Phenomenal does not even begin to describe SUGA’s 2019.
With several collaborations, awards for his solo work, and amazing stage performances, 2019 was a year to remember!
Let’s take a look back at the year that was and relive SUGA’s biggest moments.
On January 22 at 6pm, Song Request was released by Lee Sora with SUGA as a featuring artist. Tablo of Epik High, who composed the track along with DEE.P, recommended SUGA to Lee Sora. The beautiful and melancholic lyrics were written by Tablo and Suga.
As expected, the song quickly rose on realtime charts. It held the #1 spot on realtime charts of major music sites by 12am KST on January 23. It was the first RAK of the Year!
Song Request also did very well internationally. By 11am KST on January 23, Song Request had reached #1 on the iTunes Top Singles Chart in 51 countries! This became a new record for a Korean female artist.
On March 11, Epik High released Eternal Sunshine which was co-produced by SUGA, Tablo, and El Capitxn. In his birthday Vlive on March 9, SUGA revealed that his Tablo hyung asked him to write a song while he was on tour. He agreed and created a sketch right away. He finished it in 2 days, working extremely fast and editing it little by little.
Tablo echoed this story in one of the episodes of The Tablo Podcast. Tablo said he and SUGA vibe very well music-wise which made the creation of the song a simple process. He said, “I think we finished the song in a matter of days, but the actual creation part didn’t take a few hours even.”
Eternal Sunshine did well on the charts. At 7pm KST on March 11, it debuted at #2 on Bugs, and #10 on Melon, Genie, and Mnet.
On April 2, it debuted on Billboard’s Korea K-Pop 100 at #19.
We Don’t Talk Together
On July 7, Heize released We Don’t Talk Together, a digital single which features Giriboy. The track was produced by SUGA. He also wrote the lyrics together with Heize and Giriboy, and participated in the composition with El Capitxn.
At 10:30pm KST on July 7, the song reached #1 on the following realtime charts – Melon, Genie, Bugs, Mnet, Naver, and Soribada.
On July 16, Billboard announced that week’s Top 5 on their World Digital Song Sales Chart and We Don’t Talk Together debuted at #4.
On December 29, Billboard released The 25 Best K-Pop Songs of 2019: Critics’ Picks. This list focused on singles and We Don’t Talk Together ranked #5.
SUGA’s Seesaw #1 on Saudi Arabia iTunes for 3 days!
Saudi Arabia ARMYs love Seesaw!
On October 20, SUGA’s beloved solo, Seesaw, took the #1 spot on Saudi Arabia iTunes. Fans all over the world rejoiced at this as Seesaw truly showcases SUGA’s rapping skills and vocal charm. Seesaw continued to chart at #1 for 3 consecutive days, proving SUGA’s undeniable star power.
Songs from SUGA’s Agust D mixtape, released 3 years ago, also charted on Saudi Arabia iTunes. You can also listen to the song on Spotify.
Seesaw Performance for LY:SY The Final
SUGA wrecked all of us when he performed Seesaw during the LY:SY The Final in Seoul. We expected SUGA in a red, sparkly suit. Instead, we got SUGA in a sexy off-the-shoulder see-through yellow sweater. We really hope his stylist got a bonus for creating that outfit. Fans were definitely shook!
The song doesn’t have an official MV and there are no official cuts from the final concert, but you can watch one of the fancams here:
MMA 2019 and MAMA 2019
SUGA’s solo works were nominated and won awards at the Melon Music Awards 2019 and Mnet Asian Music Awards 2019.
Melon Music Awards 2019:
Song of the Year – Song Request
Best R&B/Soul Track – We Don’t Talk Together
We Don’t Talk Together won Best R&B/Soul Track!
Mnet Asian Music Awards 2019
Song of the Year – Song Request, We Don’t Talk Together
Best Collaboration – Song Request, We Don’t Talk Together
Song Request won Best Collaboration!
We await the results of the awards shows in January 2020.
We also got an AMAZING presentation and even a Suga dance break!
On December 6, Halsey and SUGA released their collaboration, SUGA’s Interlude. The song is from “Manic”, Halsey’s upcoming album which will be released on January 17, 2020.
The song was produced by Lido, Pdogg, and SUGA. The lyrics were written by Ashley Frangipane (Halsey), Min Yoongi (SUGA), and Peder Losnegard (Lido).
Suga’s Interlude was the first song by a Korean soloist to enter Global Spotify Top 50 at #44. It was #1 on iTunes in 54 countries and peaked at #2 on US iTunes despite heavy very competition on its release day.
The song peaked at #9 in Billboard’s Pop Digital Song Sales Chart and #10 in the US Digital Song Sales Chart.
SEESAW DID THAT!!!
Seesaw has sold over 200,000 units in the US and is the 2nd BTS solo song to achieve this! This is a side track with no promo and no music video! Seesaw did that! SUGA did that!
On December 25, Vocalist SUGA performed Jingle Bell Rock with V on SBS Gayo Daejeon. We witnessed a very charming SUGA happily singing the Christmas carol and dancing with a candy cane. We look forward to more of Vocalist SUGA in 2020!
2019 was truly a fantastic year for SUGA and his fans. We wish for a grander 2020 for SUGA and may he bless us again with many solo works and captivating stage performances.
Stay tuned as we bring you more news and more updates here on SUGA News.
We are going to spread the SUGA love!