6 K-pop teams nominated for NME’s ‘100 Emerging Artists’

Six K-pop singers were included in the list of up-and-coming artists that major British music media paid attention to.

According to the British music review magazine NME on the 10th, the media recently selected ‘100 Emerging Artists of the Year’, including Down (Dvwn, photo), Misfitz (msftz), Adora, BIBI, Seori, Six people (teams) including the group STAYC were listed as K-pop artists. NME selects up-and-coming artists with outstanding musical activities and announces the list every year. Outstanding pop stars such as Billie Eilish, 24k Golden, Dua Lipa, and Baby Kim were recognized for their potential by being included in the ‘NEM 100’ list before gaining the fame they are today.

Singer-songwriter Down is the only male K-pop singer to be on the list. Down drew attention with the ‘Dawn Defibrillation’ series, which contains the still and delicate sensibility of dawn. He was recognized for his musical ability by working with Eric Nam, EXO Chanyeol, and Kang Daniel. NME said, “Down has an amazing ability to create moving and comforting moments, which has to do with his sincere vocals that skillfully express the emotional code of music.”

Misfits gained attention while working on the music platform Soundcloud. Recognized for his ability to write lyrics and compose based on his charming tone, he released his first mini album ‘Belief’ in November of last year. NME explained, “The sincere lyrics go so well with her characteristic sweet voice and sparkling piano melody,” and “This makes Misfits stand out in the Korean music scene.”

Adora, Vivi, and Seo-ri are also artists who have been noticed from an early age in the music world. Adora worked as a producer under Big Hit Music and participated in the songwriting of BTS’s ‘Spring Day’ and ‘Not Today’. Stay C, included in the list as a girl group, is a six-member group consisting of Sumin, Sieun, Aisa, Seeun, Yoon, and Jaei. Those who debuted in 2020 received a lot of attention in that it was performed by Black Eyed Pilseung, the producer team who made many hit songs for girl groups such as Apink’s ‘Dumb Durham’, Twice’s ‘Fancy’, and ‘Like’. In particular, ‘ASAP’, released last year, rose to the top of major domestic music charts, emerging as one of the representatives of the 4th generation of K-pop girl groups. NME selected ‘Sunglasses’ (Stereotype), the title song of the 1st mini album, as a song that can give a glimpse of Stacey’s charm.

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