GOT7: Something Good

  Crystal S. Anderson, PhD Associate Professor of English, Longwood University GOT7 is a seven-member Korean male group, often compared to 2PM, their label mates at  JYP Entertainment. The name of the group refers to its seven members. The group debuted on January 16, 2014 with JYP Entertainment. Original members include leader JB (Im Jae-bum), Mark…

JYJ: Kings or Princes?

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…

IU: Korea’s Little Sister

IU (Lee Ji Eun) is a female solo Kpop artist who is currently signed with Loen Entertainment. She debuted on September 24, 2008. Her career trajectory is one that reflects a slow and steady climb to commercial success. . . . Click here to continue reading at KPOPIANA.

Epik High: Epik Music

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. . . ….

Fin.K.L

Fin.K.L. (Fine Killing Liberty) is a four-member female group managed by DSP Media. The original members were Annie Lee, Lee Jin, Ock Joo Hyun, and Sung Yu Ri. Before Fin.K.L debuted, Annie Lee left the group, and Lee Hyori was discovered and completed the group. Fin.K.L debuted in May of 1998. Their debut contemporaries include…

f(x): The Perfect Formula

f(x) debuted in 2009 under the SM Entertainment label. That same year, After School, 2NE1, and BEAST (B2ST) also were introduced to Kpop fans. f(x) has five members: Song Qian (Victoria), Amber Josephine Liu (Amber), Park Sun Young (Luna), Choi Jin Ri (Sulli) and Jung Soo Jung (Krystal). The group is known for its international…

Jay Park: New Breed of Kpop Idol?

Jay Park (Park Jaebeom) is a Korean-American solo Kpop artist. Originally a member (and leader) of popular male Kpop group 2PM, Park left the group in 2009 after some controversy about his alleged confession of unhappiness about  working with the group and references to a “personal mistake” he committed while working under the JYP Entertainment…

KARA: Girls…Forever

KARA is a five member group signed with DSP Entertainment. In 2007, the group originally debuted with an R&B concept with four members Gyuri (Park Gyuri), Sunghee (Kim Sunghee), Seungyeon (Han Seungyeon) and Nicole (Nicole Jung), but after their first album promotion, Sunghee left the group due to parental pressures. After Sunghee’s departure, DSP Entertainment…

g.o.d: Getting On Down

g.o.d. (Groove Over Dose) was a male R&B/rap group that was signed with JYP Entertainment from 1999 – 2005. Group members included Park Joon Hyung, Danny Ahn, So Ho Young, Kim Tae Woo, and Yoon Kye Sang, who left the group in 2004 to begin his compulsory military service. To see the enhanced profile, including…

Girl’s Day

Click to jump to a section: BASICS FANFACTS NEWSWORTHY VIDEOS DISCOGRAPHY: KOREAN RELEASES BASICS  Name Girl’s Day  Meaning of Name Unclear  Members Sojin (Park So Jin, Leader) Jihae (Woo Ji Hae) Jisun (Hwang Ji Sun)* Ji In (Lee Ji In)** Yura (Kim Ah Young) Minah (Bang Minah) Hyeri (Lee Hye Ri, maknae) * – Joined…