Korean pop music, or K-pop, is an umbrella term for music originating from South Korea, usually similar in genre to pop in the United States. Usually known outside the country for the numerous {{Idol Singer}}s, [[BoyBand and idol]] [[GirlGroup bands]] in the industry. K-pop and other Korean based entertainment such as {{Korean Drama}}s have recently become very popular throughout Asia, in a phenomenon which has been nicknamed the "Hallyu Wave".

----
!!Notable Korean Pop artists:
[[index]]
* 100%
* 24K
* 2AM
* [[Music/TwoNEOne 2NE1]]
* 2PM: Two singers from this group crossed over into acting in 2010's ''DreamHigh''.
** Jay Park, former leader turned R&B solo artist.
* 4minute
** Music/{{Hyuna}}
* 8eight
* AA (Double A)
* A Pink
* After School
** After School RED
** After School BLUE
** [[Music/OrangeCaramel Orange Caramel]].
** Former member Kahi has turned solo artist.
* Music/{{AOA}} (Ace of Angels): A hybrid group that are part-band, part dance. They initially promoted together before trying out each unit separately; end of 2013 onwards, they are currently promoting as just the dance unit.
** AOA Black - the band unit, which consists of 5 members, 1 who is the only member not in the dance unit.
* Ailee
* A.Kor
* [=B1A4=]
* [[Music/B2ST B2ST]]
* B.A.P
* [=BBde=] Girl
* Music/BigBang: Rapper T.O.P had one of the leading roles in the immensely successful ''Series/{{Iris}}'', as well as some other gigs.
* BIGSTAR
* BIKINY
* Music/BlockB
* [[Music/BoAKorea BoA]]: Has actually experienced immense success in Japan as a pop star, as well; some even argue that she's more popular in Japan than in her native Korea.
* Boohwal
* Brown Eyed Girls: Both as a group, and for their members' (Narsha, [=Ga-In=], Miryo and [=JeA=]'s) solos.
* BTOB
* BTS (Bangtan Boys or Bulletproof Boy Scouts)
* Chocolat
* Clazziquai
* [[Music/CNBlue CN Blue]] - leader Jung Yong Hwa starred in the popular drama ''YouAreBeautiful'' as well as ''Heartstrings''.
* [[Music/CrayonPop Crayon Pop]]
* CSJH (The Grace): Basically the female DongBangShinKi, on indefinite hiatus as a group, but members Dana and Sunday have created their own subgroup (The Grace: Dana and Sunday), and Stephanie has released her own single.
* Music/DUnit: Member Ram's older sister is Boram of [[Music/{{Tara}} T-ARA]].
* [[Music/DalShabet Dal Shabet]]
* Davichi
* DongBangShinKi (aka TVXQ) - An '''''extremely''''' successful boyband in Asia, holding records in Korea and Japan for album sales and two Guinness World Records. Now famous for their break-up and the drama it generated that continues till today.
* Epik High
* [=EvoL=]
* EXID
* {{Music/EXO}}: split into two sub-units, EXO-K and EXO-M.
* Fiestar
* Fin K.L. (member Lee Hyori is now a solo artist)
* Music/FTIsland - Singer Lee Hong Ki also played Jeremy in ''YouAreBeautiful''.
** FT Triple, which comprises 3 members that make up a smaller band.
** Former member Oh Won Bin was a soloist under the same company, but is now an actor under the agency "Lydus Contents Company".
* [[Music/{{Fx}} f(x)]] - the GirlGroup, not the algebraic function. Notable for having GirlsGeneration's Jessica's younger sister Krystal as a member. Member Sulli is on a controversial hiatus.
* Geeks
* G.NA
* [[Music/GirlsDay Girl's Day]]
* {{Music/Girls Generation}} (AKA "SNSD") - Member Jessica recently left the group sparking a huge internet furor about the reasons and circumstances why. RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement is ''definitely'' in effect.
** [=TaeTiSeo=].
* GLAM - One of the members (Dahee) along with a friend was caught blackmailing actor Lee Byung Hun with compromising photos and video (Lee Byung Hun has a reputation of cheating on his wife and then ruining the lives of his mistresses once he's finished with them). The group's future is currently unknown. The group has been dogged by scandal since it was revealed that former member Trinity may have been kicked out due to being a possible sasaeng (stalker fan) of Super Junior's Leeteuk.
* g.o.d.
* GI (Global Icon)
* [=GOT7=]
* Hello Venus - Originally comprising six members (Nara, Alice, Yooyoung, Ara, YoonJo and Lime) and being under joint management of Pledis and Fantagio Entertainment. Pledis announced that Ara and YoonJo would be leaving the group and Pledis would no longer be working with Fantagio (to the heartbreak of Hello Cupids). Fantagio has announced that the group would be adding two new members and having a comeback in November of 2014.
* History
* H.O.T
* {{IU}} - Also acted in ''DreamHigh''.
* Music/{{INFINITE}}
* Ivy
* Jewelry
* Music/{{Juniel}}
* Music/{{Kara}} - Members Nicole and Jiyoung recently left the group and were replaced by Youngji, who was chosen out of several competitors in a reality show.
* Kim Beom-Soo
* Kim Gun Mo
* K.Will
* Ladies' Code
** In September 2014, they were involved in a horrific car accident. [=Eun.B=] passed away en-route to the hospital and [=RiSe=] passed away a few days later (she had suffered severe injuries and endured nearly 12 hours of surgery before succumbing). Sojung was in intensive care for a while but has since stabilised and been discharged from the hospital, and Ashley and Zuny suffered relatively minor injuries and shock. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The entire k-pop community banded together to express their sympathies, and fulfilled [=Eun.B=]'s wish of seeing their song "I'm Fine, Thank You" at the top of the charts]].
* LED Apple
* Lee Hi
* Lee Hyori
* Lee Jung Hyun: The "Britney Spears" of Korean techno pop.
* Lee Sora
* Music/{{MBLAQ}}
* Mamamoo
* miss A - The maknae of which (Suzy) crossed over into acting with the 2010's KoreanSeries ''DreamHigh''.
* [=MyName=]
* Nine Muses - The group has recently lost several of its more popular members (Sera, Erin and LeeSem), causing a controversy in the fandom as several fansites have announced they will be boycotting the addition of any new members to the group (the company the group is under has a reputation for mishandling its acts and the CEO was actually filmed slapping Sera across the face).
* Norazo
* Music/NSYoonG
* NU'EST
** NU'EST-M - Sub-unit consisting the original 5 members, added with Chinese member Jason.
* Park Jung-Hyun
* Purfles
* Music/{{PSY}} (Currently the most well known K-pop artist worldwide)
* Music/{{Rain}} - Known for his international stardom (and [[ArchEnemy rivalry]] with [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]]). Acted in the KoreanSeries ''[[Series/PulHauseu Full House]]'' in 2004. He's also been in the film ''Film/ImACyborgButThatsOk'', and western movies like ''Film/NinjaAssassin''.
* Rainbow
* [=RaNia=]
* Red Velvet - Best known for starting their career with a [[http://kotaku.com/korean-pop-group-references-hiroshima-and-features-raci-1614465603 controversial]] MV, which included reference to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a possible allusions to 9/11. They got in another incident where they were found making fun of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tWz-6uOJmU White and Black people stereotypes]].
* Se7en
* Sechs Kies
* Secret
* S.E.S.
* {{SHINee}}
* Shinhwa
* Sinawe
* Sistar
** Sistar19
* Sunny Hill
* Music/{{SS501}} - Leader Kim Hyun Joong starred in ''BoysBeforeFlowers'' and ''PlayfulKiss''.
* Son Dam Bi
* Spica
* SuperJunior - Aside from making their own [[TheMovie movie]], singer Siwon was the lead in ''Series/OhMyLady'' in 2009 and a supporting actor in ''AthenaGoddessOfWar'' in 2011. Other members have also since appeared in musicals and TV shows, started their own businesses, and hosted radio programs. Also known for pioneering large boy bands they started out with twelve members--member composition of the group is currently a topic of hot debate).
** Super Junior-M - arguably their most popular and most controversial subgroup; currently composed of six Korean members and two Chinese members
** Super Junior-T - has focused on traditional Korean trot music
** Super Junior-H - bubblegum pop sub-unit
** Super Junior KRY - ballad and R&B sub-unit, composed of their top three vocalists
** [=EunHae=] - also known as Donghae & Eunhyuk
* Music/{{Tara}}
** T-ara N4
** QBS
* Tahiti
* Tasty
* Teen Top
* Topp Dogg
* [[{{Music/UKiss}} U-Kiss]]
* Ulala Session
* Urbanalog
* [[{{Music/VIXX}} VIXX]]
* Wassup
* WINNER
* Winterplay
* Wonder Boyz
* The Wonder Girls - Their current status is uncertain as their leader Sunye is now focusing on her new family life as well as missionary duties, and Sohee left JYPE to pursue her acting and modelling career. The remaining members are now focusing on solo activities - Yubin and Hyerim on acting, and Yeun on her music solo debut as HAT:FELT 2014 onwards.
** 4Minute's Hyuna was initially a member but left very early on due to health issues.
** Sunmi, a former member, made her music solo debut in 2013.
* YB
* Younha
* ZE:A (Children of Empire)
[[/index]]
----