2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea: A guide to all things K-pop

Posted February 11, 2018 by

From The Michigan Journal, the weekly student publication at the University of Michigan-Dearborn:

It was recently announced that EXO and CL will rock the stage at the 2018 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony on Feb. 25 and represent South Korea in front of the entire world. Many other Korean acts will make appearances and perform throughout the games as well–NCT 127, BTOB, B1A4, 2pm, Red Velvet, GFriend, Super Junior D&E–but what do you know about these iconic K-pop artists? Or K-pop in general?

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Although K-pop has been seeping into Western charts and TV’s only during the last decade, it has a rich history that goes all the way back to the 1990’s–and a number of key artists are responsible for the evolution of South Korea’s music industry. Here is a guide to the timeline of K-pop to get you ready for all of the great performances and appearances during the Pyeongchang Olympics!

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2nd Generation of K-pop artists: The 2000’s

This generation of K-pop is credited for the Hallyu Wave–their success was unprecedented and the world began to fall in love with Korean music and culture because of these artists.

2nd Generation of K-pop artists: The 2000’s
1. Psy
2. BoA
3. Rain
5. Super Junior


This group is undoubtedly the most popular K-pop group not only in South Korea, but in the world. They’ve been in the forefront of fashion, art, and music since they debuted under YG Entertainment in 2006. “Haru Haru,” “Lollipop,” and “Lies” are some early hip-hop hits that shot them into stardom. But 2012’s “Fantastic Baby” and 2015’s “Bang Bang Bang” are the groups most legendary hits. BIGBANG has proven to be popular among all age groups in South Korea and have sold out stadiums all over the world–North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. ALL members have released great solo albums too, which are just as successful as the group’s albums. Leader G-Dragon is the most followed Korean celebrity on Instagram and a fashion icon, while T.O.P is the most unfollowed celebrity (you’ll know why if you follow him). Sadly, the members have started their military enlistments, but we recently celebrated the wedding of member Taeyang to actress Min Hyo-rin!

7. Wonder Girls
8. Girls Generation
9. Shinee
10. 2NE1

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