K-POP BEGINNER'S GUIDE


What is K-pop?

K-pop (abbreviation of Korean pop) is characterized by a wide variety of audiovisual elements. Although it generally classifies "popular music" within South Korea, the term is often used in a narrower sense to describe a modern form of South Korean pop that is influenced by styles and genres from around the world, such as Western pop music, rock, experimental, jazz, gospel, Latin, hip hop, R&B, reggae, electronic dance, folk, country, classical, and Japanese pop music on top of its uniquely traditional Korean music roots. The more modern form of the genre emerged with one of the earliest K-pop groups, Seo Taiji and Boys, forming in 1992. Their experimentation with different styles and genres of music and integration of foreign musical elements helped reshape and modernize South Korea's contemporary music scene.

Modern K-pop "idol" culture began with the boy band H.O.T. in 1996, as K-pop grew into a subculture that amassed enormous fandoms of teenagers and young adults. After a slump in early K-pop, from 2003 TVXQ and BoA started a new generation of K-pop idols that broke the music genre into the neighboring Japanese market and continue to popularize K-pop internationally today. With the advent of online social networking services and Korean TV shows, the current global spread of K-pop and Korean entertainment, known as the Korean Wave, is seen not only in East and Southeast Asia but also Latin America, India, North Africa, the Middle East and the Western world, gaining a widespread global audience.

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Media's Guide

The K-pop Beginner's Guide: BTS, Girls' Generation, and More Teen Vogue

How K-pop became a global phenomenon Vox

K-pop: a beginner's guide The Guardian

The Hallyu Wave In London Buzfeed

A K-Pop Primer for Olympic Listening NYTimes

English is no longer the default language of American pop The Guardian

Korean pop music is breaking US records and winning fans across the globe Vox

Why is K-pop's popularity exploding in the United States? Grammy

Top 10 Most Popular K-Pop Boy Groups (2018) Spinditty

Why is K-Pop so popular? The Daily Star

9 steps to becoming a true K-pop fan sbs

Guide to kpop for newbies K-pop Amino

Guide To K-Pop Music Show Wins: What You Need To Know Soompi




K-pop Buzzfeed

7 Breakup K-pop Songs To Cry To Allkpop

22 K-Pop Jokes That'll Make You Say, "That's So Me" Buzfeed

Full Story of How BTS` Jungkook Collpased after the Performance During Concert in Chile Celohfan

5 Fashionable Looks That Male Idols Rocked This Summer Soompi

17 Of The Most Adorable Height Differences In K-Pop Groups Soompi

10 Relatable Fail Moments That Prove Idols Are Just Like Us Soompi

10 Rapper/Singer Collabs We’re Obsessed With This Summer Soompi

10 K-Pop Staff Members Who Should Win Awards For Being Awesome Koreaboo

15 K-Pop MVs That You Might Not Have Realized Were Filmed Everywhere But South Korea Koreaboo

9 Idols with Best Side Profiles... Thanks to Their Perfect Nose Kstarlive

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List of K-pop on the Billboard charts

This is a list of K-pop musicians and bands and their placement, along with their musical releases, singles, EPs and albums on the Billboard charts

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K-pop Rookies

17 K-Pop Rookies That Are Starting To Blow Up In 2018 Koreaboo

Upcoming Rookie K-Pop Boy Groups and Idols Debuting in 2018 Kpopmap

(G)I-DLE Talks About Their Success, Their Inspiration, Filming For Their MV, And More Soompi

Golden Child Makes Everyone Smile With Them In Energetic “Let Me” Dance Practice Soompi

DIA Opens Up About 1st Music Show Win Soompi

LOONA answers your questions on the most admirable group, favorite song, and more!

LOONA Discusses Their Strengths, Role Models, And 1st Place Promise Soompi

DIA’s Jung Chaeyeon Talks About Watching “Produce 48” As A Former I.O.I Member Soompi

9 Underrated Rookie K-Pop Groups That Debuted In 2017 Soompi

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K-pop Group Profile

#BTS   #EXO   #NCT   #Got7  #Gfriend  #ShiNee  #Twice 
#BlackPink   #Apink   #Mamamoo   #RedVelvet   #SuperJunior   #Seventeen   #BtoB 
#iKON  #Momoland   #WannaOne  #Astro  #Winner  #BigBang  #Monsta X   




K-pop NOW

'2018 MAMA' announces dates and locations!

GOT7 To Appear On “Idol Room” For Fall Comeback

Big Hit Clarifies BTS’s Appearance On “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

ARMY Will Never Forget The Award That Changed BTS’s Lives

WINNER’s Seunghoon Is Causing Complete Meltdowns Throughout The Fandom, Because Damn

Stray Kids to promote with follow up track 'Awkward Silence' beginning this weekend!

Famous Choreographer Bae Yoonjung Picked Idols with Outstanding Dancing Skills

Not Realizing It Himself, Sehun Created a Good Fit of Laughter with His Automatic Respond to a Fan Calling During His Early Debut Era

It`s Hard to See Idols Clearly at a Concert... Wanna One`s Kang Daniel Makes It Almost Impossible with His Behaviour

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K-pop Terms and Meanings

Now that you’ve discovered K-pop, you’ve probably come to realize that it’s a realm of its own, complete with terms and phrases you may have never heard—and we’re not just talking about the Korean language.

Amid hundreds of idols and thousands of songs, there’s a learning curve if you want to get into more than just the music. K-pop is a culture, which is why we’ve written this beginner’s guide to help you get started.

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