Top 10 Most Popular Korean Boy Groups In 2018
One of Korean industry that could earned billions dollars every years for Korean Economic, Korean K-pop have become revolutionized the perception of the popular music industry Korea ‘s post development society. Notably, most Korean children are dream of becoming K-pop idols rather than entering traditionally esteemed careers such as politician, doctors, or academic. Actually, K-pop refers to a genre of popular music produced in South Korea. The contemporary K-pop style emerged in the 1990s as result of the integration of foreign music elements including American Rap, R&B and techno. with Korean style.
However, K-pop performers are more unique than just copied with Western Culture. They diversified musical styles and created something more awesome and more on Asian style. Here are the list of top 10 most popular Korean boy groups in 2018 :
FT Island (Mnet Media)
Five Treasure Island, or FTI, is a famous five member South Korean band. The name F.T. Island stands for ‘Five Treasure Island’. Their debut album, titled “Cheerful Sensibility”, was the sixth best-selling album in 2007. Their debut song ‘Lovesick’ stayed on top of kpop charts for 8 consecutive weeks. Their first album in Japan also was the sixth best selling album by Oricon chart.The members areChoi Jong-hoon(guitar and keyboard),Lee Hongki (lead vocals),Lee Jae jin (bass and vocals), Song Seung-hyun(guitar , vocals and rap) replacing Oh Won-bin in 2009), and Choi Min-hwan (drums).
SS051 (DSP Entertainment)
“Warning” was the first album song released in 2005 and “ Never Again” was the first song which they achieved the popularity. Members of group name: Kim Hyun-joong, Heo Young-saeng,Kim Kyu-jong,Park Jung-min and Kim Hyung-jun. Kim Hyun Joong has decided to enlist in the military then his agency was looking into postponing his enlistment for a second time.
Many believe his postponement was due to the shocking news that he had gotten an ex-girlfriend pregnant. In 2018, SS501’s special project group consisting of Young Saeng, Kyu Jong, and Hyung Jun performed on stage together at the Musical & Talk Concert, organized by the Seoul Police Promotional Team, which is where Heo Young Saeng is currently serving his military duties.
U-Kiss (NH Media)
U-Kiss formed in 2008 with seven-members namely, Soohyun,Eli, Kiseop,Kevin,Hoon, AJ and Jun.On June 7, 2011, U-KISS along with other K-Pop groups like 2NE1, MBLAQ, 4Minute,FT Island and BEAST held a special show dubbed as Seoul-Osaka Music of Hearts to raise funds to help the victims of the Japan Earthquake 2011.
The group also became the first K-pop idol to hold a fan-meeting in Cambodia held on June 18,2012.The fan meeting leads to a charity organization in a nearby school wherein the members interacted with the kids and passed out baseball bats and other baseball equipment for the children.The show, as a part of the benefit project was sponsored by famous Cambodian people and was even attended by the Prime Minister of Cambodia,Hun Sen.
B2ST (Cube Entertainment)
With a six-members team was formed in 2009 by Cube Entertainment, namely Yoon Doo-Joon, Jang Hyun-seung, Yong Jun-Hyung, Yang Yo-soeb,Lee Gi-kwang, and Son Dong-woon. Beast stylized as BEAST or B2ST) is a boy group from South Korea that consists of six members, under Cube Entertainment. The group was originally known as B2ST, an acronym for boys to Search for Top.
However, their name was changed to BEAST (Boys of the East Standing Tall) a few days before debut.They released their first mini-album Beast Is The B2ST on October 14, 2009. The B2ST members don’t care if people call them recycled, but they worry about their fans being hurt by comments. Interestingly, The team donnot want to sleep in different rooms because it will weaken their relationship with each other. To decide their bed arrangements , the members used the ladder game. BEAST official color is dark gray.
MBLAQ (J. Tune Entertainment)
MBLAQ is created by Korean entertainer Rain under a branch of his label J.Tune Entertainment called J.Tune Camp.The group consisted of Seung Ho(Leader,G.O(main vocalist),Joon(vocalist,main dancer)),Cheondoong/Thunder (vocalist,rapper),and Mr.(rapper). The group debuted on October 9,2010 and released their first album with BLAQ style. MBLAQ’s official fanclub was announced in November 2009, with the given name of A+ or in Hangul. The colour of the official fanclub in Pearl Chocolate.
TVXQ (S.M. Entertainment)
TVXQ made their debut on December 26m,2003 during a BoA and Britney Spears showcase where they performed their debut single “Hug” and a cappella rendition of “ O Holy Night” with BoA. In April. 2005, they debuted in Japan under the Avex sub-label Rhythm Zone with the single “ Stay with Me Tonight” .
TVXQ began as a five-member boy band composed of members U-Know Yunho, Max Changmin, Hero Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, and Xiah Junsu.With over ten million albums sold in its first ten years,TVXQ has become one of Asia’s most successful music acts of their generation. They are often referred to as “Asia’s Stars” and the “Kings of K-pop” for their immense success and contributions to Korean pop.
2PM (JYP Entertainment)
2PM is originally consisted of seven members but currently they have six members due to the sudden contract termination of leader Jaebeom following an internet convertoversy in September 2009.While current member are Junsu, Junho, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung and Chansung. The members of 2PM all auditioned (except Nickhun, who was scouted) to become part of JYP entertainment, to which the Wonder Girls & 2AM also belong.
Some members held their auditions in other countries; for example, Park Jaebeom auditioned in the United States. 2PM have made their overseas performance to many countries such as Thialand, China, Malaysia , Phillipine,Japan so on and so for. In mid-2010,2PM has been chosen along Girl’s Generation to be the spokesperson for Caribbean Bay. Shortly after, the members of 2PM(except for Nichkhun) were chosen to sing the song ‘ Fly to Seol BOOM BOOM” to support tourism in Korea. Due to renewal of their endorsement deal with Samsung,2PM recorded the song “ Nori For U” for samsung anycall NORi.
The relative newcomer SHINee group are powered by brightly colored leather,Dr.Martens boots and hair mousse.Their music, especially “Replay,” “Ring Ding Dong” and “Juliette,” felt the riskiest, even if it only slightly tweaked that polyglot K-pop formula; these vocalists were among the night’s strongest.Shinee has released six full-length albums (three in Korean language and three in Japanese language), five mini-albums, three live album and various Japanese singles as well as Japanese remakes of their Korean releases.
They have also won many awards, held three concert tours and starred in their own reality shows. Shinee is considered to be a fashion icon having started the “Shinee Trend” and are known for their highly synchronized and complex dancing.Shinee is known for their fashion style, created by designer Ha Sang-beg (???), which features high-top sneakers, skinny jeans and colorful sweaters.Their style has created a fashion trend amongst students which the media dubbed the “SHINee Trend”. The groups “boyish charm” was an important factor for Shinee to gain fans especially females, young and adult.
Super Junior(S.M. Entertainment)
Formed in 2005 the group comprised of thirteen members with high talent young boys. Group have officially became international recognition after release of their best-selling album” Sorry, Sorry” in 2009. Super Junior’s popularity has spread across Asia and they have held concerts in such place as Thailand and Japan. Interestingly, some members of group have several jobs as Vjs, actors and models, which helped to boost the group’ s reputation. Among thirteen members there is one Chinese Han Geng, while the others twelve are Leeteuk(the leader),Heechul, Han Geng , Yesung,Kang-in, Shindong,Sungmin,Eunhyuk,Donghae,Siwon,Ryeowook,Kibum, and Kyuhyun,those was chosen among 3,000 applicants through auditions held in China by SM Entertainment in 2001.For a while the group was rumored to be called O.V.E.R, the acronym for “Obey the Voice for Each Rhythm.”
However, before the group settled with their current name, SM simply referred to them as Junior, a representation of the members’ young ages when they first became SM trainees. After the members’ showcased their different talents to the company at a picnic, the company finalized their concept name to Super Junior. The group thereafter became officially Super Junior 05, the first generation of Super Junior. Then we have Super Junior-K.R.Y.(is a trio formed by Kyunhyun, Ryeowook,and Yesung),Super Junior T(Triot),Super Junior M(often refer to as SJ-M),Super Junior-Happy(SJ-Happy).
Big Bang (YG Entertainment)
A group consist of five members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, Seungri, first public performed in 2006 which achieved a greatly succeed among Korean K-pop band and they stand on the top on the following years. They received the Song of the Year award at the 2007 Mnet Korean Music Festival in 2007 and 2008. Interestingly, group had expanded their endeavors to Japan by receiving three awards winner at the 9th MTV video music Awards Japan and many awarded have been achieved. They are now became worldwide K-pop icon and truly the best of all time among majority fans of K-pop around the world.