10:48 am - 12/10/2015

nominations for the 30th golden disk awards are out!


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award show season is still creeping up on us!! this time, nominations for the 30th golden disk awards (aka korea's "version" of the grammy awards) have been announced. (voting also started but you apparently have to pay $1 daily???? to vote so i won't even get into that. regardless: voting ends on january 10th.) the ceremony will take place on january 20th - 21st in shenzhen, china, with one day being dedicated to the digital sector and the other to the disk. noms are behind the cuts!


apparently, even if you're nominated in both categories, you can only win once between either disk or digital which makes it more "fair" and gives more artists chances to win. i also read that it's rare that rookies win bonsangs? but idk. you're also only eligible for the daesang / grand prize award if you win a bonsang prior to it during the ceremony.

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also known as: the disk award, disk bonsang, physical bonsang, ect. basically to celebrate physical achivements in the music industry throughout the year. ten to eleven winners are usually awarded.

criteria ★ 20% jury committee vole + 80% (physical) sales volume


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also known as: the digital award, digital bonsang, ect. basically to celebrate digital achivements in the music industry throughout the year. ten to eleven winners are usually awarded.

criteria ★ 20% jury committee vole + 80% (digital) sales volume


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also known as: the newcomer award, rookie award, ect. basically to celebrate the achivements of newly debuted artists throughout the year. the number of winners has kind of varied over the years: five won in 2012 / 2013, four won in 2014 and three won last year though there's been years that only two winners have been chosen. there's something on the criteria page that says: "two (teams) global and domestic" so i'm not sure if that means there'll be four winners, or ...? who knows. they don't split the wins between male and female artists though.

criteria ★ 10% jury committee vote, 10% popular vote, 80% album sales (combined digital / physical, i think).


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global popularity award (current rankings) ★

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(domestic) popularity award (current rankings) ★

the information here is kinda blurry / i haven't seen much on it but, if going by last year's awards, the popularity award is usually given to one to four winners. (it was four last year.) it could be totally wrong, but i'm getting the impression that they may split between whoever wins in the final vote for the global and domestic polls? (the winners last year were beast, snsd, taemin and toheart.) but who knows, we'll find out when the actual show happens, lmao.


source: golden disk awards (official website)
chukachukachoo 10th-Dec-2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
So I listened to Exodus b/c based on sales it'll win AOTY. i know there aren't a lot of Shinhwa fans here but a lot of this album sounds like it was made for Shinhwa 10 years ago. With Hurt I could actually pick out in my head "that would be Hyesung's line and that would be Dongwan's". I guess the album's not bad, just dated even by kpop standards and makes me think SM hasn't changed its general boy group sound in years.

and "What if" reminded me of this song I totally forgot existed
racquelle2005 10th-Dec-2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
omg you are so right about what if and I just realized how similiar they sound
xxhna 10th-Dec-2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
OMG YES! i always heard bone thugs in the beginning but this too!
ocean_pig 10th-Dec-2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't been able to listen or follow to much of Exo bc my heart aches for Exo m ... But I wouldn't be surprised if it matches with old shinhwa. Sm follows a very specific formula and shinhwa was supposed to be their golden child so the group makeup follows the SM standard.
parkjsun 10th-Dec-2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
EXODUS has some insane level if production, especially for a Kpop album. Their overall sound is reminicent of Shinhwa but I'd hardly call it dated. There's a difference between throwing back to an old school sound (which EXO does a lot of) and tracks actually being dated. But that's just my opinion.
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parkjsun 10th-Dec-2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
lol I didn't want to come off too abrasive because I realize production quality usually isn't the top priority for a Kpop listener but you've said everything on my mind.
chukachukachoo 10th-Dec-2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
i disagree but that's fine
lightframes 11th-Dec-2015 03:07 am (UTC)
I agree about the "throwback" quality. What Is Love is what got me into Exo and it's reminiscent of 90s R&B in the U.S.

Come to think of it, the Be Natural cover is what got me into Red Velvet - songs like that and Automatic are also throwbacks to 90s R&B in the U.S.
aurellee 11th-Dec-2015 12:27 am (UTC)
HDU! Shinhwa's music is 10x more catchy and melodic! Still have : Angel, Midnight Girl, Crazy, Young Gunz, T.O.P, forever in my itouch, every-time i reset it, i make sure those songs are in there for when i feel like going back to that nostalgic time of Kpop.
chukachukachoo 11th-Dec-2015 12:59 am (UTC)
don't worry I didn't mean it as an insult to Shinhwa. I've been a fan for about 12 years (which is over half my life). I said it sounded like it was made for them, not that they would actually put it on their albums.
aurellee 11th-Dec-2015 01:16 am (UTC)
LOL, not to worry, I was playing.
lightframes 11th-Dec-2015 03:05 am (UTC)
I knew it! I said in the album post What If sounded familiar but I couldn't place the song.
mycorrhizoid 11th-Dec-2015 05:34 am (UTC)
Honestly it's true for SM girl groups as well. Dear Santa sounds very similar to CSJH's old songs from around 2006.
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