The K-pop industry is on a whole other level—from scouting and training potential idols in singing, dancing, and sometimes rapping to producing bops complete with coordinated concepts, stage costumes, and choreography. Yup, it's way different from the Western music scene we've all been used to. Not to mention, there are currently a lot of K-pop groups actively producing and promoting music that it can get pretty overwhelming if you're new to it.
But if you want to explore beyond your current go-to tunes, K-pop has music that's just as good and worthy of a listen as your favorite Western artists' songs. No need to be afraid of the language barrier—you'll find K-pop music just as much of a bop! Don't know where to start? Try listening to these K-pop groups who serve similar vibes as your favorite Western artists:
1. If you like Ariana Grande, you might like Mamamoo.
2. If you like Charli XCX, you might like Everglow.
Dancing in your room while no one's watching is a big mood being served by the dance pop music of both Charli XCX and Everglow.
3. If you like Khalid, you might like NCT 127.
4. If you like Ella Mai, you might like Red Velvet.
One of the go-to R&B artists of today's generation is Grammy Award-winning Ella Mai. If you enjoy her music, you might also resonate with K-pop girl group Red Velvet's R&B-laden songs from their more sultry "Velvet" concept.
5. If you like Carly Rae Jepsen, you might like TWICE.
6. If you like The Weeknd, you might like SEVENTEEN.
7. If you like The Vamps, you might like EXO-SC.
British boy band The Vamps has quite the pop anthems for the youth in their discography, and if that suits your music taste, you might enjoy the chill hip hop tracks of K-pop group EXO's sub-unit, EXO-SC composed of members Sehun and Chanyeol.
8. If you like Anna of the North, you might like Bolbbalgan4.
Anna of the North's indie-pop songs are perfect for a feel-good sound trip. The relaxing vocals of BOL4, formerly a duo consisting of Ahn Ji Young and Woo Ji Yoon, would be a perfect addition to your ~happy lang~ playlist.