In 2016 more so than ever before, the South Korean music industry is fostering collaborative tracks between K-pop idols and other Korean artists. Yes, it's only two months into the year, but South Korea's charts are overflowing with sentimental collaborative efforts between some of the country's top artists. K-pop's favorite darlings, including members of groups like Girls' Generation, Block B, f(x), and EXO, are taking their finely-honed talents and putting them to work alongside Korean balladeers and hip-hop artists.
As an alternative to the flash and flare of K-pop, these five collaborative efforts take the stylish know-how of K-pop production and combine it with jazz, R&B, and hip-hop elements. Here are five of our favorites so far.
Crush - "Don't Forget" feat. Taeyeon of Girls' Generation