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2015 in Review: Day 11 – Rookie Artist of the Year

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[The 2015 in Review Series]

1. Prelude (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. Other Recognition
17. Concluding Remarks

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 – just a summary of the artists’ notable work in 2015. The rookie category needs some elaborating notes:

  • To be considered as a rookie, an artist or group must have released their first album, first single, or second single between December 1, 2014 and November 30, 2015. 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.

Rookie Artist of the Year 2015

Faulocity

Faulocity

EPs Fuzzy Nation and Imaginary Line

Runner-up Rookie Artist of the Year 2015

Nieah

Nieah

Singles “Tell Me Why”, “Why”, “No Rush”, “Alright”

The First Ten Out

Dean

Dean

Singles “I’m Not Sorry”, “Put My Hands On You”, “풀어” (“Pour Up”); featured appearance with Junggigo and Dynamic Duo

Earthbound

Earthbound

Debut album Hangover

Ego Function Error

Ego Function Error

Debut album Ego Function Error

Flash Flood Darlings

Flash Flood Darlings

Debut album Vorab and Tesoro; featured appearance with B-Soap

Gongjoong Doduk - Gongjoong Doduk

Gongjoong Doduk*

Debut EP Gongjoong Doduk

G.Soul

G.Soul

EPs Coming Home and Dirty; single “Love Me Again”

Joung Saenansul

Joung Saenansul

Debut EP 클랩함 정션으로 가는 길 (Way To Clapham Junction)

Seventeen

Seventeen

EPs 17 Carat and Boys Be; single “Q&A”

Silica Gel

Silica Gel

Debut EP 새삼스레 들이켜본 무중력 사슴의 다섯가지 시각 (Five Viewpoints of a Weightless Deer Inhaled Suddenly)

Suran

Suran

Singles “I Feel” and “Calling In Love”; featured appearances with Primary, Yankie, MC Mong, Zico

Honorable Mentions

April 2nd
The Ark
A’ZBus
Black Russian
The Black Tongues
Burstered
CLC
The Cowchips
The Crows
Day6
Echae En Route
Ego Function Error
Fling
GFriend
Group In Groove
Ije
Monochrome
Needle & Gem
Oh My Girl
Oh Soo-yeon
Park Da-bin
Playback
Shannon
Shin Da-jung
Shin Yu-na
Soyoungi
Wish Morning

*No artist images available.

Sources: header image and artist/album images from Bugs Music.

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