It's common knowledge in K-pop that stars like G-Dragon, PSY, and B1A4's Jinyoung (just to name a few) have written and produced a lot of their own music, but what about the ladies? The creative skills of many female idols are often overlooked by fans and the Korean media, despite there being a handful of talented songstresses in K-pop who are just as involved in the creation of their own tunes as the guys are.

Thankfully, chart giant, Instiz, has just released a list of female idol acts with the most copyrighted songs to their name, and some of the results will definitely surprise people. (Note: The list applies to idol acts only.)

Topping the list with 56 songs is Brown Eyed Girls rapper, Miryo. The 31-year-old has co-written huge hits for BEG like "Sign" and "Sixth Sense," and also co-produced all the tracks from her solo album, MIRYO aka JOHONEY.

Coming in second place is Miryo's bandmate, JeA, with 12 songs to her name. JeA's helped compose music for BEG, as well as her own solo career and a couple of other artists, too, like SPINEL and ZIA. She even wrote Ga-In and Jo-Kwon's We Got Married duet, "We Were In Love," which topped the charts in 2011 and picked up two music program trophies.

Following JeA is (surprisingly) SECRET's Zinger, who ranks third with 11 songs. While Zinger wasn't involved in any of SECRET's big hits, she's co-written tracks from the group's various albums and EPs, including her solo rap track, "Amazinger." SECRET already has a reputation as one of the more talented girl groups in K-pop, but if more people only knew about Zinger's songwriting prowess, the quartet's credibility would receive another boost and finally bring them some attention that doesn't solely center on Hyosung's famously bangin' bod.

Fourth on the list is solo superstar, IU, with ten songs. The 19-year-old's most notable creation to date is probably the acoustic ballad, "Peach," which reached No. 2 on the charts last year. Her creative input has gradually increased over time, and she should have a fresh bunch of self-written songs to add to her catalog when her next studio album drops in April.

Rounding at the top five is Wonder Girls star, Yenny, who has composed songs for both herself and for Wonder Girls.

Soloists, G.NA and Juniel, follow Yenny with seven copyrighted songs each, while former After School member, Bekah, Sunny Hill's Misung, and Girls' Generation's Yuri close out the top ten.

Oddly enough, BoA is absent from the list, despite boasting a catalog of self-composed songs that could easily rival Miryo's. Perhaps Instiz considers the K-pop legend above idol status, and has put her in the "real artist" category with Tasha?

Check out some key songs from five of K-pop's most talented stars, below.

1. Brown Eyed Girls - Sixth Sense

2. JeA - Let's Hug

3. Zinger - Amazinger

4. IU - Peach

5. Yenny - Hello To Myself

[Via Netizen Buzz]

Girls' Generation's "I Got a Boy" may have polarized some K-pop fans, but that hasn't stopped the song from shooting straight to No. 1 in its first week. The girls dethroned their own hit, "Dancing Queen," on the official GAON singles chart this week, with "I Got a Boy" taking the top spot while their new album of the same name settles in at No. 1 on the albums chart. With their latest chart-toppers, The Divine Nine now boast nine No. 1 singles and nine No. 1 albums to their name. What are the odds?


Elsewhere on the singles chart, project group, Dazzling Red, climb 27 places to No. 2 with "This Person," while Baek Ji Young's latest power ballad, "I Hate It," debuts at No. 4, and Brown Eyed Girls' JeA rounds out the all-female top five with her soulful single, "Let's Hug." Further down, Sunny Hill's "Goodbye to Romance" is now officially the group's biggest hit to date, remaining at No. 7 for another week, while Yoseob's "Caffeine" continues to show its impressive longevity at No. 8.

Take a listen to this week's top five singles, below.

1. Girls' Generation - I Got a Boy

2. Dazzling Red - This Person

3. Girls' Generation - Dancing Queen

4. Baek Ji Young - I Hate It

5. JeA feat. Jung Yup - Let's Hug

American Idol for K-pop stars, otherwise known as Immortal Song 2, is set to get a K-diva double dose with news that both Ivy and Brown Eyed Girls' songstress Narsha will join the current season of the hit show. Ivy's involvement was confirmed last month, while Narsha was just announced today. According to a statement released by the show's reps, Immortal Song bigwigs are looking forward to having the two sexy singers battle it out in front of viewers.

“Narsha plans to showcase her capabilities not as Narsha of Brown Eyed Girls, but as Narsha the solo artist… With also the new addition of singer Ivy, viewers can look forward to a showdown between Narsha and Ivy’s vocals and performances.”

With Immortal Song's format of having established singers compete against each in weekly performances, it should be very interesting to see both Narsha and Ivy --two stars not only known for their strong vocals, but also their good looks and bold concepts-- thrown into the mix. Other top female idols who have starred on the show include SISTAR's Hyorin, balladeer Lyn, K-pop princess IU, 4minute's Jiyoon, breakout rookie Ailee, and f(x)'s Luna. And then of course, there's Narsha's bandmate Jea, who called upon her fellow Brown Eyed Girl just last weekend to help her out in a performance. Perhaps TV execs were so impressed by Narsha's sizzling sex appeal and vocal skills that they just had to add her to the lineup?

Don't count Ivy out, though. The 30-year-old may be a scandal magnet, but behind the controversy lies a big voice. And Immortal Song is pretty much the perfect gig for her right now, as the pop diva has been making a concentrated effort to revamp her image ever since making her "Torn Heart" comeback last year. But if that fails, she can always steal Narsha's thunder with an impromptu performance of her underrated classic, "Touch Me."

Check out Narsha and Ivy performing live below, and let us know who you're most excited to see.

Brown Eyed Girls' sexpot, Narsha, is always happy to help out her bandmates. She introduced Ga-In to the joys of girl-on-girl kissing, joined Miryo on Music Bank when the rapper's hit, "Dirty," was deemed unsuitable for broadcast, and just this weekend, she helped JeA with a duet performance on Immortal Song 2. In case you didn't know, Immortal Song is like American Idol or The Voice, but for established K-pop stars instead of hopeful wannabes. JeA is a contestant on the current season, and called up Narsha to try and help her win with a special mash-up performance of Uhm Jung-hwa's classic, "On the Count of 3," and BEG's own smash, "Abracadabra."

As expected, JeA and Narsha's vocals were no joke. The two K-divas absolutely powered through the song without fault, living up to their title as one of Korea's premiere vocal groups. The male contestants backstage cheered excitedly when Narsha stepped out to start performing the "Abracadabra" hip dance choreography, while Uhm Jung-hwa herself watched the entire performance from the front row, smiling and swaying to the music.

We know that the Brown Eyed Girls are currently in the midst of solo promotions, but seeing this really makes us want a group comeback from the foursome this year.

JeA's long-awaited solo album, Just JeA, finally dropped a few days ago, making her the last Brown Eyed Girl to go solo. The album's lead single, "While You Were Asleep," is a beautiful power ballad bursting with dramatic production changes and heart-wrenching lyrics about unrequited love. It's definitely a more unique approach to your standard K-pop ballad, which really comes as no surprise since BEG is known for always stepping outside the box.

So far, Just JeA is off to a smashing start. Buzz single, "Let's Hug," topped digital charts shortly after its release and is still in the top 10 of the instiz iChart, while "While You Were Asleep" is currently performing solidly, sitting comfortably in the top fifteen.

Check out JeA's latest, below.


The solo career of Brown Eyed Girls' vocalist, Jea, is already off to a strong start. Her new buzz single, "Let's Hug," featuring Jung Yeob of the R&B group, Brown Eyed Soul, has already topped multiple digital charts in the few hours since its release. It's currently sitting just behind Girls' Generation's "Dancing Queen" and Lee Seung Gi's "Return" on the Instiz iChart*, proving that Brown Eyed Girls are still one of K-pop's top girl groups.

So far, Jea seems to be taking a similar promotional approach to the one used by her naughty bandmate, Narsha. Just like Jea, Narsha kicked off her solo promotions with a ballad buzz single, "I'm in Love," and then returned with the bizarre "Bbi Ri Bba Bba." We'll have to wait until January 4th to hear Jea's real single, "While You Were Asleep," but knowing how Brown Eyed Girls' operate, we're expecting the unexpected.

It'll be interesting to see how Jea's solo album performs on the charts once it's released. So far, all the Brown Eyed Girls' solo projects have had some form of success. Ga-In's has been the biggest, with the "Bloom" songstress now one of the top female soloists in K-pop, while Narsha and Miryo were both able to land a top ten hit each from their albums. Jea's always been a bit overlooked in Brown Eyed Girls compared to her sexy bandmates, but if there's one thing Korea loves, it's big-voiced balladeers, so Jea could turn out to be the dark horse of BEG.

Check out the soulful, "Let's Hug," below.

*Update: "Let's Hug" has now reached no. 1 on the Instiz iChart.

JeA, the powerhouse vocal diva from K-pop's edgiest girl group, Brown Eyed Girls, teased her upcoming solo album earlier today with this tasty promo photo. As expected from one of the Brown Eyed Girls, the teaser pic doesn't hint at your typical K-pop concept. JeA's coquettishly sucking on her thumb, with a picture of a cute pussy cat drawn onto the palm of her hand. It isn't quite the imagery we were expecting from the 31-year-old, who's released a string of OST power ballads in the past, and only ever experimented with bolder styles as part of Brown Eyed Girls.

JeA's solo EP is due out on January 4th, with a buzz single dropping earlier on December 28th. She's the fourth and final member of BEG to go solo, following successful solos from Narsha, Ga-In, and Miryo. Ga-In topped our Best K-pop Music Videos of 2012 list with her orgasmic hit, "Bloom," while Miryo's single, "Dirty," came in at No. 6, so our expectations for JeA to knock her solo debut out of the ball park are pretty high.

While we wait for JeA's EP to arrive, check out this video of her singing one of her big ballad tunes, below.