K-Pop: From “Underground Internet Sensation” to “Genuine Influence”


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“When we performed in Los Angeles, New York and Paris, we were shocked and surprised to see that the majority of our fans were non-Asian. That’s when we realized how big and influential K-pop was becoming around the world,” stated  Sunny of “Girls’ Generation,” a popular K-Pop group on grammy.com.

K-Pop is an abbreviation of Korean pop or Korean popular music.  K-Pop has gone from an underground Internet sensation to a genuine influence in America grammy.com.

Evolving from a local interest to being enjoyed world wide within the last few years, K-pop is a music genre consisting of electronic, hip hop, pop, rock, and R&B music originating in South Korea according to kpopforbeginners.weebly.com.

Starting with Psy’s songs “Gangnam Style” and “Gentle Man” becoming some of the most-viewed videos on Youtube in 2013 according to news.yahoo.com, K-Pop started to join the mainstream music. Since then K-Pop artists have had songs in the top 200 in various countries; Snoop Dogg performed on the title track of “Girls’ Generation’s” album.  Lady Gaga has announced that  a K-pop girl group, “Crayon Pop” will be opening for her on her summer tour, according to www.gmanetwork.com.

K-Pop artists  have sold out venues seating 1,700 to 2,500 people in US cities like Chicago, Atlanta and Houston, according to grammy.com.