Beginner’s guide: People are going krazy for K-Pop… but what exactly is it?

If you’re fairly active on social media – particularly Twitter or Tumblr – you may have seen some very attractive Korean people on your timeline. Whether they be edits, dance videos or the like, there’s a very good chance they are K-Pop stars. But what the heck is K-Pop?!


K-Pop stands for ‘Korean Pop’ and despite it only blowing up on social media in recent years, it’s actually had a strong fanbase since the 90’s. K-Pop has grown into a popular subculture amongst teenagers and young adults across Asia and is even gaining fans in the western countries. Let us introduce you to what could be your new music obsession…

K-Pop groups are quite big in comparison to our pop groups. For example, boyband EXO have a total of nine members and girlband Girls’ Generation has eight members. Imagine Little Mix with that many girls in the group!

They may be big in numbers, but they’re also big on social media. Back in 2013, EXO won the EMA for Social Buzz which meant they actually beat One Direction, who we all know are the biggest boyband of our generation. It was a neck and neck competition but the Korean cuties came out on top.

A big favourite in K-Pop is the dancing and we’re not talking PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style.’ The groups’ dance routines are seriously incredible and so in sync that it’s practically inhumane. We are in awe watching them dance.

Now, we need to introduce you to the biggest star in K-Pop – meet G-Dragon…

G-Dragon is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and fashion icon. Despite being the frontman of boyband Big Bang, G-Dragon (real name Kwon Ji-yong) has also done a lot of solo work.

With over 50 awards and over 12 number ones under his belt as well as collabs with Diplo and Missy Elliot, could G-Dragon give Justin Bieber a run for his money?

If you thought there was a lot of terminology for fandoms as it is, there’s even more for the K-Pop world. Here’s a quick lesson…

Aegyo – This means extremely cute. Those puppy/doe eyes? Pouty lips? Yep, that’s aegyo!

All-kill – This is used when a song goes to number one on all seven of the most important music charts.

Bias – This is your favourite. You are obsessed and in love with them. For example, if Michael from 5SOS was your favourite, if he were a K-Pop idol, he would be your bias.

Bias breaker – This is someone who could be seen as a threat to your bias. Harry may be your favourite in 1D, but doesn’t Niall look good? He’s gorgeous, amazing at singing and damn. He could even be your bias breaker…

Sasaeng – If someone calls you this, you may need to calm down. A sasaeng is a fan who is way too obsessive and over the top. They are the stalkers, the creepers and the ones that go a step too far. Yikes.

There’s a lot more terminology but we’ll save that for another day.

What do you think of K-Pop… got any artists we should know about? Tweet us @maximumpop while we go swoon over our bias.

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I'm passionate about two things - Pop culture and journalism. Writing for MP is fulfilling both my passions! Follow me on Twitter- @Ollys_Direction but I warn you, I fangirl a lot!

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