As we speak, January 13, marks Korean-American Day, which is the right alternative for us to have a good time a few of our favourite Korean-American K-Pop idols making their mark within the business.
These proficient artists all share the identical expertise of leaving their hometowns at a younger age to move to South Korea looking for stardom. For a lot of of them, the journey in direction of attaining their dream can also 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 tune evokes a nostalgia for the early 2000s pop-punk music scene — a setting Joshua and Vernon could be all too aware of, having grown up within the States throughout its peak.
Watch Vernon and his members DK and Seungkwan play a recreation of “Scorching or Not” whereas visiting SiriusXM:
Soloist — Jessi
Lately, the K-Pop world has been shaken to its core by one artist specifically: Jessi. Born in Queens, New York, Jessi is hip-hop via and thru. She’s outspoken, rebellious, and bursting with self-confidence. Till not too long ago, she was signed to PSY’s (of “Gangnam Model” 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 K-Pop artists. When she left America for Korea, she definitely didn’t depart her angle behind.
NCT 127 — Johnny
Chicago-born and raised, Johnny was accepted into SM Leisure, probably the most well-known K-Pop corporations within the business, after a worldwide 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 business.” With solely eight months since her debut, Yunjin has definitely held true to such an immense promise. K-Pop artists should not all the time given the inventive freedom by their corporations to specific 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 abilities, background in opera singing, and vivacious stage presence, Yunjin is exhibiting herself to be one among this era’s most original 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 positively not simple acts to observe, TXT has been in a position to distinguish their very own distinctive id and emerge as leaders of K-Pop’s fourth era. Huening Kai’s spectacular vocals are an important a part of the group’s recognition, 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.
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