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Even though K-Pop has been around for a very long time, it blew up even more in the U.S after the phenomenal boy group known as BTS took home a Billboard Music Award back to South Korean. They are the first group to bring home such an achievement, but I doubt they will be the last. For those who are just getting into the K-Pop scene, here's a short list of K-Pop groups you should consider adding to your playlist.
EXO is a South Korean-Chinese boy group that is based in Seoul. Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2011, the group debuted in 2012 with twelve members separated into two subgroups, Exo-K and Exo-M. Although the group lost three valuable members, they are still going strong. Exo's first album XOXO (2013), which contained the breakthrough hit "Growl", was a critical and commercial success, winning both Disk Daesang at the 28th Golden Disk Awards and Album of the Year at the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards. It sold over one million copies, making Exo the best-selling Korean artist in twelve years. From then on, each music video they've released has hit millions of views. From explosive vocals to killer dance moves, EXO has proven time and time again that they are a group worth supporting.
( Monster - EXO )
BLACKPINK is a South Korean girl group that was formed by Y.G Entertainment and is their first girl group to be formed seven years after 2NE1. The group consists of four members: Jennie, Lisa, Jisoo, and Rosé and they officially debuted on August 8th 2016. Even though it seems K-Pop has produced more male groups than female ones, that doesn't stop BLACKPINK from being able to compete with their male rivals. Each video they've produced has managed to procure a hundred million views or more and it's clear they don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
BLACKPINK - '붐바야'(BOOMBAYAH) M/V
BTS also known as Bangtan Boys, Bulletproof Boy Scouts or Beyond The Scene, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They are truly unlike any of the typical K-Pop groups that I've mentioned so far, because beyond being musically gifted they are pioneers. Whether it be with their music, fashion or a simple statement on their social media pages, BTS make a statement about very controversial issues such as bullying and anxiety. They have even managed to beat out popular artists such as Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, so even U.S artists have to watch out for this group.