South Korea 2018 was a memorable year, both globally and domestically, as we witnessed a variety of developments politically, socially, and internally. From the rise of Korean pop music, to the fostering of the 2018 Olympic games, it is evident that South Korea experienced numerous new changes and events. Let us dive back into South Korea 2018 and explore the revolutionary year that left a mark on the country and the globe.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the year 2018 in South Korea:
What is the most popular movie in South Korea in 2018?
One of the most popular movies in South Korea in the year 2018 was titled “Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days.” This movie was directed by Kim Yong-hwa and told the story of a fantasy drama based on a webcomic by Joo Ho-min. This film was immensely successful and received widespread recognition domestically and internationally.
What is the most popular Korean drama in 2018?
The most popular Korean drama in 2018 was “Mr. Sunshine.” Starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok, and Kim Min-jung, this drama tells the story of a Korean boy who becomes a U.S. Marine officer. This drama received widespread attention for its compelling storyline, historical setting, and high production values.
Who was Miss Korea in 2018 and who represented South Korea in the Miss Universe pageant?
The winner of Miss Korea in 2018 was Kim Soo-min. In 2018, the representative of South Korea in the Miss Universe pageant was Baek Ji-hyun.
What were the 3 most popular films in Korea in 2018?
In 2018, the three most popular films in South Korea were “Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days,” “Intimate Strangers” and “Believer.” These three films were immensely successful among the public and gained immense recognition.
What was the Korean population in 2018?
According to the Korean Statistical Information Service, the Korean population during 2018 was approximately 51 million people.
What was the Korean GDP in 2018?
In 2018, the GDP in South Korea was approximately 1.725 trillion US dollars, according to the World Bank. Furthermore, the average salary in 2018 across South Korea was approximately 3.4 million Korean Won per year according to the Korean Statistical Information Service.
What were the Korean public holidays in 2018?
Some of the major holidays in South Korea in 2018 include: New Year’s Day Sinjeong(January 1, 2018), Lunar New Year’s Day Seolla(February 15, 2018), Independence Movement Day Samiljeol(March 1, 2018), Buddha’s Birthday Seokga Tasinil (May 22, 2018), Liberation Day Gwangbokjeol(August 15, 2018), Chuseok(September 23, 2018), Hangeul Day(October 9, 2018), and Christmas Day Sungtanjeol(December 25, 2018). Among all the public holidays, Chuseok is the most widely known and celebrated.
Who was the President of South Korea in 2018?
The President of South Korea in 2018 was Moon Jae-in. He was the 12th President of South Korea and took office on May 10, 2018 after the impeachment of Park Geun-hye.
Take a look at some of the key events in South Korea from 2018:
Must Listen Korean Artists Korea 2018
Heize | Rapper, Singer-Songwriter
With her soulful, yet soothing voice, Heize has established herself as one of Korea’s most versatile artists. Her appearance in the second season of hit reality-show Unpretty Rapstar shot this multi-talented jewel to fame.At the tender age of 24, Heize has already released four number one singles and seems ready to dominate the industry for years to come.
Lee Hi | Singer
Packing a big voice in a slender body, Lee Hi is fast establishing herself as the queen of Korean R & B. Her debut single “1, 2, 3, 4” was released in 2012 and reached number one on Korean music charts within one week.
Following the success of her debut, Lee Hi has taken time to remake her image from an innocent young girl into a vocal powerhouse. Her performance of the song “Breathe”, (written by the late Kim Jonghyun) at the 2017 Golden Disk Awards, received widespread acclaim for its sincerity and emotion.
Dean | Producer, Singer-Songwriter
Just like Heize, Dean was a musical prodigy who spent years working behind the scenes before finding mainstream success. However, unlike most K-Pop artists, Dean began his career by debuting in America, instead of Korea.
Before debuting, Dean was an accomplished producer and songwriter, working with the likes of Keith Ape and EXO. Dean’s second single, “Pour Up” (Feat. Zico), won the award for Best R & B Song at the 2016 Korean Music Awards. Also, he’s a regular collaborator with other stars such as Crush, Taeyeon, and Heize.
Bulletproof Boy Scouts | Boy Band
To call these boys the hottest thing in Korea would be a gross understatement. BTS has become a worldwide hit, with the group topping not just music charts, but winning awards for social media outreach. The boys have sold over five million albums worldwide and broke the Guinness World Record for most Twitter interactions amongst musicians.
BTS’ second worldwide tour “Wings” saw the group perform in locales like Brazil and the United States. Thanks to their immense popularity, outlets like CNN and The New York Times have recognized BTS as one of the world’s best-selling artists.
Korean International Festivals To Look Out For Korea 2018
Jarasum Jazz Festival
The first major music festival of its kind in Korea, you’ll discover a wide variety of world-class jazz in an idyllic, remote setting. Even though it is held only 3 days a year, every year the amount of people that participate is immense. Since 2007 to 2017, there have already been 55 countries represented and 989 bands that were a part of this experience. The dates of the 2018 event are scheduled for October 12th to 14th.
The Busan International Film Festival
The Busan International Film Festival takes place annually in Busan and is one of the more highly known Film Festivals in Asia. The film festival takes place at the end of the year and goes on for about a week.
The festival features movies from a whole spectrum of genres and films from non-asian writers and directors form a variety of countries. The dates are yet to be announced as of this writing.
The Seoul Lantern Festival
The Seoul Lantern Festival takes place every fall in Cheonggyecheon. The festival showcases various types of lantern sculptures that are part of the themes that are chosen every year. It has become of Seoul’s most iconic and Korea’s most visited festival with more than 3 million visitors from all around the country and world. The dates for the 2018 festival are November 2nd to 25th.
Seoul Fringe Festival
The Seoul Fringe Festival lets artists from all genres and fields participate. Unlike other festivals, this festival is about young artists breaking free from the conventional art scene. Due to the broad spectrum of genres, you can go and enjoy various, independent, and new artistic works of young artists. The dates are yet to be announced as of this writing.
Best of Seoul Competition Winners Korea 2018
Firstly, thank you to everyone who participated in the Best of Seoul polls this year. We love to see reader engagement and love how much passion people show for their favorite businesses in Seoul!
Without further ado, here are the winners of the Best of Seoul 2018 competition in ALL categories!
Southside Parlor, a double-threat with a seasonal cocktail menu and amazing eats as well, was the heavy favorite for our Best Cocktails category. With cocktails are named “Hot and Buttered” and “Pear Necessities”, how can anyone compete?
Our second establishment to blow out two categories is Route 66. The homey (for Americans) sports bar in Itaewon is home of some great bar food as well as wallet-saving weeknight specials. Next time there’s a big game, head out to Route 66 to watch just like at home!
Tacos, burritos, quesadillas and their special, the Loaded (Tater) Tots, Masa is bringing authentic Cali-Mexican food to Seoul. One look down their Instagram page will have your mouth watering. Next time you crave Mexican food, think outside of Itaewon. Think Masa.
The most iconic feature in cityscape photos of Seoul is undoubtedly Namsan Tower. Visitors from around the world flock to take pictures at the peak. Although the massive Lotte Tower is starting to take away attention from this older landmark, to me, nothing beats a rooftop in Yongsan with views of Namsan Tower.
Another one on the list located away from Itaewon is Spacca Napoli. Owner Giulio Lee takes pizza seriously, and was also recently recognized by Gambero Rosso, an Italian publication highlighting great Italian food around the world. Spacca Napoli is one place you shouldn’t miss.
Yongsan International School Seoul, located in the heart of Itaewon, is a school dedicated to excellent education and instilling Christian values. Dedicated to being a part of the community, YISS makes a point to hold events, participate in volunteering and has a presence off of campus.
A Recap of Seoul Fashion Week Korea 2018
Every year, Seoul Fashion Week offers us a bird’s eye view of the cosmopolitan capital of South Korea: a city where the old and new harmoniously coexist in one place. One look around Seoul and you’ll see a crowd of young Instagram-savvy urbanites wearing the latest fashion trends and loud monogrammed labels, navigating busy streets and towering skyscrapers. But if you dig deeper, you’ll discover that this seemingly modern city was built around traditional structures and national treasures that were created long before the Seoul we know today came to be.
Here’s a look at some of the highly trends that emerged from the runways:
The Infinite Possibilities of Hanbok
The Modern Joseon
The New Preppy
Street Style Highlights | Seoul Fashion Week Korea 2018
Seoul is a city alive with fashion. Twice a year people gather at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza to show their style. Here are the best street style looks of Seoul.
Eccentric sunglasses, hand painted jackets and vibrant color street wear are a few of the trendiest styles shown this March.
Cherry Blossom Festivals In Korea 2018
Winter is finally at an end and spring is just around the corner! April in Korea is famous for the beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom all around the country, and thankfully there are many festivities that celebrate blooming season in Korea.
At 10 Magazine, we’ve compiled a list of several cherry blossom festivals around the country where you can see the cherry trees in full bloom! However, please keep in mind that the dates listed in this article are viable to change depending on the bloom forecast.
Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival Korea 2018
While the south is famous for their first signs of foliage, Seoulites don’t necessarily need to leave the city to enjoy cherry blossoms. Enjoy a day out by Seokchon lake, the entire circumference of which is lined by blossoms in full bloom, along with a range of performances, exhibitions and activities during the festival period.
Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival Korea 2018
Usually held in mid-April, The Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is famous for its 1,886 Korean Cherry Trees that are lit up with colored lights at night. The festival isn’t limited to the famed cherry blossoms either, with azaleas, forsythia, royal azaleas, and other spring flowers also in full bloom. Visitors can enjoy street performances and art exhibitions whilst taking in the beautiful displays right in the heart of Seoul.
Cheongpungho Cherry Blossom Festival Korea 2018
Come April spring flowers of all varieties burst into life around the cheonhgpung lake area of jecheon. Along with the beautiful foliage, festival goers can enjoy exhibitions, performances and other activities, like water sports, that make the most of the burgeoning warm weather.
Your Guide To The Pyeongchang Olympics Korea 2018
The 23rd Winter Olympics are almost here and will take place from February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Located in the Taebaek Mountains, Pyeongchang is a popular destination for winter sports fans and athletes alike. Athletes from 94 countries will compete in 102 events across 15 sports in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Pyeongchang will be the first Winter Olympics to showcase over 100 medal events.
Tickets are still available and prices for different events will range between 20,000 KRW to 900,000 KRW per person. Opening and closing ceremony tickets cost between 220,000 KRW and 1.5 million KRW.
Within Pyeongchang, you can find a variety of hotels and pensions. The official site of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics has an interactive map of available accommodations that you can choose from, along with the contact information for each option.
Traveling To The Events
After arriving at Incheon International Airport, you should make their way to either Seoul Station or Cheongnyangni Station either via rail, taxi, or airport bus. From there, you can take the Gyeonggang KTX (high-speed train) directly to Pyeongchang and Gangneung. Depending on your point of embarkation, it will take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to arrive at Pyeongchang via the KTX.
How To Watch The FIFA World Cup in Korea 2018
Though as an expat in Korea you might be far from home, there are plenty of ways to watch your country compete in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Whether you prefer streaming the games at home, cheering your team on at a crowded bar, or celebrating with thousands of other people in the heart of Seoul, we’ve got you covered.
With the games right around the corner, here at 10 Magazine, we’ve created a guide on how to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Korea!
How to Watch The Games At Home
The South Korean broadcasting rights for the World Cup belong to MBC, KBS, and SBS, so if you have Korean cable, you can easily catch the games on tv. To live stream the games on your mobile phone, download the MBC TV app.Keep in mind, though, commentary on these channels will be conducted in Korean without any subtitles. The coverage on these channels will also mostly be on the South Korean national team, which will kick off their opening game against Sweden on June 18 (9pm KST). The Taeguk Warriors are drawn in a tough group this year that includes Mexico, Sweden, and defending champions Germany. This first game is a must-win if Korea has any hopes of advancing to the knockout stages.
Which Bars to Watch The Games At
If your team isn’t scheduled to play against Korea, head over to one of the many sports bars in Seoul. These bars are sure to broadcast many of the major international matches (during business hours) for patrons to enjoy. Just to be safe though, be sure to call ahead to reserve seating and confirm the availability of the game you’re planning to watch! Here are a couple options for you:
Mass Viewing Party At Gwanghwamun Square
The events will be filled with viewing parties, pre-match performances, giveaways, and cheering events. The official the nickname of the Korean team’s fan-club is the Red Devils – so be sure to wear something red!
What You Need To Know About The Inter-Korean Summit Korea 2018
April 27, the leaders of North and South Korea, Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, will meet for the first time in Panmunjom (판문점), a village in the Joint Security Area of the DMZ.
At this historical inter-Korean summit, the topics up for discussion include the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the restoration of the Demilitarized Zone to its original state.
What makes this summit historical?
North and South Koreans leaders rarely meet face-to-face. Today marks only the third time since 1953 that the leaders of the two countries have personally met (the previous two summits were held in 2000 and 2007). Kim, so far, has only met with one other state leader, Xi Jinping of China, since his ascension in 2011. Today’s events also mark the first instance, since the end of the Korean War, that a North Korean leader set foot on South Korean soil.
More than anything, both Kim and Moon want to claim today’s summit as a success, whatever that may look like. Many see today’s inter-Korean summit as an ideal opportunity to repair diplomatic ties between the two countries. Talks of economic cooperation and the official end of the Korean war are also on the table, but it is unlikely that an official peace treaty will be signed today.
Promises of denuclearisation from the North is a prerequisite to peace on the Korean peninsula, according to President Moon. “The complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the most urgent task that lies before us and a task we must complete peacefully,” Moon stated during a Buddhist service held last Tuesday to pray for the success of the upcoming summit, according to a transcript released by The Blue House.
Enjoy Authentic Italian Cuisine At The Italian Food Festival Korea 2018
The opening ceremony, which took place on May 1 at the Park Hyatt, featured over a dozen authentic Italian restaurants that showcased dishes from different regions all across Italy. A couple of us at 10 Magazine had the opportunity to go to the event and try some of these out for our readers.
Background: Vera Pizza & Pasta Napoli is famous for its authentic Italian pizzas. Vera’s chefs create exquisite, home-style food with flavors from Campania, a region in the south of Italy. The restaurant’s name, ‘Vera’, means real and points to the philosophy of the chefs and owners of Vera, who only want to serve authentic Napoli pizza so that everybody can experience a true taste of Italy.
Verdict: Atrio served Stockfish Tortello with a side of cherry tomatoes. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the dish bursted with flavors.
5 Must-Watch Korean Dramas From Korea 2018
From robots to radio lovers, 2018 has been a dynamic year for Korean drama releases. We’re counting down some of the must-see Korean dramas based on fan favorites and award-winning titles. Take a look at some Korean dramas From 2018 to watch!
1. The Korean Odyssey (화유기)
2. I’m Not A Robot (로봇이 아니야)
3. My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (내 아이디는 강남미인)
4. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까)
5. Mr Sunshine (미스터 션샤인)
Summer Music Festivals To Experience In Korea 2018
Whether you wanna groove along to jazzy tunes or dance the night away with the hottest DJs, Korea has a great music festival to suit your tastes.
Here at 10 Magazine, we’ve compiled a list of 9 summer music festivals this summer, in order of when they’re happening!
Korea’s festival season will kick off with the Seoul Jazz Festival, a two-day fest that will take place at Seoul Jamsil Olympic Park. Held annually since 2007, the 12th edition will feature performances by Lauryn Hill, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Jessie J, Heize, Hyuk Oh, and more. There are only a limited amount of one-day passes left for 155,000KRW.
EDM lovers can rejoice, as the Seoul World DJ Festival is coming soon. As the name suggests, the festival will feature a number of DJs from around the world, including big names like Porter Robinson, Black Tiger Sex Machine, and Boys Noize. The events are set to take place on May 26 and 27 at Jamsil Olympic Stadium.
If you’re big on EDM, chances are you’ve already heard of Ultra. With annual shows in over 20 cities all over the world, Ultra expanded to Seoul in 2012 as a two-day festival event. Due to its gaining popularity, Ultra Korea now lasts three days! This year’s performances will include big names such as The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Galantis and more!
Galas To Wine and Dine In Style Korea 2018
Though March in Korea signifies cherry blossom festivals, the start of the university academic semester and the arrival of good weather, it also signifies gala season in Seoul. For years, organizations such as the Seoul International Women’s Association (SIWA), The Australia and New Zealand Association, Korea (ANZA Korea), and the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea (BCCK) have hosted annual galas to celebrate community and help charities around Seoul.
For more than 50 years, Seoul’s International Women’s Association (SIWA) has been a community for women to create community and raise funding for charities around Korea.
The Seoul International Women’s Association (SIWA) will be hosting its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, April 7th at the Conrad Hotel on Yeouido Island. This year, the gala’s theme will be “Carnaval Do Brasil” and includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment and a four-course meal paired with fine wines.
The funds raised through “Carnaval Do Brasil” will support three charities: the Asia Community School, the Soyang Rainbow Children’s Home, and the Seongnam Shelter for Adolescents.
The Australian and New Zealand Association of Korea (ANZA Korea) will be hosting its annual fundraising ball this year on Saturday, April 14th at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. The theme of this year’s ball is Disco, and is inspired by the music and energy of the iconic 70’s.
Björn Again, one of the world’s most popular ABBA tribute groups, will be making a live appearance at this year’s ball, and will likely perform some of your favourite ABBA hits on the dance floor.
The funds raised through “Disco Ball 2018” will support Jeon Jin Sang Socio-Medical Center (JJS), which provides home medical and palliative care units for cancer patients in the late stages of their illness.
Murlo, Manchester-based DJ, producer and visual artist, will be performing at Cakeshop club on April 7. For more information about the performance, click here. For more information about the venue, check out the Cakeshop listing in our directory.
The MMCA Hyundai Motor Series is an annual exhibition project that aims to support Korean artists. This year, the main artist of this exhibition will be Im Heung-soon, who won the Silver Lion Awards in 2015. “Things That Do Us Part,” will incorporate film into the exhibition space in a way that welcomes participation from spectators. For more information about the exhibit, click here. For more information about MMCA, check our the MMCA listing in our directory.
Things to Do in Seoul Korea 2018
Summer weather is beginning to pack up to leave and we will soon be welcoming in the cool autumn breeze. Whether you are excited about the dog days being over or sobbing about summer departing, August will be your last chance to say au revoir to summer. Before the summer hues fade away, make some lasting memories by dancing under the summer moon, battling in a water fight, and soaking up some live music.
Here at 10 Magazine, we’ve compiled a list of 10 things you should do in Seoul this August.
Fall in love with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope again through the enchanting power of live orchestra. The concert will run for about 2 hours and 26 minutes (including a 20-minute intermission). Korea Coop Orchestra conducted by Yoonhak Baek will make your first Friday and Saturday nights in August magical. For more information, check out Lotte Concert Hall’s official website.
Dust off your dancing shoes and come out to learn swing, salsa, and tango. Dance the night away against the sparkling nightscape of Seoul. Even if you are not interested in dancing, attend the event to enjoy live band music and dancers flowing under the summer moon. Salsa lessons will be held on the 3rd, swing on the 4th, and tango on the 5th.
From traditional to contemporary circus performances, various styles of circus will be presented at Banpo Hangang Park. Juggling, tightrope walking, and more—endless laughter and fun will make your time under the sun fly. Seven different circus teams will entertain you all night.
10 Business Networking Events in Seoul Korea 2018
Networking is a core part of any business professional’s career. Though expats may sometimes feel as if networking opportunities are be limited to them in Korea, whether that be because of language or cultural barriers, foreign communities in Seoul such as chambers of commerce or embassies offer fantastic opportunities to meet both locals and fellow expats to build your professional network.
Cosmobeauty Seoul is an annual beauty exhibition that showcases the latest beauty trends and products to the public every year. Here, both domestic and international beauty companies hold booths, seminars, and activities to unveil their latest items and tips to beauty experts and lovers alike. The event will last for three days, from May 9-11 and will be held at the COEX center in Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
Ban Ki-Moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, will make a special appearance at the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea’s upcoming general membership meeting. Speaking on the topic of Peace on the Korean Peninsula in a Changing International Order, the meeting is open to both AMCHAM members and the general public.
The Seoul International Seafood Show is the most influential annual seafood exhibition in Korea. Showcasing the latest state-of-the-art products of the seafood industry every year, 3S is geared towards those involved or interested in the seafood industry in Korea.
This is a special event on ALIS, a new social media concept that provides access to reliable articles, news, and people using blockchain. The seminar will provide more information on ALIS and how to use it. The founder of ALIS will talk about the project and its impact o n Japan’s economy. For more information about the venue, check out Bitcoin Center Korea.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea is hosting an event on July 3 at WeWork Seoul Square. The committee meeting will touch on how the sharing economy is changing the world and the way we live. Matthew Shampine, the General Manager of WeWork Korea, and Dr. Peter Allen, Managing Director of Agoda Outside, will be speaking at this event.
The Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KGCCI) is hosting a networking event aimed to help Korean professionals create and deliver effective business presentations to foreign executives or overseas partners. Intended to assist Koreans with intermediate to advanced English skills, who wish to gain more advanced presentation skills, this event was planned by taking into consideration the biggest difficulties people face when presenting in a professional setting.
Friends in Korea is one of the oldest and largest international clubs in Korea. It was created back in 2004 and organizes several events every month. One event is the After-work Social Meetup that takes place almost every Wednesday. This is a chance to unwind with a cocktail, network and meet new friends.
The Preview in Seoul has been around for 19 years now. This exhibition provides opportunities to explore distinctive yarns, eco-friendly & functional textiles, knits, findings & trims, accessories, DTP and machineries all organized around textile sectors. They also host numerous events such as a Trend Forum, a 1:1 networking opportunities, a fashion show, textile seminars, a fund-raising bazaar and fashion film screenings. For people who are interested in this sector, this exhibition is a really good opportunity to network!
This event in September is a good opportunity to meet SMEs and Startup from the Chungcheong Province. This exhibition is also the occasion for these SMEs and Startup to advertise their company and attract new people!
The 47th Korea Study Abroad Fair 2018 is a good opportunity for students to find out about studies abroad. You will be able to have the latest information and a free and reliable consultation with experts! You can also find information about emigration, overseas employment & internships, local education for English and foreign languages and more!
“Loving Vincent” Exhibition to Visit Gangnam, Seoul Korea 2018
Fans of Van Gogh, or simply those who appreciate art and film, you won’t want to miss the Loving Vincent Exhibition at the M Contemporary (inside the Le Meridien Hotel, Seoul). This exhibition chronicling the effort and process behind making the first full-length, fully-painted animated film will be coming to Seoul from November 16, 2018, to March 3, 2019.
The Loving Vincent Exhibition gives you the opportunity to personally view 125 of the 65,000 paintings created in the production of the Loving Vincent movie. Learn about the behind-the-scenes through costumes, production stories, and live artist demonstrations of the painting technique that was essential to the 9-year-long production of the film.
Through multiple exhibition rooms with oil paintings and multimedia contents, visitors can get a sense of the painstaking process to create this one-of-a-kind film. The many rooms display the art and process of taking real-life actors and film, creating oil paintings and animating it all together. Even the actual mystery regarding the final days of Van Gogh is explored through the exhibit.
Ellie Goulding Live in Seoul Korea 2018
On September 6 at Olympic Hall at Olympic Park, Ellie Goulding will be holding her first ever concert in Korea
About Ellie Goulding:
Ellie Goulding debuted in 2010 with her first album Lights and has since gained immense publicity winning the Critics’ Choice Award at Brit Awards in the same year. With several songs topping the Billboard charts over the years, Ellie Goulding is one of the most well-known and talented singers not only in England but around the world.
With a musical style best described as Folktronica, a combination of both folk and electronic elements, and a unique vocal, Goulding quickly gained international attention since her debut and has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. In the 2015 Brit Awards, Goulding received the British Female Solo Artist Award, and in the 2016 Grammy Awards, she placed first for Best Pop Solo Performance.