Since 2014 has come to a close here is the guru’s picks for favorite new artists from 2014.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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…
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.
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
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!
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
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 ~
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.
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:
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)
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.
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.
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)
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. 🙂
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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!