Happy Birthday, K-Town! Our 11 Biggest Hits

Before performing, INFINITE held an interview with Billboard recapping their U.S. tour dates.

Kate Glicksberg

From studio performances to ultra-exclusive interviews, take a look back through our K-pop column's inaugural year.

It was Jan. 29, 2013 -- one year to this date! -- that Billboard.com relaunched and refreshed its website with a slew of improved and exciting new features. One of them was the K-Town column, a area of the Billboard brand dedicated to bringing compelling and top-notch K-pop news, songs, and music videos.

Girls' Generation was on hand to congratulate K-Town's launch and since the column has continued to bring content every week for fans of "Gangnam Style" and way, way beyond.

We sat down and talked about the first 365 days of K-Town and eventually decided these moments as the 11 standouts. Don't miss weekly news and exclusives with your favorite Korean acts as K-Town pushes into its second year and thank you for a great kickoff!

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1

In-Depth Interview With G-Dragon & Team at Tour Kickoff

APRIL: Billboard was the only media the BIGBANG leader and his team agreed to talk to at his "2013 G-DRAGON WORLD TOUR: ONE OF A KIND" kickoff. Watch the intimate, two-part interview with GD, famous choreographers Travis Payne and Stacy Walker (Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour) with tour footage, behind-the-scenes looks and more.

 

2

EXO Gets Goofy With Fun Superlatives

SEPTEMBER: At Los Angeles' KCON 2013, the 12 EXO boys let loose with Billboard deciding who would survive on a desert island, who is "the class clown" and more. It was one of the most fun times K-Town has had in an interview!

3

Girls' Generation Gushes Over YouTube Music Award Win

NOVEMBER: Before Girls' Generation member Tiffany talked to the media about winning Video of the Year at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards, she checked in with Billboard first to talk about the win and clue us in about new music.

4

INFINITE Performs at Billboard Studios

DECEMBER: The boy band not only sat down to tell us about their American tour dates and upcoming albums, but also performed at Billboard's New York studios. While acts like Wonder Girls and more performed in Billboard studios in the past, these are the first K-pop songs performed in Korea. Watch "The Chaser," which K-Town named the No. 1 K-Pop Song of 2012, below then check out "Be Mine" live right here.

 

5

The Legendary Cho Yong Pil Agrees to Rare Interview

JUNE: In his native South Korea, K-pop legend Cho Yong Pil is famous for avoiding the media. While he really doesn't need the press -- his comeback track "Bounce" was the second biggest hit on the K-Pop Hot 100 -- he agreed to sit down with Billboard. "I am so honored that I'm able to have this interview," he said.