10 K-Pop Korean Girl Groups You Should Know
What Is K-Pop?
K-Pop is a genre of South Korean pop music. Hang on. I know what you're thinking: I saw that Gangnam Style video and it was pretty funny, but I wouldn't want to listen to that stuff all the time. Well, for better or worse (depending on how much of a Psy fan you are) a lot of Korean pop music is nothing like Gangnam Style. In fact, the look and sound of K-Pop is heavily influenced by American pop music, so many Korean girl groups are actually much more likely to sound similar to artists like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna.
What Are K-Pop Idols and Idol Groups?
Most K-Pop artists are trained performers rather than discovered musicians. They are usually recruited from talent scouting competitions and awarded long-term contracts that include years of training in music, dance, and choreography. Many start training for talent contests on their own when they are as young as 9 or 10 years old. Therefore, it is more accurate to consider K-pop idols professional entertainers and media personalities rather than simply musicians.
Other K-Pop Artists
Idol groups are girl and boy bands composed of trained idols who perform together to create a particular image and style. Though boy and girl bands (think Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls) have waned in popularity among Western audiences, they are still hugely popular in many Asian countries like South Korea and Japan.
K-Pop music already has an immense following in Asia and it's rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. Here are 10 K-Pop girl groups you should know about to stay on top of the growing trend.
Jewelry was formed in 2001 by Star Empire Entertainment company and is currently the longest-running Korean girl group ever. It consists of four members: Eunjung, Baby J, Ye-won, and Semi. To date, Jewelry has 8 studio albums as well as tons of singles.
Jewelry - "Look at Me"
#9: After School
Formed by the Pledis Entertainment music label in 2009, After School was the first K-Pop band to introduce the graduation system for fluctuating band members. Originally, it had 5 members, but several original members have "graduated" and new members have been admitted. Currently After School has 8 members: Jungah, Jooyeon, Uee, Raina, Nana, Lizzy, E-Young and Kaeun. After school has released 2 studio albums (one Korean and one Japanese) and 21 music videos to date as well as a number of singles, collaborations, soundtrack appearances, etc.
After School - "Flashback"
F(x) is a girl group formed by the SM Entertainment record label in 2009. It consists of 5 members: Victoria, Amber, Luna, Sulli, and Krystal. They have produced one full studio album and 11 music videos to date, as well as several EPs and Single albums.
F(x) - "Hot Summer"
#7: Brown Eyed Girls
Brown Eyed Girls, aka B.I.G. was formed by the Nega Network record label in 2006. The group has 4 members: JeA, Miryo, Narsha, and Gain. They have produced 4 studio albums and a number of singles and EPs.
Brown Eyed Girls - "Abracadabra"
Sistar was formed in 2010 by the Starship Entertainment record label. The group consists of 4 members: Hyorin, Bora, Soyou, and Dasom. To date, they have produced one studio album and 13 music videos as well as many single albums and EPs.
Sistar - "Alone"
T-ARA was formed in 2009 by the Core Contents Media entertainment label. The group consists of 7 members: Boram, Qri, Soyeon, Eunjung, Hyomin, Jiyeon, and Areum. They have produced 2 studio albums and a number of singles and EPs.
T-ARA - "Cry Cry"
Rania was created in 2011 by DR Music and consists of 6 members: Saem, Riko, Jooyi, Di, T-ae, and Xia. They have released one studio album and several singles.
Rania - "Dr. Feel Good"
4Minute was formed in 2009 by the Cube Entertainment record label. The group has 5 members: Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-a, and Kwon So-hyun. They have 2 studio albums, 25 music videos, and tons of compilations and singles.
4Minute - "Huh"
2NE1 was formed by the YG Entertainment record label in 2009. The group consists of 4 members: CL, Minzy, Dara, and Bom. 2NE1 has released 2 studio albums and 27 music videos as well as many singles and several collaborations.
2NE1 - "I Am The Best"
#1: Girls' Generation
Girls' Generation, aka SNSD, was formed by the S.M. Entertainment record label in 2007. The group consists of 9 members: Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun. Girls' Generation is one of the most popular K-Pop groups of all time. They have released 6 studio albums and a number of singles and EPs and many of the members have enjoyed careers in film and TV as well.