At the moment, January 13, marks Korean-American Day, which is the proper alternative for us to rejoice a few of our favourite Korean-American Okay-Pop idols making their mark within the trade.
These proficient artists all share the identical expertise of leaving their hometowns at a younger age to go to South Korea in quest of stardom. For a lot of of them, the journey in direction of reaching their dream can be an opportunity to attach with their cultural background and household historical past. And, once they have lastly reached inconceivable ranges of success, Korean-American idols give again to each nations by introducing Korean leisure and tradition to the US.
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SEVENTEEN — Joshua and Vernon
The deceptively-named boy group SEVENTEEN truly boasts 13 members who come from throughout Korea, China, and the US. Lead vocalist Joshua, hailing from California, and rapper Vernon, born in New York, comprise the group’s Korean-American line. On SEVENTEEN’s ninth mini album, Attacca, the duo wrote and carried out the English-language bonus observe “2 Minus 1.” The music evokes a nostalgia for the early 2000s pop-punk music scene — a setting Joshua and Vernon could be all too acquainted with, having grown up within the States throughout its peak.
Watch Vernon and his members DK and Seungkwan play a recreation of “Sizzling or Not” whereas visiting SiriusXM:
Soloist — Jessi
In recent times, the Okay-Pop world has been shaken to its core by one artist particularly: Jessi. Born in Queens, New York, Jessi is hip-hop by means of and thru. She’s outspoken, rebellious, and bursting with self-confidence. Till not too long ago, she was signed to PSY’s (of “Gangnam Type” fame) label, the place her songs “Nunu Nana” and “Zoom” sky-rocketed her to fame. Her high-octane beats and punchy, provocative lyrics make her stand out from different Okay-Pop artists. When she left America for Korea, she actually didn’t go away her angle behind.
NCT 127 — Johnny
Chicago-born and raised, Johnny was accepted into SM Leisure, one of the well-known Okay-Pop corporations within the trade, after a world audition occasion held within the metropolis. He not too long ago thanked Chicago for an epic homecoming when his group, NCT 127, introduced their second world tour to town’s United Stadium. Together with his rap, dance, and bilingual abilities, Johnny has contributed immensely to the group’s success within the States. He’s all the time able to inject some eccentric American humor into any state of affairs, by no means failing to make NCTzens and his members, particularly fellow North American Mark, cry with laughter.
Watch Johnny and NCT 127 speak to Hits 1 (Ch. 2) about their US followers:
LE SSERAFIM — Huh Yunjin
In her rock star introductory teaser for LE SSERAFIM, Huh Yunjin says, “I wanna change the idol trade.” With solely eight months since her debut, Yunjin has actually held true to such an immense promise. Okay-Pop artists usually are not all the time given the inventive freedom by their corporations to specific themselves actually, however this hasn’t stopped Yunjin from writing and releasing two of her personal songs, “Elevate y_our glass” and “I ≠ DOLL.” Yunjin’s defiance in conforming to trade norms makes her an ideal match for LE SSERAFIM’s lady energy picture. And along with her guitar and piano abilities, background in opera singing, and vivacious stage presence, Yunjin is displaying herself to be considered one of this era’s most unusual idols.
Tomorrow X Collectively — Huening Kai
Born in Hawaii to a Korean mom and German-Brazilian-American father, Huening Kai fills the maknae place of the five-piece boy group Tomorrow X Collectively, also called TXT. The group is with the identical firm, BigHit Music, as international phenomenon BTS. Although their sunbaenims are undoubtedly not simple acts to observe, TXT has been in a position to distinguish their very own distinctive identification and emerge as leaders of Okay-Pop’s fourth era. Huening Kai’s spectacular vocals are an important a part of the group’s reputation, and his musicality is unquestionably a household trait. His dad carried out as a singer in China, and his youthful sister, Huening Bahiyyih, not too long ago debuted within the idol group Kep1er.
Take a look at Huening Kai, fellow TXT members, and iann dior focus on how their insane collaboration took place:
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