What is K-Pop? A beginner’s guide to popular Korean music taking the world by storm


If you’ve been a living, breathing member of society over the past decade, you’ve probably become familiar with the K-Pop craze that has taken the world by storm. At the forefront of this wave is the insanely famous supergroup BTS, and with their latest single “Butter” debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, it doesn’t look like this craze is going to end anytime soon. soon, if ever. But what is K-Pop? It can be very confusing to decode this relatively new music trend, so we’ve broken it all down in this beginner-friendly K-Pop guide. Keep reading to find out more!

So what is K-Pop?

K-Pop or Korean-Pop has risen to fame over the past decade in the United States, but the genre debuted in South Korea in the mid-90s. Many different musical genres fall under K-Pop , including reggae, rock, hip hop, classical and even country. But the current K-Pop genre caters almost exclusively to Pop music. K-Pop Groups, Fandom Names and Their Meanings: Here is a complete list of South Korean music group fan club names.

Music videos are almost as important as music in K-Pop. Think Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ and Blackpink’s ‘DDU DU DDU DU’ – the synchronized dance routine, also known as ‘Point Dance’, in their viral music videos was one of the main reasons for the huge fame world acquired by these songs.

Dazzling lights, bright splashes of color, fashionable clothes, and special effects are all essential features of K-Pop music videos. Their linear storyline also often drew comparison to early MTV music videos. Most songs have at least nine to ten different melodies included in their beats, and music critics have noted that most K-Pop songs have very catchy music, which makes them so popular.

New Korean music groups debut every month, and new music is always there for your listening pleasure. But groups like Blackpink and BTS are among the most popular K-Pop groups from an international perspective. We can guarantee that you may have unknowingly been dancing to the catchy beats of “Dynamite” last year! As a beginner, if you want to explore the true depth of this genre, we recommend you check out popular bands like Dong Bang Shin Ki, Girls’ Generation, and Big Bang who especially gained fame in South Korea for their unique music. and their catchy rhythms. Wonder Girls’ “Nobody” is one of the greatest K-Pop songs ever made and should definitely be on your radar! BTS & the Beauty of Words! Not Just ‘I Purple You’, 10 Words, Phrases & Meanings You Need To Know To Join The K-Pop ARMY.

And of course, mainstream bands like Stray Kids and BTS are also worth exploring if you want to join in on the craze. Blackpink has been getting a lot of attention lately, and their collaboration with international icons like Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez has been one of the biggest hits of the past year.

So what are you waiting for? We recommend starting with BTS’s hit album Map Of The Soul: 7. However, we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to stop listening once you start!

(The story above first appeared on LatestLY on July 8, 2021 at 12:52 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and fashion of life, log on to our website latestly.com).


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