In the past five years, South Korea has looked to its girl groups to be the ones to break America's pop scene. A Korean group still hasn't penetrated the scene despite fanbases that rival One Direction, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
Billboard can exclusively reveal that San E has enlisted 13 fellow rappers from around the globe to participate in "#HIPHOPISHIPHOP." The charity single represents the 14 MCs from 14 different countries to express their love of rap music and culture in their own language and style.
Prominent K-pop hopeful and reality-show contest Ahn So Jin died on Feb. 24. The singer was found unconscious near her apartment garden in South Korea's Daedeok District -- reportedly from jumping to her death from the 10th floor, though the death has not been confirmed a suicide. She died after being transported to a nearby hospital. So Jin was 22.
After nearly two years away from the K-pop scene, Rainbow returned with an unexpectedly dark and sultry concept for new single "Black Swan" with lyrics and a concept based loosely around the film starring Natalie Portman.
In 2012, Billboard identified EXID as the rookie girl group with the best single of the year when "Every Night" ranked high on the annual 20 Best K-Pop Songs list. It took a few years, but the quintet is finally getting their due shine.
15& shake up the usual Valentine's Day love song on their latest single "Love Is Madness," featuring Kanto of hip-hop boy band Troy, and take a refreshingly honest approach to that crazy little thing called love.
Like most K-pop singers, Heechul's star power extends further than the stage. The Super Junior member recently joined new Korean food talk show 'Wednesday Dining' that is a TV dream for foreign foodies.