[일간스포츠=엄동진 기자] It could be called crazy. YG hinted on their continuing rush for the end-of-year holiday season, continuing with their already outstanding success.
Korean media outlet OSEN recognized the recent accomplishments of YG Entertainment’s artists proclaiming “It’s Certainly YG’s Year!” The agency spotlighted the OSEN article through their company blog, YG Life, with the headline 2014 YG’s Year: 7-for-7.
The seven for seven aspect of the title refers to the achievements of YG Entertainment musicians at the MelOn Music Awards. Taeyang, Akdong Musician, WINNER, and 2NE1 were all award recipients as Top 10 Artists. Taeyang won Song of the Year for his hit “Eyes, Nose, Lips” while WINNER received the Best New Artist Award. Akdong Musician also received the Folk award for their song “200%” while 2NE1 were recognized with the Electronic award for their hit “Come Back Home.”
YG Entertainment artists are also leading in key categories for the upcoming Mnet Asian Music Awards.
In 2014, several YG artists made record-breaking comebacks, in addition to strong debuts from rookie artists. The success of YG has most recently been witnessed with G-Dragon and Taeyang’s unit single “Good Boy” which achieved an all-time on Korea’s real time charts while exceeding three million YouTube views in forty hours.
2014 kicked off with Crush, the second studio album from 2NE1, which was released in February 2014. In April, K-pop Star 2 champions Akdong Musician (AKMU) released the critically acclaimed debut album Play. Big Bang’s Taeyang released Rise in June to widespread commercial success, with the album achieving an all-kill on Korea’s real time charts and placing number one on iTunes in ten countries.
In addition to AKMU, rookie group WINNER had a strong debut in August 2014 with their album 2014 S/S.
Epik High delivered a strong comeback in October with their album Shoebox. Shoebox has received widespread attention for its musical complexity and unparalleled collaborations on the track “Born Hater.”
“Born Hater” featured Bobby who was the champion of the hip-hop competition program Show Me The Money 3, who is set to debut with the upcoming group iKON. Bobby was also featured on unit release of Lee Hi and Lee Soo Hyun’s (Hi SuHyun) “I’m Different.”
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[OSEN=선미경 기자] YG ENTERTAINMENT won 7 trophies at ‘MelOn Music Awards (MMA) 2014.’
At the MMA 2014, which took place at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul in the afternoon of Nov. 13th, TAEYANG, WINNER and AKDONG MUSICIAN (AKMU) won two awards each, demonstrating the power of the entertainment agency. 2NE1, a girl group produced by YG, was also selected as one of the Top 10 artists, getting 7 trophies into the hands of YG.
TAEYANG’s song was selected as the Song of the Year, which is the 1st prize for soloist albums, and was included among the Top 10 artists, proving his presence and popularity as a musician. “I am so happy to receive these valuable awards,” said TAEYANG. “Many people around me have helped me produce this album and the songs in it. I would like to extend my gratitude to YG’s main producer YANG HYUN SUK.” TAEYANG has been recognized not just as a member of BIGBANG, but also as a soloist.
Two new groups produced by YG have stood out as well. WINNER was given the Newcomer Award and was selected as one of the Top 10 artists. “We are really grateful to receive the award that is given only once in lifetime,” said the boy group. “We appreciate our main producer YANG HYUN SUK, who created WINNER, and we are also thankful to our fans. Actually, we dreamed of saying thank you to all these people at an award ceremony. Now our dreams have come true. We thank our agency and fans. This year has been a golden year for us. Thank you.”
AKMU was also selected as one of the Top 10 artists and received a Music Style award for the folk genre. “We are thrilled and happy to be able to perform on this stage,” said the member of AKMU. “We are going to do our best to write good songs. We hope that you would find comfort in our songs.”
2NE1 was not able to attend the ceremony, but was included in the Top 10 artists. AKMU received the trophy on their behalf and offered their congratulations.
YG’s artists who made a comeback or debut this year have all dominated the local music websites. TAEYANG, 2NE1 and newcomers like AKMU and WINNER all have done very well with their albums on major music charts. The MMA 2014 was an opportunity to demonstrate the power of YG ENTERTAINMENT, which has produced a number of quality albums and songs this year.
[TV리포트=김예나 기자] The top 10 artists of “2014 Melon Music Award (MMA)” were unveiled. Out of the 10 teams, 4 were from YG Entertainment. Certainly a successful year for the agency.
The top 10 artists announced on Oct 30 were 2NE1, EXO, god, WINNER, Girl’s Day, Beast, Sistar, IU, AKDONG MUSICIAN, and TAEYANG. These artists were finalized 20% by the 2-week online voting and 80% by music scores.
Other boy bands EXO, Beast, and the reunited team after 12 years, god, were also listed. Girl groups also showed their power as 2NE1, Girl’s Day and Sistar were listed as well. WINNER and AKDONG MUSICIAN, dubbed the monster rookies, were also on the list. Solo singers TAEYANG and IU also proved their popularity on the list.
So it turns out that 4 out of 10 artists belong to YG Entertainment. AKDONG MUSICIAN and WINNER each dominated charts in the first and second half of the year respectively. They each released a full album for their debut. 2NE1 and BIGBANG’s TAEYANG also promoted their music actively with full albums.
Apart from these top 10 awards, nominees were announced for awards like New Artists, Netizen’s Favorite and Hot Trend.
The 2nd round online voting will last until Nov 12, to pick the awardees for more awards among the top 10. There are awards like Best Artist, Best Song and Album, which will be announced at the 2014 MMA on Nov 13.