[YG LIFE] 2014 K-Pop Final-②: YG’s WINNER to TAEYANG, “YG Dominance”

[스포츠투데이 서현진 기자] There was no brake on YG’s vehicle in 2014. Starting from AKDONG MUSICIAN (AKMU) to TAEYANG, WINNER, EPIK HIGH, HI SUHYUN, and GD X TAEYANG, not only did YG achieve great success but it also enriched the music world. Their genre wasn’t limited to what YG is usually known for—hip-hop—but expanded to sentimental ballad and bubbly, upbeat ones.

First, 2NE1 knocked down 10 real-time charts with the title track “COME BACK HOME” in their 2nd full album “CRUSH.” They could not avoid going against Girls’ Generation’s “Mister Mister,” but 2NE1’s newly released song showed its power by completely dominating charts.

★TAEYANG’s “EYES, NOSE, LIPS”: True Vocal Power without Choreography
TAEYANG showed off his power as an artist through this song. Releasing his solo full album for the first time in 4 years since “Solar,’ TAEYANG has worked for a long time on this. He was known for his dynamic performances, but he came back with simply a talent of a vocalist. He topped Mnet’s M Countdown immediately after his comeback, and achieved triple crowns on SBS Inkigayo. He was awarded “Song of the Year” at the 2014 MAMA, where his talent as a vocalist was recognized

★“Monster Rookie” WINNER, Top Idol in the Blink of an Eye

In August their 1st debut album “2014 S/S” was unveiled, with the title track “EMPTY” that topped all real-time, daily and weekly charts. Their debut record was certainly unprecedented, with several songs lined up on charts.

On Aug 17, in just 5 days since they released “2014 S/S” on SBS’s Inkigayo through “EMPTY” and “COLOR RING,” the members topped Mnet’s M Countdown. They broke the record for topping a program in the shortest period of time as newbie artists. The same thing happened the following day on Music Bank. In just a week of their debut they received 3 trophies. At the 2014 MAMA they were awarded “New Artist,” solidifying their presence in the music world.

★EPIK HIGH’s Full Presence, and a Leap Forward
After 11 years of their debut and several slump periods, EPIK HIGH proved once again that they are Korea’s top hip-hop group. “SHOEBOX,” their 8th full album, topped all charts while “HAPPEN ENDING” and “SPOILER” stood in that position for the longest period of time in history. “BORN HATER,” despite being rated R-19, is still popular. Fans responded enthusiastically to this at their very first concert held in 5 years. The concert tickets sold out as soon as they went on sale, and EPIK HIGH had to add two extra concerts for the much-awaited fans.

★GD X TAEYANG Collabo, Unrivalled

GD and TAEYANG’s debut as a duet was more than enough to satisfy the fans. Met when they were just 13 year olds, the 14 years of being together as YG trainees encouraged the two to work together outside of BIGBANG. The perfect performance of “GOOD BOY” was quite different to that of BIGBANG, and GD X TAEYANG garnered much popularity. America’s Billboard ranked them as #1 for the most-viewed K-Pop video in the world. Without even appearing on TV, they topped Inkigayo, proving their borderless popularity.

Apart from them, soulful vocalist LEE HI and clear-voiced LEE SU HYUN from AKMU formed a duet as HI SUHYUN to showcase perfect harmony. EPIK HIGH’s “HAPPEN ENDING” was featured by YG’s MINZY, LEE HI and LEE SU HYUN, exhibiting some very dynamic collaboration within the agency. A very rich performance was showcased by artists with different colors. YG definitely became the front-runner among the top 3 giants YG, JYP and SM. The music world kept its eye on YG for the whole year.

In 2015, world star PSY’s new track “DADDY” will be unveiled. BIGBANG will be back as a whole while iKON will make a debut. A girl group that is to carry on the reputation of 2NE1 will be unveiled as well. Another year of YG dominance is about to be ushered in.

2014. 12. 24.

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