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THIS YEAR, THE GENRE LEFT ITS BIGGEST EVER MARK ON THE WEST – HERE, WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF TRACKS THAT HELPED MAKE THAT HAPPEN. Text Taylor Glasby. K-pop fandoms are no strangers to competition. In a world of likes, views, retweets, and comments, the numbers game has become a bloodsport – a trawl through stan Twitter will reveal a daily avalanche of posts demanding you watch, buy, or stream a song, and graphs tracking chart positions and streaming numbers. On one hand, it’s exhausting. Incessant squabbling over matters like deleted YouTube views (the platform continually removes bogus viewing numbers, but many stans believe that YouTube secretly has a vendetta against their faves ... Full story

9 July