Currently Korean bands have been successful all over the world. The most popular at the moment are BTS.EXO and TWICE. But the origin of music in Korean pop culture isn't all that recent. It can be said that it started in 1885 when it had to implement American and British folk songs in a school. In Korean this was called changga. And although it was cultural from another region, the songs were sung in Korean.
The first Korean pop album was in the year 1925 called Yi Pungjin Sewol (This Tumultuous Time), by Park Chae-seon and Lee Ryu-saek. South Korean music culture began to develop in the 1990s with a mixture of styles such as rap and rock. But it wasn't until the early 2000s that South Korean music groups began to expand, opening up paths for BTS, EXO and TWICE as we know it today.
A song that became very popular and that opened doors for people to be more interested in South Korean culture was the music video “Gangnam Style” by rapper PSY. This 2012 clip was the first You Tube video to hit the 1 billion views mark.
Currently the Korean music and drama entertainment market is worth millions annually and bands like BTS, EXO and TWICE are only growing. Let's see now the most striking aspects of these bands that are growing more and more worldwide.
BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan)
Fandom name: ARMY - Adorable Representative MC for Youth
Members: Suck, J-Hope, V, Jin, RM, Jimin, Jungkook
Suga his name is Min Yoon-gi (민윤기) , he was born on March 9, 1993 and is originally from the city of Daegu. He is a rapper and music producer and became interested in music in the fifth year of elementary school and at the age of thirteen he started writing his own songs. At 17, he joined a rap group called D-Town,
J-Hope real name Jung Hoseok (정호석) was born in Gwangju on February 18, 1994. The artist is a rapper, dancer. composer and music producer. J-Hope has always stood out in dance and has won several awards in the category. He started his career in 2012 as a street dance dancer.
V who is named after Kim Tae-Hyung (김태형) as well as a singer is also an actor and songwriter. He was born on December 30, 1995 in Daegu. Unlike the other members he didn't discover his talent in childhood, in fact he thought he would be a farmer like his parents, but he was discovered by a scout from the Big Hit Entertainment company already to join the group BTS.
Jin actually called Kim Seok-jin (김석진) was born on December 4, 1992 in the city of Gwacheon. Jin was also discovered by a Big Hit company scout to be a model. At that time he was attending college to be an actor. It was the same year he debuted as one of the members of BTS. He is a tenor and plays guitar. In 2018, he opened a Japanese-style restaurant with his brother.
RM the acronym refers to Rap Monster back in the day, however when adapting he said he prefers the meaning of Real Me. His real name is Kim Namjoon (김남준) original by IIsan born September 12, 1994. He is a rapper, songwriter and music producer . In addition to his artistic talents he stands out for his intellectual talents, he is among the 1.3% of the South Korean population with the best entrance exam scores in the country. His IQ is 148 and he is also self-taught.
Jimin or Park Ji-min (박지민) is also known as Baby J and ChimChim. He is from Busan, the second most populous city in South Korea. Jimin was born on October 13, 1995. While still in elementary school, he started his career as a dancer. Jimin is one of the most popular members. In 2018 he was ranked ninth for the most talked about celebrity on twitter and the eighth most tweeted musician in the world and the seventeenth best boyband member in history.
Jungkook who calls himself Jeon Jung-kook is the youngest of the band, born on September 1, 1997 in Busan. Composer, dancer and music producer. In 2011 he was offered a proposal by seven companies, but ultimately ended up with Big Hit. He was officially recognized at the group BTS' release with the single 2 Cool 4 Skool that would be the first song in his school trilogy.
Trajectory of the BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan)
Korean band BTS also known as Bangtan Boys (방탄소년단) emerged in 2013 through Big Hit Music. The official debut was in the same year on June 13th with the release of the single “No More Dream”. The group became so popular that by 2018 they were among the most influential South Korean celebrities.
The first mini album was released in September 2013 titled O!RUL8.2 consisting of 10 tracks. The second was the following year, also with 10 tracks with the theme Skool Luv Affair. On March 7, 2014 the Japanese versions of the songs belonging to the 2 Cool 4 Skool album were announced.
In April 2015 the third mini album was released, The Most Beautiful Moment In Life pt.1. The second part of this album was only released in November. In 2015 there was the Japanese tour BTS's First Japan Tour-Wake Up: Open Your Eyes. Since then BTS' success has only increased with 3 world tours and 4 Asian tours.
10 fun facts about BTS
1 – The band has 6 videos with over 1 billion views;
2 – BTS participated 3 times in the UN General Assembly;
4 – In 2019, J-Hope was elected the richest member of the BTS;
5 – The official BTS channel has become the most profitable K-pop channel on the platform;
6 – The BTS YouTube channel with over 57 million subscribers and a total of 12 billion views across all videos;
7 – BTS was originally a hip-hop group;
8 – The group was formed in 2010;
9 – The first member of the band was RM and the last was Jimin;
10 – The music "Spring Day" completed 240 consecutive weeks in the Top 100 of the most listened chart of streaming Melon (South Korean music service).
Fandom name: EXO-L ("Love")
Members: Suho, Chen, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, Lay, Kai, Sehun, Xiumin, DO
Suho who is named KimJun-myeon (김준면) he was born on May 22, 1991 in the city of Seoul. In addition to being a singer, he is dedicated to the life of an actor. He officially started his career as a singer on his band debut in 2012 and his acting life began two years later in the series. Prime Minister and I. He so far has 6 film appearances, 3 theater roles and 12 TV appearances. 8 songs used by the group he composed.
Chen is the stage name of Kim Jong-dae (김종대) born in Siheung on September 21, 1992. He started his career as part of the group in 2011, but did not debut until the following year. He has 5 awards won so far. SM Entertainment company confirmed Chen's solo debut in March 2019, with the release of his first EP called april and a flower.
Baekhyun also called Byun Baek-hyun (변백현) was born in the city of Bucheon on May 6, 1992. He sings, dances and acts. His career began when he was 11 years old when he started training to be a singer.
Chanyeol or Park Chan-yeol (박찬열) was born on November 27, 1992 in the capital of South Korea. When he was in elementary school, he started playing drums and as a teenager he participated in the band at school. He joined the band EXO in 2012 and the beginning of his career as an actor was in 2015 in the film Salut d'Amour.
lay is the stage name of Zhang Yixing (장이씽), he is Chinese, born in Changsha City on October 7, 1991. He is a singer, songwriter, producer, dancer and actor. He started his career in 1998, he was very young with only 6 years old participated in We The People. He played a few more roles on Chinese TV until the year 2008 when he joined South Korea's agency SM Entertainment. But only in 2012 did he join the EXO group.
Kai is actually called Kim Jong-in (김종인) he belongs to the city of Suncheon, was born on January 14, 1994. In addition to music as a rapper he acts, dances and is still a model. His career began with jazz and ballet when he was just eight years old. She joined SM Entreinment in 2007 and received training in singing, dancing and acting.
sehun or Oh Se-hun (오세훈) was born on April 12, 1994 in Seoul. He joined SM Entreinment at just 12 years old after being discovered by a talent agent. He is also successful as an actor, in 2018 he was cast as the protagonist of Dokgo Rewind and that same year he played several roles on TV shows. And her work as a model is highlighted by participating and modeling for big brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior.
OF his name is Do Kyung-soo (도경수) he was born on January 12, 1993 in the South Korean city of Goyang. He also has acting jobs. His first acting role was in the series It's Okay, That's Love. But as a child, I already participated in singing competitions. He was called to SM Entertainment in 2010 and stayed for 2 years before officially joining EXO. He has participated in 9 films.
Korean band Exo debuted on April 8, 2012 initially with 12 members split into two groups of 6, EXO-K and EXO-M with songs in Korean and Mandarin. But it currently has only 9 members. The division was as follows: EXO-K: Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, DO, Kai, Sehun EXO-M: Xiumin, Luhan, Kris, Lay, Chen, Tao
Luhan, Kris and Tao left after filing a lawsuit to cancel the contract. The first single to be released was mama. In 2013 it launched the XOXO the first album of EXO's career. This album sold 1 million copies and that record led them to be the first K-pop artist to exceed that figure. from 2014 to 2017 were the most powerful celebrities by Forbes Korea magazine.
The album overdose was the best-selling album in South Korea in 2014. The group entered the Guinness Book as the band that won the most Daesang at the Mnet Asian Music Ward Awards. The band collects over 100 awards received.
10 trivia about EXO
1 – Chen posted a message saying that he no longer wanted to receive gifts from his fans so that there are no misinterpretations because he uses some gifts and not others;
2 – Chayeol became interested in music after watching the movie Rock School;
3 – In 2014 Kris launched a lawsuit against the company alleging that his health was disregarded and that the group was treated as a trade, among other charges;
4 – Suho was the first member to join the agency;
5 – Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, DO, Kai, Sehun became ambassadors of the Young Korean Red Cross in 2012.
6 – The member that learns choreographies faster is Lay;
7 – According to Suho, EXO will exist until the last member;
8 – In 2014 Luhan launched a lawsuit against the agency and claimed to be treated differently from other members and to have health problems;
9 – In 2015 Tao also filed a lawsuit against the agency to cancel his contract;
10 – In 2016, several EXO members spent some time doing solo activities.
Fandom name: once
Members: Nayeon, Momo, Jeongyeon, Sana, Mina, Jihyo, Chaeyoung, Dahyun, Tzuyu
nayeon or In Na-yeon (임나연) was born on September 22, 1995 in Seoul. In 2010 she started as an intern at JYP Entertainment agency and initially the goal was for Nayeon to be part of a group that would be called 6mix, but it never really came into existence. To get into Twice she had to participate in a Minet talent show.
Momo or Momo Hirai (平井 もも) is Japanese original from Kyoto, she was born on November 9, 1996. Since she was a child, she liked to dance and was interested in an artistic career. She was discovered by JYP agency after seeing a video of her dancing along with her older sister. The two were called by the agency, but only Momo passed the auditions. However, the beginning of his career was with the group Twice.
jeongyeon or Yoo Jeong-yeon (유정연) is from the South Korean city Gyeonggi. She was born on November 1, 1996. She also passed the auditions and managed to join the group where it was her first professional job as a singer. In 2016 she and her older sister performed on the music program Inkigayo for 7 months.
Sana Minatozaki (湊崎 紗夏), known only as Sana is Japanese, originally from Osaka. She was born on December 29, 1996. She was discovered at the age of 15 and soon after participated in auditions in April 2012. Sana has already presented 3 TV shows in 2016,2017 and 2019.
Mine Myõi (名井 南) or simply Mina is American and was born on March 24, 1997 in San Antonio, Texas, but grew up in Japan. Since she was little she loved dancing and did ballet for many years. She was found by a JYP talent scout. In 2014 she went to South Korea for JYP to become a Korean pop singer. She debuted in the group Twice in 2015, but 2019 she was away from the group for 3 months due to anxiety and insecurity issues.
Jihyo named Park Ji-hyo (박지효) was born on February 1, 1997 in Gyeonggi, South Korea. She started her career with JYP at the age of 8 and until the time of her Twice debut at the age of 18, she received training by the agency. She was voted by her group mates to be the leader of the band.
Chaeyou or Son Chaeyoung (손채영) is from Seoul and is the youngest of the group. She was born on April 23, 1999. She is also a rapper, songwriter, producer and dancer. She started modeling for a children's magazine at a young age. She took singing and dancing lessons. His first audition at JYP was when he was 14 years old. She has 8 song compositions.
Dahyun is the stage name for Kim Da-hyun (김다현). She was born in Gyeonggi on May 28, 1998. She is also a presenter, rapper and model. Dahyun in 2017 it was among the South Korea's most popular celebrities. She also knows how to play the piano. Her career officially started with Twice in 2015. She has 5 of her own compositions.
Tzuyu his name is Chou Tzu-yu (周子瑜) and is of Taiwanese nationality. She was born Tainan on June 14, 1999. She was discovered by Taiwanese talent scouts in 2013 and in the same year she moved to the capital of South Korea to join JYO Entertainment. Tzuyu went through 2 years training before starting his career in Twice.
Korean band Twice (트와이스) debuted on October 20, 2015 and was selected by the reality show Sixteen. Fame rose the following year with the single "Cheer Up" being the best single of the year. The next single called “TT” led for 4 weeks straight. The album Twicecoaster: Lane 1 was the best-selling k-pop album of 2016.
the albums Twicetsgram of 2017 and the Eyes Wide Open of 2020 are Korean, already BDZ of 2018 and &Twice from 2019 are Japanese albums. In 2018 was released the film telling the story of the group called Twiceland released in 2018. The first award to be received by Twice was in 2015 (same year of release) Mnet Asian Awards 2015, and the following year the award for best New Artist .
The group continued to receive more awards and for sure more are coming. In August 2021 Twice became the female group with the most clips with over 300 million views, surpassing even other groups like BTS and Blackpink.
10 trivia about Twice
1 – Jeongyeon was withdrawn again in August 2021 to treat anxiety and panic syndrome;
2 – The name Jeongyeon was given at birth was Kyung-wan, but she thought it was a male name. So she changed her name to Jeong-yeon when she was in third grade, it was a legal process;
3 – The group has 3 Japanese members;
4 -The group is called Twice because the objective is to win over fans first (once) by the ears and then (twice) by the eyes;
5 – Jihyo was the member who had the most training time at the agency;
6 – Twice is one of the groups that participated in Weekly Idol with less time to debut;
7 – TWICE accumulated more than 3 billion streams on Spotify, being the fastest Korean artist in history to reach the milestone;
8 – The group has songs in Japanese and Korean;
9 – In June 2017 the album sold over 135,000 copies in one week, breaking a two-year record for the biggest sales week for a Korean artist in Japan;
10 – On October 1, 2021, the group's first single comes out completely in English at 1 am.