KUALA LUMPUR: Fans of South Korean singer IU are delighted to find their idol having made it to the New York Times' 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going list.
The list was made available on March 8.
In a news report from Soompi, it said that the 24-year-old artiste, who is also a songwriter and an actress, had made it to the popular list with her song Palette, the title track of her studio album of the same name, released last year.
The song list examines the current trend in popular music and looks at examples of music that might indicate new trends.
Each entry on the list is chosen and written by a different writer, and writers range from music critics to the newspaper's columnists and freelance writers.
The article on IU's song compared the lyrics of Palette, which rejected youthful impulses and embraced old-fashioned individuality, and the singer's image to American pop singer Britney Spears, who went through a more public transition from teen idol to mature artiste.
The writer appreciated IU’s ability as a singer-songwriter to project authenticity in K-Pop, different from the “ebullient and hugely viral” style familiar to the West in Gangnam Style.
Some of the artistes featured in the list included global stars Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Lana Del Rey and Camila Cabello.