I interpreted "most at odds with their ability to achieve better" as "most at odds with their agency's ability to achieve better," because... let's be honest fff. And in that regard, is YG in 2021 capable of achieving better? 'Lovesick Girls' is a triumph, but also looking a bit like a fluke. I'd love nothing more than to be proven wrong.
5. Oh My Girl
Y'all are SHADY for this one. Ok so Blackpink had an absolutely killer year worldwide, with How You Like That becoming by far their biggest hit yet in Korea, and also making impact across the pond in Western countries. But sadly, success isn't everything when it comes to music. Honestly Blackpink would've received my vote too if it weren't for Lovesick Girls showing me that they still have it. But gosh it was looking scary there with the release of Ice Cream... Hopefully with the solos lined up for 2021, the girls can prove us all wrong and show that they still have what it takes to be a top tier girlgroup in Korea AND also beloved among the forum.
(G)I-DLE deservedly comes second here. Now, don't get me wrong, I didn't dislike Oh My God as much as some of you guys did, but Dumdi Dumdi was... so bad. And after the highs of their first mini album, LATATA & Hann? A damn shame. Their new comeback is looking good though, so hopefully they will be smashing the Most Improved this year! MAMAMOO is another one who shows glimpses of excellence, as I think we can all admit that Wanna Be Myself absolutely slaps. But the one-two punch of Hip retread, Dingga, to the absolutely abysmal AYA was such a low point. AYA is their first lead single to miss the Top 10 since their first comeback, Piano Man. It peaked at #37 behind pre-release single Dingga, which hit #7, so even Korea won't buy that shit!
BTS are, all things considered, talented performers. But their output this year has not matched what we obviously know they're capable of. This is the group who delivered Spring Day, Not Today, Fire, Run, I Need U, Blood Sweat Tears... So many compelling & listenable songs. To go from that to the robotic washing machine whirring of Life Goes On, ON and Dynamite... A damn shame. Oh My Girl don't belong in this list at all, cause even if you don't like NONSTOP and just want more serene, etheral bops, then you need to dig into their Japanese discography, cause bitch... they've DELIVERED with Lemonade, Tear Rain & Etoile. Get into it!
They already have it xThey really need that ONE smash-hit single though, don't they?