Arts & EntertainmentKorean Pop continues its obsessive growth in U.S.

Korean Pop continues its obsessive growth in U.S.


- Advertisment -

Spilling over into the American music charts on all streaming services and flooding every avenue with extreme splashes of color and Koran models, K-pop has claimed the lives of so many unexpecting music fanatics, and it continues to steadily grow with each new debuting group. Attempting to dive into such unfamiliar waters may prove to be a disastrous venture, but there’s actually very little to lose in beginning the journey into K-pop and so much to gain.

K-pop has far surpassed its niche roots over the past decade or so. Groups such as the impossibly huge BTS, the bold and rising Blackpink and the untimely beautiful and elegant Twice have crossed into the mainstream of the U.S. conscience, implanting themselves as regular, if not overhyped, K-pop groups that millions of Americans have come to enjoy as their primary source of musical entertainment.

BTS made history last May in releasing the first K-pop album to debut number one on Billboard’s album chart. Blackpink will be the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella, alongside megastars such as Childish Gambino, Kahlid, Ariana Grande and Tame Impala. These milestones only prove that there is much-welcomed space for bursting K-pop groups and their rabid fans.

Of course, one could easily fall into any one of these huge groups, browsing their accumulated songs until he finds one that suits his taste. However, this method is for those that merely wish to dip a toe into this cast world of beautiful teens and odd fashion choices. For the blissfully ignorant, music videos are the only way to truly fully embrace this strange, influential world.

Performances are where K-pop groups really shine. I still remember the day I mindlessly stumbled upon Twice’s “What is Love” music video and was instantly hooked by the girl group’s synchronized dances over a vast array of green-screened venues.

So what if you can’t understand the language? So what if you don’t know one member from the other? Lose yourself in the winding, glorious tale that this group wants to relay to you about falling in love in different stages of their lives. Never mind the fact that the members most likely didn’t write the song and worked for several break-less days to nail every instance of the choreography at the risk of being dropped by their label.

To really get into a specific group’s fandom, however, you’ll want to seek out a debuting group, one whose first EP is either coming out soon or just released. A personal recommendation is the boy group Tomorrow x Together, whose first EP “The Dream Chapter: Star” dropped March 4 of this year. Kind of an offshoot of BTS’s edgier “sensitive bad boy aesthetic,” TxT members proudly display their more playful, color-obsessed sides in their “Crown” music video.

Soon enough you’ll be able to pick out each member of your favorite group simply by listening to their vocals on a track. Learning the song’s set choreography will become a daily routine. You’ll purchase merch, rummaging through long-forgotten piggy banks because you just have to own BTS’s limited edition poster that they all signed on their first American tour.

Truly, becoming a K-pop stand is a commitment that isn’t to be taken lightly. However, going in with an open mind on a search for fun and personality will take your leagues into this world.

photo courtesy Pitchfork

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Southern Miss students enter new school year among threat of omicron variant

With the rise of the omicron variant of COVID-19, it’s become clear that Southern Miss’ faculty and students will...

Fumes dumpster dives into local scene

Photo Courtesy of Flip Poole Hattiesburg’s Fumes is more than just enraged vapor – they’re cohesive and consistent with genuine,...

Gunna’s ‘DS4EVER’ provides a well-needed trend to start 2022

Gunna’s awaited project, ‘DS4EVER’ released and slightly underperformed from expectations but still delivered some memorable moments that has everyone...

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ hits home for many viewers

Spider-Man is undoubtedly one of the most popular superheroes in the world and ‘No Way Home' proves that. The...

The Weeknd fails to deliver on ‘Dawn FM’

Coming off a great year of music in 2021, The Weeknd started off the year by releasing his next...

Southern Miss falls to late push by Louisiana Tech

Southern Miss returned to the Reed Green Coliseum Sunday afternoon for the first time in a month, falling to...

Must read

Southern Miss students enter new school year among threat of omicron variant

With the rise of the omicron variant of COVID-19,...

Fumes dumpster dives into local scene

Photo Courtesy of Flip Poole Hattiesburg’s Fumes is more than...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you