There is a sad reality for 99 percent of female soloists.
Outside of IU and Taeyeon, is there even a consistent top 10 ish female soloist left in Korea? Chungha is nowhere to be found on charts, Sunmi's time has come and gone, same with Jessie and Hyuna and Sejeong. All the MMM soloists flopped recently, Seulgi flopped, Wendi and Joy only reached top 30 and top 15 respectively. Soyeon and Miyeon flopped. Chaeyeon only reached top 30, Yena reached top 10 once, Yuri has flopped so far. JIhyo has flopped. Lisa flopped, Yooa flopped. Yuju and the other Griend soloists flopped.
Only Jennie, Rose, Jisoo and Nayeon have had an unblemished track record with zero flops but they've also only had one comeback each...we dont know how well their next solo song might do or how consistent they might end up being.
OTOH we have Somi. Birthday was very mixed, WYWF went nowhere, XOXO went nowhere. Yet she now has two verified top 10 hits in Dumb and Flash Forward. That is more than every female soloist that i can recall right now except for IU and Taeyeon in the past two years. There is something to be said for proving your ability to make more than one hit and Somi has done it.
So is Somi really the 3rd biggest soloist in Korea right now?