If this is the first time you’ve ever heard of K-Pop, welcome to the bandwagon. It’s almost full, but we’ll squeeze you in. K-Pop, which is just the shorter version of Korean Pop, is a genre of music that has started taking over the world.
It’s one of the only genres that have people from all over the world singing in a language they don’t even speak. But, even if you’re a fan, there’s probably a lot you don’t know. One of the biggest stars is an African-American singer, and that most of the performers have been training since a young age.
How It Started
The modern form of K-Pop can be traced back to the early 90s, even though the actual term itself was popularized in the early 2000s. It replaced the term “Gayo” which is the more domestic form of pop music in South Korea.
K-Pop generally indicates that an artist is popular, but more so, it means that their brand of music has been influenced by genres around the world. The K-Pop “Idol” culture began with the band H.O.T.