2011 Melon Music Awards (henceforth MMA) has released their Top 30 Singers list for online voting and queries have been raised as the list does not include the names of JYJ (Park Yoochun, Kim Junsu, Kim Jaejoong).
On the 27th, MMA released their Top 30 Singers list so that online voting for the 2011 Melon Music Awards can take place over the period of 27 October – 6 November.
Eye-catching names on the Top 30 list include Kim Bum Soo, Park Jung Hyun and Huh Gak from “I am A Singer” and “Superstar K”. A considerable number of idol singers have been included on the list, including: TVXQ, Super Junior, 2PM, Miss A, 4Minute, Beast, Secret, Sistar and Girls’ Day. However, JYJ have not been included.
JYJ released their first Korean album [In Heaven] back in September and based on offline album sales alone, have sold more than 300,000 copies, receiving a lot of love. However, they are not appearing on TV at all.
With their own interests at stake, JYJ’s previous management company SM Entertainment had also shown disapproval against JYJ attending the award ceremonies. If JYJ were to attend and won an award, SM Entertainment, with whom they are in a legal dispute, could refuse to participate in the event. From the organizers’ standpoint, the groups that have enjoyed huge popularity this year include f(x), TVXQ, Super Junior, as well as SNSD, who have just made their comeback. As such, they would have to bear the burden of possibly missing out on all these “big fish”.
In regards to this, an official from MMA explained, “The Top 30 list was selected based on the following – domestic Melon streaming frequency (40%), number of downloads (50%), SKT wireless (MOD) utilization (10%)” and “from the accurate data collected, JYJ are outside the range of the Top 30″.