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When did K-pop start to gain popularity & a brief History

Apr 13

For decades, musical acts comprised of beautiful and talented young people have been a surefire prescription for success. In 2010, One Direction ruled, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera's feud defined pop music in the 1990s, and New Kids On The Block was an acid wash teen fantasy in the 1980s. However, on November 19, 2017, the K-pop group BTS shocked the American music business with their first-ever performance on the AMA stage. BTS would go on to break the record for most Twitter interactions, adorn the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, record Old Town Road (Seoul Town Road Remix) with Lil Nas X, perform carpool Karaoke, and consolidate their international popularity. The Korean Wave, which began in the 1980s, has now reached the United States. It's been four years since BTS debuted in the United States with a performance at the American Music Awards. However, it would be a disservice to the genre to claim that K-pop began with the arrival of BTS.

K-Pop is the center of the fashion phenomena that has been sweeping the globe. The fashion - especially the cute K-Pop clothes - here's a sample - continue to dominate along with the music.

What exactly is K-pop?

K-pop, or Korean pop, is the 21st century's most popular, aesthetic-driven, style-bending, trendsetting music genre. K-pop, which originated in South Korea, incorporates elements of pop, experimental, rock, hip-hop, R&B, electronic, and dance. There is a K-pop band or artist for every taste due to the wide range of inspirations. Girls Generation, for example, is a huge female group that produces basic pop singles. Check out BLACKPINK if you appreciate pop with rap breaks influenced by Nicki Minaj's fast lyrical techniques. If you like your music to be more alternative, F.T. ISLAND is the band for you. And if you're looking for some mellow, seductive R&B, g.o.d. has you covered. Despite its cross-genre nature, K-pop is a uniquely Korean genre. The music is influenced by traditional Korean music, and the lyrics are mostly in Korean with some English thrown in for good measure.

Blackpink is the highest-charting female Korean band on the Billboard Hot 100, with "Ice Cream" (2020) hitting at number 13, and on the Billboard 200, with The Album (2020), which is also the first-ever album by a Korean girl group to sell more than one million copies. They were the first Korean female group to join and top Billboard's Emerging Artists chart, as well as the three times they topped the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. With their hit single "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" (2018), Blackpink became the first female Korean act to get a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and their music video is presently the most-viewed by a Korean group on YouTube. Their 2018 single "Kiss and Make Up," a duet with Dua Lipa, was the first by a Korean group to be certified by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Australian Recording Industry Association as platinum (ARIA).

The Evolution Of K-Pop

The 1950s were a time of change.

Korean pop and idol culture may appear to be a new phenomenon, but it is not. In the 1950s, The Kim Sisters pioneered the genre. The Kim Sisters were a Korean pop music trio who spoke no English but rose to success in the United States by playing heartfelt phonetic interpretations of American hit tunes. The Kim Sisters, like today's K-pop stars, were incredibly skilled and well-dressed. They charmed GIs with their performances throughout the Korean War, and once they came in the United States, The Kim Sisters appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show 22 times. The Kim Sisters were the first Korean singers to have a song on the Billboard chart, and they are regarded as the first South Korean music group to gain popularity in the United States due to their achievements. The Kim Sisters became cultural icons in Korea and paved the way for today's K-pop superstars.

The decade of the 1970s

In K-pop, political involvement is a common thread. BTS has lately spoken out against an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States. In America, Kpop fans have made it a habit to hijack and utterly derail racial hot issues. Themes in the lyrics span from anti-bullying to social conscience, in addition to the poppiness of the music. Kim Min-ki, a folk-rock singer and songwriter, is responsible for most of this advocacy focus. Morning Dew, a short yet sad song, was written by him in 1970. During a period of political turmoil, the song became the anthem of the youth pro-democracy movement. Kim Min-music ki's was frequently employed as a form of protest, and as a result, his records were finally outlawed.

The decade of the 1990s

Seo Taiji and Boys were the first group to approximate today's K-pop music and huge fans. By combining Korean pop music with popular American music, Seo Taiji transformed Korean pop music. K-pop was formed when they combined the new style of music with hip-hop dancing. The first K-pop group was Seo Taiji and Boys.

Seo Taiji, also known as Jeong Hyeon-cheol, has risen to become one of South Korea's most popular and powerful cultural figures, with many referring to him as "the President of Culture."

K-First pop's Generation (1990s-00)

The first generation of Kpop singers arrived once the recipe for K-pop popularity was found (genre-bending music, beautiful performers, perfect appearances, and precise choreography). Because the group was heavily produced and made up of trained pop stars, H.O.T is regarded as the first authentic K-pop idol group. In 1997, they produced Candy, which went on to become a bubblegum pop smash in Korea. Sechs Kies, a boy band that debuted in 1997, S.E.S., a female group that debuted in 1997, and Fin.K.L, a DSP Media band that debuted in 1998, are other first-generation bands to be aware of.

The Second Generation (the 2000s through the 2010s)

G.o.d (which stands for Groove Over Dose) made their debut in 1999, ushering in the second generation of Korean pop music. Following the same model, G.o.d became one of South Korea's most successful boy bands in the early 2000s. They were followed by TVXQ, a pop duo that made their debut in 2003, Super Junior in 2005, BIGBANG in 2006, and F.T. ISLAND in 2007.

Third Generation (from the '10s to the present)

The third generation of K-pop groups are now ruling the charts. BTS, EXO, Seventeen, and BLACKPINK have dominated the music industry and show no signs of slowing down. Third-generation K-mainstream pop's popularity in the United States is unusual since the United States has always exported culture but been hesitant to import it. To put it frankly, in the United States, entertainment is dominated by a white-centric monoculture. The great majority of successful and industry-backed groups have been white, with a few notable outliers such as Destiny's Child, Menudo, and New Edition. Because of social media, the third generation of K-pop was able to break into the American mainstream. Because of the rise of social media, niche culture may now be spread internationally. TikTok and Instagram are more than simply social media platforms; they're alternative entrance points to traditional media such as television and radio. They're platforms that, when used properly, may catapult someone to fame.

The music business adores a bunch of teenagers who can sing, dance, and appeal to individuals aged 13 to 18. For Gen Z, K-pop is the British Invasion turned up to 11. Not only do K-pop Idols cover magazines and sell merchandise, but they are also extremely talented, well-dressed, socially concerned, and capable of creating massive social media interaction. For decades, the appeal of pop music and boy/girl ensembles has been alluring. Every age has its own set of pop idols, but for the first time in America, these idols are not white, but Korean.