B2ST is stronger with ballads?
B2ST’s release of their brand new ballad “I Knew It” was met with yet another explosive response, reminiscent of their success with their previous ballad hit “On Rainy Days”. While the songs’ musical composition as well as the boys’ vocal talents are without a doubt credible for the ballads’ magic, analysts have pondered why B2ST’s ballads chart significantly higher than their title tracks.
“I Knew It” was released on January 25th, and the song was an all-kill on a majority of mainstream music charts. Not only did the song enter the top spot from day one, it held the number one position for 3 days.
The most surprising part about the song’s success isn’t the longevity or its quick rise to the top ten spot. Rather, it’s the fact that the song was able to grab the top spot despite the fact that B2ST is currently not doing any television promotions for any albums whatsoever.
One may say that B2ST’s large fandom is the obvious reason for the success. However, given the fact that the song’s success was met in just three days, and with a ballad song at that, fans and netizens marveled at B2ST’s ability to capture the top spot with not only dance numbers, but with songs of other genres as well.
B2ST’s most successful track in 2011, charting-wise, was not their title song “Fiction”. Rather, it was their stripped-down, acoustic guitar driven ballad “On Rainy Days”. The song even managed to take the number one spot on KBS’ Music Bank.
“Each member of B2ST’s vocal color is very distinctive,” says a Cube Entertainment representative, “But because B2ST is a performance oriented group, the boys barely get enough chances to showcase their vocal abilities. In that sense, it is through the ballads that the boys get to show what they are really capable of“.