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Main page Contents Current events Random article About Wikipedia Contact us Donate. When Beatlemania reached the shores of Korea the first local rock bands appeared, the first of which is said to be Add4 , a band founded in Some Korean singers gained international popularity.
In , the Kim Sisters went to Las Vegas and became the first Korean artist to release an album in the U. Their cover of "Charlie Brown" reached No.
The Kim Sisters also appeared on TV programs and radio programs and held tours in the U. They made 25 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show —more than American stars like Patti Page and Louis Armstrong who appeared 18 times each.
The Kim Sisters became the first Korean group to release an album in the United States. They also performed in Las Vegas. Add4, Korea's first rock group, was formed by Shin Joong-hyun in and produced Korea's first rock song, "The Woman in the Rain", which is a form of light rock reminiscent of the early Beatles.
Shin Joong-hyun was so instrumental in the development of Korean rock music that he is regarded as the "godfather of Korean rock" in South Korea.
During this period, with the rise of Western pop music and Korean rock music, trot was no longer predominant in South Korea.
During the s and 60s, Western pop music, Korean rock music, and trot co-existed in South Korea. At the end of the s Korean pop music underwent another transformation.
More and more musicians were university students and graduates who were heavily influenced by American culture and lifestyle including the hippie movement of the s and made lighthearted music unlike their predecessors, who were influenced by war and Japanese oppression.
In spite of this, folk-influenced pop remained popular among the youth, and local television channel MBC organised a music contest for university students in This was the foundation of several modern music festivals.
The folk music of that time is made up of melodies sung plainly, with the singing accompanied by a guitar or two. A majority of the folk music at that time was initiated by elite university students and those who graduated from prestigious schools.
Like the activists of the U. In turn, the government banned folk music due to its association with the students' anti-government movements.
In the s, the Park Chung-hee government banned American pop music and Korean rock music for their association with sex and drugs.
Shin Joong-hyun, the "godfather of Korean rock music", was imprisoned in due to a marijuana scandal. In order to bolster its anti-Japanese credentials, the government also banned trot songs because of its "Japaneseness" given the influence of Japanese enka songs on trot.
However, President Park actually embraced trot. One of the leading figures of the era was Han Dae-soo , who was raised in the United States and influenced by Bob Dylan , Leonard Cohen and John Lennon.
His daring performances and unique singing style often shocked the public and later he was banned from performing in Korea. Han moved to New York City and pursued his musical career there, only returning to his home country in the s.
In the s, DJs also started to become popular. The Asia Music Forum was launched in , with representatives from five different Asian countries competing in the event.
Korean singer Cho Yong-pil won first place and went on to have a successful career, performing in Hong Kong and Japan. Cho's musical repertoire included rock, dance, trot and folk-pop.
For example, in , his trot song, "Please Return to Pusan Port" was a great hit. Despite the temporary setback due to his involvement in a marijuana incident in , he managed to bounce back with the song "The Woman Outside the Window" which reached a record-breaking sales of 1 million in In , he sang "Seoul Seoul Seoul" in three languages Korean, English and Japanese to celebrate the Seoul Olympic Games.
In the s, Korean pop musicians incorporated partially Europop and mostly American popular music styles such as hip hop , rock , jazz , and electronic dance in their music.
The song's success was attributed to its new jack swing -inspired beats and memorable chorus, as well as innovative lyrics which dealt with the problems of Korean society.
In , South Korean record producer Lee Soo-man , who was educated in the U. Idol bands of young boys or girls were formed to cater to a growing teenage audience.
The group was a huge success and the fans copied the group's hairstyle and fashion. Merchandise affiliated with the group ranging from candy to perfume were sold as well.
Their success was followed by that of young boys and girls idol groups like Sechs Kies , S. L , NRG , Baby Vox , Diva , Shinhwa and g.
During the late 90s, talent agencies began to market K-pop stars by implementing an idol business model used in J-pop ,  where talents are selected and trained to appeal to a global audience through formal lessons or through residency programs.
The s saw a reactionary movement against mainstream popular culture with the rise of illegal underground music clubs and punk rock bands such as Crying Nut.
K-pop's increasing popularity forms part of Hallyu , or the Korean Wave : the popularity of South Korean culture in other countries. By the beginning of the 21st century, the K-pop market had slumped and early K-pop idol groups that had seen success in the 90's were on the decline.
L, Shinhwa, and g. Solo singers like BoA and Rain grew in success. However, the success of boy band TVXQ after its debut in marked the resurgence of idol groups to Korean entertainment and the growth of K-pop as part of Hallyu.
The birth of second-generation K-pop was followed with the successful debuts of SS , Super Junior , Big Bang , Wonder Girls , Girls' Generation , Kara , Shinee , 2NE1 , 4Minute , T-ara , f x , and After School During the beginning of the 21st century, K-pop idols began receiving success elsewhere in Asia: in , Baby Vox's single "Coincidence" became popular in many Asian countries after it was released and promoted during the World Cup in South Korea.
BoA became the first K-pop singer to reach No. They also charted in various music charts in Thailand. TVXQ marked the rise of K-pop boy bands in Japan.
In , their single " Purple Line " made TVXQ the first foreign boy band and second Korean artist after BoA to top the Oricon music chart.
Since the mids, a huge portion of the East Asian music market has been dominated by K-pop. Elsewhere in the world, the genre has rapidly grown in success,  especially after Psy 's " Gangnam Style " music video was the first YouTube video to reach one billion views, achieving widespread coverage in mainstream media.
K-pop has spawned an entire industry encompassing music production houses, event management companies, music distributors , and other merchandise and service providers.
The three biggest companies in terms of sales and revenue are SM Entertainment , YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment , often referred to as the 'Big Three'.
They are responsible for recruiting, financing, training, and marketing new artists as well as managing their musical activities and public relations.
Currently, the agency with the greatest market share is S. In , DFSB Kollective became the first distributor of K-pop on iTunes.
In , 1, albums were released in South Korea. The hip-hop genre had the most representation, at two-thirds of the total albums.
Korean record charts include the Korea K-Pop Hot and the Gaon Singles Chart. Some K-pop records have appeared on the Oricon Albums Chart of Japan and the Billboard Hot of the United States.
In , singer Hwangbo entered the European music industry for a short period when she released the single R2song, reaching 1 on the world's largest dance music site JunoDowload, being successful in the United Kingdom, Europe, as well as Korea; becoming the first Asian artist to achieve it.
In May , Exo became the third K-pop act to enter the Billboard that year after 2NE1 , Girls' Generation and Wonder Girls were the first K-Pop act to chart on Billboard In October , BTS 's album Wings becomes the first Korean album to chart in the UK Album Charts , reaching 62,  and the highest charting and best selling K-pop album in the Billboard Overall, only twenty non-English songs have reached the top ten, with "Fake Love" being the first for a K-Pop group.
The single also debuted at number seven on Billboard 's Streaming Songs chart with Snoop Dogg in In August , their song " Dynamite " topped the Billboard Hot in its opening week, becoming the group's first number-one single in the US and their fourth top entry.
BTS became the first K-pop act in Hot history to debut at number one. In June , YG Entertainment's girl group Blackpink became the first K-pop girl group to hit within the top 50 of Billboard album chart; their first mini-album SQUARE UP debuted at No.
Their title song "Ddu Du Ddu Du" charted at No. By convention in modern K-pop, trainees go through a rigorous training system for an undetermined amount of time before debut.
This method was popularised by Lee Soo-man , founder of S. Entertainment,  as part of a concept labelled " cultural technology ".
Because of the training period, which can last for many years, and the significant amount of investment agencies put towards their trainees, the industry is very serious about launching new artists.
Trainees may enter an agency through auditions or be scouted, and once recruited are given accommodation and classes commonly singing, dancing, rapping, and foreign languages such as Mandarin, English and Japanese while they prepare for debut.
Young trainees sometimes attend school at the same time. There is no age limit to become a trainee and no limit to the duration one can spend as a trainee.
The Korean music industry has spawned numerous related reality TV shows, including talent shows such as Superstar K and K-pop Star , specialist rap competition Show Me the Money and its female counterpart Unpretty Rapstar , and many 'survival' shows, which commonly pit trainees against each other in order to form a new idol group.
Mercy , which formed boy group Monsta X ; Cube Entertainment 's Pentagon Maker , which formed boy group Pentagon ; Mnet 's Produce , which formed girl groups I.
The rise in these shows, which often involves larger agencies contracting smaller agencies' trainees into project groups and taking a larger portion of the revenues, has led to criticisms over the former monopolizing the industry.
In , Time magazine reported that Korean television producers such as Hwang Yong-woo and Kim Jong-jin had been arrested for "accepting under-the-table payments guaranteeing TV appearances to aspiring singers and musicians" in a bid to tackle "systemic corruption in South Korea's music business".
Companies investigated included SidusHQ and S. K-pop management companies have also been criticized for exploitation of idols through overwork and restrictive contracts, described as " slave contracts " in a BBC report.
In-demand K-pop stars — many of whom are teenage 'idols' — have been known to rehearse and perform without sleep. In July , S.
Entertainment was taken to court by TVXQ and a Super Junior member, who alleged that their working conditions had led to adverse health effects.
Entertainment void , and resultantly the Fair Trade Commission released contract templates to regulate industry conditions.
In , South Korea passed a law to regulate its music industry, protecting idols aged under 19 from unhealthy labor practices and overtly sexualized performances  and guaranteeing them "the basic rights to learn, rest and sleep".
Industry professionals such as SM Entertainment's CEO Kim Young-min have defended the system, arguing that individuals trained within the system are "no different than typical middle or high school kids, who go to after-school programs to cram for college entrance exams".
Kim has also argued that there is a need to consider the expenses incurred by the company during the trainee period, including "facilities, equipment, costumes, and virtually everything the trainees need".
On March 7, , the South Korea Fair Trade Commission KFTC passed new regulations in order to protect trainee idols from unfair terms and working conditions.
Prior to these regulations, trainee idols at eight idol agencies were not permitted to seek contracts at any other agency while at training.
Moreover, agencies were able to terminate a trainee contract at any time for any reason. The Fair Trade Commission states that they believe these changes will "result in a more just contract culture within the entertainment industry between trainee and agency.
Some of the concerns raised by the idol agencies over these regulations include the risk of a trainee at one agency going undercover at another agency to receive training with the other agency.
This introduces further risk that the idol agencies must take in training new idols. Trainees train for 3 years on average and the agencies support these trainees with various training programs during this duration, resulting in each trainee being a very large investment for the agency.
The industry has been criticized for the sexualization of both male and female idols, with the sexualization of minors in particular being of concern.
Some K-pop artists have suggested that the uncertainty and pressures of their jobs as entertainers may be detrimental to their mental health.
According to musician Park Kyung of Block B , "There are many people who debuted with no sense of self yet, and they come to realize later that every move and every word they say is being observed so they become cautious and lose their freedom.
K-pop artists are frequently referred to as idols or idol groups. Not all K-pop fans are young women;  in 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.
Many fans travel overseas to see their idols on tour, and tourists commonly visit Korea from Japan and China to see K-pop concerts.
An article by The Wall Street Journal indicated that K-pop's future staying power will be shaped by fans, whose online activities have evolved into "micro-businesses".
For example, TVXQ fans are known as 'Cassiopeia', and their official colour is 'pearl red'. Some of the more popular groups have personalised light sticks for use at concerts; for example, Big Bang fans hold yellow crown-shaped light sticks.
Fan clubs sometimes participate in charity events to support their idols, purchasing bags of ' fan rice ' in order to show support.
The rice bags are donated to those in need. There are businesses in Korea dedicated to shipping rice from farmers to the venues. A unique feature of K-pop fandom is the "fan chant".
When an idol group releases a new song, chants, usually consisting of group members' names, are performed by live concert audiences during non-singing parts of songs.
Some idols and idol groups have faced problems from obsessive fans that indulge in stalking or invasive behavior. These fans are known as sasaeng fans, from the Korean word for 'private life', which alludes to their penchant for invading the privacy of idols and members of idol groups.
There have been accounts of extreme behaviors from fans trying to gain idols' attention. Some idols have reacted angrily towards sasaeng fans, for which they received backlash; including members of JYJ, Super Junior member Kim Hee-chul , and Jang Keun-suk.
Social media sites such as YouTube , Twitter , and Facebook allow K-pop artists to reach a global audience and to communicate readily with their fans.
The number of searches of "K-pop" on YouTube increased by a factor of 33 from to Through social media advertisement, Korean entertainment companies narrowed the cultural gap so K-pop could enter the global market and gain recognition among overseas consumers.
Before the digital era, people would purchase and consume music products on an individual basis. Consumers now actively participate in sharing music products and advertising their favorite artists, which is advantageous for K-pop.
Since K-pop started to spread its industry outside South Korea, K-pop artists have set notable records on YouTube.
Of the 2. Twitter has also been a significant social media platform for K-pop stars to get connections and promotions. Other K-pop groups, such as Seventeen and Monsta X, also appeared in the global top ten.
Exo, a South Korean boyband, was the most followed celebrity to have entered Twitter in Many Korean entertainment companies use social media platforms, especially Facebook, to promote and communicate about their global auditions.
Following the lifting of WWII -era restrictions imposed on exchanges and trade between Korea and Japan in the late s, the first-generation girl group S.
S became the first Korean artists to debut in Japan in late and their first album Reach Out in Young K-pop star BoA had Japanese language training before her Korean debut and when she debuted in Japan in , her Korean identity was inessential.
Her music style and fluent Japanese led her to be considered a part of J-pop. TVXQ did not promote that they were Korean and their ballad-style songs fit well into J-pop's typical sound.
TVXQ's first and second albums released in Japan were minor successes, peaking on the Oricon Charts at twenty-five and ten respectively. This made them the first Korean male group to have a number-one single in Japan.
In they even beat the legendary Japanese band B'z by accumulating over 1. Some Korean artists were in the top 10 selling artists of the year in Japan.
As of , several other K-pop groups have made their debut in the Japanese market including Exo , BTS , Got7 , Seventeen , iKon , GFriend , Astro , Pentagon , Twice , Monsta X , FT Island , NCT and BLACKPINK.
Many groups also include Japanese members, NCT , Twice, and Pentagon, that auditioned in Japan and were brought to Korea, or came to Korea in order to become a K-pop singer.
With tensions still remaining between Korea and Japan, the import of Korean popular culture has been met with different forms of resistance, in the form of the 'Anti-Korean Wave'.
One demonstration against the Korean Wave with roughly participants was broadcast on Japan's Fuji TV to an Internet audience of over , However, the chairman of the Presidential Council on National Branding cites this resistance as proof of "how successful Korean Wave is.
The s saw the rise of K-pop in China through groups like H. K-pop artists have achieved considerable success in China since then: in , Rain held a concert in Beijing with 40, people in attendance.
Having Chinese members in K-pop groups is one way Korean entertainment companies make K-pop more marketable and appealing in China.
Other strategies include giving Korean members Chinese-sounding names, releasing songs or whole albums in Chinese, and making subgroups with members that predominantly speak Mandarin  —like SM Entertainment's Exo-M and Super Junior-M , which has had successful results on the Kuang Nan Record and CCR.
The K-pop industry's methods of producing idols have influenced Chinese entertainment companies' practices. These Chinese companies aim to reproduce K-pop idols' success with their own stars so that Chinese entertainers can compete better globally.
To achieve this, Chinese entertainment companies have recruited K-pop industry experts, and some of these insiders have actively started moving into the Chinese music industry to capitalize on K-pop's increasing influence on market demands.
Chinese reality show Idol Producer further highlights K-pop's impact on China's entertainment scene: closely mirroring Korea's Produce A number of Chinese K-pop idols, such as Super Junior-M's Han Geng and Exo-M's Kris , Luhan , and Tao , have left their respective K-pop groups in order to pursue solo careers in China.
However, lately, Korean entertainment companies have allowed their Chinese K-pop idols more freedom in pursuing solo work in China.
Additionally, the rise of K-pop has led to an increase in the number of Chinese tourists in South Korea—3. Despite North Korea's traditionally strict isolationism , K-pop has managed to reach a North Korean audience.
While consumption of South Korean entertainment is punishable by death in North Korea,  it has still become increasingly more available with the global rise of technology and the implementation of underground smuggling networks over the past decades.
Because North Korean law enforcement had figured out how to catch people consuming the media from DVDs, few people accessed the K-pop and K-dramas.
Utilizing the increasingly sophisticated smuggling networks, several thousands of USB drives and SD cards containing K-pop and K-dramas have been distributed and sold through care packages and the black market.
Those near the border who choose to stay away from the banned media from the flash drives often cannot escape it. Ever since the s, both countries have blasted their own propaganda across the DMZ : North Korea broadcasting anti-south propaganda and South Korea broadcasting Korean and world news as well as K-pop.
After an incident in , South Korea resumed broadcasting anti-North news for four days, as well as in , after North Korea tested its hydrogen bomb and has been broadcasting since.
In April , in preparation and out of respect for the meeting between North leader Kim Jong Un and South leader, Moon Jae In, the South Korean speakers ceased their broadcasts.
These 11 loudspeakers can be heard up to six miles into North Korean territory. This enables the broadcasts to influence possible defectors staying near the border as well as create bothersome propaganda that North Korean soldiers cannot escape.
The dissemination of K-pop and Korean media has been crucial in presenting the realities of North Korea to its citizens.
By detailing the basic conditions of life in South Korea and introducing foreign ideologies, Korean media has aroused civil unrest amongst both citizens and elites concerning the disparities between living conditions inside and outside North Korea.
Because most youth lacked the resources to afford the drives, most consumers of South Korean media before were middle-aged elite who favored K-dramas over K-pop due to their more traditional behavior.
One researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification claims to have never met a single defector who had not seen or listened to foreign media before entering South Korea.
Yet experts remain wary that a cultural uprising will occur because of the media. Consuming South Korean media serves many purposes for North Koreans such as enjoyment and education, but few consider uprooting a totalitarian regime because of the cultures they've experienced through K-pop and K-dramas.
Even North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has shown a liking for K-pop music. In , Kim stated he was "deeply moved" after attending a two-hour concert in Pyongyang featuring South Korean performers such as singer Cho Yong-pil and the popular girl band Red Velvet.
The concert featuring over South Korean artists, attended by North Korean elites,  also displays growing relations between the North and the South.
None of the song line ups, lyrics, or dance moves of the performers were asked to be changed by traditionalist North Korean officials. This acceptance of the K-pop and its content shows a stark contrast of Kim Jong Un's historically stringent policies on foreign media.
The South Korean artists also performed alongside notable North Korean artists in the following week. Recordings of both performances have been made public to South Koreans, though no reports have been made of their release to the North Korean public.
Despite sharing a similar past, the Taiwanese did not carry a positive sentiment towards South Korea after , which is when South Korea broke off its diplomatic relationship with Taiwan in order to pursue one with mainland China.
This changed in the early s as the cultural dispersion of Hallyu has contributed to the reconstruction of South Korea's image among the Taiwanese.
This change was in part prompted by the South Korean government, who wished to encourage goodwill between the two countries after the break of diplomacy.
Now many Taiwanese have remarked that Korean popular music and Korean dramas have helped to foster a renewed interest and healthier relationship with South Korea.
There is a thriving K-pop fanbase in Singapore, where idol groups, such as 2NE1 , BTS , Girls' Generation, Got7 and Exo , often hold concert tour dates.
Korean-style "straight eyebrows" have become quite popular among many Singaporean females and males of Chinese, Malay and Indian descent.
This event proved the immense popularity of the Hallyu wave in Singapore. In Malaysia, among the three main ethnic groups— Malay , Chinese and Indian —many prefer to listen to music in their own languages, but K-pop and Korean movies and TV series have become popular among all three ethnic groups, which Malaysian firms have capitalized upon.
K-pop along with Korean TV series and movies has turned into a popular culture, especially among the young generation of Indonesia. This trend can be observed in any major city in the country.
K-pop has also influenced music in Indonesia. Korean telenovelas were aired locally in the Philippines starting in , marking a further expansion of the Hallyu wave.
Vietnam already had numerous contacts with South Korea in the past and even shared a similar political situation, notably the separation in half of both nations.
Despite the tragedies of the Vietnam War , the country presently remains welcoming of the Korean influence on the Vietnamese population.
In , the northern capital city of Hanoi hosted the Music Bank World Tour. South Korean entertainment companies are investing and searching for talent in Vietnam.
For example, SM Entertainment announced plans for a Vietnamese sub-unit of the Korean boy group NCT , which executive producer Lee Soo-man called "NCT-V", to promote V-pop globally.
Lee also said that Vietnamese culture is extremely similar to Korean culture, which is favorable for both countries in terms of global expansion.
These are prime examples of the Hallyu wave and the rising K-pop popularity in Vietnam. In the Northeast Indian state of Manipur , where separatists have banned Bollywood movies, consumers have turned to Korean popular culture for their entertainment needs.
The BBC 's correspondent Sanjoy Majumder reported that Korean entertainment products are mostly unlicensed copies smuggled in from neighbouring Burma, and are generally well received by the local population.
This has led to the increasing use of Korean phrases in common parlance amongst the young people of Manipur. In order to capitalize on the popularity of K-pop in Manipur, many hairdressing salons have offered "Korean-style" cuts based on the hairstyles of K-pop boy bands.
K-pop is catching up in various other states of the country and K-pop festivals and competitions draw thousands of fans.
In Nepal , K-pop gained popularity along with Korean dramas and films. 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.
In , Rain held sold-out concerts in New York and Las Vegas as part of his Rain's Coming World Tour. In , the Wonder Girls became the first K-pop artist to debut on the Billboard Hot singles chart.
In , they toured 20 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and were named House of Blues "Artist of the Month" for June. In , SM Entertainment held the SMTown Live '10 World Tour with dates in Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, and New York.
The same year, during the 8th Annual Korean Music Festival , K-pop artists made their first appearances at the Hollywood Bowl.
Notable K-pop concerts in the United States in include the KBS Concert at the New York Korea Festival, the K-Pop Masters Concert in Las Vegas, and the Korean Music Wave in Google, which was held at Google 's headquarters in Mountain View, California.
The subgroup's debut EP, Twinkle , peaked at on the Billboard In August, as part of their New Evolution Global Tour , 2NE1 held their first American concert in the New York Metropolitan Area at the Prudential Center of Newark, New Jersey.
The tickets sold out in only a few hours, and additional dates were added. Psy later told reporters that his gig with Madonna had "topped his list of accomplishments".
On January 29, , Billboard , one of America's most popular music magazines, launched Billboard K-Town , an online column on its website that covered K-pop news, artists, concerts, and chart information.
In March of that year, f x performed at the K-Pop Night Out at SXSW in Austin, Texas , alongside The Geeks , who represented Korean rock.
In , BTS was nominated for the Top Social Artist Award at the Billboard Music Awards. Their winning of the award marks the first time a Korean group has won a Billboard Award, and the second time a Korean artist has won the award, after Psy's win in Many idol groups have loyal fan bases in Latin America.
In March , JYJ performed in Chile and Peru. In January , Kim Hyung-jun performed in Peru, Chile, and Bolivia, becoming the first K-pop idol to perform in Bolivia.
Korean media in Mexico experienced a surge in after Mexican governor, Arturo Montiel Rojas , visited South Korea.
Korean dramas exposed the Mexican public to Korean products and spurred interest in other aspects of Korean culture.
K-pop began to gain ground in Mexico due to the series the music accompanied. Fans particularly sought out the music of soundtracks respective to Korean dramas that were broadcast.
However, K-pop's arrival to Mexico is also attributed to an influence of Japanese media in Mexico and the introduction of PIU Pump It Up.
The comic convention, La Mole, commenced selling Japanese comics and music and later commenced to sell K-pop.
PIUs combined gaming and dancing, introducing the Mexican youth to Korean gaming software and generating interest in Korean music.
K-pop's presence in Mexico can be outlined through the growing number of Korean music acts in the country. In recent years, the number of K-pop concerts in Mexico has risen and branched into other portions of the country.
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