Golden Disc nominee list out
Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, has unveiled the names of the boy bands and girl groups nominated for the grand prize at the 2015 Golden Disc Awards, to be held next month in Beijing.
TVXQ, Super Junior, Big Bang, Beast and Exo are some of K-pop’s most representative boy bands. If the country’s music scene over the past few years was dominated by these boy groups, then Block B and BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, are likely to succeed them.
Block B, which released its digital single “H.E.R” in July, has often been compared to Big Bang with its energetic performances on stage.
Part of the boy band’s success comes from tight teamwork. The seven-member group resolved disputes with its former agency in 2013 and had a promising year, selling a handsome number of albums.
They released the mini-album “Very Good” in October 2013 and are set to release the record in Japan early next year.
BTS also had a productive year. After winning three singer of the year awards last year for up-and-coming artists, the seven-member boy band has continued to work hard, releasing its first studio album “Dark and Wild” in June.
Two tracks from the album, “Boy in Luv” and “Danger,” were hits with K-pop fans.
Some of the group members also wrote their own raps, lyrics and even composed a few of the songs for the album, making it all the more meaningful.
BTS held global fan meet events between July and August in Berlin; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Stockholm, among others, and began their Asian concert tour, stopping over Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines.
“They are content with 2014. They said they would give themselves an eight out of 10 if they had to grade their performance this year,” an official with the band’s agency said. By Um Dong-jin