Award-winning South Korean boy bands GOT7 and BTS, as well as K-pop soloist HyunA, lead the Asian singing sensations who have invaded America. It is a testament to K-pop’s broadening international appeal.
Following the release last year of its second studio album, Flight Log: Turbulence, GOT7 has embarked on its concert series in Miami and Washington DC, a few days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Next on the popular all-male group’s itinerary are Chicago on the 25th, then Houston and Los Angles on January 27 and 29, respectively.
Last December, GOT7 ranked number 10 on Billboard 10’s Best K-Pop Albums of 2016. When the band tweeted the achievement, it generated congratulatory comments from many followers.
CRITICS AND FANS’ PICKS
Indeed, the talented boy band formed by JYP Entertainment in 2014 (consisting of seven members from South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and the United States) has gotten both the critics’ approval and the adulation of an ever-increasing global fan base. In a span of a few years, the band members have become noted not only for their singing ability and cute faces but also their dance skills.
Not to be outdone are other boy bands, including B1A4 and BTS. B1A4 will promote its 2016 album Good Timing. The new album features tracks with a laid-back vibe and pleasant beat listeners can groove along to.
BTS, which won the Global Kpop Artist Award at the 2017 Golden Disc Awards held in Gyeonggi Province (with the plum award Album Of The Year going to EXO), will perform in two shows in Newark on March 23-24, before heading Chicago for a show on March 29, and taking their act to Anaheim, CA, on April 1-2.
K-POP SOLOIST MAKES A MARK
Also slated to perform in the U.S. concert scene is Korean singing sensation HyunA. The former lead vocalist and dancer of the all-female group 4Minute has churned out hit singles like “Change” that got over 17 million hits on YouTube.
The K-pop soloist who is remembered for appearing in Psy’s Gangnam Style music video will perform in shows in Chicago and New York City in early March. The thought of seeing such talented K-pop artists performing on the U.S. concert stage has thrilled their legions of fans.