K-pop

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K-pop (abbreviation of Korean pop; ) is a genre of popular music originating in South Korea.wikipedia
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BoA

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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.
Dubbed the "Queen of K-pop", BoA has been recognized as one of the most successful and influential Korean entertainers throughout her career.

South Korea

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K-pop (abbreviation of Korean pop; ) is a genre of popular music originating in South Korea.
Since the 21st century, South Korea has been renowned for its globally influential pop culture such as K-pop and TV dramas, a phenomenon referred to as the Korean Wave.

H.O.T. (band)

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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. Hip-hop fashion, considered the most popular style in the late '90s, remained, with idol groups H.O.T. and Sechs Kies wearing the style for their debut songs.
They are considered to be the first K-pop idol group and their successful formula became the model for many K-pop groups that followed them.

TVXQ

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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.
The latter album also contains the pop hit "Mirotic", touted by international music critics as a staple song of K-pop.

IU (singer)

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Korean names (e.g. Baek Ji-young, Seo In-young, and Huh Gak) are seen less frequently, and many K-pop singers have English names (e.g. IU, Sistar, T-ara, GD & TOP, Beast, and After School).
She signed with Kakao M (formerly LOEN Entertainment) in 2007 as a trainee and began her music career at the age of 15 with her debut album, Lost and Found.

J. Y. Park

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In 1995, most popular singers such as Kim Gun-mo, Park Mi-kyung, Park Jin-young, Lee Seung-chul, and Byun Jin-sub still used Korean names, but fourteen of the singers and groups in the top fifty used English names, including DJ DOC, 015B, Piano, and Solid.
As the head of JYP Entertainment, Park has developed and managed highly successful K-pop acts including Rain, Wonder Girls, 2PM, Got7, Stray Kids, Day6, Itzy and Twice.

Yoo Seung-jun

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Korean pop music from singers or groups who are Korean-American such as Fly to the Sky, g.o.d, Rich, Yoo Seung-jun, and Drunken Tiger has both American style and English lyrics.
Steve Seung Jun Yoo (born December 15, 1976), also known as his Korean name Yoo Seung-jun (Hangul: 유승준), is a Korean-American singer and actor who became one of South Korea's most popular K-pop singers after his debut in 1997.

Kara (South Korean group)

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An example of a Korean song with a large proportion of English lyrics is Kara's "Jumping," which was released at the same time in both Korea and Japan to much success.
Kara (Hangul: 카라, Japanese: カラ, often stylized as KARA) was a South Korean pop girl group formed by DSP Media in 2007.

Drunken Tiger

Korean pop music from singers or groups who are Korean-American such as Fly to the Sky, g.o.d, Rich, Yoo Seung-jun, and Drunken Tiger has both American style and English lyrics.
At the time, the album was controversial given its explicit lyrics and rejection of mainstream k-pop norms.

Baek Ji-young

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Korean names (e.g. Baek Ji-young, Seo In-young, and Huh Gak) are seen less frequently, and many K-pop singers have English names (e.g. IU, Sistar, T-ara, GD & TOP, Beast, and After School).
The first single, "선택" (Choice), was unusual in that it was one of the first Korean pop songs to feature Latin beats.

Brown Eyed Girls

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Super Junior's "Sorry Sorry" and Brown Eyed Girls' "Abracadabra" are examples of songs with notable "point" choreography.
They rose to popularity in 2008 with "L.O.V.E" and their retro-dance number "How Come," and cemented their position in the K-pop world in 2009 with "Abracadabra", with its electronica-based genre, pioneering (albeit controversial) concept, along with its iconic and now globally recognized dance entitled 'The Arrogant Dance '—successfully ingraining themselves into modern popular culture.

Baby Vox

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S.E.S.'s debut in 1997, "I'm Your Girl", and Baby Vox's 1998 debut, "Ya Ya Ya", featured the girls dressed in white outfits, "To My Boyfriend" by Fin.K.L shows idols in pink schoolgirl costumes, and "One" and "End" of Chakra presented indu and African style costumes.
Baby V.O.X was a South Korean K-pop group that formed in 1997.

Sechs Kies

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Hip-hop fashion, considered the most popular style in the late '90s, remained, with idol groups H.O.T. and Sechs Kies wearing the style for their debut songs.
Making their debut on April 15, 1997, they are one of the first-generation idol groups in K-pop and considered one of K-pop's first highly successful boy groups, also credited with pioneering idol fandom culture.

Super Junior

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Two example subgroups are Super Junior-K.R.Y., which consists of Super Junior members Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, and Yesung, and Super Junior-M, which became one of the best-selling K-pop subgroups in China.
Super Junior was the best-selling K-pop artist for four years in a row.

Seo Taiji

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Seo and bandmates' outfits for the promotional cycle of "Nan Arayo" (난 알아요, I Know) included vibrant streetwear such as oversized T-shirts and sweatshirts, windbreakers, overalls worn with one strap, overalls worn with one pant leg rolled up, and American sports team jerseys.
They introduced incorporating elements of popular musical genres from the West and contributed considerably larger to Korean pop culture and Korean pop's development in the 1990s.

Deux (band)

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Deux and DJ DOC can also be seen wearing on-trend hip-hop fashions such as sagging baggy pants, sportswear, and bandanas in their performances.
Deux was a South Korean K-pop duo from the early 1990s, who were among the first to incorporate hip hop into Korean music.

Mnet Asian Music Awards

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An example of the South Korean government effort in diplomacy through K-pop is the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), a K-pop music award ceremony.
The majority of prizes are awarded to K-pop artists, though some prizes are awarded to other Asian artists.

2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards

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Park Geun-hye (the Korean president at the time) delivered the opening statement at the 2014 MAMA, which was held in Hong Kong and sponsored by the Korean Small and Medium Business Administration (SMBA).
It marked its sixteenth edition acknowledging the past year's K-pop releases.

DJ DOC

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In 1995, most popular singers such as Kim Gun-mo, Park Mi-kyung, Park Jin-young, Lee Seung-chul, and Byun Jin-sub still used Korean names, but fourteen of the singers and groups in the top fifty used English names, including DJ DOC, 015B, Piano, and Solid. Deux and DJ DOC can also be seen wearing on-trend hip-hop fashions such as sagging baggy pants, sportswear, and bandanas in their performances.
During a time when Korean hip hop was still largely underground, they went on to experience great commercial success and many of their singles, including "Dance with DOC" (1997) and "Run To You" (2000) are now considered well-known iconic K-pop songs.

Fin.K.L

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S.E.S.'s debut in 1997, "I'm Your Girl", and Baby Vox's 1998 debut, "Ya Ya Ya", featured the girls dressed in white outfits, "To My Boyfriend" by Fin.K.L shows idols in pink schoolgirl costumes, and "One" and "End" of Chakra presented indu and African style costumes.
Fin.K.L was one of the most popular K-pop groups of the late 1990s and early 2000s, alongside rival girl group S.E.S.

Red Velvet (group)

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After an interval of more than a decade, approximately 190 South Korean performers, including well-known musicians Red Velvet, Lee Sun-hee, Cho Yong-pil, and Yoon Do-hyun, performed in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 31 and April 3, 2018.
Regarded as one of the most popular K-pop groups worldwide by Time and Billboard, Red Velvet has received several awards for music, choreography, and popularity, including the Golden Disc New Artist Award in 2015 and the Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Female Group in 2017.

Trot (music)

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This type of music became known as Enka in Japan, and later in Korea developed into Trot .
With the rise of K-Pop from the 1990s onwards, Trot music lost some popularity and was thereafter viewed as more old-fashioned.

Korean beauty standards

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The industry has been criticised for its narrow beauty standards.
Korean beauty standards have been influenced largely by those in the media, including actresses, TV personalities and K-pop stars.

After School (group)

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Korean names (e.g. Baek Ji-young, Seo In-young, and Huh Gak) are seen less frequently, and many K-pop singers have English names (e.g. IU, Sistar, T-ara, GD & TOP, Beast, and After School).
The group also ranked number five in Billboard's list of the "Top 10 K-Pop Girl Groups of the Past Decade".

I'm Your Girl (album)

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S.E.S.'s debut in 1997, "I'm Your Girl", and Baby Vox's 1998 debut, "Ya Ya Ya", featured the girls dressed in white outfits, "To My Boyfriend" by Fin.K.L shows idols in pink schoolgirl costumes, and "One" and "End" of Chakra presented indu and African style costumes.
I'm Your Girl is the debut album by one of South Korea's "first generation" K-Pop idol groups, S.E.S. Under S.M. Entertainment's management, it was produced wholly by Lee Soo-man.