Korean Pop Music

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 Singers and idol Boy Bands and Girl Groups in the industry. K-pop and other Korean based entertainment such as Korean Dramas first became very popular throughout Asia in the 2000s, in a phenomenon which has been nicknamed the "Hallyu Wave".


Notable Korean Pop artists:

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  • 2AM
    • Jinwoon made his rock solo debut in 2011.
    • Jokwon made his solo debut in 2012.
  • 2NE1
    • Main vocalist Bom made her solo in 2009.
    • Leader CL made her solo debut in 2013.
  • 2PM: Two singers from this group crossed over into acting in 2010's Dream High.
    • Jun.K made his solo debut in 2011.
    • Wooyoung made his solo debut in 2012.
    • Junho made his Japanese solo debut in 2013.
    • Jay Park, former leader, turned into a R&B solo artist.
  • 4minute
    • Hyuna is also a soloist and an ex-Wonder Girls member.
    • 2YOON: Subunit comprising Gayoon and Jiyoon.
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  • AA (Double A)
  • After School: The only Korean group to have a graduation system, so members come and go.
    • After School RED (Kahi, UEE, Nana and JungAh)
    • After School BLUE (E-Young, Raina, Lizzy and Jooyeon)
    • Orange Caramel (Nana, Lizzy and Raina)
    • EYOKAN: unofficial Japanese sub-unit comprised of maknaes E-Young and Kaeun.
    • Raina has some solo songs with varying popularity.
    • Lizzy made her trot solo debut in 2015.
    • Former member Kahi made her solo debut in 2011 and resumed solo artist activities after her 2012 graduation.
  • Ailee
  • A.Kor
  • AOA (Ace of Angels): An 8-member hybrid group that is part-band, part dance. Drummer Youkyung was previously a member of the defunct Sponge Band. They've released no music as a whole group since 2012.
    • AOA Black - the band unit, which comprises 5 members (Jimin, Choa, Mina, Yuna, Youkyung). Have been on indefinite hiatus since 2014, forcing Youkyung into inactivity.
    • Dance unit - essentially all of AOA minus Youkyung. Though technically not correct, they promote under AOA's name.
    • AOA White - the unofficial dance subunit which comprises the 3 non-band members (Seolhyun, Hyejeong, Chanmi).
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  • B1A4
  • B2ST
  • B.A.P
  • BBde Girl
  • Berry Good: Member Seoyul is the younger sister of AOA's Yuna.
  • BESTie: Members Hyeyeon, UJi and Haeryung were originally from Exid.
  • Big Bang: Rapper T.O.P had one of the leading roles in the immensely successful Iris, as well as some other gigs.
  • BIGSTAR
  • BIKINY
  • Block B
  • 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
  • The Boss (aka DGNA)
  • Brown Eyed Girls: All members (Narsha, Ga-In, Miryo and JeA) have also gone solo.
  • BTOB
  • BTS (Bangtan Boys or Bulletproof Boy Scouts)
  • Chocolat
  • CLC
  • Clazziquai
  • CN Blue
    • Leader Jung Yonghwa made his solo debut in January 2015. He also starred in the popular drama You Are Beautiful predebut.
  • Crayon Pop
    • Strawberry Milk: subunit comprising twins Choa and Way.
  • CSJH (The Grace): On indefinite hiatus as a group. Lina got married in November of 2014, thus pretty much putting the kibosh on the group ever getting back together.
    • "The Grace: Dana and Sunday": Subunit consisting of... Dana and Sunday.
    • Stephanie has her own solo single.
  • D-Unit: Member Ram's older sister is Boram of T-ARA.
  • Dal Shabet
  • Davichi
  • Dong Bang Shin Ki (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. Changmin and Yunho are the group's remaining members, with the others forming JYJ.
  • Epik High
  • EvoL
  • EXID: Originally on a bit of a downward spiral, the group suddenly experienced success after a fancam of Hani doing the group's "Up&Down" choreography went viral.
    • DASONI: Subunit comprising of Solji and Hani.
    • Member LE was an underground rapper before joining the group and (along with Solji) has made a lot of contributions to fellow artists' works (eg. T-ARA, Jewelry, Dal Shabet, Hyuna).
  • EXO: Split into the following sub-units:
    • EXO-K
    • EXO-M
  • Fiestar
  • Fin K.L.: Member Lee Hyori is now a solo artist.
  • FT Island: Singer Lee Hongki also played Jeremy in You Are Beautiful.
    • FT Triple: Subunit and smaller band that comprises 3 members (Jaejin, Jonghun, Minwan).
    • Former member Oh Wonbin was a soloist under the same company after his departure, but has since then joined Jiho Entertainment to focus on acting.
  • f(x): The Girl Group, not the algebraic function. Notable for having former Girls' Generation's Jessica's younger sister Krystal as a member. Member Sulli is on a controversial hiatus.
  • Geeks
  • G.NA
  • Girl's Day
  • Girls' Generation (AKA "SNSD"): Member Jessica was kicked out by SM in late September 2014, sparking a huge internet furor about the reasons and circumstances why.
    • TaeTiSeo: Consists of main/lead vocalists Taeyon, Tiffany and Seohyun.
  • GLAM: Disbanded in January 2015 following Dahee's blackmailing incident with actor Lee Byung Hun for allegedly having an affair, which brought her a shocking sentence of 1 year in jail.
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  • GI (Global Icon): Members Hayun and Aram left the group in 2014, leaving the group's future in doubt.
  • GOT7
    • JB and JR were previously in their own subunit JJ Project.
  • Hello Venus: Originally comprised six members (Nara, Alice, Yooyoung, Ara, YoonJo and Lime) and were under joint management of Pledis and Fantagio Entertainment. Later Ara and YoonJo left the group and Pledis ceased working with Fantagio. They have since then added two new members, Seoyoung and Yeoreum.
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  • H.O.T
  • IU: Also acted in Dream High.
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  • Ivy
  • Jewelry: Disbanded in the winter of 2014 after three of the four members left.
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  • JYJ: Comprises former Dong Bang Shin Ki members Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu, and tropes relating to their time with that group go there. Are just as popular as their former group despite constantly being cockblocked in media no thanks to SME.
  • Kara: They underwent their first line-up change when leader Sunghee left in early 2008 and members Nicole and Jiyoung left the group in 2014 and were replaced by Youngji, who was chosen out of several competitors in a reality show.
    • Nicole debuted as a soloist in 2014 under B2M.
  • Kim Beom-Soo
  • Kim Gun Mo
  • Kiss&Cry: Debuted in 2014 but only released one single before going into inactivity the same year. Contradicting statements and actions has made it unclear if they're on hiatus or have disbanded altogether.
    • Member Dia was a soloist predebut and resumed solo activities in 2014.
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  • Ladies' Code: Their future is uncertain due to their horrific car accident in September 2014 - Eun.B passed away en-route to the hospital and RiSe passed away a few days laternote . The others recovered from minor/major injuries but may not be fit to return as a group. Their possibly last song "I'm Fine, Thank You" topped the charts thanks to the entire k-pop community banding together to express their sympathies.
  • LED Apple: Have gone through many lineup changes.
  • Lee Hi
  • Lee Hyori
  • Lee Jung Hyun: The "Britney Spears" of Korean techno pop.
  • Lee Sora
  • Lovelyz
  • MBLAQ: Two members Lee Joon and Thunder left following the expiration of their contracts in late 2014 to focus on acting and studying music respectively.
  • Mamamoo
  • miss A: The maknae (Suzy) crossed over into acting with the 2010's drama Dream High, and is extremely popular in Korea.
  • MyName
  • Nine Muses: The group has lost several of its more popular members (Sera, Erin and LeeSem), causing a controversy in the fandom. New members Geumjo and Sojin made their debut in their January 2015 comeback.
  • Norazo
  • NS Yoon-G
  • NU'EST
    • NU'EST-M: Sub-unit consisting the original 5 members, added with Chinese member Jason.
  • Park Jung-Hyun
  • Purfles
  • PSY: One of the most well known K-pop artist worldwide after his song "Gangnam Style" went viral.
  • Rain: Known for his international stardom (and rivalry with Stephen Colbert). Acted in Full House in 2004. He's also been in the film I'm A Cyborg But That's Ok, and western movies like Ninja Assassin.
  • Rainbow
  • RaNia: Best known for starting their career with controversial first single "Dr. Feel Good" and American producer Teddy Riley who later dropped the group. Since then, they have continually lost members and had trouble with record companies.
  • Red Velvet: Best known for starting their career with a controversial MV, which included a reference to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a possible allusions to 9/11.
  • Se7en
  • Sechs Kies
  • Secret
  • S.E.S.
  • Shannon Williams
  • SHINee
    • Taemin made his solo debut in 2014.
    • Jonghyun made his solo debut in 2015.
  • Shinhwa
  • Sinawe
  • Sistar
    • Sistar19
  • Sonamoo
  • Son Dam Bi
  • Spica: Known for being formed by legendary idol Lee Hyori.
    • SpicaS: Subunit consisting of everyone minus one member that was supposed to focus on "sexiness".
  • SS501: Uncertain status due to inactivity as a whole group since 2010, with everyone pursuing solo activities and joining other companies despite statements that they have not disbanded. Leader Kim Hyun Joong starred in Boys Before Flowers and Playful Kiss.
  • Sunny Hill: Started off as a small co-ed group, then gained two more female members. After finishing his military service in 2014, the composer and arguable driving creative force Janghyun left the group.
  • Super Junior: Known for pioneering large boy bands, starting out with twelve members—member composition of the group is a topic of hot debate. Member Siwon was also the lead in Oh My Lady in 2009 and a supporting actor in Athena: Goddess of War in 2011.
    • Super Junior-M: their most popular and controversial subgroup; 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.
    • Kyuhyun made his solo debut in 2014.
  • Supernova
  • T-ara
    • T-ara N4
    • QBS
    • Jiyeon and Hyomin made their solo debuts in 2014.
  • Tahiti
  • Tasty
  • Teen Top
  • Topp Dogg
  • U-Kiss
  • Ulala Session
  • VIXX
  • Wassup
  • WINNER
  • Winterplay
  • Wonder Boyz: Their disbandedment was confirmed in January 2015 by their leader Bakchigi.
  • The Wonder Girls: Their status 2013 onwards is uncertain, with their leader Sunye focusing on her family life and allegedly claiming that she's signed a contract with JYP Entertainment but will not come back to the music industry in order to pursue her career as a missionary, even though JYP has said otherwise. Member Sohee also left JYPE to pursue acting, and the remaining members are focusing on solo activities.
    • Sunmi, a former member, made her music solo debut in 2013.
    • YeEun made her own debut in 2014 under the moniker HAT:FELT.
  • YB
  • Younha
  • ZE:A (Children of Empire)

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K Pop