Cassandra Jenkins, Temple University
The nine members of the K-pop girl group don’t need record charts anymore to validate their talent — their discography speaks for itself.
Morgan Thomas, Wayne State University
The K-pop group’s influence reaches far beyond the borders of South Korea, encouraging individuality and bringing happiness to many around the world.
Megan Garcia, Arizona State University
The record-breaking K-pop girl group released a virtual gaming music video in collaboration with PUBG Mobile that has risen to the top once again.
Peyton Conner, Indiana University
As if the country’s music industry wasn’t competitive enough, members of popular music groups must eventually face the additional challenge of serving in the military.
While the South Korean boy band has made a name for themselves within the genre, they also paved the way for other bands to do the same.
Jenna Nelson, Scripps College
Korean pop groups are everywhere, but they wouldn’t dominate as much as they do without the hard work of the people who design their dance moves.
Lauren Sung, University of Georgia
Korean bands like H.O.T. and BTS have done a lot to normalize ‘soft masculinity,’ but South Korean culture as a whole remains patriarchal and heteronormative.
Karen Lu, Yale University
The Korean indie music genre truly has something for all music enthusiasts, from R&B and hip-hop to rock and alternative.
Alice Han, Pepperdine University
While this collab was by no means expected, ARMY fans everywhere were pleasantly surprised and couldn’t be more proud of their idols.
Mai Khou Vang, Michigan State University
You can always count on the iconic boy group to produce hit after hit, and they don’t appear to be stopping anytime soon with the release of their newest album.
In the second Japanese single from the renowned boy band, they tell the story of how hard it can be to let go of the past and look toward the future.
Sarah Esquivel, University of Texas at San Antonio
The Blackpink singer has conquered the world alongside her fellow girl-group members. Now she is ready to shine on her own and pay homage to her past.
Taking a step back from the high energy, girl crush music of Blackpink, the group’s main vocalist reflects on life and love with her debut single album, ‘R.’
The K-pop group presents an image that breaks away from traditional gender norms and propels us into a new era of self-love and acceptance.
From Latin pop to house to rock ballads, the singer and her first full-length album refuse to be put in a box.
GOT7’s Mark Tuan and Sanjoy team up for the song ‘One In a Million,’ a smooth R&B love song perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend.
Overlooked and neglected by their record label, the seven members of the K-pop boy group are now striking out on their own — as a team.
Sammi Looi, Baruch College
What makes this Korean pop supergroup such a success? It may be the multi-generational cast of experienced singers.
One half of the brother-sister duo AKMU, the musician is spreading a message of positivity with her debut single.
Megan Stager, University of Pittsburgh
While K-pop remains Korea’s most popular musical export, this indie rock band is forging the way for a few other styles of music to emerge from the country.
Janani Mangai Srinivasan, Wake Forest University
The K-pop group’s loyal fan base, known as the BTS ARMY, has run into some pushback in their quest to pump up views on platforms like YouTube.
Nanda Illahi, Okayama University
With British, Spanish and Korean members, the UK band has people everywhere divided on what it means to be a K-pop group.
Angel Lin, University of California, Santa Barbara
While the world has lauded the country for K-beauty, this webtoon shows the dark side of South Korean beauty standards.
Janella Tibbetts, Framingham State University
K-pop and K-dramas might be expanding America’s cultural horizons, but does it come at a price?
Angel Zhu, University of California, Berkeley
The K-pop star is facing some extreme backlash from a very rabid fanbase.
Social media bullying and the grueling standards of the South Korean pop music industry could have played a part in the star’s untimely passing.
Alicia Owens, Georgia State University
Following K-pop can be overwhelming, so here’s a breakdown of where and how to get the best content.
Sydney Hawkins, Alabama A&M University
It’s time to look behind the scenes of this multibillion-dollar industry.
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