KPOP-Pourri delivers the low-down on KPOP, the Korean Pop Music phenomena that inspired Ma-Yi Labbie, Jason Kim, and co-creator, Woodshed Collective to bring this immersive new musical to life.

KPOP is a joint production between ARS NOVA, Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective.


K-pop (abbreviation of Korean pop; Hangul: 케이팝) is a music genre originating in South Korea that is characterized by a wide variety of audiovisual elements. Although it comprises all genres of “popular music” within South Korea, the term is more often used in a narrower sense to describe a modern form of South Korean pop music.

Covering a range of styles and genres incorporated from the West such as Western pop music, rock, jazz, hiphop, R&B, reggae, electronica, techno, rave, numetal, folk, country and classical music , the genre also incorporates a great deal of its traditional Korean music roots. K-pop entered the Japanese market at the turn of the 21st century and rapidly grew into a subculture among teenagers and young adults of East and Southeast Asia. With the advent of online social networking services, the current global spread of K-pop and Korean entertainment is known as the ‘Korean Wave.’ (wiki)


SPINDITTY’s Top Ten KPOP Girl Bands 2017

The rise of popularity in the K-Pop world is growing pretty fast. From the time of their debut to now (2017) some new girl groups have already achieved success in just a few short years. Which among the many girl groups are the best, most beautiful, most successful, and most popular as of early 2017? Let’s find it out in this list.

The girl group who received the Best New Artist Award at the 2016 Melon Music Awards is YG Entertainment’s new band, Black Pink. With their catch Hip-hop, EDM, and R&B style, their music definitely caters to the taste of many K-Pop listeners today. The group has officially debuted on August 8, 2016 with the single album Square One and is the first girl group to debut under YG seven years after 2NE1. The group consists of four members: Jennie, Jisoo, Rose, and YG’s first non-Korean artist, Lisa. Black Pink’s debut singles hit number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart and they are the fastest act to do so, and the third Korean artist to hold the top two positions after Psy and Big Bang. Their song, “Whistle” topped the digital, download, streaming, and mobile charts on Gaon in August 2016. With their immense success, their fans (called Blinks) are already hyped-up for their next and upcoming performance.


YG Entertainment highlights R&B and hip hop, artistic freedom including Artists: Big Bang, Gummy, SE7EN,PSY,EPIK HIGH, Lee Hi 1TYME and BLACKPINK. Read more about the Biggies from Seoul Space.  



BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENTTheir success is focusing on only a few bands (BTS and Homme, BTS’s senior group) and with a lot more attention. BTS made their American red-carpet debut receiving the top social artist spot above American pop stars at the Billboards Music Awards. Time Magazine also named the Korean group one of its 25 Most Influential People on the Internet this year with over 4 million followers on all of its official social media accounts.


Another successful and popular girl group in the K-Pop world is Apink, formed by Plan A Entertainment. The group consists of Park Cho-rong, Yoon Bo-mi, Jeong Eun-ji, Son Na-eun, Kim Nam-joo and Oh Ha-young. Apink’s style is simply unique in today’s generation. Unlike the sexy, hot, and attractively appealing style, they chose to go with an innocent, girly, and high-school like type.

Member Oh Ha-young said, “Other girl groups these days tend to highlight their dancing skills and sexy looks, but our concept was an innocent and pure image. I think that’s why the audience felt comfortable with us.” Their music generally fits within the bubblegum pop genre, with a signature cheery lyrics and features a quick rhythm and vintage sound to beat the summer heat. Today, Apink is not only popular in Korea, but also establishing name in Japan and other Asian countries.

Dark horses of the Korean pop music industry, their slow rise to fame should not be mistaken with their immense talent. Their unbeatable tracks are what made them superstars of the year. With their first debut, “Mallayo” in 2011, this band simply managed to reach for the stars. They had the third highest selling album in 2013 with “NoNoNo” being the13th highest selling song.




When a group’s song or album simultaneously takes the top spot of all eight Korean music charts. The first all-kill is usually a good sign that a group is on the path to huge popularity. Fore example: Heize‘s new release is an ALL-KILL.




It’s the equivalent term of being the youngest member, which is popularly known in the K-Pop world. In many boy groups, maknaes are precious for the hyungs because they are like the baby of the family. They are usually seen as the cutest and the most childish of the group and the one that receives the most love from the hyungs. But sometimes, the maknaes are not only playful but are also caring, matured, understanding, and lovable as well. These talented, handsome, and adorable maknaes are the pride of each group. In this list, let’s meet the youngest member of each K-Pop boy groups, and learn some fun facts about them.

They’re the youngest and almost always the cutest of every K-pop group – that’s right, we’re talking about maknaes!

Koreans put a lot of accent on age in pretty much all aspects of life. Generally speaking, the older you are, the better. The maknae usually represents innocence and is expected to be the cutest (aka. make the most aegyos, which they often find themselves embarrassed to do).




They debuted with their single “Happiness” and gained attention for their lively music and dance. As a new group, Red Velvet has received a total of thirteen music awards, including two awards for choreography; Best Dance – Female and Best Dance Performance – Female Group, as well as three new artist awards. They are also popular for their cameo appearance in the 2016 hit drama, Descendants of the Sun.


comeback – a new album release, which involves intense practice, choreography, recording, and filming the accompanying music video for months before.

Red Flavor  is Red Velvet ‘s new  comeback.




Monsta X

is a South Korean boy group formed by Starship Entertainment through the survival show NO.MERCY on Mnet in 2015. The group is composed of seven members. Jooheon has also been a participant of Season 4 of South Korean TV series Show Me The Money.


Seventeen (세븐틴) is a kpop band that consists of thirteen members: S.coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon (the hip-hop unit)Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, DK, Seungkwan (the vocal unit); Hoshi, Jun, The8, Dino (the performance unit).  Seventeen debuted on May 26, 2015, under Pledis Entertainment.



Former President Obama, mentioned  SHINee recently at the Conference for Asian Leadership stressing the friendship between South Korea and the US: He joked, American kids are “learning Korean in order to know more about SHINee.” The boy group is considered one of the best live KPOP vocalists and dancers, known for their R&B style.SHINee is a South Korean boy group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2008 and is composed of five members: Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho and Taemin.  Shinee as a group is known for their experimental sound and various genres with every new release



Coming in at #1 on Spinditty’s top Girl Bands 2017 is TWICE. Garnering several music awards since their debut is JYP Entertainment’s new girl group, Twice. Formed through the 2015 reality show Sixteen, the group is composed of nine members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. They officially debuted on October 20, 2015 and since then, they have been experiencing huge success with the mini-album The Story Begins and title track “Like OOH-AHH”. Their music video hit 50 million views within five months of their debut and became the most-viewed debut music video for any K-pop group, and following that popularity is their recorded sales of their album, which was confirmed to have sold 0.49 million, a bombastic thing for a newly-formed group. Twice is one of the most successful and best-selling K-Pop groups ever. Their new lead single, “Knock Knock”, was released on February 20, 2017, and the music video hit 17 million on its second day on Youtube. Their official fanbase is called Once.



Hyung literally means “older brother”
The female version of this word is oppa.

Tomorrow Seungjun hyung and I are meeting up with Jinil hyung.”


Why B.A.P’s ‘Wake Me Up’ Is the K-Pop Act’s Most Personal & Accomplished Single Yet

“In the K-pop world, B.A.P has become known for their aggressive, no-bars-held approach to hip-hop and pop bangers which has developed into a dedicated, global fanbase that has sent them on three world tours and will soon include a fourth“. more from BILLBOARD





The real queens and divas of K-Pop is our all-time favorite idols and the pioneer of girls’ group in this generation is SNSD, also called Girls’ Generation. Since their debut in 2007, our SNSD idols have been through a lot, through fame, success, and even trials that resulted them to remain stronger with 8 members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun. SNSD’s signature musical styles are characterized as electropop and bubblegum pop, though their sounds have varied widely, incorporating various genres including hip hop, R&B, and EDM. The group is also considered as one of the best-selling K-Pop groups of all time. Their immense popularity earned them numerous titles, including “The Nation’s Singers” and “The Nation’s Girl Group”. In August 2016, in celebration of the group’s ninth debut anniversary, a single titled “Sailing (0805)” was released. Even without being so active in the past year, SNSD is still loved by millions of fans around the world, covering a wide range of ages from younger teens to elderly adults.

If we talk about the success that dominates the Korean pop industry, then the first name that comes in our mind is Girl Generation. The band is no less than fire blazing. Winning the hearts of millions of fans worldwide, their songs just don’t seem to leave Billboards. They’ve surpassed even popular boy bands and endorsing more than 50 brands at one time because of their positive image. Now this is why we call that number one position demands a lot, and not just some perfect songs. They are simply wonderful and have also won several awards for “Gee” in 2009. The band has outperformed all the leading bands in the last 6 years and today, it is one of the most celebrated band with millions and billions of fan following.



SM Entertainment is considered the biggest and the first to really tap into the Chinese market. Their YouTube channel, SMTOWN, has 10 million subscribers. Artists include SHINee,EXO AND Red Velvet




Showing us their powerful vocals and charming faces are the amazingly talented and beautiful members of the girl group, Gfriend, formed under Source Music in 2015. The newly-formed group is hitting the charts with their exceptionally good voices and sweet concept of an ideal girlfriend. The group consists of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji.

Their debut was considered as one of the best in 2015, and became successful after they won several 2015 female rookie awards despite coming from a small company. Since then, Gfriend has garnered their momentum and continues to release songs that caters to the sweet taste of K-Pop lovers. Towards the end of 2016, YouTube revealed the top 10 K-pop MVs most beloved by South Koreans, and Gfriend’s “Rough” and “Navillera” were ranked 2nd and 10th respectively in that list. “Rough” also became the most downloaded song in 2016 according to Gaon Chart’s 2016 Year End Download Chart.



With their razor sharp pop songs, complex mythology, and preternatural good looks, EXO have dominated the Korean charts – and since the implosion of Harry Styles et al they’ve become the biggest boyband in the world –

According to S.M. Entertainment, the video has just become the fifth of EXO‘s YouTube productions to garner over 100 million views. “Wolf” is the lead track from EXO’s first studio album “XOXO” in 2013. The K-pop sensation had already broken the mark four times, with “Overdose,” “Growl,” “Call Me Baby” and “Monster.”