1. K-Pop fans revolt against Universal for blocking popular videos on YouTube AND WIN.
On March 24, YouTube blocked popular K-Pop Cube Entertainment videos, which caused an uproar from their international fans and fandoms. Enraged online fans (AKA “netizens”) took to social media like an army, and sure enough, they were heard. The videos soon appeared online again, which is a rare event in online history.
Although EXO did not win the “Best Worldwide Act” at the MTV EMAs, the boy band proved they had the most devoted online allegiance, beating out 1D-ers and Beliebers worldwide. This is one of the few times were fans regardless of their fandom gathered together to make k-pop known. And regardless of all the hate towards EXO that occurred, it was a victory for all fandoms.
3. Lady Gaga shares personal EXO and K-Pop support.
Lady Gaga, popular American artist joins a club of American celebs who have not only voiced their fandom of the charming K-Pop group, but the entire music genre. What an achievement for k-pop to be even more known in America, opening the opportunities for many groups and possible English debuts.
4. The “G-Wave” makes a huge splash in the U.S.
K-Pop sensation G-Dragon (along with Big Bang bandmates) gets amazing U.S. reception following huge hit releases this year. GD now has his own Rap Genius page, a crowdsourced music site, proving he has a legion of fans in America as well.
5. Speaking of G-Dragon, Diplo, Missy Elliot, Bieber and other music forces itch to work with G-Dragon.
The South Korean sensation collabed with a range of American and International talent this year to bring us innovative new hybrid sounds (and music videos!). GD recently announced he’s recorded a track with Justin Bieber, but the effort won’t be released to the public until 2014.
Also, remember when GD and TOP jumped in Korean verses on Major Lazer’s Bubble Butt remix?
6. Brown Eyed Girls set up to basically rule the world after Black Box release.
Their fifth studio effort Black Box pulls pages from all over Western pop culture (disco, Kill Bill, tight rap flow), which makes their unique genre-bending sound extremely accessible to fans on northern side of the globe.
7. 2NE1 catches the attention of Will.i.am, collabs for English bangers together.
We can’t say we’re too surprised Will.i.am itched to work with the YG girl group sensation, but the dance track “Gettin’ Dumb” expanded their musical dimensions and we got one helluva hard-hitting rap verse from CL.
8. B.A.P hits new U.S. tour cities to put new pockets of K-Pop fans on the map.
LA and NYC are by far two of the country’s most popular K-Pop concert locations, but B.A.P. hitting San Francisco and D.C. on their tour prove there’s still a queue of cities waiting for their turn.
9. BTS became the #1 trending topic on Twitter during After School live show.
On September 24, the then newly-formed boy group appeared on K-Pop’s live request show After School Club which drove a surge of fans to tweet the event at a crazy rate, turning #BTSASC into the hottest trending topic in the world.
10. Psy and Steven Tyler are a thing?
You heard right, folks: In October, Psy told Italy’s L’Uomo Vogue that he and Steven Tyler will be working on a new record together. “When I was in middle school, I literally cried when Aerosmith were singing ‘Crazy’ or ‘Amazing’ or whatever,” he told the magazine. “They were my lifetime role models, and now I am collaborating with Steven Tyler, what the fuck, man? (laughter) I love my life.”
11. YG Entertainment nabs not one, not two, but THREE YouTube “Gold Play” Awards For Psy, Big Bang, and 2NE1.
The title is prized for YouTube Partner channels that have over 1 million subscribers. So let’s break this down:
Psy: ~6.5 million
Big Bang: ~2 million
2NE1: ~1.8 million
12. Western artists showed up big at this year’s Mnet Asian Music Awards.
CL of 2NE1 jumped on stage with Icona Pop, viral sensation Ylvis collabed with Crayon Pop, and Stevie Wonder croons with Korean singer Hyolyn and Hong Kong’s Aaron Kwok.
13. Girls’ Generation grabs huge win at first ever YouTube Awards, beating Miley Cyrus, 1D, Justin Bieber.
One of the biggest South Korean pop acts eyed that number 1 spot—and they really showed up big. Their video for “I Got A Boy” was awarded Video of The Year by the First Annual YouTube Awards, leaving a collective jaw drop from 1D, Miley, J. Biebs, and Gaga fans.
Article By: Mir
Edited by: Alona
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