The 27th Golden Disk Awards opened with day one emcees CNBlue‘s Yonghwa, performing a cover of Payphone by Maroon 5 and Nicole from KARA showing off her infectious dance to R&B’s Ne-Yo‘s Sexy Love.
INFINITE then took centre stage to perform Chaser and Be Mine with their energetic and powerful dance moves. For the song Paradise, the idol group took off their sparkly silver jackets and capitivated the crowd with their black outfits.
The four day monstrous event started with recognition in successful artists who achieved greatest physical sales in 2012. Awards were presented in between performances as the idols expressed their gratitude for achieving the prestigious award.
Rising solo star Juniel performed her mesmerising mellow song Bad Man before sharing the stage with CNBLUE’s Jong Hyeon for Illa Illa and My Love. Both artists played the guitar so well, I hoped that they would collaborate on a track.
And then the fans screamed. Troublemaker Hyuna and Hyun Seung of BEAST lifted the temperature of the venue with their steamy song before rookies BTOB performed a number of their songs (Secret, Wow and Candle).
KARA’s performance was met with a technical glitch when the lights blacked out. Fans lead a chant for the idol group while Yonghwa distracted fans from the glitch with multiple crowd waves. After the glitch was attended, KARA returned to the stage to perform Pandora, Jumping and Step. 4minute performed Volume Up, Mirror Mirror and Hot Issue.
Pop rock idols FT Island changed the pace a little with their new songs from their 4th album. The band performed Life, Severely and I Wish. Following their senior’s performance, CNBLUE performed Hey You, First Step and their smash hit I’m a Loner.
BEAST performed Special, Beautiful Night and Fiction while B1A4 performed Good Night, Tried to Walk and Sechskies. Screams, cheers and then more screams,was all you could hear from fans screaming at the top of their lungs.
Dubbed as rookies of the year, EXO performed their powerful and charismatic debut song MAMA, History and Hot. The GDA winners of album of the year, Super Junior performed Bonamana, From You, Oppa Oppa before performing the lead song from their winning album, Sexy Free & Single. SHINee performed Lucifer, Stranger and Sherlock.
List of Winners for Day 1 Samsung Galaxy The 27th GDA in Kuala Lumpur
Album of the Year / Disk Daesang
Super Junior (Sexy, Free & Single)
Golden Disk Award Album Division / Disk Bonsang
INFINITE (Infinitize) / B1A4 (The B1A4) / FT Island (Grown-up) / CNBLUE (3rd Mini Album Ear Fun) / 4Minute (Volume Up) / BEAST (Midnight Sun) / KARA (Pandora) / Super Junior (Sexy, Free & Single) / SHINee (Sherlock)
New Rising K-POP Star / Rookie Award
EXO / Juniel
Best Dance Performance Award
Hyuna & Hyun Seung (Trouble Maker)
Best Group Performance Award
Next Generation Star Award
MSN Southeast Asia Award
Malaysia’s Most Favorite Star Award
CNBLUE / KARA
JTBC Best Artist Award
Golden Disk Producer Award
Han Sung Ho (FNC Entertainment)
**Not in particular order
Congratulation to all the winners for Day 1 of Golden Disk Awards!
About the Golden Disk Awards
Dubbed as “The Korean Grammy Awards”, GDA was founded in 1986 and it is South Korea’s most prestigious K-POP music awards show and is presented annually for outstanding achievement in the music industry. Award categories are based on the most popular K-POP music from the past year based on the digital downloads industry whilst bolstering the creativity of pop music and finding talented artists.
Candidates of the Golden Disk Awards 2013
Artistes who released their albums after December 2011, as well as albums and songs that are released or sold between January 2012 and December 2012 will be qualified for the awards. The awards are given based on the total combined sales volume of the albums, songs and judges’ votes.
Don’t forget to check our coverage of the Red Carpet & Short Interview for Day 1.
Stay tuned for our continued coverage for Day 2!
Special thanks to the organizers Joongang Culture Media, Mediartncomm Co. Ltd, RougePR known as Rouge Creative Boutique (M) Sdn Bhd.
Event covered & Photos credits : kenny@hellokpop
More than 15,000 fans and reporters gathered for the Samsung Galaxy 27th Golden Disk Awards in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Stars and fans attended the 2 day event at Malaysia’s motor circuit Sepang International Circuit, which started from January 15. The prestigious event was split into two days to recognise winners who have achieved success in physical sales and digital sales.
The stars of the event arrived swiftly one-by-one in luxury SUVs onto the red carpet as fans cheered and screamed.
In order of their arrival : BTOB, Juniel, B1A4, EXO, CNBlue, FT Island, 4Minute, KARA, SHINee, BEAST and Super Junior.
The idols dressed glamorously for the event, often known as the Korean equivalent of The Grammy’s. Black attire were popular among the stars, with BTOB, FT ISLAND, EXO, BEAST and SHINee spotting well fitted black suits. CNBLUE fittingly dressed in a blue suits with a matching blue bow tie.
The ladies of the night were inspired by floral colours with solo artist Juniel wearing a knee-high pink fluffy dress while 4minute arrived with an elegant floral-printed dress.
CNBLUE dressed appropriately in matching blue suits and bow ties. Photograph: Kenny@hellokpop.com
Rookies EXO, who is split into EXO-K and EXO-M achieved great success last year when they debuted with their hit song MAMA, which earned them 18 nominations including best rookies and artist of the year awards.
The group said that it was their first time attending an event as extravagant as The Golden Disk Awards and said that they were excited to perform.
“We are really honored and we are looking forward to the performance tonight.”
After walking the red carpet, artists were invited to answer a few questions from the media. Check the transcript below.
Media : Are there any upcoming plans of release of an album?
BTOB : We do not have any specific plans yet but we are practicing hard right now.
Media : Will there be any showcase to be held in Southeast Asia?
BTOB : We are thinking to hold one in May or June.
Media : What would you like to share to the greeting of your fans in Malaysia?
BTOB : This is our 2nd time in Malaysia. We were here a month ago and we had really a good time. We are really glad that we finally came back really fast. Please expect a lot from us during the Golden Disk Awards and continue to show us love and support!
Media : This is your first time in Malaysia and Golden Disk Awards. How do you feel?
Juniel : This is my first time in Malaysia and for the Golden Disk Awards. I’m so happy and honored to be here and the food is really delicious and I wish to come back soon.
Media : Any greetings for your Malaysian fans?
Juniel : I’m Juniel, thank you for supporting me and this is my first time to be in Malaysia. Please continue to show your support and love to me and K-Pop!
Media : Any greetings for your Malaysian fans?
B1A4 : We are really glad to be here at the Golden Disk Awards tonight. Please show us your support and do look forward to our performance tonight!
Media : Can you share with us how it feels like to be in the Golden Disk Awards in Malaysia?
EXO : This is our first time the 12 of us as one come to such a big event, the Golden Disk Awards. We are really honored and we are looking forward to the performance tonight. Thank you very much!
Media : Greeting to your Malaysian fans?
CNBLUE : We are happy and honored to be here in Malaysia and for the Golden Disk Awards. For the love of K-Pop, we are looking forward to the Golden Disk Awards tonight and thank you everyone!
Media : If you have one thing to say to your Malaysian fans, what would it be?
CNBLUE : I LOVE MALAYSIA! CNBLUE 4th Mini Album, Re:BLUE, and the title song “I’m Sorry“, please show a lot of support for our song and album.
Media : Any possible concert in Malaysia?
CNBLUE : We are planning a world tour concert and really wish that we could come to Malaysia. I LOVE MALAYSIA! Please enjoy the Golden Disk Awards tonight. I LOVE YOU! Thank you so much! I LOVE MALAYSIA!
Media : How do you feel about being in Golden Disk Awards in Malaysia?
FT Island : We were here (Malaysia) for a concert before and we are happy to be here again. It is really cold in Korea now and I’m glad that we are in Malaysia because it is warm here. We are here for the awesome stage tonight, please look forward to that. I love Malaysia and thank you for everything!
Media : Hi KARA. Can you share how you feel about being in Golden Disk Awards in Malaysia and share something with our Malaysian fans?
KARA : We are so happy to be in Malaysia to be able to participate in the Golden Disk Awards. We are especially happy because our member, Nicole, is the emcee for the Golden Disk Awards tonight. And I hope you all enjoy the Golden Disk Awards tonight. Thank you!
Media : Can you share how you feel about being in Golden Disk Awards in Malaysia and share something with our Malaysian fans?
SHINee : We are so grateful for the support and love of the Malaysian fans showed us. We will try our best to be better and better, so please continue to show us your support and love like you all have shown us.
Media : Can you share how you feel about being in Golden Disk Awards in Malaysia and please share a few words with the Malaysian fans?
INFINITE : We are so grateful to be at the Golden Disk Awards tonight and we are able to see our Malaysian fans tonight. Please show us your support and love like how you have shown us.
Media : Will there be any possible concert held in Malaysia?
INFINITE : We do not have any specific plans for the concert in Malaysia yet, but we will come out with something really cool and awesome. So please show us your support!
Media : Have you had a chance to try any Malaysia food?
INFINITE : We don’t know the name of the food but it was so delicious. Sorry!
Media : Can you share how you feel about being in Golden Disk Awards in Malaysia and please share a couple of words with our Malaysian fans?
BEAST : We are so honored to be here at the Golden Disk Awards tonight and we are always so grateful of the support and love the Malaysian fans have shown us. We hope that tonight is going to be a good night. Thank you!
Media : Super Junior won the grand prize in the previous year of the Golden Disk Awards. How does it feel to be back in Golden Disk Awards again?
Super Junior : We are so grateful to be back in Golden Disk Awards and to be able to have great time with Malaysian fans!
Media : Do you have any words to share with your Malaysian fans?
Super Junior : Super Junior M just had a concert here and it has been a long time since Super Junior has seen their fans in Malaysia. We are so grateful to be here and please show the support and love that you have always shown us. We have prepared a lot of songs and we hope that it will be a great performance tonight!
Special thanks to the organizer Joongang Culture Media, Mediartncomm Co. Ltd, RougePR known as Rouge Creative Boutique (M) Sdn Bhd.
Event covered & Photos credits : email@example.com
[An editorial of 'Who Would Have Guessed' 2012 series]
Following Wonder Girls and 2NE1, here is an artist that greatly suffered from a long absence. After rising to prominence in Korea in May 2011 with the release of their first full-length album, Fiction and Fact, BEAST went on to make a mild debut in Japan, followed by an seemingly endless world tour that kept them from a Korean comeback until last July. In the meantime, rapper Jun Hyung featured on several other artists’ title-tracks, Hyun Seung was part of one of the most successful collaboration in recent years (Troublemaker with fellow Cube Entertainment star Hyuna), and BEAST later released the well received, though short-lived ballad track, I Knew It, last January.
Though their hiatus was slowly getting nerve-breaking, nobody would have anticipated the slap in the face BEAST’s latest title-track, Beautiful Night, would receive upon release – especially when their teasing comeback track Midnight, received such a warm reception. After being absent for so long, BEAST’s decision to operate a u-turn in music style, right at the moment when they seemed to have found the successful formula of tormented ballad tracks, has been met by much perplexity by the general audience and fans alike. The group that made a killing on digital charts last year with Fiction and Rainy Days could barely make it in the Top 10 of any chart for the whole ten days that followed the release of Beautiful Night (as showed above). While the worst could be feared, with all attentions being poured on either PSY‘s Gangnam style, T-ara‘s controversy, BoA‘s lip-syncing or the Olympic Games, BEAST stood their ground and remained confident in their live performances, while seeing unsatisfying sales for the comeback.
During the month of August, the general audience that didn’t recognise the group they madly fell for last year, grew fond of the boys anew little by little. Despite a slow debut on the charts, Beautiful Night didn’t die off prematurely, it managed to hang on and even climb back spot by spot within the Top 10 week after week. Five weeks after release, BEAST can finally breath; their audacious and perhaps poorly planned change did not flop. It is now charting honorably, though its disastrous start on the charts makes it unable to rival against their previous records. They played with fire with this long overdue comeback and this UPSET could have cost them a lot more. BEAST is arguably not as big as they were last year, but they’re headed on a different track – allegedly of their own accords. It is up to them now to learn their lesson and consolidate their new start by being more consistent on the music scene.
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