K-pop (Korean Pop) is a genre of popular music originating in South Korea. It began in the early 1990s and has since become one of the most popular genres of music in the world. K-pop is characterized by its catchy melodies, strong beats, and fun, upbeat lyrics. It often incorporates elements from other genres such as hip hop, R&B, and EDM. The genre has seen a steady increase in popularity since its inception and continues to grow in popularity today. It has also had an impact on global culture, with K-pop stars appearing on TV shows, movies, and even fashion runways around the world. K-pop has also become increasingly popular in North America and Europe, with fans attending concerts and following their favorite artists.
In the late 2000s and early 2010s, K-pop began to gain popularity in other parts of the world, particularly in Southeast Asia and the United States. This was largely due to the success of groups like Girls' Generation, Super Junior, and 2NE1, who had a strong international fan base.
In 2012, K-pop group PSY's "Gangnam Style" became a viral sensation, garnering over 3 billion views on YouTube. This song helped to bring K-pop to a global audience and significantly increased the popularity of K-pop around the world.