What Makes People Interested In K-Pop? Find Out More About The Reasons, Here!


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Everything You Need To Know About K-Pop: The Most Interesting Music That Is Famous Worldwide

What comes to mind when you hear the word K-Pop? Yes, Korean Pop or what we are familiar with as K-Pop is a South Korean music industry that is synonymous with groups consisting of many members such as boy groups and girl groups, up-beat music and their energetic dance routines. Starting from Super Junior, SNSD, EXO, BTS, Red Velvet, TWICE, BLACKPINK, NCT, SEVENTEEN, and many other K-Pop groups that are idolized by young people around the world. K-Pop became a worldwide explosive and booming phenomenon when Super Junior launched their single titled “Sorry Sorry” on the market in 2009.

K-Pop is a combination of pop culture with the addition of Korean lyrics making a new music genre, Korean Pop or K-Pop. The culture of pop music adopted by K-Pop has actually evolved a long time ago, as we know, pop originated in America or the United States. K-Pop adopted it and then integrated it with their language and culture. So, K-Pop itself is not a completely Korean cultural phenomenon that originated in South Korea. Commonly, in K-Pop, rap lyrics are also inserted which are characteristic of K-Pop music. In K-Pop music there are always vocal and rap parts.

K-Pop became very popular because of its characteristics in arranging ear-catching melodies or addictive melodies. So, everyone who listens to a song becomes addicted and is immediately drawn to also become a fan. The types of music offered are various, ranging from pop, dance, electro-pop, hip-hop, rock, R&B, as well as electronic. Starting from music and film, the spread of South Korean culture around the world is known as Hallyu.

In this article, Channel-Korea will show you what is K-Pop and what makes people interested in K-Pop. So, stay tuned and keep scrolling down.

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Who doesn’t know Super Junior, BIG BANG, SNSD, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, BTS or EXO? There are still many Korean artists and singers who are loved by teenagers. Many young people think that group members from Korea have good-looking and beautiful and handsome faces also fashionable looks. When they see the performance of their idol, they seem drugged and unconsciously scream hysterically, even though some of the teenagers do not seem to understand the Korean language sung by their idols. The phenomenon of K-Pop music did not only happen in Asia, but also hit foreign countries such as America and Europe.

For the Korean public, the real flow of pop has not been very recent. In the 1980s, Japanese pop (J-Pop) had entered the country. However, this genre only got a wide place in the Korean public after the presence of K-Pop which began in the early 1990s. The term K-Pop itself was only popular in the 2000s, replacing the term Gayo which referred to local Korean pop music.

One of the first people to popularize it was Jeong Hyeon-cheol, a singer and songwriter of rock metal, which is widely known by the name Seo Taiji. Taiji then entered the genre of American pop music, which turned out to be liked by his fans. Seo Taiji & Boys was the first modern band to be very successful in the Ginseng Country music industry.

This success was later glimpsed by a record producer named Lee Soo-man who was educated in the United States. He is none other than the owner of SM Studio in the Gangnam area, Seoul, which he founded in 1989. The success story of SM Entertainment was soon followed by the emergence of music companies and other K-Pop groups.

Former Seo Taiji & Boys member Yang Hyun-suk formed YG Entertainment in 1996. Then followed by Park Jin-young or JY Park who founded JYP Entertainment in 1997. HOT and a number of other groups that emerged in the 1990s could be categorized as the first generation of K-Pop.

After that, in the mid to late 2000s, new groups were born as the second generation. Some of them, Super Junior, TVXQ, and Girls’ Generation or also known as SNSD. In this era, JYP Entertainment gave birth to Wonder Girls, G.O.D, 2PM, and 2AM. The glory of K-Pop continues in the era of the third generation. SM Entertainment formed the new group EXO. Then YG Entertainment also brought up a hit girl group, such as Big Bang, 2NE1, Winner, iKON, and Blackpink. It was in this era that BTS also emerged which was phenomenal under the auspices of Big Hit Entertainment.

K-Pop Groups


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In the world of K-Pop, there are things called idol group generations. Although no one has ever made a definition of the division of the generation, in general, the division of this generation will be based on the era and scale of activity of the group concerned. The first generation of K-Pop idol groups are usually regarded as those who debuted and were active around the 90s until the early 2000s. For Boy Groups there were Shinhwa, H.O.T, Sechs Kies, and G.O.D.

The second generation of K-Pop began in early 2000 until around 2009 or 2012. This generation was decorated by those who contributed to spreading K-Pop beyond South Korea, starting with TVXQ and continuing with groups such as Bigbang, Super Junior, SHINee, 2PM, Beast, Infinite, and many more.

In a way, groups from this generation are those who are actively continuing the spread of K-Pop until now. For example, EXO, BTS, BTOB, Winner, iKON, SEVENTEEN, NCT, and many other boy groups.

BIGBANG


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Big Bang is a second-generation boy group from South Korea formed by YG Entertainment. The group officially debuted on August 19th, 2006, with five members, namely G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri. But as of 2019, Big Bang is left with only four members, GD, T.O.P, Taeyang, and Daesung because Seungri decided to leave the group due to scandal and controversy in 2019.

Big Bang’s legendary song that is timeless, “Haru Haru,” was released in 2008. Together with “Lies,” “Haru Haru” is among the legendary Bigbang songs and is still a mark today. Not only favored by many K-Pop fans, when it was released, but the song also received positive comments from other circles, such as from Billboard who called “Haru Haru” Bigbang’s experimental masterpiece and made the song the second-best song ever released by G-Dragon and the members.

The song was composed by the leader, G-Dragon with Daishi Dance and successfully won Bigbang an award at the 2008 Mnet Asian Music Awards in the Best Male Group and Artist of the Year categories.

Concert tours

  • Alive Galaxy World Tour (2012–2013)
  • Japan Dome Tour (2013–2014)
  • Japan Dome Tour “X” (2014–2015)
  • Made World Tour (2015–2016)
  • 0.TO.10 (2016–2017)
  • Last Dance Tour (2017)

Awards

South Korea:

  • Cyworld Digital Music Awards
  • Korean Music Awards
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards
  • Golden Disc Awards
  • Melon Music Awards
  • Melon Popularity Awards
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards
  • Mnet 20’s Choice Awards
  • Seoul Music Awards
  • SBS MTV Best of the Best Awards

International:

  • Japan Record Awards
  • Japan Gold Disc Award
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
  • World Music Awards, etc.

Super Junior


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Super Junior is a boy group from South Korea formed in 2005 by producer Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment record company. They are also dubbed by the media and the Korean Music Awards as “Kings of the Hallyu Wave” because of their important contribution to the spread of the Korean Wave. This group consisted of thirteen members at its peak. Super Junior was originally debuted with twelve members, consisting of the chairman Leeteuk, Heechul, Han Geng, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Donghae, Ryeowook, and Kibum. Kyuhyun then joined the group in 2006.

“Sorry Sorry” is placed high on the list of legendary songs Super Junior released in 2009. After “Sorry Sorry,” “Mr. Simple” is another one on the list of legendary Super Junior songs. Thanks to the song “Mr. Simple,” Super Junior won several prestigious awards such as the 2011 Melon Music Awards, the 2011 MAMA, and the 2011 Seoul Music Awards.

Concerts

  • The 1st Asia Tour – “Super Show” (2008–09)
  • The 2nd Asia Tour – “Super Show 2” (2009–10)
  • The 3rd Asia Tour – “Super Show 3” (2010–11)
  • Super Junior World Tour – “Super Show 4” (2011–12)
  • Super Junior World Tour – “Super Show 5” (2013–14)
  • Super Junior World Tour – “Super Show 6” (2014–15)
  • Super Junior World Tour – “Super Show 7” (2017–19)
  • Super Junior World Tour – “Super Show 8” (2019–)

Awards

South Korea:

  • Asia Artist Awards
  • Asia Song Festival
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards
  • Golden Disc Awards
  • Korea Popular Music Awards
  • Melon Music Awards
  • Mnet 20’s Choice Awards
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards
  • Seoul Music Awards

International:

  • E! People’s Choice Awards
  • KKBox Music Awards
  • MTV Asia Awards
  • Nickelodeon Mexico Kids’ Choice Awards
  • Teen Choice Awards
  • World Music Awards, etc.

2PM


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2PM is a South Korean boy group formed by JYP Entertainment. The current members are Jun. K, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho, and Chansung. Former group leader Jay Park officially left the group in early 2010. 2PM made their official debut on September 4th, 2008.

In January 2011, 2PM released one of their best-known songs to date, “Hands Up.” This song is part of their second album of the same title. “Hands Up” is one of the legendary songs from 2PM.

Concerts

  • 1st Concert: Don’t Stop Can’t Stop ( 2010 )
  • First Japan Tour: Take Off ( 2011 )
  • Japan Arena Tour: REPUBLIC OF 2PM ( 2011 )
  • 2nd Concert: HANDS UP ASIA TOUR ( 2011 – 2012 )
  • Six Beautiful Days ( 2012 )
  • “What Time Is It?” – Asia Tour ( 2012 – 2013 )
  • Japan Arena Tour: LEGEND OF 2PM ( 2013 )
  • Legend Of 2PM in Tokyo Dome ( 2013 )
  • Japan Arena Tour: GENESIS OF 2PM ( 2014 )
  • 2PM World Tour “GO CRAZY!” ( 2014 – 2015 )
  • Japan Arena Tour: 2PM OF 2PM ( 2015 )
  • 2PM Six “HIGHER” Days ( 2015 )
  • 2PM CONCERT ‘House Party’ ( 2015 – 2016 )
  • Japan Arena Tour: GALAXY OF 2PM ( 2016 )
  • The 2PM in Tokyo Dome ( 2016 )
  • 2PM CONCERT ‘6Nights’ ( 2017 )

Awards

Korean:

  • Cyworld Digital Music Awards
  • Asia Song Festival
  • Golden Disc Awards
  • Seoul Music Awards
  • Melon Music Awards
  • Mnet 20’s Choice Awards
  • KBS Music Festival
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards, etc.

Chinese:

  • Mandarin Music Honors Awards
  • Global Chinese Music Awards
  • 2016 KU Music Asian Awards

Japanese:

  • Japan Gold Disc Award
  • Billboard JAPAN Music Awards
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan

International awards:

  • World Music Awards
  • TVCF Awards
  • MTV Italy Awards
  • Thailand Pop Music Award
  • Gaon Weibo Chart Awards

EXO


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EXO is a South Korean-Chinese boy group based in Seoul, with nine members: Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, Sehun, Xiumin, Lay, and Chen. The group was formed by SM Entertainment in 2011 and debuted in 2012. The group debuted with 12 members divided into two sub-groups: EXO-K (Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, DO, Kai, and Sehun) and EXO-M (Xiumin, Lay, Chen, and former members such as Kris, Luhan, and Tao).

GROWL was arguably the era of turning points from EXO. Megahits released in 2013, one year after their debut took EXO to the next level and they spread the Hallyu wave around the world.

Concerts 

  • Exo from Exoplanet 1 – The Lost Planet (2014)
  • Exo Planet 2 – The Exo’luxion (2015–2016)
  • Exo Planet 3 – The Exo’rdium (2016–2017)
  • Exo Planet 4 – The Elyxion (2017–2018)
  • Exo Planet 5 – Exploration (2019)

Awards

  • American Music Awards
  • Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian
  • Asia Artist Awards
  • Asian Idol Awards
  • Baidu Music Awards
  • Billboard Music Awards
  • Billboard Music Festival
  • Bravo Otto
  • BreakTudo Awards
  • Chinese Music Awards
  • EDaily Culture Awards
  • Elle Style Awards
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards
  • Genie Music Awards
  • Global Fan Awards
  • Golden Disc Awards
  • Korean Music Awards
  • Korean Producers Awards, etc

BTS


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BTS, or also known as Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member boy band from South Korea formed by Big Hit Entertainment. The name then became the Beyond the Scene in July 2017. BTS made their debut on June 13th, 2013.

BTS’ legendary song was “Fire” which was released in 2016. The song is called legendary because it won many awards and is also often used as a song in Korean dramas.

Concerts 

  • The Red Bullet Tour (2014-2015)
  • Wake Up: Open Your Eyes Japan Tour (2015)
  • The Most Beautiful Moment in Life On Stage Tour (2015-2016)
  • The Wings Tour (2017)
  • Love Yourself World Tour (2018–2019)
  • Map of the Soul Tour (2020)

Awards

  • American Music Awards
  • Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian
  • Asia Artist Awards
  • The Asian Awards
  • BBC Radio1 Teen Awards
  • Billboard Music Awards
  • Edaily Culture Awards
  • The Fact Music Awards
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards
  • Genie Music Awards
  • Golden Disc Awards
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards, etc

Stray Kids


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Stray Kids is a South Korean boy group formed by JYP Entertainment through the 2017 reality show Stray Kids, the same as the group name. The group initially consisted of nine members: Bang Chan, Woojin, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin, and I.N. They released their pre-debut mini-album Mixtape in January 2018 and officially debuted on March 26th with “I Am Not.” Woojin left the group in October 2019.

The legendary song of Stray Kids is “District 9,” which was their debut song. Since the music video for the “District 9” single was released, Stray Kids instantly became a hot topic of conversation. In fact, they also became a trending topic on Twitter. The next day after their official debut, Stray Kids also managed to keep their name on the trending list.

Not only their debut became trending on Twitter, but the “District 9” music video also entered the trending list in various countries. In addition, Stray Kids broke the record for most viewers in 24 hours at 4,274,649 views. This achievement beat the lively Wanna One group with 4,034,795 views for their debut, “Energetic.”

Concerts 

  • Unveil Tour “I Am…” (2019)
  • World Tour “District 9: Unlock” (2019–2020)

Awards

  • Asia Artist Awards
  • Asia Model Awards
  • The Fact Music Awards
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards
  • Genie Music Awards
  • Golden Disc Awards
  • Korea First Brand Awards
  • Korean Brand of the Year Awards
  • Korea Popular Music Awards, etc.

SEVENTEEN


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SEVENTEEN, or SVT, is a boy group from South Korea formed by Pledis Entertainment. The thirteen members are divided into three different units to display their respective specialization expertise: hip-hop unit, vocal unit and performance unit. SEVENTEEN debuted on May 26th, 2015.

SEVENTEEN’s most legendary song is “Clap” which was released in 2017. Through this song, SEVENTEEN won many awards and became increasingly popular among netizens because of the ability they showed. Difficult choreography and good synchronization are also the attractions of SEVENTEEN.

Concerts

Asia tours

  • Seventeen 1st Asia Tour 2016 Shining Diamonds (2016)
  • Ideal Cut (2018)

World tours

  • Seventeen 1st World Tour Diamond Edge (2017)
  • Ideal Cut (2018)
  • Ode to You (2019-2020)

Awards

South Korean

  • Asia Artist Awards
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards
  • Genie Music Awards
  • Golden Disc Awards
  • Korea Popular Music Awards
  • Melon Music Awards
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards
  • Seoul Music Awards
  • Soribada Best K-Music Awards

International

  • Japan Gold Disc Awards
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
  • Teen Choice Awards, etc.

NCT


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NCT is a boy group from South Korea formed by SM Entertainment. NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology, a term coined by SM Entertainment’s founder, Lee Soo-man, to describe the concept of this group which has an infinite number of members divided into several sub-units based in various cities in the world. This group consists of 21 members as of January 2019.

The first unit of the group, NCT U, debuted in April 2016 with the digital singles “The 7th Sense” and “Without You.” The second unit, NCT 127, based in Seoul debuted in July 2016 with the mini-album NCT #127. The third unit, NCT Dream, debuted in August 2016 with the digital single “Chewing Gum.” The fourth unit, WayV, based in China, debuted on January 17th, 2019, with the single album The Vision.

NCT’s legendary song “Black On Black” actually had been around since 2016 and was delivered by NCT 127. However, this song was officially released in 2018 in the 2018 NCT mega project. This song is called legendary because it displays a very difficult choreography with 18 members.

Concerts 

NCT 127

  • NCT 127 1st Tour ‘NEO CITY – The Origin’ (2019-2020)
  • NCT 127 2nd Tour ‘NEO CITY – The Awards’ (2020)

NCT Dream

  • NCT Dream Show (2018)
  • NCT Dream Tour “The Dream Show” (2019)

Awards

Korean

  • Asia Artist Awards
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards
  • Golden Disc Awards
  • Korea Popular Music Awards
  • Korean Music Awards
  • Melon Music Awards
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards
  • Seoul Music Awards
  • Soribada Best K-Music Awards, etc.

International

  • BreakTudo Awards
  • MTV Video Music Award
  • Teen Choice Awards
  • V Chart Awards

MONSTA X


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Monsta X is a South Korean boy group formed by Starship Entertainment through the NO.MERCY survival program on Mnet in 2015. The group initially had seven members: Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Jooheon, and I.M. Wonho came out in October 2019. Monsta X debuted on May 14th, 2015, with their first mini-album Trespass.

Dramarama is considered as the most legendary song of Monsta X because this song is the song that led Monsta X to win the first award in a music program.

Concerts

Asian tours

  • The First Live “X-Clan Origins” (2016-2017)
  • Japan First Live Tour “Piece” (2018)

World tours

  • The First World Tour “Beautiful” (2017)
  • The Second World Tour “The Connect” (2018)
  • The Third World Tour “We Are Here” (2019)

Awards

Korean

  • Asia Artist Awards
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards
  • Genie Music Awards
  • Golden Disc Awards
  • Korea Popular Music Awards
  • Melon Music Awards
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards
  • Seoul Music Awards
  • Soribada Best K-Music Awards
  • The Fact Music Awards

International

  • Bravo Otto
  • BreakTudo Awards
  • MTV Europe Music Award
  • MTV Video Music Award
  • Teen Choice Awards, etc.