This Sunday, the American Music Awards could be held (in-person!) on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and Okay-pop superstars BTS are (rightfully) nominated in three lessons. As a result of the South Korean boy band and its female counterpart, Blackpink, have definitively inserted Okay-pop into U.S. mainstream music, it appears identical to the Korean wave (aka “hallyu”) acquired’t be going away anytime rapidly. It would solely be a matter of time sooner than we start seeing completely different Okay-pop artists seize American audiences,proper right here’s hoping! so let’s expertise it, lets? Whether or not or not you’re already conscious of Okay-pop and are looking for new artists to stan, or are merely hoping to broaden your info of the budding fashion nonetheless don’t know the place to start out out, listed below are some rising and established Okay-pop artists to be all ears to now.
Members: JiU, SuA, Siyeon, Handong, Yoohyeon, Dami, GahyeonDebuted: January 2017If you’re looking for one factor fully completely different out of your commonplace Okay-pop fare, you’ll have to strive Dreamcatcher, a seven-member woman group with a goth-inspired thought and a novel punk rock-meets-metal sound. Their otherworldly music motion pictures perform difficult storylines with occult themes and phantasmagoric images that transport viewers to literal dream worlds,similar to their determine suggests. Though the septet’s 2017 mini album, Prequel, debuted at 5 on the Billboard World Albums chart and reached the very best spot on the US iTunes Okay-pop Prime 100 chart, the group really took off in 2018 with the discharge of their single “Full Moon,” which landed Dreamcatcher the #1 spot on Billboard’s Subsequent Big Sound chart. Their songs sometimes handle factors akin to cyberbullying, hate speech, loneliness, and further precise focus on.
Debuted: June 2017Singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, Chungha is a Okay-pop phenom who can do all of it. Her mesmerizing dances, extremely efficient charisma, and silky vocals have propelled her to become one amongst as we converse’s excessive female Okay-pop solo artists. Born in South Korea nonetheless raised in Texas, Chungha initially debuted as a member of the Okay-pop woman group I.O.I sooner than launching her solo occupation in 2017. After being named Rookie of the 12 months on the 2018 Seoul Music Awards, Chungha launched hit after hit over the next few years, collectively together with her 2019 single “Gotta Go,” which was included on Billboard’s “The 100 Greatest Okay-Pop Songs of the 2010s” report. Her 2021 debut solo album Querencia showcases her musical versatility with an array of sorts ranging from house to reggaeton to grime, and accommodates the Spanish-language monitor “Demente,” which marks the first Latin/Okay-pop collaboration by a female Okay-pop solo artist. Merely strive anybody amongst her music motion pictures, and in addition you’ll quickly see why this fierce one-woman powerhouse was named one amongst Spotify’s excessive female Okay-pop artists in 2020.
Members: Sangyeon, Jacob, Younghoon, Hyunjae, Juyeon, Kevin, New, Q, Ju Haknyeon, Sunwoo, EricDebuted: December 2017We’re hardly exaggerating after we are saying that these guys are on one different stage—their experience is solely off the charts. Take, as an illustration, their music motion pictures for “The Stealer” or “Maverick.” No matter being part of an 11-piece group, each member has standout vocals, spectacular acrobatic expertise, and distinctive, heart-stopping visuals that all not directly meld seamlessly collectively to create really jaw-dropping performances. Although The Boyz have been releasing hit singles for plenty of years, they’d been thrust into the worldwide spotlight when their mind-blowing effectivity on the Okay-pop actuality rivals current Freeway to Kingdom set social media ablaze and even obtained worldwide media talking. With their wickedly insane dance strikes that don’t seem humanly attainable, it’s easy to see why they acquired first place on the current that yr. It’s no marvel they’re rapidly becoming one of many very important widespread Okay-pop groups, worthwhile accolades upon accolades at plenty of music award reveals all through Asia.
Members: Dongheon, Hoyoung, Minchan, Gyehyeon, Yeonho, Yongseung, KangminDebuted: January 2019The second boy band repped by Jellyfish Leisure after VIXX debuted in 2012, Verivery is believed for his or her fully synchronized choreography, as evidenced by their performances on Freeway to Kingdom. The group, whose determine derives from a mixture of the Latin time interval “veri” (meaning “truth”) and the English phrase “very,” has topped Billboard’s World Digital Music Product sales chart twice (first in 2020 with their tune “G.B.T.B.,” then earlier this yr with “Get Away”), making them solely the fourth Okay-pop boy group to ever accomplish that. Their high-octane tracks and fantastical music motion pictures sometimes present intricate storylines rife with symbolism, participating audiences to hunt for deeper meanings as they try and piece collectively what’s unfolding inside the Verivery universe. The multi-talented group moreover produces a couple of of their very personal music motion pictures (akin to this one) and is able to embark on their first U.S. tour subsequent month.
Members: Woong, Donghyun, Woojin, DaehwiDebuted: Would possibly 2019Since their 2019 debut, the Okay-pop male quartet AB6IX have nabbed a great deal of rising star and best new artist nods. Their clean-cut image and boyish attraction go hand-in-hand with their upbeat pop sound, energetic dance strikes, and clear however extremely efficient vocals,all of which combine fully collectively to create a small however versatile Okay-pop boy band. AB6IX have completed remixes with Lizzo (for her hit “Truth Hurts”) and Why Don’t We (for his or her tune “Fallin’ (Adrenaline)” and haven’t too way back become additional involved in writing and producing their very personal music, too. Once more in April, the boys moreover made a cameo look on the TBS assortment Chad, starring Nasim Pedrad.
Debuted: December 2014Suran has collaborated with a couple of of South Korea’s foremost artists, along with BTS’s Suga, Mamamoo’s Hwasa, Heize, Crush, and loads of others. Her distinctive, ethereal vocals shall be heard on soundtracks for diverse Okay-dramas, akin to Sturdy Woman Bong-soon and Abyss. Earlier this yr, the singer launched her private unbiased label S-TASY and launched two singles to mark a up to date start on her journey as an artist. “I have been working exhausting in the direction of ending my subsequent album. I’m optimistic I am going to on no account stop.”
Members: Heeseung, Jay, Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo, Jungwon, Ni-kiDebuted: November 2020Enhypen is a seven-member boy band formed by the use of I-Land, a 2020 actuality rivals program held by Belift Lab, a 3 means partnership between CJ E&M and Hybe Firm (beforehand Big Hit Leisure and the home of Okay-pop powerhouse BTS). Earlier to their debut, they’d already constructed up a big world fanbase due to social media, enabling their first mini album Border: Day One to debut at #1 on Korean charts (and some worldwide ones too). Enhypen immediately took the Okay-pop world by storm with their highly-anticipated debut and, in decrease than a yr, quickly established themselves as one amongst Okay-pop’s fastest-rising idol groups. Their first full-length album, Dimension: Dilemma, was launched merely ultimate month and has already reached 1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart. With mesmerizing choreography, flawless harmonies, and pleasing personalities to match, Enhypen is a Okay-pop group that must undoubtedly be in your radar.
Members: Sihyeon, E:U, Mia, Onda, Aisha, YirenDebuted: March 2019Dubbed a “monster rookie group” attributable to their quick success, Everglow burst onto the Okay-pop scene in 2019 with their debut monitor “Bon Bon Chocolat,” which reached 5 on the Billboard World Digital Music Product sales chart. They quickly adopted up with a slew of various hits, along with “Adios,” “Dun Dun,” “La Di Da,” and “First”,all of which have moreover charted inside the excessive 5 on Billboard. The sextet is best recognized for energetic and catchy anthems about female empowerment. Their lavish music motion pictures are a pure feast for the eyes, showcasing the group’s putting visuals and fierce choreography, sometimes complemented by Hollywood-caliber CGI. Not solely are these women extraordinarily gifted singers and dancers, nonetheless they’re moreover ready to utilize their have an effect on and experience for good. In August 2021, Everglow partnered with UNICEF for its “Promise Advertising marketing campaign” to help children in need all through the globe, launching their single “Promise” along with a dance downside to spice up consciousness and funding for the advertising and marketing marketing campaign. Everglow’s upcoming mini album, Return of the Woman, will drop on Dec. 1. Mark your calendars.
Members: Picture voltaic, Moonbyul, Wheein, HwasaDebuted: June 2014One of Okay-pop’s most iconic woman groups, Mamamoo have been cranking out hit after hit over the earlier eight years,in precise truth, nearly every tune they’ve ever launched seems to have become an instantaneous earworm with Korean and worldwide Okay-pop followers alike. Their splashy 2014 debut, “Mr. Ambiguous”,nonetheless considered to be one amongst Okay-pop’s most worthwhile debuts ever,launched audiences to the group’s retro, jazzy, and R&B vibes, along with each member’s astounding vocal expertise. In 2016, the quartet headlined SXSW’s Okay-Pop Night Out and provided out their first solo reside efficiency in a single minute,a growth that continued for lots of of their subsequent reside reveals. Over time, as Mamamoo began experimenting with fully completely different sounds, their songs and albums persistently landed on plenty of Billboard charts. In 2019 they cemented their standing as one in every of many enterprise’s best female acts by worthwhile the Okay-pop rivals current Queendom, which seen the group outperform completely different excessive female Okay-pop artists. Together with their achievements as a collective, the ladies of Mamamoo have all launched worthwhile solo careers as properly, proving that each member is a primary lady in her private correct.