HAPPENING: Philippines’ Ben & Ben conquers South Korea music chart Melon

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Ben & Ben South Korean music scene
Ben&Ben is a 9-member indie folk-pop band in the Philippines. The band was brought together by twin brothers, Miguel Benjamin and Paolo Benjamin, formerly known as The Benjamins. Photo from Ben & Ben’s FB page.

It’s happening! The Philippines’ Ben & Ben has conquered the South Korean music scene, topping the charts of Melon.

The Filipino indie band is currently trending online, reaching the #1 spot in the South Korean music platform after Mark Lee of Kpop boy group NCT 127 streamed their 2017 song “Leaves” in a live video streaming service “VLive” on July 22, 2020.

The fame of Ben & Ben spread quickly among South Koreans and other Kpop idols including Young K of boy group Day6 as he mentioned the Pinoy band in his Instagram Live on the same day.

“Ben & Ben, Leaves, Wow! It was amazing. I was really surprised!” said Young K of Day6.

The Filipino band expressed their gratitude to Kpop idols who served as their bridge to stardom in South Korea.

“this week, a lot of great kpop acts discovered our music. here is young k of DAY6 and mark of NCT 127! thank you for appreciating “leaves” 😊 we will listen to your music too!” said Ben & Ben on their FB page.

Even the well-known entertainment agency in Korea, YG Entertainment who also manages the global phenomenon girl group Blackpink, posted about it.

“A Filipino Band Ben & Ben is currently trending #1 and also occupied the #2, #3, #6, and #7 position on Melon Realtime Search Chart -19:40 KST and I don’t know why,” said YG Charts.

The Indie folk band twitted the post of YG Charts on their official Twitter account saying,

“can’t believe it. We’re trending #1 in South Korea.”

Prior to this event, other famous Korean idols were caught by the folksy music style of Ben & Ben including Cha Eun Woo who sang ‘Kathang Isip’ during his fan meeting in October 2019, and Red Velvet’s Wendy awed at Ben&Ben’s “Beautiful” singing voice.

The Pinoy band also soared 19 notches on the Global Billboard Social 50 Chart, overtaking artists from the United States.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Filipino Indie Band Ben& Ben for soaring on top of South Korea’s online music service, Melon.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.