Kpop bands have a massive number of fans in Japan and China where they regularly sellout concerts in large venues weeks in advance of their arrival. However, kpop is also becoming very popular in America, Australia, and Europe, as the internet has enabled more people to see the musical talent in South Korean. Kdrama streaming with English subtitles is particularly popular in America at the moment and many people living in the country first learn about kpop bands by hearing their songs played as the background music during various scenes in popular TV kdramas.
One of the main things that sets Kpop groups apart from western pop groups is that all members of the groups have to be exceptionally good at dancing. Energetic, professionally choreographed dance routines are a big part of the Korean pop industry and band members often have to spend up to 10 hours a day practicing their routines. It is not uncommon for parents to enroll their children in dance schools from the age of 4 to ensure they have a chance at becoming a member of a famous group when they grow up. The reality is that being able to dance is just as important, if not much more important than being able to sing if you want to enter the music industry in South Korea.
It is not a secret that the kpop industry gets a lot of criticism for the pressure they put on young singers to look good at all times. Many kpop members have to spend thousands on painful cosmetic surgery procedures and almost all of the female members have to be on very strict diets year-round to keep their slim figures. Members of K-pop boy bands also have to take extreme care of their appearance with many spending hours each day at the gym in addition to thousands of dollars on plastic surgery.
There are lots of great websites online where you can learn more about kpop music. You can also view lyrics for all the most popular releases and access the English translations. If you go to YouTube, you can watch music videos from South Korea’s biggest pop stars and groups for free. You are bound to be impressed by the dance routines and lights displays when watching footage from live concerts. You can also use the web to find out when your favorite groups are next touring in your home country.