about kpop

Kpop is an abbreviation for Korean popular music, specifically South Korean (there is practically no popular music industry in North Korea).
Many of the Korean pop stars and pop groups are well known in East Asia and other parts of Asia. Kpop often emulates American pop music, and usually features young, sexy performers.

The emergence of the group Seo Taiji and Boys in 1992 marked a turning point for Korean popular music, as the group incorporated elements of American popular musical genres of rap, rock, and techno into its music. The tremendous success of Seo Taiji and Boys in Korea and such similarly experimental groups as Panic set the trend for the present generation of K-pop groups and artists.
Following Seo Taiji and Boys, dance-oriented acts were dominant in the Korean popular music scene of the 1990s. Recently, rock music has made some headway into the mainstream, with acts like Yoon Do-hyun Band gaining national recognition.

Popular artists who diverge from the traditional K-pop sound include Lee Jung Hyun, a female techno artist and equivalent of America’s Moby; 1TYM, a four-member rap troupe; and Wax (Korean band), a female alternative rock group. South Korea is also home to a few hardcore “gangsta'” rappers, including Jinusean, Drunken Tiger, and PSY, whose flippant and humorous sound is similar to Eminem’s.
Trot is a less popular genre of K-pop, which was influenced by Japanese songs during the occupation and popular until Japan’s defeat in WWII. Following WWII western-style new music became the mainstream of K-pop.

Famous Korean Pop Artists
1-TYM
As One
Baby V.O.X.
Baek Ji Young
Big Mama
BoA
Brown Eyes
Cha Tae Hyun
Chae Jung Ahn
Chae Yeon
CLEO (group)
Clon (group)
Cool
Dana
Diva (group)
Drunken Tiger
DJ DOC
Epik high
F-IV
Fin. K.L.
Fly to the Sky
G.O.D.(group)
H.O.T
i-13 (group)
Ivy
izi
Jang Nara
Jang Woo Hyuk
Jewelry
Jo Sungmo
JTL
Lee Jae Won
Kang Ta
KCM
Kim Bum Soo
Kim Dong Ryul
Kim Gun Mo
Kim Hyun Jung
Kim Jong Kook
Kim Tae Woo
Koyote (group)
Lee Chae
Lee Hyori
Lee Jung Hyun
Lee Minwoo (a.k.a “M”)
Lee Soo Young
Lena Park
Lexy
Lim Jung Hee
Love Holic
Lyn
Maya
MC Mong
MC The Max
Mina
Moon Hee Jun
Papaya
Paran
Park Hyo Shin
Park Ji Yoon
Perfume (group)
Psy
Rain
Rumble Fish
Ryu
S.E.S
SE7EN (singer)
Sechs Kies
Seo Taiji
S.G. Wannabe
S#arp
Shin Haesung
Shinhwa
So Chan Whee
Som2
SS501 (group)
Sugar
Sung Si Kyung
Super Junior
T
Take
Tei
The Jadoo
The One
The Trax
Tony An
TVfXQ (Also known as: Tong Vfang Xien Qi, DBSK/Dong Bang Shin Ki, TVXQ, DBSG/Dong Bang Shin Gi )
Turbo
Turtles
Uhm Jung Hwa
Vibe
Sung Si Kyung
W
Wheesung
Yoo Seung Jun
Yoon Dohyun
Yoon Gun



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