By Libby Chuong
Oakland High students have been listening to K-Pop increasingly in recent years because of the popularity of songs like “Gangnam Style” by Psy, which went viral and has over 50 million views. “Gangnam Style” is one of the reasons K-Pop has been increasingly popular around the US. It opened our door to listen and learn about Korean pop music.
K-Pop is an abbreviation for Korean music which is a musical genre originating in South Korea consisting of pop and rock music styles.
Students are listening to K-Pop because K-Pop artists have collaborated with American artists like Akon, Missy Elliot, will.i.am, and Usher.
According to slideshare, teens have been listening to K-Pop because they can connect to their culture, but are interested in how different their music is. For example, how they sing in Korean and English.
“K-Pop is swag because it’s foreign and the Korean culture is very popular and entertaining,” said freshman Jade Hammond.
According to the Grammy website, K-Pop has been getting popular and noticed in places around like Europe, United States, South America,and the Middle East, making K-Pop more popular than it was before.
Some of the popular idols/stars people usually listen to are EXO, Big Bang, 2NE1, Ailee, and IU, according to Asian Junkie.
For new listeners, I would recommend the singer-songwriter IU because her voice is soothing. Also I would recommend G-Dragon’s latest album, Coup d’Etat, because it is very upbeat and energetic.
“I listen to K-Pop because it is awesome and the best,” said freshman Kimberly Voong. “K-Pop is hot too.