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Top 5 Biggest and Most Popular 4th Generation Female K-pop Idol Group 2021

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Because of the current state of the world, our lives this year mostly have been quite ill-favored. Anxieties are high and spirits are quite hard to stay lifted this 2021, but as with any hardship we always find a way to cope and one of our favorite ways as humans is music. And this year has no scarcity in new music and new artist to listen to.

This year especially has been a huge year for K-pop. With the massive rise of recognition for beloved K-pop groups such as BTS, Blackpink, and many more. And as the world gets to know this whole universe of South Korean music, more new and fresh idol groups have emerged and are thriving locally and internationally. In this article, we will get to know 2021's top 5 most popular K-pop girl groups from the 4th generation (debuted from 2018-present.)

These are the top 5 most popular 4th Generation K-pop Girl Group of 2021 according to their number of online followers/subscribers and YouTube music video views.

  1. ITZY
  2. Aespa
  3. (G)I-dle
  4. Iz*One
Itzy - "Loco" (from left to right- Chaeryeong, Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, and Yuna)

Itzy - "Loco" (from left to right- Chaeryeong, Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, and Yuna)

1. ITZY

Group Name: ITZY

Fandom Name: Midzy

Debut: February 11, 2019

5 Members: Yeji (Hwang Ye-ji), Lia (Choi Ji-su), Ryujin (Shin Ryu-jin), Chaeryeong (Lee Chae-ryeong), and Yuna (Shin Yu-na)

Entertainment Company: JYP Entertainment

ITZY is known as one of K-pop's most iconic rookie groups during its debut in 2019. They first made noise after they became the fastest girl group to achieve their first music show win after they won on "M Countdown" only eight days after their debut with their lead single "Dalla Dalla." The group is popular for its powerful pop songs and slick and satisfying dance moves.

In 2021, they continued to get better and bigger, even dominating the international scene. They are today's most-followed 4th generation K-pop girl group with 6.39 million subscribers on their official Youtube channel (ITZY), 4.1 million followers on Twitter (@ITZYofficial), and 13.5 million followers on Instagram (@itzy.all.in.us).

ITZY

ITZY

ITZY's Awards and Nominations

In just less than three years after its debut, ITZY already received 85 award nominations from prestigious awarding bodies. They won 22 of them including these awards from 2021:

  • "Best Musician Award" - Asia Artist Awards
  • "Artist of the Year (Bonsang)" - The Fact Music Awards
  • "World K-Pop Rookie" - Gaon Chart Music Awards
  • "Digital Bonsang" - Golden Disc Awards
  • "Discovery of the Year" - Seoul Music Awards

ITZY Hit Songs

*As of December 16, 2021

SongsYear ReleasedM/V Youtube Views*

"Dalla Dalla"

2019

284M

"Icy"

2019

235M

"Wannabe"

2020

298M

"Not Shy"

2020

180M

"In the Morning"

2021

184M

"Loco"

2021

115M

"Swipe"

2021

19M

Average:

188M

(from left to right) Giselle, Winter, Karina, and Ningning

(from left to right) Giselle, Winter, Karina, and Ningning

2. Aespa

Group Name: Aespa

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Fandom Name: MY

Debut: November 17, 2020

4 Members: Karina (Yu Ji-min), Giselle (Uchinaga Aeri), Winter (Kim Min-jeong), and Ningning (Ning Yizhuo)

Entertainment Company: SM Entertainment

Aespa is the newest girl group from SM Entertainment. They debuted in 2020 and have been one of today's most popular female K-pop that is popular worldwide. Their music videos garner millions of views not just because of their very hip and catchy tracks but also their unique online avatar concept. The members each have AI friend counterparts called: Æ-KARINA. Æ-NINGNING. Æ-WINTER. Æ-GISELLE. This group is totally one of the coolest and modern idols ever.

The group now has 3.04 million subscribers on their official Youtube channel (aespa), 1.8 million followers on Twitter (@aespa_official), and 6.6 million followers on Instagram (aespa_official).

Aespa

Aespa

Aespa's Awards and Nominations

In just one year, Aespa already have 35 nominations and 18 wins. Their wins include the following awards from 2021:

  • "Rookie of the Year – Music" - Asia Artist Awards
  • "Female Rookie Idol Award" - Brand of the Year Awards
  • "New Artist of the Year – Digital" - Gaon Chart Music Awards
  • "Best Group – Female" - Melon Music Awards
  • "Record of the Year (Daesang)" - Melon Music Awards
  • "Best New Female Artist" - Mnet Asian Music Awards
  • "Rookie of the Year" - Seoul Music Awards

Aespa Hit Songs

*As of December 16, 2021

SongsYear ReleasedM/V Youtube Views*

"Black Mamba"

2020

194M

"Forever"

2021

46M

"Next Level"

2021

185M

"Savage"

2021

137M

Average:

140M

(from left to right) Soojin (former member), Minnie, Soyeon, Yuqi, Shuhua, and Miyeon

(from left to right) Soojin (former member), Minnie, Soyeon, Yuqi, Shuhua, and Miyeon

3. (G)I-dle

Group Name: (G)I-dle (Yeoja Aideul)

Fandom Name: Neverland

6 (-1) Members: Miyeon (Cho Mi-yeon), Minnie (Minnie Nicha Yontararak), Soojin (Seo Soo-jin) [Member 2018-2021], Soyeon (Jeon So-yeon), Yuqi (Song Yuqi), Shuhua (Yeh Shu Hua)

Debut: May 2, 2018

Entertainment Company: Cube Entertainment

Debuting in 2018, (G)I-dle has been one of the first queens of the 4th generation of K-pop idols. They have been continuously releasing bops each year that are known to be some of the most creative songs of their generation.

Although the group has met an obstacle this year when Soojin left the group in August and expected to make a comeback with only five members, they are still one of the most sought-after girl groups in South Korea today.

This group now has 3.29 million subscribers on Youtube ((G)I-dle), 1.3 million followers on Twitter (@G_I_DLE), and more than 6.6 million followers on Instagram (official_g_i_dle).

(G)I-dle

(G)I-dle

(G)I-dle's Awards and Nominations

This iconic group now has a total of 97 nominations and 26 wins. Their win includes these awards from 2021:

  • "Global Hottest" - The Fact Music Awards
  • "Best Female Performance Award" - Golden Disc Awards
  • "Top 5 K-Pop Hits (Mid Year)" - Joox Malaysia Top Music Awards
  • "Hot Trend" - Korea First Brand Awards
  • "Best Performance" - Seoul Music Awards

(G)I-dle Hit Songs

*As of December 16, 2021

SongsYear ReleasedM/V Youtube Videos*

"Latata"

2018

170M

"Hann (Alone)"

2018

121M

"Senorita"

2019

55M

"Uh-Oh"

2019

56M

"Lion"

2019

97M

"Oh My God"

2020

161M

"Dumdi Dumdi"

2020

83M

"Hwaa"

2021

89M

Average:

104M

Iz*One - "Twelve" (from left to right, top to bottom) Hyewon, Hitomi, Minju, Chaewon,Yena, Chaeyeon, Yujin, Yuri, Wonyoung, Sakura, Eunbi, and Nako

Iz*One - "Twelve" (from left to right, top to bottom) Hyewon, Hitomi, Minju, Chaewon,Yena, Chaeyeon, Yujin, Yuri, Wonyoung, Sakura, Eunbi, and Nako

4. Iz*One

Group Name: Iz*One

Fandom Name: WIZ*ONE

12 Members: Wonyoung (Jang Won-young), Sakura (Sakura Miyawaki), (Yuri) Jo Yu-ri, (Yena) Choi Ye-na, Yujin (An Yu-jin), Nako (Nako Yabuki), Eunbi (Kwon Eun-bi), Hyewon (Kang Hye-won), Hitomi (Hitomi Honda), Chaewon (Kim Chae-won), Minju (Kim Min-ju), and Chaeyeon (Lee Chae-yeon).

Debut: October 29, 2018

Disbandment: April 29, 2021

Entertainment Company: Off the Record, Swing Entertainment.

Iz*One is a K-pop girl group formed in the reality competition show 'Produce 48' by Mnet. It's a multinational group with nine Korean and three Japanese members. These girls are from different entertainment companies and most of them are already members of existing girl groups or have a career prior to the show. Out of 96 contestants, the top twelve who won were selected to be part of the group. Ever since their debut, they became one of the most popular girl groups in South Korea, Japan, and other countries worldwide.

Sadly, the group disbanded in the middle of 2021 after their contract has expired. These 12 talented girls have ended their journey as a group but they are expected to continue their careers individually as solo artists and members of their original and future groups.

They already have 2.19 million subscribers on their official Youtube channel (official IZ*ONE), 1.8 million followers on Twitter (@official_izone), and 2.2 million followers on Instagram (official_izone).

Iz*One

Iz*One

Iz*One's Awards and Nominations

During Iz*One's almost three years as a K-pop group, the group has received 74 nominations and 24 wins, including this award that they won in 2021:

  • "Bonsang Award" - Seoul Music Awards

Iz*One Hit Songs

*As of December 16, 2021

SongsYear ReleasedM/V Youtube Views*

"La Vie en Rose"

2018

163M

"Violeta"

2019

84M

"Fiesta"

2020

83M

"Secret Story of the Swan"

2020

76M

"Panorama"

2020

68M

Average:

95M

from left to right: Aisha, Onda, Mia,Yiren, E:U,and Sihyeon

from left to right: Aisha, Onda, Mia,Yiren, E:U,and Sihyeon

5. Everglow

Group Name: Everglow

Fandom Name: Forever

6 Members: E:U (Park Ji-won), Sihyeon (Kim Si-hyeon), Mia (Han Eun-ji), Onda (Jo Se-rim), Aisha (Heo Yoo-rim), and Yiren (Wang Yi-ren).

Debut: March 18, 2019

Entertainment Company: Yuehua Entertainment

Everglow is a K-pop girl group that debuted with massive commercial success in 2019. Their debut single "Bon Bon Chocolat" has earned millions of views because of its catchy sound and creative choreography. Their songs released afterward were also been very well received by fans in Korea and internationally.

Everglow now has 1.73 million subscribers on their official Youtube channel (EVERGLOW), 497 thousand followers on Twitter (@EVERGLOW_twt), and 2.4 million followers on Instagram (official_everglow).

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Everglow's Awards and Nominations

The group already received 20 nominations and won "Best Music Video Award" from Asia Artist Awards 2021.

*As of December 16, 2021

SongsYear ReleasedMV Youtube Views*

"Bon Bon Chocolat"

2019

105M

"Adios"

2019

153M

"Dun Dun"

2020

239M

"La Di Da"

2020

107M

"First"

2021

77M

"Pirate"

2021

36M

Average:

119.5M

4th Generation K-pop Girl Group Online Following and Music Video Views Comparison

Top 5 4th Generation K-pop Girl Group Youtube, Twitter, Instagram following 2021

Top 5 4th Generation K-pop Girl Group Youtube, Twitter, Instagram following 2021

Top 5 4th Generation K-pop Girl Group Youtube Average Music Video Views 2021

Top 5 4th Generation K-pop Girl Group Youtube Average Music Video Views 2021

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