Celebrating the 35th anniversary, the Sports Chosun conducted the “Popular Power People” survey of South Korean Entertainment Agencies from June 3 to 14. This year, the survey was followed by 50 participants of CEOs or Directors from different South Korea agencies. This survey is to vote for the most influential agencies, producers, and Kpop idols like BTS, EXO, IU, TXT, and more in South Korean entertainment industry this year.
The Most Influential People in The Entertainment Industry in South Korea in 2020.
There are 8 (eight) categories in the survey. Each of the participants asked to vote the top 3 (three) in order. The first place earned 3 points, second place earned 2 points, and third place earned 1 point. Each category is 300 points, and for the most voted one could earn 150 points in a category.
So, who are KPop idols (groups and soloists), agencies, rising stars, and producers in South Korean entertainment industry this year? Here they are!
The “Power People”
- BTS (68 points)
- Producer Lee Soo Man, SM Entertainment (58 points)
- Bang Shi Hyuk, the chair of Big Hit Entertainment (47 points)
- Producer Park Jin Young, JYP Entertainment (23 points)
- IU (18 points)
BTS has become the most influential KPop boy group in the world. On June 22, BTS members – RM, Jin, Sugar, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook) and Big Hit Entertainment’s campaign “Love Myself” won The UNICEF Inspire Awards 2020 by UNICEF Headquarters. BTS “Love Myself” program becomes the greatest inspiration and has given significant impacts on various aspects like children’s rights, raising funds, and promoting.
Best Male Idol Group
Billboard World Albums— BTS Charts (@btschartdata) June 23, 2020
#2. Map Of The Soul: 7 (-1)
#3. Love Yourself: Answer (-1)
#4. Map Of The Soul: PERSONA (+2)
#5. Love Yourself: Tear (+9)
#7. D-2 (-2)
#8. Love Yourself: Her (RE)
#10. BTS World (RE)
#12. You Never Walk Alone (-1)
- BTS (141 points)
- EXO (53 points)
- SEVENTEEN (25 points)
- NCT (17 points)
- Big Bang (9 points)
- MONSTA X (7 points)
BTS turns 7 in the KPop world this year. Their seven years journey is full of ups and downs. They are one of the Kpop idols – boy groups that successfully stay for seven years. For their 7th year birthday, they just successfully held an online concert, Bang Bang Con The Live, to entertain their fans around the world amid coronavirus pandemic. BTS ‘ON’ Kinetic Film, 200 million views in 4 months. More of their tracks are dominating many music charts, including the Billboard chart.
Best Female Idol Group
- TWICE (111 points)
- BLACKPINK (69 points)
- Red Velvet (24 points)
- OH MY GIRL (13 points)
- IZ*ONE (11 points)
- (G)I-DLE (10 points)
TWICE just made a comeback on June 1. Their first track, “More & More” become #1 in iTunes in 30 countries. Recently, TWICE has just released a Japanese track entitled “Fanfare.” The video has more than 8 million views since released on June 18. TWICE “Fanfare” is a present for their fans who are in Japan, and it also becomes a promise to stay by their fans’ side.
On the second place is BLACKPINK. Soon, they will make a comeback on June 26. BLACKPINK will hold a live countdown with the BLINKS around the world for their comeback.
#BLACKPINK ‘How You Like That’ M/V TEASER— YG FAMILY (@ygent_official) June 24, 2020
📺NAVER TV : https://t.co/Cnt36TU8LH
🎬YouTube : https://t.co/f4ZE86T0gS#블랙핑크 #HowYouLikeThat #PreReleaseSingle #MV_Teaser #20200626_6pm #Release #YG pic.twitter.com/G0toxfqtoS
Best Male Solo Artist
- ZICO (71 points)
- Rain (38 points)
- Paul Kim (23 points)
- Baekhyun & G-Dragon (16 points)
- Park Hyo Shin & Jang Beom Joon & Lim Young Woong (14 points)
Zico (Woo Ji-ho) is not only a singer, but he is also a talented KPop idol who also a record producer and a song-writer. His latest song mv “Any song,” has more than 52 million views on YouTube.
Best Female Soloist
“eight” by @_IUofficial and @BTS_twt SUGA sold over 4,650,000 units worldwide in its first month since release.— Music Charts (@MusicOnCharts) June 7, 2020
— It’s already the best-selling Korean song released this year! pic.twitter.com/AAfOFKT8A1
- IU (115 points)
- Taeyeon (52 points)
- Chung Ha (38 points)
- Heize (21 points)
- Sunmi (17 points)
- Lee Hyori (11 points)
IU is one of the KPop idols who also a multitalented artist. She is not only successful in acting, but also as a soloist. Her new single featured BTS Suga “Eight” received a Perfect All Kill and still in topping the charts. The “Eight” MV reached more than 63 million views since released on May 6. IU is voted as the best soloist in the entertainment industry in South Korea this year.
Best Rising Star in K-Pop
This category is including soloist and idol group, and those who debuted in 2019 in South Korean entertainment industry.
Sports Chosun Best in K-Pop 2020 (Most looked forward to)— TXT𖧵Charts 💫 (@TXTChartData) June 22, 2020
#1 #TOMORROW_X_TOGETHER 🎉
#3 SM Rookie Girl Group
#4 CRAVITY, TREASURE, ATEEZ
*Voted by 50 K-Pop Agency Officials*@TXT_members @TXT_bighit #TXT pic.twitter.com/wQN4xw3DwP
- TXT (60 points)
- ITZY (43 points)
- SM Rookie Girl Group (13 points)
- CRAVITY & TREASURE & ATEEZ (7 points)
Best K-POP Producer
- Bang Shi Hyuk, the chair of Big Hit Entertainment (101 points)
- Producer Lee Soo Man, SM Entertainment
- Producer Park Jin Young, JYP Entertainment
- ZICO & TEDDY (11 points)
Best KPOP Agency
- SM Entertainment (98 points)
- Big Hit Entertainment (82 points)
- JYP Entertainment (48 points)
- YG Entertainment (8 points)
So, do you have your Kpop idols on the list?
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