As the internet increases connectivity across the world on a daily basis, it seems that the world has a limitless number of fresh art, film, and other media. Thanks to a unique combination of addictive rhythms, ease choreography, and a never-ending stream of desirable individuals (like V in BTS, Jackson in GOT7, Dahyun in Twice, etc.). South Korea is the only country that takes its fluffy pop music seriously, with K-pop standing out from other genres thanks to its creative approaches to music videos, perceptions of what it means to be talented, and authenticity in today's trends.
Hallyu has been growing for two decades, but in the last ten years, K-pop has become more accessible internationally. Since the Wonder Girls' cross-over hit "Nobody" in 2009, which was released in four languages (English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese), K-pop has hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart at least eight times.
First, let's get back to our main topic: "What makes K-pop so popular?" "How did K-pop become so famous around the world?" While there are many answers, only a few stand out in our minds.
This is evidenced by the Girls' Generation. They've been the top girl group in K-pop for a long time, with extremely catchy songs and concepts. If you listen to the song "Gee!" for example, you'll get it stuck in your head for at least a day, and also TVXQ and Big Bang have always been the most successful boy groups in Korea. TVXQ used to have the world's largest fan club and is well-known on the internet. (Perhaps this is one of the reasons why K-pop has become so famous in recent years). Some artists like BoA and Wonder Girls have made notable attempts. In the summer of 2012, Psy's "Gangnam Style" reached radio stations all over the world, introducing the world to Kpop. For a few years, it seemed like a fluke as well.
Some people branded K-pop as 'baduy,' or how do you sang that song even you don't understand the meaning, without knowing their lyrics, or anything. But K-pop music is nothing. K-pop is no exception, with songs that stick in your head all day, as I said before, and complete synchronicity dancing, That is why the majority of their K-pop fans adore them.
They may have paved the way for newer idol groups, but their style and music will live on in the hearts of fans for a long time.
But then BTS finally came, little by little. Look at where are they now. They are unreachable.
The entire world has gone insane about this.
We may finally refer to K-pop as a global phenomenon! Daebak!
So, what are your thoughts? When did you first become a K-pop fan?
Are you one of us?
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