Jaden Smith Aims to Be K-Pop Star With Upcoming Single

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Jaden Smith attends the 2015 Harper ICONS Party at The Plaza Hotel on Sept. 16, 2015 in New York City. 

Jaden Smith is still a teenager, but he's already gained renown as an actor, musician and fashion icon. And in 2017, it looks like he’ll add one more title to his growing résumé: K-pop singer.

Last week, 18-year-old Smith took to Twitter and confirmed that he’ll be "dropping a K Pop single in the next 4 months." This came moments after he confirmed that he, sister Willow and Odessa Adlon have formed a band together.

Smith followed up the news with another tweet, saying he'd release two music videos in the next month.

Though it may seem like it’s a bit random for Smith, this isn’t the first time the Hollywood scion has interacted with K-pop. As early as 2013, Will and Jaden Smith visited YG Entertainment when they were in South Korea to promote their film, After Earth, and met popular K-pop stars, including G-Dragon and CL.

 

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Last December, Jaden Smith brought up G-Dragon on Twitter, saying the BIGBANG member is his "inspiration." The Korean rapper responded positively and ended with the promising, “Let’s do something.”

One of Smith’s final tweets of 2016 confirmed that one of his "goals for 2017" is to be a K-pop star.

Smith’s Twitter revelation came the same week that two American-based K-pop groups received a lot of attention from K-pop’s international fandom; EXP Edition, a four-member boy band formed as part of a grad school thesis, and CoCo Avenue, a hip-hop and R&B female duo, each released songs in Korean accompanied by K-pop-style music videos. Neither group contains any members of Korean descent; CoCo Avenue features two African-American women, while EXP Edition has three Caucasian members and one who is half-Japanese.

Despite these new acts attempting to break in, the Korean music industry is still largely filled with homegrown artists. The past decade has seen an increasing amount of K-pop acts incorporate members from around the globe to up their competitive edge in the international music market. Popular acts like EXO, Got7, f(x), TWICE and Blackpink contain multinational members -- although all are of Asian descent -- while NCT is a burgeoning project group with an aim to localize K-pop. Racial diversity is still limited in K-pop, although in 2015 the industry took a major leap when BP Rania introduced the African-American K-pop girl group member Alex Reid.