K-Pop! You’ve probably heard of it in some capacity, whether through music, news, or even your children. This genre of music has been steadily climbing towards the top of music charts across the world. In 2018, over 6 different K-pop groups landed on the Billboard 200 chart. Not to mention, the number of people listening to Korean music has doubled over the past years.
With American as the melting pot of the world, it only makes sense that all types of music would be welcomed and accepted, right? Well despite it’s rising fame, there are still many within America who disapprove of K-pop. These people are doubtful if K-pop success is real, disapproving of the language barrier, and etc..
In 2018, a K-pop star named Kris Wu had topped off the iTunes chart, beating out many American artists such as Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga. As a result, Scooter Braun, Grande’s manager, sent a tweet about how Kris used bots to manipulate the charts and take what should have been Ariana’s spot. As a result, despite the lack of evidence, many Ariana fans came out and began to attack to Korean singer, further accusing him.
Kris Wu sending his bots when thank u, next is about to hit #1 on iTunes pic.twitter.com/no8jGbaHsu— R (fan account) (@arianaspilltea) November 6, 2018
There have been plenty of other moments where K-pop has been mocked in some facet. Despite this hate, K-pop has continued to grow in popularity seen by a group known as BTS having recently sold out a concert at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Whether or not Americans are ready, K-pop is making its way into the American music scene. What is your take on K-pop? Share your opinion in the comments!