon won the Best Male Artist award at the 2013 MAMA.
SHINee had an incredibly busy year with the release of three Korean albums, as well as singles and an album in Japan, which ranked on top of charts. Most recently, the group won the Male Group Dance Performance Award at the 2013 MAMA.
Through such international acknowledgement, BIGBANG’s G-Dragon and SHINee continues to solidfy their status as world-stars.
(Photo : YouTube) (Photo : YouTube)One of the hottest sources of information on the internet these days is BuzzFeed, a popular website that catalogues viral media in clever and interesting ways.Now, when talking about viral music videos, it is very difficult to separate K-Pop from the mix.
South Korean pop culture has been steadily gaining momentum on the internet for well over a decade, but in the last few years it has exploded.
It is safe to say that aside from Psy's massive international hit "Gangnam Style" last year, 2013 has been K-Pop's most viral year yet - and proof can be found all over BuzzFeed.
With the end of the year quickly approaching, many media outlets are hard at work on 'Best Of' compilations and lists (KpopStarz included!) and sprinklings of K-Pop can be found everywhere.
In a December 11 BuzzFeed article by Matthew Perpetua and the BuzzFeed Music staff, they counted down '24 of the Most Brilliant Music Videos from 2013', and it is no surprise that a couple Koreans made the cut.
Among the vast array of talented artists listed, Big Bangleader G-Dragonchecked in at number three and Korean rapper San Esat proudly in the twentieth spot.
G-Dragon's very bizzare "MichiGO" music video gained attention for being just that, very bizzare.The song's title is a play on words meaning 'go crazy' and for the video, the popular singer pulled out all the stops - weird costumes, a rather unsettling foot fetish sequence, and what appears to a subway ride inspired by Willy Wonka.
The writers' commentary is simple and direct, "G-Dragon is known for making the most flamboyant and weird videos in K-Pop, and this delightfully weird video is his best yet."
San E also made it on the list for his late November release, "Break Up Dinner."
At first glance the video doesn't seem all that interesting, just a guy and a girl sitting in a restaurant.But as the authors pointed out, "The key to appreciating this delightful K-Pop video is to watch it with the English subtitles."They even added a, "Just do it," for good measure.
With the translated lyrics at the bottom, "Break Up Dinner" gets infinitely better, especially for the billions of people who don't understand Korean, because the viewer now realizes San E is literally rapping about all the mundane things going on over the course of the dinner.Brilliant.
While it was great to see Koreans being represented in a positive light along with some the world's hottest entertainers like Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, there was one thing curiously missing from the BuzzFeed coverage.
For all of the other music videos on the list, credit was given to the directors - information that was sadly missing from the two Korean tracks.
Renowned director Seo Hyun Seungis responsible for G-Dragon's "MichiGO" while Woody Answer Jr.is the mastermind behind "Break Up Dinner."
"MichiGO" was not Director Seo's first time working with G-Dragon, in fact, he is the genius behind many music videos from the Big Bang members including "Fantastic Baby," "Coup d'etat" and "Ringa Linga."
Woody Answer has also made a name for himself among some of Korean hip-hop's biggest stars and he previously directed San E's video for "Story of Someone I Know."
For BuzzFeed's full list of 2013's Most Brillant Music Videos check it out HERE.
Big Bang’s G-Dragon recently made it onto a list of the top 50 songs of 2013 in American magazine “Complex” with his song “Niliria,” a folk song turned hip-hop/electronic track off of his most recent album “Coup D’Etat.” The album was released in August, and the song was composed by Teddy and G-Dragon featuring Missy Elliot.
“Complex” is a magazine that specializes in music, and on December 2, they talked about G-Dragon, the “superstar of Korean pop,” and said his performance in Los Angeles with the unofficially retired Missy Elliot was great, and that Missy Elliot should consider signing with YG.
G-Dragon is the only Korean artist to make it on to the list of top 50, alongside artists like Eminem, Kanye West, ASAP Rocky, Jay-Z, Robin Thicke, and more.