2AM: K-pop’s Balladeers

2AM: K-pop’s Balladeers
2AM
2AM

2AM debuted in 2008 under JYP Entertainment. A subunit of One Day (made up of 2AM and 2PM), 2AM has four members: Lee Chang Min (Changmin), Im Seul Ong (Seulong), Jo Kwon (Jo Kwon), and Jeong Jin Woon (Jinwoon). The group is known for their emotional singing and moving ballads, which fits the group name given to them by Jin Young Park, who mentioned that the name 2AM “reflects the band’s sensitivity by capturing the feeling of the early morning, a time when you can sit back and reflect upon your day.” . . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA.

Block B: Busting Out

Block B
Block B

Seven member group Block B (short for Block Buster) debuted in 2011 under the Brand New Stardom label. Group members Zico (Woo Ji Ho), Taeil (Lee Taeil), B-Bomb (Lee Min Hyuk), Jaehyo (Ahn Jae Hyo), U-Kwon (Kim Yu Kwon), Kyung (Park Kyung), and P.O. (Pyo Ji Hoon) have made a mark in Kpop due to their rapping and performing skills. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA.

Nell: The Language of Music

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Nell

Nell is a rock band including Kim Jong Wan (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Lee Jae Kyung (lead guitar), Lee Jung Hoon (bass), and Jung Jae Won (drums). Originally an independent group signed with the Goesoo Indigene label, Nell is now signed with Woolim Entertainment. Nell is named after the movie starring Jodie Foster, and the critically acclaimed foursome has become known for their melancholic music, lyrical subject matter, and accompanying visual concepts. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA

 

JYJ: Kings or Princes?

JYJ, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/815
JYJ, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/815

JYJ (originally known as Junsu/Jaejoong/Yoochun in Japan) includes members Junsu (Kim Junsu; Xiah), Yoochun (Park Yoochun; Micky), and Jaejoong (Kim Jaejoong; Hero). After performing for several years as members of extremely popular male group TVXQ!, in 2009, the trio brought forward a lawsuit against their management company SM Entertainment, alleging significant problems with the contract’s length and associated distribution payments. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA.

 

ZE:A: Idols of Empire

ZE:A, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/415
ZE:A, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/415

ZE:A (Children of Empire) is a nine member male group. Currently signed with the Star Empire Entertainment, group members include Kevin (Kim Ji Yeop), Kwanghee, (Hwang Kwang Hee), Siwan (Im Si Wan), Jun Young (Moon Jun Young), Tae Heon (Kim Tae Heon), Heechul (Jung Hee Chul), Minwoo (Ha Min Woo), Hyungsik (Park Hyung Sik), and Dongjun (Kim Dong Jun). . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA

 

Miss A: A Touch of Class

MIss A, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/255
MIss A, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/255

Miss A is a four-member female group that was formed by famed producer Jin Young Park (JYP Entertainment. Predebut, the group was originally known in China as “Sisters,” and had five members. Eventually, the fifth member joined Wonder Girls (member: Lim), and further auditions solidified the current group. As Miss A, members Fei (Wang Fei Fei), Jia (Meng Jia), Suzy (Bae Su Ji), and Min (Lee Min Young) are managed by AQ Entertainment, a subsidiary company at JYP Entertainment. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA.

 

2NE1: Music for Anyone

2NE1
2NE1

2NE1 burst onto the music scene in 2009 with their debut song Fire. The group’s name means “New Evolution of the 21st Century,” showing that they want to add their unique style to the existing pop music industry. After making a name for themselves in Korea with their popular songs, the group also debuted in Japan with their hit single I am the Best. The four girls aim to show the world their music for everyone. . . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.


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Dara (2NE1)
Dara (2NE1)

SHINee: It’s Another World

SHINee
SHINee

SHINee debuted in 2008 under the S.M. Entertainment label. During the same year, U-KISS, Davichi, and 2AM also debuted. SHINee has five members: Onew (Lee Jinki), Jonghyun (Kim Jonghyun), Key (Kim Kibum), Minho (Choi Minho) and Taemin (Lee Taemin). Known for their emotional songs, avant-garde fashion, and mastery of difficult choreography, SHINee call themselves a contemporary band who aims to set music, dance, and fashion trends around the world. . . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.

Epik High: Epik Music

Epik High
Epik High

Epik High, consisting of Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz, began their musical journey together in 2003 with Woollim Entertainment, releasing several successful albums. Their efforts helped make the hip hop genre more popular in Korea. In 2009, the members of Epik High created their own music label, Map the Soul Inc. . . . Click here to continue reading on KPOPIANA.