Korean Pop Music, or K-pop as it is commonly known, is currently Asia’s hottest music industry. Fans all over the world have been captivated by K-pop stars' good looks, amazing dance moves, and catchy tunes. Current K-pop sensations include, Rain, TVXQ, Big Bang, and the Wonder Girls.

* Big Bang

Big Bang is a very popular Korean boy band. Its five members are known as T.O.P, Seungri, Daesung, G-Dragon, and Taeyang. They were launched by the famous management company, YG Entertainment on August 19th 2006, as part of the company’s 10th anniversary concert. Big Bang immediately received praise from critics, the public, and other singers for the members’ outstanding talent.
On September 23rd, 2006, the group made their debut on the tv music show, “Music Core”, but Big Bang became famous throughout the country even before their official debut, since MTV Korea had aired an eleven-episode documentary about the making of the band. So far, as many as 1 million copies of their albums have been sold and Big Bang is popular not only in Korea, but also in Thailand, Japan and other countries around the world.

* Wonder Girls’

‘The Wonder Girls’ are one of the top girl bands in South Korea. They are produced by singer and songwriter, Park Jin Young (JYP), who is known for spotting future stars. His company, JYP Entertainment achieved international attention after producing hugely successful sensations, ‘Rain’ and ‘god’. ‘The Wonder Girls’ made their debut in 2007 with their first single, “Irony” but became a household name with the song, “Tell me”. They have scored three consecutive number one hit singles with "Tell Me", "So Hot", and "Nobody". Having sky-rocketed to popularity with the song, “Tell Me,” the Wonder Girls began appearing in numerous TV shows and commercials. They also have their own cosmetics brand, “Wonder Girls Cosmetics” which is popular among their fans. In the spring of 2010, the Wonder Girls were the first Korean musicians to tour in the US, covering 20 major American cities. They rose to the No. 16 on Billboard.com's 2010 list of top stars under 21 years old. "Nobody" became an international hit single on Youtube, drawing a large audience in Asia, South America, and Europe. The Wonder Girls followed with a successful showcase in various regions in Asia.

* SHINee

SHINee is a pop band that sets and leads the trends in music, dance, and fashion. This boy band made their first debut with Replay (누난 너무 예뻐, Replay), which won them many female fans of all ages. Following Replay, the singles Love like Oxygen (산소 같은 너) and Amigo (아.미.고) off their 1st album also became big hits. The group swept the various music awards, winning the award for best new artist of the 2008.
SHINee made a strong follow-up to their first album, with Romeo, their 2nd mini album, which came out in May 2009. With their trendy music and sparkling performances, they continually rank first in the TV music shows competitions.
Although SHINee is a relatively new group, they are already in the limelight and have become major stars in Asian countries such as China, Taiwan and Thailand.

* 2NE1

This girl group shot to the top of the charts with the release of their very first single, Lollipop, which they recorded with Big Bang. From the moment it was released, the music video for Lollipop was one of the top searches on the Korean portals. Their next single, Fire, followed soon after, and this too occupied the top slot on many of the music website charts.
2NE1, which consists of CL, Park Bom, Park Sandara, and Kong Min-ji, is known for their splendid vocal performances, stylish fashions, and the reggae rhythms and hip hop, which feature in their songs. Unlike many Korean girl groups, these girls do not have a cute or sexy style. Instead, the four members with their strong hip hop raps and bold lyrics are the epitome of a tough female group, and this makes them popular among both male and female fans. They are emerging as one of the top female groups in Korea.

The name of the group reads as the number 21, pronounced rapidly as “twenty-one”. The NE is an abbreviation of New Evolution, so the group name means “New Evolution of the 21st Century”.


4MINUTE is a girl group with endless charm and versatility. One second, they come across as adorable girlfriends playfully nagging their boyfriends and the next; they transform into sexy ladies seductively blowing kisses at the club! Their addictively intense songs combined with their arresting stage presence makes for an energy-filled performance that captivates the audience. 4MINUTE gained popularity worldwide only a short time after their debut and in 2010, the group even earned the top spot on the album chart of the biggest online music website in Taiwan and became number one on Hong Kong’s airplay chart. The group recorded a duet with American artist Amerie and collaborated with the Japanese R&B star Thelma Aoyama. The group’s first solo concert in Japan was sold out almost instantaneously.

* Girls' Generation

简介 Each member of Girls' Generation adds her own brilliant hue to the vibrant creativity of this multi-faceted band. One minute coyly taking the stage in a rainbow of skinny jeans and the next minute dressed in military-type outfits and showing off their legs through powerful, controlled dance moves—these girls can do it all! Whatever the concept, Girls' Generation adds their own unique style, making each album a bit hit and spreading Girls’ Generation fever across the globe. As the leading girl group in Asia, Girls’s Generation has enjoyed tremendous popularity not only in Korea but also in Japan and Taiwan, setting the global standard for girl idol groups.
Group 简介 Meaning 'The Era of the Girls,' Girls' Generation (also known as SNSD) is a nine-member girl group that made its debut in 2007. The group consists of Yoona, Sooyoung, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany, Sunny, and Seohyun. The group won the Artist of the Year (Daesang) awards at the Golden Disk Awards for two consecutive years (2009 and 2010) and were the first Korean girl group to make it to #1 on Japan's Oricon weekly album chart and the first overseas group to top the best-selling albums list in Japan. Girls' Generation is widely recognized for their talent both in Korea and abroad. Its members have appeared in various shows, dramas, radio programs, and commercials, winning the hearts of men and women of all ages.

The group’s 2009 hit single ‘Gee’ holds the record for being the longest running No.1 song on KBS Music Bank. Other hit songs include ‘Girls' Generation,’ ‘Kissing You,’ ‘Tell me your wish,’ ‘Oh!,’ ‘Run Devil Run,’ and ‘Hoot.'

* Super Junior

One of the largest boy bands in the world, Super Junior is among the top bands of Korean K-pop, defining the idol genre and sweeping across Asia and to the far reaches of Europe and the USA, captivating fans with their catchy songs and spirited dance moves. The band has a powerful stage presence that manages to combine each member’s individual charisma and energy for a fluid and unified performance. Super Junior’s fame continued to spread after the band went on tours through China, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan, and headlined SMTOWN concerts in LA and Paris. In the wake of the SMTOWN concerts in particular, a surprising number of fans across the world banded together to ask for Super Junior concerts in their own hometowns. These efforts point once again to the status of the band as an international sensation.

Group 简介
Super Junior made their debut in December 2005 with ambitions to become superstars not only as a singing group, but also as entertainers in each of their respective fields; acting, performing, MCing, music composing, modeling, etc. In addition to their activities as a group, Super Junior has also formed various subgroups to accommodate different musical genres; ‘Super Junior-K.R.Y.’, ‘Super Junior-T’, ‘Super Junior-M’, and ‘Super Junior-Happy.’ Moreover, the members of Super Junior have each made individual appearances on television and in other media outlets. Ever since releasing their first full-length album ‘Super Junior 05’ in December 2005, Super Junior has continued to produce hit songs such as ‘Twin,’ ‘Don’t Don,’ ‘Sorry Sorry,’ ‘Bonamana,’ and ‘Mr. Simple.’

* 2PM

Move aside, soft and cuddly idol boys! 2PM has come to challenge the overly boyish image of boy bands in Korea with their strong visuals and performances. The appearance of the relatively rough-looking 2PM members on the Korean music scene has even led to the coining of a new term: ‘jimseungdol,’ meaning ‘beastly idol.’

2PM’s single album ‘Again & Again,’ was released in 2009 and achieved No. 1 on Thailand’s Channel V Chart. In 2010, the band went on tour in Taiwan, Thailand, and Singapore. In December of 2010, the band made its debut in Japan and in May 2011, went on tour in Sapporo, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo.

Group 简介
The name 2PM was given to the band by its producer Park Jin-young to reflect the members’ passion and charisma, as 2PM (2:00 in the afternoon) is the most active and hottest time of the day. 2PM is comprised of 6 members: Taecyeon, Nichkhun, Wooyoung, Chansung, Junho, and Junsu. The band released its first single ‘Hottest Time of the Day’ in 2008 and is known for hits such as ‘10 Jeom Manjeome 10 Jeom’ (10 Points Out of 10 Points), ‘Again & Again,’ ‘Heartbeat,’ and ‘I’ll Be Back.’


MBLAQ commands the stage with powerful, seductive dance moves, and an addictive yet slightly mysterious charm. A little more rough (in a good way!) than many of their idol counterparts, the group gives off a cool and almost aloof air that is entirely bewitching. MBLAQ is also known by the nickname ‘Chicdol’ (chic + idol) for their magnetic stage manners, sense of fashion, and well-balanced music. MBLAQ is gaining broad recognition for their potential. In 2011, during the first week of their debut in Japan, the group was ranked first on the ‘Oricon Daily Charts’ for three consecutive days and second on the ‘Oricon Weekly Charts.’ The group also reached the second position on the online clip charts of the German music website Viva.

Group 简介
MBLAQ, an acronym for ‘Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality,’ reflects the members’ strong musical talents and focus on quality. The five members of MBLAQ are Lee Joon, Cheondoong, G.O, Mir, and Seung Ho. The group released its first single album ‘Just BLAQ’ in 2009, and has continued to produce hit songs including ‘Oh, Yeah,’ ‘Y,’ ‘Stay,’ ‘Again,’ and ‘Mona Lisa.’


The boy band BEAST is characterized by a powerful combination of intensity and tenderness. The members not only have strong visuals, but create an original stage presence with their up-beat music, moving vocals, and passionate dancing that is (dare we say it?) beastlike.

BEAST has been gaining steady popularity throughout Asia and in 2010 was even awarded the Golden Disk Award in three Asian countries. In March 2011, the group’s first album release in Japan sold 70,000 copies.

Group 简介
The name ‘BEAST’ captures the group’s characteristic onstage performances filled with wild and intense music accompanied by powerful dance moves. The group consists of six members: Lee Gi-kwang, Yoon Doo-joon, Yang Yo-seob, Yong Jun-hyung, Jang Hyun-seung, and Son Dong-woon. The group released its first mini album ‘Beast is the B2ST’ in 2009, and is known for hit songs such as ‘Bad Girl,’ ‘Shock,’ ‘Soom,’ ‘Beautiful,’ and ‘Fiction.’