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K-pop in Argentina for the weekend: these are the songs that dominate the iTunes Top 10

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

Year 2012 was significant for K-pop music when rapper PSY released his catchy Gangnam Style, which after its worldwide success put South Korea on the western radar, paving the way for other artists in the same scene.

Although others groups like Super Junior, Girls Generation, Wonder Girls, TVXQ, BIG BANG or soloists like BOA 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 of the most outstanding industry in Asia to enter the Western market .

behind 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 platforms, in large magazines, in the advertising of various brands and even in awards of the stature of Billboard or the Grammy.

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

Here is a list of the 10 most played songs today:


Artist: ATEEZ

Song: Warfare

The ATEEZ group is back with his new album The World EP. 1: Movementwhich includes Guerrilla as its main song and with which they have secured success in several world tops.


Artist: BTS

Song: Butter (Sweeter Remix)

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


Artist: Moonbin&Sanha

Song: Dive Into You

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


Artist: j-hope

Song: Pandora’s Box

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


Artist: bts

Song: Life Goes On


Artist: ATEEZ

Song: New World


Artist: j-hope

Song: enter


Artist: bts

Song: Permission to Dance


Artist: bts

Song: dynamite


Artist: ATEEZ

Song: Sector 1

K-pop: its origins

PSY and BTS are two of the great figures of this musical genre.  (Reuters)
PSY and BTS are two of the great figures of this musical genre. (Reuters)

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 1992, known for incorporating Western music styles such as rap, hip-hop, and music into their songs. hop, rock, jazz, electronics and techno.

This trio, consisting of Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun-suk, and Lee Juno, made their MBC talent show debut with the song Nan Arayo, stumping the jury, who 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 of 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 (1996); followed by JYP Entertainment (1997)established by singer Park Jin Young.

These three companies were long called the “Big 3″ ‒until the success that BTS achieved with BigHit Entertainment (now known as Hybe Labels)‒ and were dedicated to nurturing the first generation of idols, in order to meet the demand of the Korean public for wanting to see younger artists.

On this path, it was the group HOT one of the first to debut in the industryfollowed 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

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

At the beginning of the new millennium, some of the idol groups that had debuted were without activities while others like Baby Vox were successful in various regions of Asia, An example of this is his song song Coincidence that was promoted in the 2003 World Cup and that ranked first in the Chinese music charts.

Along with others idols that were released as soloists also marked a milestone: BoA, the first Korean singer to top the Oricon chart in Japanan equivalent to the Billboard list 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.

Later, the so-called “second generation of K-pop” would begin, 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 girl 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 even accounting for 68% of the music market. in Japan, ahead of China (11.2%) and the United States (2.1%).

Subsequently more groups like SHINee or INFINITE would emerge, the latter who managed to secure the record of being the first to lead the Billboard emerging artists list 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.

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