In the present day, January 13, marks Korean-American Day, which is the proper alternative for us to rejoice a few of our favourite Korean-American Ok-Pop idols making their mark within the business.
These gifted artists all share the identical expertise of leaving their hometowns at a younger age to move to South Korea seeking stardom. For a lot of of them, the journey in the direction of reaching their dream can be an opportunity to attach with their cultural background and household historical past. And, after they have lastly reached inconceivable ranges of success, Korean-American idols give again to each nations by introducing Korean leisure and tradition to america.
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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 america. 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 tune evokes a nostalgia for the early 2000s pop-punk music scene — a setting Joshua and Vernon could be all too conversant in, having grown up within the States throughout its peak.
Watch Vernon and his members DK and Seungkwan play a sport of “Scorching or Not” whereas visiting SiriusXM:
Soloist — Jessi
In recent times, the Ok-Pop world has been shaken to its core by one artist particularly: Jessi. Born in Queens, New York, Jessi is hip-hop by and thru. She’s outspoken, rebellious, and bursting with self-confidence. Till just lately, 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 Ok-Pop artists. When she left America for Korea, she actually didn’t go away her perspective behind.
NCT 127 — Johnny
Chicago-born and raised, Johnny was accepted into SM Leisure, one of the well-known Ok-Pop firms within the business, after a worldwide audition occasion held within the metropolis. He just lately thanked Chicago for an epic homecoming when his group, NCT 127, introduced their second world tour to the town’s United Stadium. Along with his rap, dance, and bilingual expertise, 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 scenario, 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 business.” With solely eight months since her debut, Yunjin has actually held true to such an immense promise. Ok-Pop artists aren’t all the time given the inventive freedom by their firms to precise themselves really, 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 business norms makes her an ideal match for LE SSERAFIM’s lady energy picture. And along with her guitar and piano expertise, background in opera singing, and vivacious stage presence, Yunjin is displaying herself to be one in every 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 referred to as TXT. The group is with the identical firm, BigHit Music, as world 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 Ok-Pop’s fourth era. Huening Kai’s spectacular vocals are an important a part of the group’s recognition, and his musicality is certainly a household trait. His dad carried out as a singer in China, and his youthful sister, Huening Bahiyyih, just lately debuted within the idol group Kep1er.
Try Huening Kai, fellow TXT members, and iann dior talk about how their insane collaboration took place:
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