Le Sserafim, the new HYBE group, is on the list of the 10 most popular songs among the Mexican public
It is not surprising that today when opening social networks, such as Twitter, the first thing that appears in the list of trends are words in hangul (Korean alphabet) related to K-pop ; short and apparently not so easy to pronounce names like Jungkook, Taeyong or Hyunjin ; or expressions as foreign as selca day, oppa and fighting.
And it is incredible how, despite the cultural differences, the different languages and the geographical separation, hallyu (translated as the Korean wave ) has had such a significant impact on the Western public, especially in Mexico, a country that has been characterized for being a big consumer of K-dramas, food, K-beauty, and so on.
K-pop is an element that is well worth highlighting, because currently its greatest exponents have begun to invade the lists of the most popular songs such as the Hot 100 or the Billboard 200 , they have broken records for artists of the stature of The Beatles have even been nominated for Grammys .
Therefore, it is not surprising that streaming platforms give it a space and have created its list of successes, as is the case with Apple with its top K-pop songs available for at least 39 countries, including Mexico; This drives the South Korean music industry to leap across oceans and disrupt other cultures.
Here is a list of the 10 most listened to songs this May 3 :
Canción: That That (prod. & feat SUGA of BTS)
Artist : BTS
Song: Permission to Dance
Artist : BTS
Song: Life goes on
Artist: Le Sserafim
Canción: Boy with luv (feat Halsey)
Song: Pied Piper
Artista: Stray Kids
Song : Manic
Artist : BTS
How K-pop was born
Modern K-pop (from the English “Korean pop”) originated 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, etc. into their songs. , rock, jazz, electronics and techno.
This trio, made up of Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun-suk and Lee Juno , made their debut on an MBC talent show with the song Nan Arayo , surprising the jury who gave them the lowest ratings . However, the success that this single gained on radio and television was resounding, which gave way to the release of more songs of that style and more artists who bet on it.
It was not until 1995 when the producer Lee Soo Man created one of the companies that to date are still a “heavyweight” 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 .
These three companies were long called the “Big 3″ ‒until the success BTS achieved with BigHit Entertainment (now known as Hybe Labels )‒, and were dedicated to training the first generations of idols, with the 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
At the beginning of the new millennium, some of the idol groups that had debuted were inactive while others like Baby Vox were successful in other Asian countries, with the song Coincidence being promoted in the 2003 World Cup and occupying the first position in the charts. of Chinese music.
At the same time, other artists who launched as soloists also marked a milestone: BoA , the first Korean singer to lead 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 40,000 people in Beijing.
Later, he would initiate the so-called “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), BIGBANG (2006), as well as girl groups such as Wonder Girls (2007), Girls Generation (2007), and KARA (2007).
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, 2EN1 , 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 that they are all those who debuted between 2017 and 2018 like Stray Kids, ITZY, Ateez, Astro and more.
A watershed to consider is rapper PSY Gangnam Style , a song that not only managed to break unimaginable records on music platforms like YouTube, but also went around the world and proved that language was not a barrier to success on the Internet. highly competitive countries such as the US industry.
To date, the baton as the greatest exponents of K-pop is held by the group BTS ‒made up of Suga, RM, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope, V and Jungkook‒, who in addition to dominating the music industry in Korea from the South and consolidate their fame in the rest of the world, they have been named “Asian trend leader” by The Economist and “Artists of the year” by TIME magazine