The Seoul Music Awards is a major award show presented annually by Sports Seoul for outstanding achievements in the Korean music industry. The winners are selected from singers who have released albums during the year and chosen by a combination of 30 percent mobile votes, 40 percent digital downloads and album sales, and 30 percent judges’ scores

These are the nominated rookies that could win “Rookie of the Year” this year.

aespa

For: “Black Mamba”

1
| Seoul Music Awards

This single’s music video reached the highest number of views for a K-pop group’s debut video, with 21.4 million views in 24 hours. The song placed on the charts in four countries, peaking at number 65 in South Korea and number 5 on the U.S. Billboard’s World Digital Songs.

ENHYPEN

For: BORDER: DAY ONE

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| Seoul Music Awards

According to the Hanteo Chart, this EP sold 280,873 copies during its first week of release, which broke the record for the highest-sales among K-pop groups that debuted in 2020. It also debuted at number 1 on the Japanese Oricon Daily Album Chart. 

 

STAYC

For: Star To A Young Culture

2
| Seoul Music Awards

With over 4,300 sales, they had the highest first day debut sales record for any girl group of 2020. They were also the only 2020 rookie girl group to debut on the Bugs real-time top 20 and the Genie real-time chart.

 

CRAVITY

For: SEASON1. HIDEOUT: REMEMBER WHO WE ARE 

3
| Seoul Music Awards

This EP debuted and peaked at number 1 on the Gaon Album Chart in April. It has shipped over 153,525 physical copies in South Korea as of July 2020. They won “Best of Next” at the 2020 MAMAs.

 

DRIPPIN

For: Boyager

7
| Seoul Music Awards

They are the highest charting rookie on Genie and sold 30,956 albums in their first week.

NATTY

For: NINETEEN

12
| Seoul Music Awards

The video of the same name currently has almost 8 million views and counting. She has been nominated for many other awards.

P1Harmony

For: DISHARMONY: STAND OUT

9
| Seoul Music Awards

They became popular by uniquely debuting with a box office film, P1H: A New World Begins.

SECRET NUMBER

For: Who Dis?

11
| Seoul Music Awards

They won the “Best New Female Artist” at the AAAs. Secret Number was the first 2020 girl group to reach 20 million views on YouTube.

TREASURE

For: THE FIRST STEP: CHAPTER ONE

4
| Seoul Music Awards

This single album debuted atop the Gaon Albums Chart and sold more than 200,000 copies in South Korea. The album’s song “Boy” debuted at number 7 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales, while “Come to Me” reached number 10. They won “Best New Male Artist” and “Worldwide Fans’ Choice Award Top 10” at the 2020 MAMAs.

Weeekly

For: We are

6
| Seoul Music Awards

The music video for “Tag Me (@Me)” went on to receive 10 million views in its first week, while the EP sold over 10,000 copies within its first 8 days. They won “Best New Female Artist” at the 2020 MAMAs.

WEi

For: IDENTITY: First Sight

10
| Seoul Music Awards

This EPs song “Twilight” peaked at number 18 on the Gaon Download Chart and the EP sold 24,552 in its first week.

GHOST9

For: PRE EPISODE 1: DOOR

8
| Seoul Music Awards

This EP sold 1,813 albums on it’s first day. It debuted at number 5 on the Genie Chart’s Popular Music and number 8 on the iTunes Top 100 K-Pop Albums.

 

Who’s your favorite rookie?