Words & Photos: Yours truly
First things first, when I say K-Pop, I don’t mean Gangham Style(!) as there’s so much more to the genre than the 2012 viral hit! K-Pop is a unique genre of modern music that combines fashion, visuals, dance, and… well, music – so it’s not surprising that I’m into it. If you don’t believe that K-Pop a real thing that’s taking over the world, just take a look at BTS’s Billboard success; a number one on the World Albums chart and a top 30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Again, there’s sooooo much more in the world of K-Pop than just BTS. In fact, far from it: here are three bands that I love that I think deserve more recognition.
SEVENTEEN is one of the first K-Pop bands I took a liking to after discovering and falling in love with BTS. They’re the biggest boyband to ever come from their record label Pledis: with 13 (ironically, not 17) members.
What I particularly enjoy about this band is that the members are divided into three units: the performance unit, the vocal unit, and the hip-hop unit, so with every major release you can expect a broad range of music because each unit gets their individual track tailor-made for their specialty + on top of songs where they come together as a 13-piece.
PENTAGON was put together on a reality show called Pentagon Maker (the line-up consists of the top 10 finalists).
In my very unpopular opinion, they’re one of the most underrated K-Pop acts ever. I think they’re far more talented and produce way better music than the likes of GOT7, WINNER, Monsta X, Wanna One, etc. etc. etc…
It took me a while to get into them, but NCT is now one of my K-obsessions!
NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology, a concept that allows for unlimited number of members from a selection of SM newbies – and there are a lot of them! The current line-up is made up of 18 members from all over the world.
What’s interesting about NCT is that each of the member belongs to one or more sub-units; NCT U (rotational unit depending who fits the current concept), NCT 127 (fixed unit with nine members), and NCT Dream (rotational unit by age: every member is under the age of 20)… Confusing? It is.
Music is constantly evolving, so I really want to know : what kind of music are you into?
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