Their experimentation with different styles and genres of music and integration of foreign musical elements helped reshape and modernize South Korea's contemporary music scene. Modern K-pop "idol" culture began with the boy band H. The term "K-pop" became popular since the s. In , K-pop experienced significant growth and became a 'power player', marking a As of , K-pop is ranked at number six among the top ten music markets worldwide according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry 's "Global Music Report ", with BTS and Blackpink cited as artists leading the market growth. The first known use of the term K-pop occurred on Billboard in the October 9, edition at the end of an article titled "S. Cho himself, however, is not sure if he coined the term, since some articles stated that the word 'K-pop' was already being used by the music industry insiders, even though he had never heard it personally.
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A passionate K-POP lover who wants to balance the gender scale with her out of the block performances. Fun fact: She is a cat lover and who loves to spend most of her free time learning new musical instruments. Her favorite instruments are piano and drums. A self taught singer who aspires to be an international K-POP star and believes that there is nothing above humanity. Their peppy and catchy lyric gets her grooving. Fun fact: She started singing in 3rd standard, though a lot of people doubted her; she never gave up her dream to be a professional singer. Fun fact: Maria has never been to a dance class, but wants to learn dance professionally.
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The roots of Korean popular music can be traced all the way back to , when a missionary named Henry Appenzeller began to teach American and British folk songs to schoolchildren, replacing the original English lyrics with Korean ones. After the Korean peninsula was partitioned into North and South after its liberation from the Japanese in , Korea and Western culture first encountered each other, with American popular music filtering into the landscape through the U. It was in this era that the first Korean pop stars appeared, such as:. A trio consisting of two sisters, Sook-ja and Aija, and their cousin, Minja, The Kim Sisters started their career singing country songs to U. Add4 were the very first rock band to appear in Korea, soon after Beatlemania started to make inroads globally. Like many other South Korean musicians of the era, Shin honed his chops by performing for U. After his release two years later, he was banned from public performance, a ban which continued until the assassination of Park Chung-hee by Korean Central Intelligence director Kim Jae-gyu in
In recent years, K-pop has expanded beyond its home country of South Korea and taken the world by storm. The K-pop industry is now worth billions of dollars and new groups are coming out all the time. All of these K-pop groups owe their success to their predecessors, who first emerged in the s — the oldest group on this list came out in the late s. While most of the K-pop groups on this list have disbanded, a few have remained together for the past few decades or reunited in more recent years. Baby V. X was another early K-pop girl group that debuted not long after S. After moving from a sexier style inspired by the Spice Girls — which was not received well due to Koreans being more conservative at the time — to a more cutesy style like S. X saw success. X released seven albums before breaking up in Since the first iteration of Baby V.