K-Pop's 2015 Solo Debuts (So Far): Ranked

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While K-pop is famous for its boy bands and girl groups, a trend this year has seen various members debuting as soloists, currently taking over the scene. A remarkable amount have taken on the challenge to show fans what they can bring to the solo spotlight after six months into 2015.

Analyzing the trend at the halfway point of the year shows that some have thrived and offered something fresh or unexpected, carving out a new lane in the industry. Others haven't fared as well and have more or less been unnecessary debuts in the grand scheme of things. So, by considering each act's promoted single and music video, who ends up No. 1 on our list of the best K-pop solo debuts so far?

4. CNBLUE's Jung Yong Hwa - "One Fine Day" is an awe-inducing ballad and a nice change-up for Yong Hwa. At first, the cut might make fans wonder why couldn't CNBLUE have released it? The answer is, most likely, the new string and orchestral elements are here that the band doesn't incorporate, but gorgeously pairs with the singer's voice. Another point for Yong Hwa for composing the cut.

3. Teen Top's Niel - "Lovekiller" is a slick piece of soul-pop that grows in intensity as Neil moves from breathy coos to powerful belts. The single is more or less a tribute to Michael Jackson, but what makes it more than a cheesy rehash is how it also sounds like something MJ himself would have released.