Apr 23 2020

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Read our guide to learn more about the dynamic and popular Kpop music scene and some of its main players.

The 10 Most Popular K-Pop Artists and Bands

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How did South Korea, a country which at one point heavily censored music, suddenly become an extraordinary pop culture exporter? The South Korean government plays a vital role in exporting this soft power. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has continuously sponsored promotional initiatives to promote Korean culture since the late 1990s. Together with the embassies and consulates, K-pop stars are invited to perform at concerts overseas. The government’s support in cultural technology and hologram development enhances the K-pop concert experience. The rapid dissemination of K-pop videos onto YouTube engages fans internationally, thus, helping with the spread of Korean Wave.

The uniqueness of K-pop lies largely in how the artists are trained. SM, YG, and JYP Entertainment Agencies were all big names founded in the late 1990s. These agencies combine singing and dancing into a gruesome five to seven years of extensive training. This often includes foreign language classes, as these agencies all eye the international markets. Synchronized dancing in a group is the hallmark of K-pop bands; the flashy visuals and hook come at the same time. The snappiness of the Korean language gives K-pop its hyperactive flavor and choreography often dictates how songs are written. Here are the 10 most popular K-pop artists and groups.

Park Jae-sang, commonly known as Psy, put his “Gangnam Style” and K-pop on the international stage in 2012. He returned to South Korea after attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. It is unclear if he graduated, but that did not stop him from pursuing a career in music. His debut album, Psy From The Psycho World!, was released in 2001. His techno/rap funky dance style attracted attention, but was not an immediate hit. He continued on to release four more albums including the hit song “Champion”, released during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup period. After fulfilling his military duties, Psy joined YG Entertainment. In 2012, he released the single “Gangnam Style”. The funky horse dance caught on internationally, and his YouTube video views climbed to 1.8 billion. “Gangnam Style” brought Psy opportunities to collaborate with Hollywood stars. Psy was even invited to perform at the Chinese New Year’s Eve parties. He became the first foreigner to perform at the traditional all-Chinese event. Psy released his new catchy song “Daddy” in 2015.

BoA, born Kwon Bo Ah, was chosen by SM Entertainment when she was 11 years old. She accompanied her brother to an audition and was scouted by Lee Soo-Man, the founder of SM Entertainment. BoA released her first album ID: Peace B at the age of 13. She was then sent to live in Japan and became completely immersed in Japanese. Her first Japanese album, Listen To My Heart, made BoA the first Korean to debut at the top of the Oricon chart. She released an all-English album BoA in 2009 and earned her first Hollywood starring role in Make Your Move in 2013. BoA is a K-pop star success story, and now enjoys popularity at an international level.


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