Back in September, a music video from a Filipino boy band went and exceeded a million views on YouTube. That might be pretty generic as entertainment news goes, but that singing group has something definitively different going for them: the band, called SB19, was formed, trained and packaged by a South Korean talent agency, ShowBT. With their singature of blending English and Filipino lyrics in a K-Pop-sounding package, the quintet of Sejun, Justin, Josh, Ken and Stell seem set to go towards bigger things. As indicative of this latest news from Billboard, the SB19 star is only shining brighter still.
Inquirer.net has it that Korean-produced Filipino boy band SB19 have made their debut on the Billboard Next Big Sound chart. This particular weekly updated list is described by Billboard as tracking “accelerating artists” who look set to achieve greater successes moving forward in their careers. And it looks like ShowBT’s Pinoy experiment has got an especially bright future ahead of them. On Wednesday, November 20, SB19 first appeared on the Next Big Sound list at an impressive rank of sixth place. Only two K-Pop groups are ahead of them: Beat Interactive’s A.C.E., (formerly Top 1, now 5th) and Cube Entertainment’s (G)I-dle (5 weeks at 3rd).
That’s certainly a giant leap forward for SB19, the brainchild of ShowBT who recruited the members via their Philippine branch office. They have the uncommon and special distinction of being allowed certain creative freedoms like the use of Filipino as song lyrics and writing their own material. Their official debut was in October last year with the single “Tilaluha,” and more follow-up “Go Up” which did go past a million YouTube views two months ago.
It did not take very long for SB19 to give a shout-out of gratitude and appreciation to their fandom on social media. In a Twitter post, dated Wednesday, the band expressed how speechless they are at having earned this honor from Billboard. “Thank you so much for supporting our dreams and believing in us,” went the tweet’s caption. “Everything seems possible with you. We promise to work harder!” SB19 also went on to thank their followers, nicknamed A’TINs, for sharing their stories over the group’s fan mail. They have noticed common threads on these letters about how their songs have given listeners comfort, happiness and motivation, and thus wanted the fans to know their appreciation.
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