Yesterday, February 23, the winners of the 8th Korean Music Awards were announced. Thanks to the many Korean indie musicians on Twitter it was possible to follow the awards in real time even for those that couldn’t watch the video streaming from the official site. The Seoulsonic even offered a few photos on tumblr, starting here.
Here are the results via Sports Chosun
Album of the Year: Garion 《Garion 2》
Song of the Year: Hot Potato 〈고백〉《Seesaw》
Musician of the Year: Galaxy Express 《Wild Days》
Rookie of the Year: Gate Flowers 《Gate Flowers》
Rock album: Crash 《The Paragon of Animals》
Rock song: Gate Flowers 〈예비역〉《Gate Flowers》
Modern rock album: 9 and the Numbers 《9와 숫자들》
Modern rock song: Broccoli, you too? 〈졸업〉《졸업》
Pop album: Cho Kyu Chan 《Cho Kyu Chan 9》
Pop song: 10cm 〈오늘 밤은 어둠이 무서워요〉《Life (VA)》
Dance & Electronic album: 2NE1 《To Anyone》
Dance & Electronic song: miss A 〈Bad Girl Good Girl〉《Bad But Good》
Rap & Hip Hop album: Garion 《Garion 2》
Rap & Hip Hop song: Garion 〈영순위〉《Garion 2》
R&B Soul album: Jinbo 《Afterwork》
R&B Soul song: Deez 〈Sugar〉《Get Real》
Jazz album: Nah Youn Sun 《Same Girl》
Crossover album: La Ventana 《Nostalgia And The Delicate》
Jazz & Crossover performance: Lee Pan Geun Project 《A Rhapsody In Cold Age》
Film & TV Music: VA 《Bravo! Jazz Life (브라보! 재즈 라이프)》
Netizen’s Choice, male artist: Taeyang
Netizen’s Choice, female artist: Kim Yoon Ah
Netizen’s Choice, group: f(x)
Committee’s Choice: Super Session
Special merit price: Son Sukwo
A few observations:
- Gate Flowers replaced Guckkasten both as rookie (an award they shared with Apollo 18) and for best rock song.
- Broccoli, you too? won the modern rock song category in 2010 as well.
- Pop album winners are likely to be already well established artists.
- Idol usually trumphs indie when it comes to Electronica & Dance.
Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time to return with more on these results tomorrow.
New unique aritst chart from Indieful ROK’s last.fm listener group! This week I was so happy going through thetrack chart scouting for good sample titles as it had me listening to some fantastic songs it’s been way too long since I last listened to. Why not try the playlist to hear them all for yourself?
1. 10cm (-) [Hey Billy live]
2. Han Hee Jung (-) [입맞춤, 입술의 춤 live]
3. Fanny Fink (+7) [Love Is You YT audio]
4. 푸른새벽 (re) [친절한 나의 길 YT audio]
5. Clazziquai (+2) [사랑끝에 YT audio]
6. Humming Urban Stereo (-3) [난 그날 YT audio]
7. Nell (-3) [Fisheye Lens live]
8. Donawhale (re) [아카시아 YT audio]
9. Misty Blue (-4) [슈게이저 YT audio]
10. Adultchild (new) [Star YT audio]
Bugs Indie Music Chart is not the only place where 10cm is having success right now. I just took a quick look atGaon’s digital chart and while it has yet to be updated for last week the week prior to that showed remarkable success for the acoustic duo. I’d be curious to know if there was ever any other act with as many tracks in the top 200 before.
k-indie @ Gaon Digital Chart – February 12, 2011
33. Humming Urban Stereo – 넌 그날 (feat. Yoo In Na) [MV]
64. 10cm – 그게 아니고
95. 10cm – 사랑은 은하수 다방에서
112. 10cm - Talk
119. Lucid Fall – 우리 아름다운 시간은 [MV]
120. 10cm – 우정, 그 씁쓸함에 대하여
124. Whale – 그대라서
135. 10cm - Beautiful
136. 10cm – 죽겠네 (Album Ver.)
142. 10cm - Kingstar
149. 10cm - Beautiful Moon
158. 10cm - Rebirth
159. 10cm – 곱슬머리
160. 10cm - Hey Billy
162. Zitten - Sunshine [MV]
165. 10cm – 살
170. 10cm – 아메리카노
176. 10cm – 오늘밤은 어둠이 무서워요
191. Standing Egg – 넌 이별 난 아직 (with 한소현 of 3rd coast)
192. AshGray – 못됐다
As previously mentioned, Lucid Fall has recorded a song for movie I Love You (그대를 사랑합니다). The soundtrack was released on February 9. In addition to the Lucid Fall track and a few other songs, the soundtrack also included a new song from Dalmoon called 들꽃처럼. Check out the music video here.
Whale recorded 그대라서 for SBS drama Sign (싸인). It was first released as part 4 of the digital single OST series on January 27, but will get a CD release along with the rest of the soundtrack on February 24.
Rock band AshGray released a digital single called 못됐다 on February 8. The single is number 6 from the band and holds 3 tracks. Personally I’ve become quite fond of this unplugged performance of the title track.
Let me know if you’d like me to make these charts a regular feature by the way! I’ve been checking them out every now and then without finding anything that caught my interest till just now, but perhaps that’s about to change.