K-pop stands for Korean popular music. Gaining popularity since the 2000s, K-pop music has been one of the biggest global music trends.
K-Pop music originated from South Korea and is characterized by upbeat, highly digitalized music accompanied by viral dance choreography. In 2019 alone, the top 20 K-pop music groups averaged around 230 million views each. With a fan base of close to a billion listeners, K-pop music artists have become one of the biggest symbols of pop music culture around the world. This is a collection of DW's latest content on K-pop.
In South Korea's high-pressure pop scene, many stars are asked to seem romantically available to their fans. Recently, a German man with a handful of love letters was stopped from accosting pop singer Nayeon on a plane.
Nayeon, a member of the K-pop girl group "Twice," was given increased security after a stalker tried to approach her on a plane. The reportedly German suspect has been posting for months about trying to meet the star.
This week on WorldLink, we meet rising pop star Lipa Schmeltzer who's been called the Jewish Lady Gaga, and hear the story of how an Uzbek cleaner found her passion DJing in night clubs in Moscow. We also speak to the Turkish jazz musician credited with creating fusion jazz, and travel to New Zealand, where a 2500 year old tree survives in one of the last remaining patches of native forest.
Growing up in an ultra-conservative Hasidic community in the United States, Lipa Schmeltzer was more likely to be recognized by outsiders for wearing traditional clothing and having a beard than for being a pop star. But once he discovered the music that colored the world outside his own, he simply couldn't ignore it. DW's Colm Flynn traveled to Brooklyn to hear about his journey.