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K-pop from iTunes Argentina: from ASTRO to j-hope, these are the most popular songs today

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K-pop music has shown that language is not a barrier to success in other countries. (Jovani Perez)

The year 2012 was significant for the k pop music when rapper PSY released his catchy track Gangnam Stylewhich after its worldwide success put South Korea on the western radar, paving the way for other artists in the same scene.

Although other groups like Super Junior, Girls Generation, Wonder Girls, TVXQ, BIG BANG or solo artists like BOA they were already well known among the public that loves the Korean wave (hallyu), the truth is that the feats achieved by the also interpreter of Gentleman made clear the potential for Asia’s leading industry to break into the Western market.

After this watershed, the word “K-pop” began to be heard more often: when opening social networks, when watching television programs, when looking for something to listen to on streaming platformsin the big magazines, in the advertising of various brands and even in awards such as Billboard or the Grammys.

In this scenario, it is not surprising that various platforms have opted to give spaces to the highest representatives of South Korean music with rankings such as “Top K-pop Songs Charts” of iTunes, which is available for various countries, including Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.

here a list of the 10 most played songs today:

1.

Artist: ATEEZ

Song: Warfare

ATEEZ is back with their new album The World EP. 1: Movementwhat includes Warfare as their main song and with which they have secured success in several world tops.

two.

Artist: Moonbin&Sanha

Song: Dive Into You

The members of ASTRO musicalize one of the most popular webtoons of the moment: Since I Met You.

3.

Artist: STAR

Song: After Midnight

People enjoy the old songs of ASTRO, one of the most loved groups in South Korea.

Four.

Artist: BTS

Song: Butter (Sweeter Remix)

Despite the fact that the BTS members announced that they would put an indefinite pause on their group career to focus on the individual, their songs continue to be among the most listened to.

5.

Artist: j-hope

Song: Pandora’s Box

The BTS rapper is back with the new single MORE, which has been released as part of his new album jack in the box which came to light on July 15. Also, this weekend he successfully performed at the Lollapalooza Chicago festival, becoming the first Korean artist to headline this festival.

6.

Artist: ATEEZ

Song: NewWorld

7.

Artist: j-hope

Song: enter

8.

Artist: SEVENTEEN

Song: _WORLD

_Worldthe lead single from K-pop group SEVENTEEN’s new album, called Sector 17, has topped the list of best songs on iTunes in 28 countries, according to his agency Pledis Entertainment, and Argentina has not been an exception.

9.

Artist: bts

Song: Life Goes On

10.

Artist: ATEEZ

Song: Sector 1

K-pop: its origins

Members of the STAYC group.  (Spotify)
Members of the STAYC group. (Spotify)

Modern K-pop (from the English “Korean pop”) has its origins in the 1990s with the debut of the popular group Seo Taiji and Boys in 1992known for incorporating Western music styles such as rap, hip-hop, rock, jazz, electronica and techno into their songs.

This trio, made up of Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun-suk and Lee Juno, made their debut on an MBC network talent show with the song Nan Arayo, perplexing the jury, which gave them the lowest ratings. However, the success of this single on radio and television was resounding, which led to the release of more songs by that style and more artists who bet on it.

It was not until 1995 when producer Lee Soo Man created one of the companies that to date remain a “heavyweight” in the music industry, S Entertainment; while former Seo Taiji & Boys member Yang Hyun Suk created YG-Entertainment (nineteen ninety six); followed by JYPEntertainment (1997), established by singer Park Jin Young.

These three companies were long called the “Big 3″ ‒until the success they achieved bts hand in hand with BigHit Entertainment (now known as Hybe Labels)‒ and were dedicated to training the first generations of idols, in order to meet the demand of the Korean public to want to see younger artists.

On this path, it was the group hot one of the first to debut in the industry, followed by others who made up the well-known “first generation of K-pop” such as Sechs Kies, SES, Fin.KL, NRG, Baby VOX, Diva, Shinhwa and god

At the beginning of the new millennium, some of the idol groups that had debuted were without activities while others like Baby Vox triumphed in various regions of Asia, an example of this their song song match which was promoted in the 2003 Soccer World Cup and which ranked first in the Chinese music charts.

At the same time, other idols who launched as soloists also marked a milestone: BoA, the first Korean singer to top the Oricon chart in Japan, an equivalent of the Billboard chart but Asian and in which artists from other countries rarely manage to enter and Rain, an actor and singer who gave a concert for 40 thousand people in Beijing.

K-pop triumph

A brief tour of the history of K-pop.  (Anayeli Tapia)
A brief tour of the history of K-pop. (Anayeli Tapia)

I would start the call later “second generation of K-pop”, again in the hands of groups that were made up of young figures such as TVXQ (debuting in 2003), SS501 (2005), Super Junior (2005), BIG BANG (2006), as well as female groups such as Wonder Girls ( 2007), Girls Generation (2007), and KARA (2007).

By 2008, South Korea was already dominating the entertainment market in Asia with an annual growth rate of over 10% in exports of its music and TV products with K-dramas being even the 68% of the music market in Japanahead of China (11.2%) and the United States (2.1%).

Later, more groups like SHINee or INFINITE, the latter who managed to secure the record of being the first to top the list of emerging artists on Billboard in 2014 with their song Last Romeo; 2PM, EXO, 2IN1, until reaching the third generation of K-pop, which includes new groups such as BTS, Seventeen, GOT7, Twice, Red Velvet, BLACKPINK, MAMAMOO, among others, until the current fourth generation, which is all those who debuted from 2017 onwards such as NCT, Stray Kids, ITZY, Ateez, ASTRO, and more.

It is worth mentioning that a watershed that should be considered is Gangnam Style by rapper PSY, a song that not only managed to break unimaginable records on music platforms like YouTube, but also went around the world and showed that language was not a barrier to success in an industry like that of USA.

To date, the baton as the greatest exponents of K-pop is held by the group BTS ‒composed of Suga, RM, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope, V and Jungkook‒, who in addition to dominating the music industry in South Korea and establishing their fame in the rest of the world, have been named “Asian trend leader” by The Economist and “Artists of the Year” by the magazine TIMEgoing through his award nominations grammys and its 10 awards Billboard.

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