Anybody who follows T-ara already knows that they’re THE TREND in China, but the non-believers got a hard dose of reality over the weekend when T-ara swept the fan-voted YinYueTai V-Chart Awards.
T-ara picked up awards for Most Popular Korean Artist and Hot Trend Korean Artist, while Jiyeon beat Namie Amuro, Jolin Tsai, and Taylor Swift for Best Female Artist. T-ara won more awards than any other K-pop star that night, which included both f(x) and EXO.
(FYI, YinYueTai is one of China’s biggest video sharing websites, where T-ara holds the record for the most-viewed music video with their life-changing hit “No. 9.”)
The V-Awards are just some of the many trophies that T-ara’s picked up over the past six months, but this victory in particular has gained some attention in Korea, with OSEN and TopStarNews publishing the article: ‘Why Is T-ara So Popular In China?’ (You might have seen it mentioned over at Netizenbuzz, but you can read the full translated article at Tiara Diadem.)
Korean netizens are naturally pressed as phuck over Slay-ara’s continued success (“Just stay in China!” wrote one), but Slay-ara’s too busy winning awards, performing for Malaysian royalty, and signing $1 million USD endorsement deals to give two shits about what the haters back home are saying.
T-ara’s determination is truly astounding. First they hit daebak in Korea to become one of the biggest K-pop groups of the past decade, then they rode the hallyu wave to Japan where they made history with the No. 1 Oricon debut of “Bo Peep Bo Peep” and their iconic Pachinko CF, and now they’re leading the new hallyu wave in China.
I can’t wait for T-ara’s next step, which is their web drama and OST which will be the next You Who Came From The Stars in China, as well as Eunjung’s solo debut which will flop in Korea but break records on YinYueTai.
That T-ara reign…