Article: Song Joong Ki, #1 most popular star in China... hopped up the rankings in a month
Source: Starin via Nate
In a month, jumped from 14th -> 1st
1. [+525, -26] But he didn't get popular out of nowhere. He already had well known works like 'Nice Man' and 'Wolf Boy' before he enlisted and was considered the two top with Kim Soo Hyun back then. 'Descendants of the Sun' only served to propel him past a trend into a top star.
2. [+427, -13] The role is pretty hard to not look cool in ㅋㅋㅋ... The scriptwriter pulled every ounce soul she could squeeze into that character ㅋㅋ
3. [+371, -31] Poor Hyun Bin doesn't seem to have found his place yet after getting back from the army but Song Joong Ki found it right away
4. [+59, -5] He was an A-list star before but now he's a top A-list star
5. [+39, -3] The character himself is really cool but Song Joong Ki's casting was perfect for it too. He has a babyfaced image with a pure look to him despite being a male actor but after his service in the army, he's now added a sexy, masculine charm to his image that matches him extremely well. Before people just thought he was handsome in a babyish way but now they see that he's lost his baby weight and toned up. I'm sure any other actor would've looked cool in the role but they wouldn't have grabbed hearts as hard as Song Joong Ki has.
6. [+31, -3] I didn't know much about him back then but realize now that he's good at acting and has a good voice... The drama is so healing! I'm going back to watch his old dramas too.
7. [+31, -9] As expected considering his drama has already surpassed 'You Who Came From the Stars' in viewer ratings. There's no reason for Song Joong Ki to not get popular when everything's in his favor right now, especially since he just got back from serving in active duty.
8. [+25, -6] He's probably #1 in popularity in Korea right now too
9. [+23, -4] The scriptwriter really did seem like she set out to write his character as cool as possible ㅋㅋㅋ no wonder people keep saying that the drama's entire existence seems to be to make Song Joong Ki look cool
10. [+17, -5] It's probably the troika of Kim Soo Hyun, Song Joong Ki, and Yoo Ah in at the moment