Billboard.com’s 2015 Girl Group Week has come to an end, and to mark the occasion, we wanted to reveal the results of our second annual Girl Group Week Readers’ Poll, which let pop fans vouch for their favorite girl group songs, albums, videos and more. With thousands of votes cast in the three days that the readers’ poll was open, it’s time to congratulate Little Mix, 2NE1and t.A.T.u. for coming out on top in some of the major categories!
What will it take for a group like 2NE1 or Girls’ Generation to break big in the States?
In the past five years, South Korea has looked to its girl groups to be the ones to break into America’s pop scene. Barring PSY‘s unexpected breakthrough with “Gangnam Style” — which many fans still don’t deem a “K-pop” breakthrough — a Korean group still hasn’t penetrated the scene in a meaningful way, despite fan bases that rival (and at times proven to be stronger than) One Direction, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Will a K-pop girl group ever become a U.S. phenomenon?
Even diehard fans will admit that it’s tough to find an entire K-pop album worthy of being labelled brilliant from start to finish. But there were a select group of artists who proved the notion wrong with cohesive bodies of work in 2014. (And see our list of the 20 best K-pop songs here.)
Billboard’s Year End Charts ranks 2NE1 at #9 for World Albums Artists Chart and ‘CRUSH‘ album ranks at #11 for World Albums Chart.
New York and Boston stations have adopted the Korean banger into their playlists.
In the week ending Oct. 19, the electronic/hip-hop hybrid single was played 24 times on WBMP New York and 14 times on WODS Boston. Both stations published accompanying articles on their respective websites about the band and “I Am the Best,” with WODS Boston telling readers to listen for the song on air.
2NE1 has earned the first No. 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Songs after a big sales week for their K-pop hit “I Am the Best.”
The K-pop stars snag glossy, U.S. press alongside Haim, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and more
In a major move for K-pop’s international invasion, NYLON magazine has devoted two features in their new music issue to spotlight three top Korean acts.
The K-pop phenoms sit down with Billboard to reveal their favorite videos, memories
2NE1 shot to mega-superstardom from their thumping, debut single “Fire” and continued to release a rush of hit singles, collecting over half a billion views on their official YouTube channel, collaborating with superstars like will.i.am and Skrillex, and touring sold-out shows around the world.