Calling all K-Pop fans!
The K-pop phenomenon is taking the world by storm, and as it garners more and more fans in the west, the terms used within the K-pop are becoming more commonplace. K-pop refers to Korean pop or Korean pop music, and often includes all genres of music that is popular in South Korea. Nowadays, the term is most commonly used to refer to a relatively new form of South Korean pop music which is inspired by many different genres from Asia and around the world. Some of the styles that have inspired and influenced K-pop include Western pop, jazz, gospel, folk, country, latin experimental, rock, hip hop, classical, reggae and electronic dance. K-pop was modernized back in 1992 with the group Seo Taiji and Boys, who formed that year. The artists of the K-pop world are frequently referred to as idols by their fans, and usually have a leader who happens to be the most experienced or eldest. This person is also usually responsible for speaking on behalf of the group in interviews. In most cases, each member of a K-pop group has a specific role to play, which varies between singing, dancing and rapping, and can feature a combination of the three. The most popular or famous member of the group is sometimes known as the face, but this can change. To find out whether you’re a true fan of K-pop, take this quiz and choose the correct definitions for a range of typical K-pop words in English and Korean!