BIGBANG GD, EXO Baekhyun, PLUS • Kpopnews

BIGBANG GD, EXO Baekhyun, PLUS • Kpopnews

In online communities, K-Netz and Netters selected K-pop idols who they said were also successful soloists.

In K-pop, groups typically assign each member a specific position in the field in which they are most capable. There are lead vocals, dancers, rappers and visuals. This allows the team to support areas that other members lacked.

(Photo: GD, Baekhyun, Zico (Kpop Wiki))

However, solo artists must do whatever it takes to earn the respect and approval of K-Netz. Although there are many soloists who debuted from the first to the fourth generation, people think that THESE stars are the greatest of them all.

1. EXO Baekhyun

EXO Baekhyun

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EXO Baekhyun

According to netizens, EXO Baekhyun is one of the male idols that comes to mind first when they say best solo artist.

In 2019, Baekhyun released his debut EP City Light, which became the best-selling solo album in South Korea in the 2010s, selling over 550,000 copies. Aside from his album sales, Baekhyun has also topped the charts with his back-to-back releases like “Bambi,” “Candy,” and more.

Fans claimed that some of the reasons for his success were due to his high quality voice and releases, impressive dancing skills and impressive personality which earned him a strong fandom.

2. BIGBANG G-dragon

G dragon

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G dragon

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Though GD hasn’t released his new album in six years, the heartthrob has remained one of the most well-known on the K-pop scene. Since his debut as a soloist in 2009, he became Korea’s best-selling soloist at the time.

Her worldwide musical acclaim has also played an important role in paving the way for the international market, leaving a major impact not only in the field of music but also in fashion culture.

3. SHINee Taemin

SHINee Taemin performed in

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In 2014, SHINee Taemin made his debut with “Ace” and since then he has lived up to the nickname as one of the most successful solo artists while being a member of an active K-pop group.

Though his solo concepts are mostly unconventional and initially fail to catch the attention of mainstream and K-pop listeners, his artistry nonetheless shines and is ultimately successful.

4.EXO wharf

EXO Kai releases new solo album

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Kai just made his solo debut in 2020, but he already has two platinum-certified albums. Kai became a “dance machine” when he debuted on EXO, but he was able to showcase his singing and songwriting skills when he debuted as a solo artist. .

With its release, it also established its status as a digital monster, dominating domestic and international music charts including Spotify, iTunes, QQ Charts, Billboard and on YouTube.

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5. Block B Zico

ZICO 'New thing', the atmosphere is unusual... Rapid rise in the music charts

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From an idol, Zico pursued a career as a solo performer and became known as one of the pioneers in integrating K-pop and K-hip-hop.

Not only were his tracks of the highest quality, but his self-produced music often carries a deep meaning and background that allows music fans to delve deeper into his works.

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6.Park Jay (2pm)


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Park Jay

After he left at 2:00 p.m., some thought it was the end of his career, but it was actually the start of something big. Although the reason for Jay’s departure from the team was unfortunate, he took it as an opportunity to change his name and continue his musical journey as a solo artist.

From an idol, he also entered K-pop and underground hip-hop culture and R&B alongside Zico.

7. Big Bang Taeyang

Taeyang for Marie Claire Korea

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Tae Yang by BIGBANG

Last but not least, Taeyang has also been recognized by K-pop fans as one of the idols who managed to build a solo career alongside activity in a group.

In 2008 he debuted as a soloist with his critically acclaimed solo EP Hot. When he debuted, critics recognized his finest vocal ability and became one of Korea’s top singers.

One of his most notable songs in his career is “Eyes, Nose, Lips,” which won Song of the Year at the 2014 MAMA and Golden Disc Awards.

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Written by Eunice Dawson.