Favorite 2014 Debut Artists

Since 2014 has come to a close here is the guru’s picks for favorite new artists from 2014.

James:

So I came up with a list of the 9.5 artists that debuted in 2014 that left the biggest impression on me.  For the most part this list is in order from most favorite on down, though towards the end the line gets blurred more and more.

1. Legend

Main Bias: Jae Hyuk

Favorite Song(s): Left Out, Lost, I Wanna Know [Basically every song the group has ever released.]

Legend originally found their way onto my radar before their debut due to the amount of support that they were getting from other groups.  Then once they debuted I was instantly hooked.  The group had so much talent and their song was so goosebump inducing.   They didn’t feel like a rookie group at all, and reminded me of the songs that first attracted me to K-Pop.  In time I think this group will work their way into my top 15 (if they aren’t there already some days)

Legend

2. High4

Main Bias: Baek Myung Han

Favorite Song(s): Day By Day, Not Spring Love Or Cherry Blossoms, A Little Closer

High4 is another group that really caught my attention right from the gate.  I love the blend of Myung Han and Sung Gu’s voices.  I can always pick out a High4 song when it plays on my iPad.  If I had liked Headache just a little bit more this group might have been my number 1 favorite rookie group.

High4

3. Halo

Main Bias: Heecheon

Favorite Song(s): Fever, Surprise

My love of Halo and Heechon especially should come as no surprise to anyone who reads my weekly update posts.  I have been a rabid supporter of this group since I saw them perform at Dream Concert.  Fever especially is constantly running around my head, and every time they announce a new song I get crazy excited.

HALO

4. Atomic Kiz

Main Bias: JM (Sometimes Ye Hoon)

Favorite Song(s): Lovers, Wa

I love the style of music that Atomic Kiz has put out so far.  Its such a shame that they come from such a small company and their videos feel low budget compared to other songs from larger companies.    This is one of those groups that every time I see and interview for I have to watch it even if there are no subtitles.  (partially to see if Seongong keeps his promise to never do his dreaming dog imitation again).

Atomic Kiz

5. Winner

Main Bias: Mino

Favorite Song(s): Smile Again, Color Ring, Empty, I’m Him (Mino Solo)

Although I liked Winner’s singles I didn’t really get into the group until they were on Weekly Idol, then I very very very belatedly watched “WIN: Who Is Next” (Only a year and half late).  That was when I truly fell in love with the group.  I’m really looking forward to the next releases from Winner.

winner

6. B.I.G

Main Bias: J-Hoon & Minpyo

Favorite Song(s): Hello

B.I.G has a very special place in my heart because of how awesome I feel that Hello is.  That song is seriously buckets of fun, especially in the Noraebang (Karaoke Room), when I sing it with Manwon^^.  This group however is more on this list because of the personalities of the members and not so much the songs.  I want to be best friends with every member of the group, and go out partying with them.

B.I.G

7. MAMAMOO

Main Bias: Hwasa

Favorite Song(s): Mr. Ambiguous

MAMAMOO is not only one of my favorite new groups but also one of my favorite girl groups.  I love their songs and videos, the groups has members that have personality out the wang.  I look forward to their next comeback.

MAMAMOO

8. 4Ten

Main Bias: TEM

Favorite Song(s): Tornado

I am obsessed with their debut song though their newest song didn’t really do much for me.  Again I love their personalities, especially TEM’s.  She seems like the sweetest girl ever and again I would love to be her friend.

4TEN

9. TROY

Main Bias: Bumkey & Kanto

Favorite Song(s): Green Light

This group had me from the beginning and I adored their debut song.  I am obsessed with Bumkey’s vocals, and sincerely hope his scandal doesn’t damage the groups reputation.  Though I am really glad that Kanto is still everywhere.  I really hope the TROY (with or without Bumkey) can comeback strong.

TROY

10. E.Co

Main Bias: E.Co (Duh)

Favorite song(s): Anytime E.Co opens his mouth (or is on the screen)

I feel kinda sorry for JJCC, they had me with “At First” but haven’t really done anything for me since with the exception of E.Co.  Boy seriously runs circles around my head.  Want to distract me?  Show me E.Co (even standing in the background), have him speak (even if he isn’t on camera).  I will continue supporting JJCC purely because my love for E.Co is that intense.

JJCC's E.Co "Bing Bing Bing" promotional picture.

Manwon^^:

These will be my favorite debuts of the 2014 year ~ they are in no particular order after Legend…Legend owns my soul…ok let’s get started

1. Legend

Legend's "Trace" promotional picture.

Main Bias: Listen (closely followed by everyone else)

Favorite Song(s): irrelevant question, all their songs are my favorite

Legend is a group that caught my attention from the get-go ~ their debut song “Left Out” renewed my love for K-Pop and in a big way ~ Legend just took a really high place in my K-Pop group bias list ~ dare I say they are definitely in my top 10 favorite groups ever – granted time will tell for how solidly they stick to the top ten group list ~ but they are definitely up there.

2. Rex.D

Rex.D's "To Violet" promotional picture.

Main Bias: Rex.D when he’s doing pushups (though I won’t turn him down in any position)

Favorite Song(s): TO VIOLET, Shwaty Don’t Stop, Boys Be

Rex.D is an amazingly talented rapper, and not only that be he also is a rapper that takes his videos to a dark place.  I adore everything Rex.D has released, and he just puts me in awe with his talent.  I love his lyrics, and I love how he juxtaposes his videos with his lyrics.  He’s just an extremely talented, and thoughtful artist.  I adore him.

3. Winner

Winner's "2014 S/S" promotional picture.

Main Bias: Seung Yoon

Favorite Song(s): Don’t Flirt, Different, Go Up, Love is a Lie

Winner is one of those groups that took me a while to get into, just like James, it took me watching WIN to get me into this group ~ though I was always a Team A supporter, I only simply kept up with Winner, I never really got swept up as their fan ~ that was until I finally got around to watching WIN…then they won me over with their winning personalities.

4. Atomic Kiz

Atomic Kiz's "WA" promotional picture.

Main Bias: J.Per

Favorite Song(s): Lovers, WA

I loved their pre-debut song “Lovers” it was an amazingly beautiful song ~ and when I first heard it I fell in love with them ~ I only fell harder after learning that they wrote that song themselves ~ and that they have a sense of humor with their song writing too!  They are simply amazing, and extremely talented ~ now if only we could find them a new stylist…

5. Purfles

Purfles' "1,2,3" promotional picture.

Main Bias: I lack a bias in this group…I don’t even know the girls names

Favorite Song(s): 1.2.3

I take it as a testament to how much I like this group that I don’t know the individual members well, but I listen to their song all the time, and adore them enough to put them on this list.  I don’t know what it is about “1.2.3” but I just adore that song ~ and I can’t wait to hear more from this group.

6. B.I.G

b.i.g

Main Bias: J-Hoon, Heedo (sometimes Benji)

Favorite Song(s): Hello, Are You Ready?

Ok, I don’t have much to say about this group, beyond the fact that I love their personalities ~ having seen them on programs I just think they are too funny!  I can’t wait to hear more from them, and I look forward to seeing them find their own musical voice ~

7. Parc Jae Jung

Parc Jae Jung's "STEP 1" promotional picture.

Main Bias: Parc Jae Jung

Favorite Song(s): Stalker (At First Sight)

This dark single by Parc Jae Jung caught my attention right away ~ everything about “Stalker” was breathtaking ~ I simply loved it.  His second single didn’t get me in the same way, but I look forward to hearing more from him in the future!

8. Mamamoo

Mamamoo's "Mr. Ambiguous" promotional picture.

Main Bias: Moon Byul

Favorite Song(s): Mr.Ambiguous, Don’t Be Happy

This group just came in like a whirlwind, and won me over really quickly!  I adore their vocal style, and their concept of sexy while still classy ~ Mamamoo is definitely one of the most impressive rookie groups to come out of 2014 ~ I can’t wait to see more of they have to offer.

9. Eddy Kim

Eddy Kim's "Sing Sing Sing" promotional picture.

Main Bias: Eddy Kim

Favorite Song(s): 2Years Apart, Darling, Apologize

Eddy Kim just has a great style of music, acoustic guitar with some funky beats and feels mixed in ~ I always look forward to his MV’s ~ “Darling” was simply too cutely funny to deal with ~ and I can’t get “Apologize” out of my head!  Eddy Kim doesn’t even feel like a rookie to me ~

10. Eddy

JJCC's Eddy "Bing Bing Bing" promotional picture.

Main Bias: Eddy

Favorite Song(s): Eddy’s parts in the songs

OK, so I wish I could say that I am in love with JJCC, but that would simply be a lie…I adore Eddy…that’s it, simple and clean, Eddy owns my soul, and I will forever be his fan.  There’s not even an explanation I can offer, I don’t know why myself…but yeah Eddy.

Katie:

It was hard to pick 10 favourite since there are so many talented rookies who debuted last year. I tried to be fair so I picked 5 boy group and 5 girl group. So here’s my list in no particular order:

1. GOT7

Got7's "A" promotional picture.
Bias: Youngjae
Favourite song(s): Girls girls girls, Follow me, Stop stop it

As a true JYP fan I couldn’t help but love and support these adorkable guys. Plus I’m in love with Youngjae’s voice since I first heard it (and also in love with his adorable eye-smile :D)

2. JJCC

JJCC member's for One Way
Bias: E.co
Favourite song(s): At First, One Way

JJCC is one of the best things that Jackie Chan gave to the world. Though their recent track aren’t my favourite they still don’t lost my interest and I think they will release awsome tracks in the future.

3. LU:KUS

LU:KUS promotional picture.
Bias: Choi
Favourite song(s): Break Ya

I admit that it took time for me to get used to their debut track but Choi definitely stole my heart at the first time I saw him. Their recent track is my favourite song of 2015 so far.

4. HALO

Halo's "Surprise" promotional picture.
Bias: Dino
Favourite song(s): Fever, Suprise

Honestly, who doesn’t love these cutiepies???? Though I wasn’t very impressed with their debut track they released some really catchy song since then and my love for them seems to grow with every comeback they make. (though I still don’t understand why Dino is my bias- probably because he’s the oldest therefore the safest to adore????….I don’t know :D)

5. B.I.G (Boys in Groove)

B.I.G's debut promotional picture.
Bias: Benji
Favourite song(s): Hello

The catchiest song of 2014 was definitely B.I.G’s Hello. I loved that song especially because it contained so many familiar words that it was easy to sing along even for an international fan like me who doesn’t speak Korean at all. 🙂

6. MAMAMOO

Mamamoo
Bias: Moon Byul
Favourite song(s): Peppermint Chocolate, Mr. Ambiguous, Piano Man

The rookie group that doesn’t sounds like a rookie group at all. I think it’s safe to say that Mamamoo slayed the K-pop scene with their amazing vocal skills. Plus they have really funny personalities and always ready to have some fun on and off-stage.

7. Bebop

Bebop's "Between Calm and Passion" promotional picture.
Bias: Jiin
Favourite song(s): I’m the Best

Again, my inner rocker self doesn’t let me to leave them out of a favourites list. It so refreshing to see a girl rock band in the Korean music scene. They are talented and they proved it by providing background for iconic singers like Wax and Zia. I have high expectations for them 🙂

8. Wings

Wing's "Flower Has Blossomed" promotional picture.
Bias: Yeseul
Favourite song(s): Hair Short, Flower that bloomed

OMG I played Hair short for weeks, I was totally in love with that song. Their next release wasn’t that impressive but the girls definitely has the talent to become my second Davichi.

9. 4TEN

The members of 4TEN for Tornado Promotions
Bias: Eujin
Favourite song(s): Tornado

They really were just like a Tornado that swept me away. Their recent track wasn’t an instant favourite for me but I definitely see them growing and I think they have some potential to be even better in the future.

10. A.KOR

AKOR Group
Bias: Jiyoung
Favourite song(s): Payday, Always + Kemy’s solo songs

I admit that I’m one of those people who doesn’t give a damn about Kemy’s controversy. Ok, it wasn’t the smartest move to release that diss track and I might not understand her lyrics but I really love her rapping style and find her really talented. But the girl who amazed me with her talent is none other than Jiyoung. She is totally awsome and I’m looking forward to hear more about her.

Lets us know in the comments who your K-POP biases are!  We are always curious about who all you lovely people like!

One comment on “Favorite 2014 Debut Artists

  1. I guess I’ll leave a comment cause no one else has. xD

    I listen to more than a 100 groups and completely know all the members and such of around 30 sssooo yea. ;D

    My number 1 bias group is Vixx. They are the first Kpop group i found and what lead me to kpop. I found a post about them on tumblr and fell in love. Ravi is my main bias forever with Ken right behind him. Dont ask me to pick a favorite song, cause it ALWAYS changes. xD
    Exo was the next group i found. When i was watching EXO Showtime, I absolutely adored Kris, but once he left i had to find a new bias, and that when D.O decided to show up and steal his spot. 😀 My favorite song has to be Call Me Baby but Growl is sssoooo good and with Wolf…that a long story.
    I found Block when i was look for shows to watch and was amazed by how different each of the member are. Kyung though, is my bias. Jackpot is my favorite song. I never get tired of it.
    i found B1A4 when i watched the show that both them and Block had together (I forget what its called) and there music was very interesting, in a good way of course. At first my bias was Sandeul but about 5 months ago something in my head made me switch to CNU.
    BTS was the 5 kpop group I found. They had just come out with Boy In Love when i found them and that will forever be my favorite song by them. (My friends would say different sense i still don’t stop randomly sing I Need U ALL THE TIME.)
    Red Velvet was the girl group i ever obsessed over. They are so funny and quirky and adorable. Joy and Wendy are just amazing. Happiness is my all time favorite by them but Ice Cream Cake is a close second.
    Tiny-G was my original Bias girl group but RV beat them out. I love Mint an her incredible dancing skills. Shes who i look to when i need inspiration for my dances. Theyre dance for Miss U Is so cute and so much fun to do (i got all my friends to learn it.)
    Sistar. I dont know where to start with Sistar. well i guess, first, my bias is Soyou. Shake It, Touch My Body and I Swear are my favorite songs. 🙂
    Im gonna Put 10 more groups but just who my bias is and my favorite song.:
    B.A.P: Yongguk; 1004 (Angel)
    Teen Top: Chunji; I’m Sorry or Supa Luv
    BigBang: T.O.P; Blue
    BTOB: Sungjae; BeepBeep
    JJCC: Prince Mak; Bing Bing Bing
    4 Minute: Ga Yoon; Whats Your Name
    GOT7: BamBam; Stop Stop It or Just Right
    A6P; Jaguar; Face Off
    Dal Shabet; Woohee; Joker
    Seventeen: S.Cups!!!; Adore U

    I am ssoo sorry. This is really long… D’:

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