K-Pop Has Taken Over The World

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K-Pop Has Taken Over The World

BTS debuts in the United States performing in the 2017 American Music Awards  | Photo courtesy of Spin.com

BTS debuts in the United States performing in the 2017 American Music Awards | Photo courtesy of Spin.com

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BTS debuts in the United States performing in the 2017 American Music Awards | Photo courtesy of Spin.com

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BTS debuts in the United States performing in the 2017 American Music Awards | Photo courtesy of Spin.com

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Super Junior – a senior idol group hailing from South Korea | Photo courtesy of Soompi


In the past few years, K-Pop has taken over the world.  K-Pop has been making a lot of history in the U.S. recently and it has many of us shook. For those who don’t know, K-Pop is a music genre that originated in South Korea and has gotten very popular over the years.  “Big boy groups” like “Bulletproof Boy Scouts” also known as “BTS” is a boy group that has had most of the success in the U.S. recently. They have won “Top Social Artist” at the Billboard Music Awards, they were the first K-Pop group to perform their hit single “
DNA” at the American Music Awards, and gained a nomination at the iHeartradio Music Awards alongside another big K-Pop group “EXO” for “Best Fan Army.”

 

Idol group EXO | Photo courtesy of Allkpop

During the past few days, I have gone out and interviewed several people and the responses I’ve gotten were pretty amazing and shocking to me. One of the few people that I interviewed was Nikole Castaneda and Jayla, a question that I asked multiple people was: Do you feel it’s right for K-Pop to be international?  “I mean yeah, all music is international, why not? K-Pop music is a culture thing, everyone should be able to listen to it no matter what”, answered Nikole.  “Yeah, because our music is international so why can’t they be,” said Jayla. Also, when I asked if they could describe K-Pop, they both replied, “it’s fun and definitely different from anything we have listened too.”  

 

On the other hand, many people are not fond of K-Pop and I actually found one person that isn’t very fond of it, Casey Ramirez. When I asked him about K-Pop he replied with “Ew, K-Pop is lame, that’s some weird sh*t, why do you listen to that?”  As a big fan of K-Pop, I found myself offended with that comment. Now I’m not being bias over here because I’m a big fan of K-Pop, but it does have some amazing music. I strongly believe that music has no language barrier and it fully expresses many people’s emotions. I also believe that every music genre should be given a chance to fully express its magic.