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2014 in Review: Day 11 – Rookie Artist of the Year

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[The 2014 in Review Series]

1. Introduction and Best Album Art
2. R&B and Soul
3. Rock and Alternative
4. Rap and Hip-hop
5. Dance and Electronic
6. Pop and Ballad
7. Folk and Country
8. Jazz and Blues
9. Crossover and Other
10. Best Collaborative Work
11. Rookie Artist of the Year
12. Artist of the Year
13. Song of the Year
14. Album of the Year
15. Staff Picks
16. Storylines and Other Recognition
17. Concluding Remarks

Welcome back to the 2014 In Review series. Today and the next three days are pretty self-explanatory, and the next two days in particular will not have any paragraph blurbs attached to the winning selections. The rookie category needs some elaborating notes:

  • To be considered as a rookie, an artist must have released their first album, first single, or second single between December 1, 2013 and November 30, 2014. Thus artists who have released one (and only one) single prior to this period are still considered rookies.
  • Work done in compilation albums (such as Kpop Star and other audition show soundtracks), soundtracks, and featured performances do not count towards the above stipulation. Only full-fledged singles/albums within the artist’s discography.
  • Group and band members who debut solo are not considered rookies, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Here are the picks:

Rookie Artist of the Year 2014

Lee Jung-ah

Lee Jung-ah

Notable activity: debut studio album Undertow, featured performances for Haze and Robbin

HKP recognition: Best Pop and Ballad Album 2014 for Undertow, Pop and Ballad Next Ten Out for “가벼운 출발” (“Light Departure”), Pop and Ballad Honorable Mention for “I Want To See You”, Album of the Year candidate for Undertow

Runner-up Rookie Artist of the Year 2014

The Barberettes 2

The Barberettes

Notable activity: debut studio album 바버렛츠 소곡집 #1 (The Barberettes Album #1), OST work for Prime Minister and I, featured performance for Yang Hee-eun

HKP recognition: Runner-up Crossover and Other Song 2014 for “가시내들” (“Little Gals”), Crossover and Other Next Ten Out for The Barberettes Album #1

The Next Ten Out

Alshain

Alshain

Notable activity: debut studio album Natural Hi-Fi

HKP recognition: Best R&B and Soul Album 2014 for Natural Hi-Fi, R&B and Soul Next Ten Out for “Good Girls”, R&B and Soul Honorable Mention for “Sun”, Album of the Year candidate for Natural Hi-Fi

Akdong Musician

Akdong Musician

Notable activity: debut studio album Play, singles “시간과 낙엽” (“Time and Leaves”) and “Summer Dance Remix”

HKP recognition: Pop and Ballad Honorable Mention for “얼음들” (“Melted”)

CountryGB

CountryGB

Notable activity: debut EP CountryGB 1st EP, single “붕어빵” (“Bunggeoppang”)

HKP recognition: Folk and Country Next Ten Out for “December”

Eddy Kim

Eddy Kim

Notable activity: debut EP 너 사용법 (The Manual), OST work for Roommate and Pride and Prejudice, featured performance for Verbal Jint

HKP recognition: Pop and Ballad Honorable Mention for The Manual and “밀당의 고수” (“Push & Pull”)

Mamamoo

Mamamoo

Notable activity: EPs Hello and Piano Man, single “썸남썸녀” (“Peppermint Chocolate”), OST work for Marriage, Not Dating and My Lovely Girl

HKP recognition: R&B and Soul Honorable Mention for Hello

Monoban

Monoban

Notable activity: debut EP 유령선 (Ghost Ship)

HKP recognition: Runner-up Folk and Country Album for Ghost Ship, Folk and Country Next Ten Out for “Ghost Ship”

Oohyo

Oohyo

Notable activity: debut studio album 소녀감성 (Girl Sense)

HKP recognition: Dance and Electronic Honorable Mention for Girl Sense and “Vineyard”

Qim Isle

Qim Isle

Notable activity: debut studio album Boylife In 12″, single “춤” (“Dance”), featured performance for Kirin

HKP recognition: Runner-up Rap and Hip-hop Album for Boylife In 12″, Rap and Hip-hop Honorable Mention for “Girlslike” and “SAMO© 아우토반” (“Autobahn”)

Sarasu

Sarasu

Notable activity: debut single “언덕 위에 작은 집” (“Little House On The Hill”)

HKP recognition: Best Folk and Country Song 2014 for “Little House On The Hill”

Yoon Hyeon-sang

Yoon Hyun-sang

Notable activity: debut EP Pianoforte

HKP recognition: Pop and Ballad Next Ten Out for “언제쯤이면” (“When Would It Be”)

Honorable Mentions

Boheme
Circus Bomb
Common People
Crystal Tea
Dancensingalong
Devil_E_So_Marko
Esna
Goldmund
Good Night, Patrasche
Go Saebom
Guntak
Hello Gayoung
High4
Hollins
Honey Finger Six
Kiana
Kim Kkot
Kwon Ji-young
Lovelyz
Megan Lee
O.O.O
Park Si-hwan
Reasco
Romantiqua
Saemi
Sunday Seoul
The Suite
Se-A & Kisum (joint)
Winner
Yang Sion

Sources: Photos – Alshain from Visla Magazine, Akdong Musician from Applied Music News, CountryGB from EBS, all others from Daum Music

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