But BTS is just one of a wave of groups producing Korean popular music, or K-Pop. Other K-pop groups include Red Velvet, Dreamcatcher, and Wanna One. They all performed around the world last year.
K-Pop has exploded in popularity since its start in the early 1990s. It’s known for its catchy songs, dynamic choreography, and fusion of musical genres like hip-hop, pop, and slower sentimental songs called ballads. “By blending these genres, they come up with new songs that sound very fresh and feel very new but also familiar,” explains Tamar Herman, a K-Pop columnist for Billboard magazine.
Mixing genres helps make the music relatable, even when it’s in a foreign language. For example, you might like a group’s pop song because of the smooth vocals, while your friend—who is a diehard hip-hop fan—might like it because of the rap, Herman explains.