MelOn music chart's 10 biggest K-pop artists in the last 10 years
1. BIGBANG (51 weeks at No.1 18 No.1 songs)

2. IU (36 weeks at No.1, 16 No.1 songs)

3. Wonder Girls (32 weeks at No.1, 8 No.1 songs)

4. 2NE1 (28 weeks at No.1, 12 No.1 songs)

5. SISTAR (27 weeks at No.1, 10 No.1 songs)

6. Girls’ Generation (17 weeks at No.1, 8 No.1 songs)

7. DAVICHI (16 weeks at No.1, 10 No.1 songs)

8. TWICE (11 weeks at No.1, 3 No.1 songs)

8. LEESANG (11 weeks at No.1, 5 No.1 songs)

9. Miss A & Infinite Challenge (10 weeks at No.1, 5 No.1 songs)

10. Busker Busker (9 weeks at No.1, 5 No.1 songs)

10. PSY (9 weeks at No.1, 3 No.1 songs)

Whenever a vocal group splits up, a race always ensues to see which one of the members (or sometimes just which member) will wind up becoming successful on their own. The first out of the gate typically does well, but from then on, it can be a struggle to even reach the charts without former bandmates at one’s side. One Direction has now bucked this trend in their home country, where all five original singers are still incredibly famous and new tunes from each and every one are highly anticipated. As of this past week, all five singers have now reached the U.K. top 10 with at least one song, though it remains to be seen who can continue to rack up solo hits.


Zayn Malik, who quickly dropped his last name and began operating as a mononym, was the first to hit the U.K. charts on his own, which makes sense, given that he didn’t decide to start making music as a solo act when the group went on hiatus, but immediately after he exited the boy band before there was any hint that hiatus was on the way. While the other four members are on a break (at least that’s what they seem to be sticking with), Zayn properly quit the band, but it ended up working out in his favor.

His debut solo effort “Pillowtalk” started at No. 1 all around the world, as did his album Mind Of Mine. The song went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2016, and later in the year he would hit the top 10 again under his own name, this time with Taylor Swift thanks to their collaborative Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack cut “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.”

Niall Horan

Many months after Zayn had scored a chart-topper with “Pillowtalk,” Irish singer Niall Horan became the second 1D vocalist to reach the highest region as a solo man. His first cut under his own name, the One Direction-soundalike “This Town,” made it all the way to No. 9 in the U.K., while it peaked slightly higher in his home country, stalling at No. 6. Recent follow-up single “Slow Hands,” which sees the singer going in a sexier direction, has yet to grow to its full potential.

Louis Tomlinson

While not much has been discussed when it comes to Louis doing a full album, he is already in the game when it comes to going solo, and his one outing was a smashing success in the U.K. To help him stand out from what his former bandmates are doing musically, Tomlinson partnered with EDM DJ and producer Steve Aoki for the upbeat song “Just Hold On,” which peaked in the runner-up spot across the pond. It’s not clear if the track will end up on Aoki’s next album or Tomlinson’s first, but either way, it’s a hit that he will always have to his credit.

Harry Styles

Styles may have started his solo career rather late, as he just dropped his first single alone last month, but the campaign surrounding “Sign Of The Times” and his self-titled album was executed perfectly. Both the lead single and the record it is featured on started at No. 1 on their respective charts, making him the second (of two) one-time One Direction members to hit the top of the charts, at least so far.

Liam Payne

Just last week, Liam Payne finally joined his brothers inside the highest region on the tally, as his first song released under his own moniker debuted at No. 3. “Strip That Down,” which features Migos standout rapper Quavo, might not be the best offering from a 1D member, but the British people are enjoying it, if only for a week.

Japanese Fans Rank The Anime They’d Like To Show Their Children

What anime would you like to show your children one day?

That’s the question posed by anime polling site Charapedia, who asked their readers, took those results and baked them into a top 20 stew fit for all children. Maybe.

Without delay, the results:

20. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
19. Pokémon
18. Little Busters!
17. A Certain series
16. Love Live!
15. Natsume’s Book of Friends
14. Digimon Adventure
13. Slam Dunk
12. Angel Beats!
11. K-On!
10. Kuroko’s Basketball
9. Haikyu!!
8. Your Lie in April
7. Sword Art Online
6. Doraemon

And the top five…

5. Gintama

4. anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

3. One Piece

2. Naruto

1. Clannad

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I hope one day Taylor Swift one day releases a song about her cats just so the media could sit and wonder which one of her fictional and non fictional lovers used to vomit in her shoes, rip up her furniture and bring her dead things as piece offerings.

Edit: yes I really do realize this has bad grammar with the “one day Taylor Swift one day” and writing piece instead of peace.