With each passing year, more and more K-pop groups reach the Hot 100, with some landing their first wins, while others return to the ranking of the most-consumed songs in the U.S. with additional smashes. It remains rare for solo musicians based in South Korea to find their way to the list, but 2021 turned out to be the biggest year ever for some of the most popular names in the space.
In 2021, three solo K-pop musicians charted on the Hot 100, with four singles from those stars appearing somewhere on the ranking. With each new placement, history was made in many ways, and it’s clear that the artists who sent their recent releases to the list are able to score big hits with the groups that made them famous and on their own.
Blackpink member Rosé was the first K-pop solo musician to hit the Hot 100 in 2021, as she launched her career outside of the girl group in the spring. The singer’s debut single on her own, “On the Ground,” opened at No. 70, and while it only held on for one frame, it was still a notable win for not just her, but all solo female stars in the space.