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K-pop in Argentina: these are the groups and songs that dominate the Top 10 of iTunes

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

The 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 other groups such as Super Junior, Girls Generation, Wonder Girls, TVXQ, BIG BANG or soloists such as BOA were already well known among the Korean wave (hallyu)-loving public, the truth is that the feats achieved by the also interpreter of Gentleman made clear the potential of Asia’s leading industry 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 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 like iTunes “Top K-pop Songs Charts”, which is available for various countries, including Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.

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

1.

Artist: ATEEZ

Song: Guerilla

ATEEZ is back with their new album The World EP. 1: Movement, which includes Guerrilla as its 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.

His followers do not forget BTS.  (File, Archive)
His followers do not forget BTS. (File, Archive)

3.

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.

Four.

Artist: j-hope

Song: Pandora’s Box

5.

Artist: ATEEZ

Song: New World

6.

Artist: j-hope

Song: enter

7.

Artist: bts

Song: Life Goes On

8.

Artist: bts

Song: Permission to Dance

9.

Artist: bts

Song: dynamite

10.

Artist: SEVENTEEN

Song: World

The origins of K-pop

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

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 is still a “heavyweight” to this day in the music industry, SMEntertainment; while former Seo Taiji & Boys member Yang Hyun Suk created YG Entertainment (1996); followed by JYP Entertainment (1997), established by singer Park Jin Young.

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

These three companies were long called the “Big 3″ ‒until the success that BTS achieved 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.

Along this path, the group HOT was 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 were successful in various regions of Asia, an example of this was their song Coincidence that was promoted at the 2003 World Cup and which ranked first on 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 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 its exports. musical and television products with the K-dramasbeing even 68% of the music market in Japan, ahead of China (11.2%) and the United States (2.1%).

Later, 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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