The K-pop craze that’s taking the world by storm was also manifest on the largest video portal site in the world, Youtube.
On December 21st, Youtube reported the top 10 most-watched music videos by domestic citizens in Korea (not including overseas views) since January 1st, 2011.
According to the report, the #1 most-watched K-pop music video in Korea for 2011 was Wonder Girls‘ and their hit track, “Be My Baby“.
HyunA‘s solo single “Bubble Pop” came in at #2, while SNSD‘s “The Boys” came in at #3, holding a record for immediately receiving 400,000 views upon release.
At #4 was “STEP” from KARA‘s third full-length album which is earning much love and support in Japan, and at #5 and #6 were 2NE1‘s “Lonely” and “I Am the Best“, respectively.
T-ara‘s “Roly Poly” came in at #7, followed by f(x)‘s “Pinocchio” at #8, SISTAR‘s “So Cool” came in at #9, and miss A‘s “Good-bye Baby” rounded out the top 10.
Yeum Donghoon from Google Korea remarked, “K-pop has an ever-growing impact on the world, so much that Youtube has launched an official ‘K-pop’ category on the site. I think the driving force behind K-pop spreading so quickly and intensely all over the world is the never-ending love and support the national fans show their favorite artists.”
In addition, recall that at the recent Google Korea ‘2011 YouTube Kpop Awards‘ we reported several weeks ago, 2NE1 received 2nd placehonors for having the KPOP MV with the second highest views overall (including both domestic and international views). They also managed to have THREE MVs make the Top 10 list, “I am the Best“, “Lonely“, “Hate You“.
The results of the domestic list may surprise some, however it is one more indication that though the Korean Blackjack fandom may not be as large as some other fandoms, 2NE1’s music and MVs are well-loved by the Korean general public.
Congratulations to 2NE1 and way-to-go Girl Power, the domestic Top 10 list is all female artists!
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