35 Facts About K-pop


K-pop, short for Korean popular music, is a form of popular music originating in South Korea as part of South Korean culture.

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In 2018, K-pop experienced significant growth and became a "power player", marking a 17.

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In 2020, K-pop experienced a record-breaking year when it experienced a 44.

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Cho himself is not sure if he coined the term, since some articles stated that the word 'K-pop' was already being used by the music industry insiders, even though he had never heard it personally.

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K-pop has at times faced criticisms from journalists who perceive the music to be formulaic and unoriginal.

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K-pop groups have been regularly accused of cultural appropriation of cultures such as African-American culture, especially due to the frequent use of cornrows and bandanas in idol groups' on-stage styling.

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K-pop's ideas are submitted to the entertainment company as video recordings done by professional dancers.

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K-pop has a significant influence on fashion in Asia, where trends started by idols are followed by young audiences.

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Government initiatives to expand the popularity of K-pop are mostly undertaken by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which is responsible for the worldwide establishment of Korean Cultural Centers.

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Cultural diplomacy through K-pop is a form of soft power.

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An example of the South Korean government effort in diplomacy through K-pop is the Mnet Asian Music Awards, a K-pop music award ceremony.

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K-pop was represented by H O T in the early days, and it was mostly fanatical, flashy, and showed the rebellious psychology of young people in the emotional aspects.

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K-pop's daring performances and unique singing style often shocked the public and later he was banned from performing in Korea.

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K-pop's increasing popularity forms part of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave: the popularity of South Korean culture in other countries.

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K-pop is increasingly making appearances on Western charts such as Billboard.

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The birth of second-generation K-pop was followed with the successful debuts of SS501, Super Junior, Big Bang, Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation, Kara, Shinee, 2NE1,4Minute, T-ara, f, and After School.

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K-pop has spawned an entire industry encompassing music production houses, event management companies, music distributors, and other merchandise and service providers.

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Some K-pop records have appeared on the Oricon Albums Chart of Japan and the Billboard Hot 100 of the United States.

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In May 2014, Exo became the third K-pop act to enter the Billboard 200 that year after 2NE1, Girls' Generation and Wonder Girls were the first K-Pop act to chart on Billboard 200.

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K-pop artists are frequently referred to as idols or idol groups.

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Not all K-pop fans are young women; in 2018 Metro magazine interviewed male adult K-pop fans of different nationalities, who talked about how following male pop groups and being part of their fandoms had helped them understand themselves and the concept of masculinity better.

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Since K-pop started to spread its industry outside South Korea, K-pop artists have set notable records on YouTube.

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In December 2011, K-pop became the first country-specific genre of music to gain a homepage on YouTube.

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Many K-pop songs have gone viral on TikTok and some K-pop artists and their labels were contacted for possible collaborations.

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K-pop artists have achieved considerable success in China since then: in 2005, Rain held a concert in Beijing with 40,000 people in attendance.

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K-pop's popularity has led China's e-commerce company Alibaba to buy roughly $30 million worth of SM Entertainment's shares in 2016 in order to help its expansion into the online music industry.

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Additionally, the rise of K-pop has led to an increase in the number of Chinese tourists in South Korea—3.

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K-pop has made China's youth find South Korean culture "cool, " and K-pop has helped facilitate greater understanding between Korea and China.

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The popularity of K-pop has resulted in politicians bringing K-pop idols to the country in order to attract young voters.

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K-pop took longer to catch on; it gained popularity through the internet, and through Korean expatriate celebrities like Sandara Park.

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K-pop is catching up in various other states of the country and K-pop festivals and competitions draw thousands of fans.

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In Nepal, K-pop gained popularity along with Korean dramas and films.

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K-pop has become influential in the Nepali music industry and K-pop music videos are often used as an accompaniment to Nepali music on YouTube.

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K-pop began to gain ground in Mexico due to the series the music accompanied.

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K-pop has become increasingly popular across the Middle East over recent years, particularly among younger fans.

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