Stray Kids and other groups that dominate the ranking of K-pop in iTunes Colombia

The success that K-pop has achieved in recent years is indisputable: words are seen daily hangul (Korean alphabet) mastering the world twitter trendsits exponents add millions of reproductions every time they launch a music video on YouTube, they are nominated for renowned awards such as the grammys and lead the most important rankings such as those of Billboard or iTunes.

With their perfectly synchronized choreographies, their catchy songs and the mixture of genres and styles that make them up, it is to be expected that many streaming platforms are interested in measuring the impact of the Korean musical wave and make lists like the iTunes Top K-pop Songs.

Based on the number of downloads or digital purchases made through the Apple system, the iTunes K-pop ranking is available to be consulted every 24 hours in at least 39 countries, including Colombia, so it is a count that worth checking to see favorite topics of the moment And don’t lag behind the trends.

Here are the 10 best K-pop songs from iTunes Colombia:


Artist: stray kids

Song:Mixtape : Time Out


Artist: PSY

Song: Gangnam Style


Artist: bts

Song: Butter (Sweeter Remix)


Artist: ATEEZ

Song: Warfare


Artist: bts

Song: Permission to Dance


Artist: bts

Song: Life Goes On


Artist: bts

Song: ForYouth


Artist: j-hope

Song: safety zone


Artist: bts

Song: dynamite


Artist: BTS & Megan Thee Stallion

Song: Butter (Megan Thee Stallion Remix)

What is the origin of K-pop

Group EXO (Photo: SM Entertainment)

Modern K-pop (from the English “Korean pop”) originated in the 1990s with the debut of the popular group Seo Taiji and Boys in 1992, known for incorporating Western music genres such as rap, hip-hop, rock, jazz, electronics and techno into their songs.

This trio, made up of Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun-suk and Lee Junomade his debut on an MBC network talent show with the song Nan Arayoshocking the jury, who gave them the lowest marks. However, the success of this single on radio and television was resounding, which led to the release of more songs of that style and more artists who bet on it.

It was not until 1995 when producer Lee Soo Man created one of the companies that to date remain a “heavyweight” in the music industry, S Entertainment; while former Seo Taiji & Boys member Yang Hyun Suk created YG-Entertainment (nineteen ninety six); followed by JYPEntertainment (1997), established by singer Park Jin Young.

These three companies were long dubbed the “Big 3” ‒until the success that BTS achieved with BigHit Entertainment (now known as Hybe Labels)‒ and were dedicated to teaching the first generations of idolsin order to meet the demand of the Korean public to want to see younger artists.

Along this path, the HOT group was one of the first to debut in the industry, followed by others who made up the well-known “first generation of K-pop” like Sechs Kies, SES, Fin.KL, NRG, Baby VOX, Diva, Shinhwa and god

At the beginning of the new millennium, some of the groups of idols that had debuted were inactive while others like Baby Vox triumphed in various regions of Asia, an example of this their song song match which was promoted in the 2003 Soccer World Cup and which placed first on the Chinese music charts.

At the same time, other artists who launched themselves as soloists also marked a milestone: Boathe first Korean singer to top the Oricon chart in Japan, a chart equivalent Billboard but Asian and in which rarely artists from other countries manage to enter and Rainan actor and singer who gave a concert for 40 thousand people in Beijing.

Breaking barriers

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A brief tour of the history of K-pop. (Illustration: Anayeli Tapia)

I would start the call later “second generation of K-pop”again in the hands of groups that were made up of young figures such as TVXQ (debuting in 2003), SS501 (2005), Super Junior (2005), BIGBANG (2006), as well as girl groups like Wonder Girls (2007), girls generation (2007) and KARA (2007).

By 2008, South Korea was already leading the entertainment market in Asia with an annual growth rate of over 10% in exports of its music and television products with K-dramas, even accounting for 68% of the music market in Japan, ahead of China (11.2%) and the United States (2.1%).

Later, more groups like SHINee or INFINITYthe latter who managed to secure the record of being the first to top the list of emerging artists from Billboard in 2014 with his song Last Romeo; 2PM, EXO, 2IN1, all the way to the K-pop third generation where new groups such as BTS, Seventeen, GOT7, Twice, Red Velvet, BLACKPINK, MAMAMOO, among othersup to the present Fourth generation which are all those who debuted between 2017 and 2018 like Stray Kids, ITZY, Ateez, Astro and more.

It is worth mentioning that a watershed that should be considered is Gangnam Style of the rapper PSYa song that not only managed to break unimaginable records on music platforms like Youtubebut also went around the world and showed that language was not a barrier to success in highly competitive countries such as the American industry.

To date, the baton as the greatest exponents of K-pop is held by the group bts ‒composed of Suga, RM, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope, V and Jungkook‒, who in addition to dominating the music industry in South Korea and establishing their fame in the rest of the world, have been named “Asian trend leader” by The Economist and “Artists of the Year” by the magazine TIMEgoing through his nominations for the Grammy awards and his 10 awards Billboard.


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