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14 Most Important Moments That Made K-Pop History

TWICE BTS Seo Taiji and The Boys Psy H.O.T Rain Holland Seohyun Park Chaeseon Lee Ryusaek

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#1 joyvelvet.

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 11:57 PM (Edited by joyvelvet., 10 June 2018 - 12:02 AM.)

K-Pop has had many historic moments during its long and rich history, but these are some of the most important ones to date.

 

1. First (known) K-Pop album

Yi Pungjin Sewol (This Tumultuous Time) is believed to have been the first Korean pop album ever made. It was released in 1925 by Park Chae-seon and Lee Ryu-saek and contained popular songs translated from Japanese.

 

2. Seo Taiji and the Boys’s debut

In the early 1990s, K-Pop began to evolve into what we know today. Often considered the progenitors of the modern K-Pop movement, Seo Taiji and the Boys were a huge part of that, and laid the groundwork for future groups. They debuted in 1992 with the song “Nan Arayo” or “I Know”.

 

3. First pop group to sell a million albums

H.O.T. was one of the most influential groups during K-Pop’s first wave, but also the first pop group to sell 1 million albums. This is especially impressive, considering that Korea was experiencing a financial crisis during the 1990s.

 

4. First group to perform at Seoul Olympic Stadium

In addition to being the first pop group to sell 1 million albums, H.O.T was also the first group to perform at this legendary Korean venue.

 

5. First Korean to perform at the Tokyo Dome

Rain became the first Korean to hold a concert at the famed and massive Tokyo Dome Theater when he performed for over 50,000 fans on May 25, 2007.

 

6. Most watched video on YouTube

In 2012, PSY‘s “Gangnam Style” music video became the most watched video on YouTube. It held onto this title for nearly five years before Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again” took its place. The success of “Gangnam Style” sparked a significant increase in K-Pop worldwide.

 

7. First YouTube video to reach 1 billion views

PSY’s “Gangnam Style” also achieved this incredible YouTube feat. “Gangnam Style’s” mainstream popularity proved that K-Pop (and humor!) can be enjoyed universally, despite language barriers

 

8. First K-Pop act to perform on a US awards show

BTS made history on November 20, 2017 when they became the first K-Pop group to perform at the American Music Awards. The moment “DNA” began, BTS earned bragging rights as the first K-Pop group to perform on an American awards show.

 

9. First K-Pop band to win at the Billboard Music Awards

BTS wasn’t the first K-Pop act to be nominated for this award, but they were the first one to go from nominee to winner. On May 21 2017 BTS beat out Selena Gomez and repeat winner Justin Bieber to win “Top Social Artist”.

 

10. The historic “Two Koreas” performance

Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun moved many to tears when she joined North Korean singers on stage to sing about reunification. This meaningful performance happened on February 11, 2018 at the Haeoreum Theater in Seoul. Seohyun and North Korea’s singers sang the song “Our Wish” and were met with a standing ovation from the audience.

 

11. First openly gay K-Pop idol

On January 21, 2018, Holland debuted as Korea’s first openly gay K-Pop idol, offering new representation for thousands of LGBTQ+ K-Pop fans. His debut song “Neverland” puts his sexuality front and center by telling the story of a man who is searching for a place where he can be free to love. “Neverland’s” music video includes a rare same-sex kiss, which caused it to receive a 19+ rating

 

12. First K-Pop group to go gold.

BTS became the first K-Pop group to be certified gold by the RIAA when their “MIC Drop” remix moved more than 500,000 equivalent units between digital downloads and audio and video streaming.

 

13. First K-Pop group to top the Billboard 200 Chart

BTS brought yet another first to the K-Pop industry when their Love Yourself: Tear album debuted in the number one spot. “Fake Love” is the album’s title song.

 

14. First Female Foreign Artist To Go Double Platinum In Japan

TWICE‘s “Wake Me Up” became certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) on June 8, after selling over 500,000 copies. This is TWICE’s first time being certified double platinum, but they’re also the first female foreign artists to receive this certification for a single album in Japan.

 

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#2 Comfrey

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:00 AM

Where is this from?

And people still doubt BTS and Twices impact on Kpop dave.png




#3 JNT-LEGGO

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:00 AM

Lots of BTS and Psy, as expected.

Props to all those mentioned in this list.


#4 SAIL0RM00N

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:01 AM

Who made this (very) biased list lmfao. where are BoA, TVXQ, etc


#5 Deℓphina

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:03 AM

The American bias in this lmao. 




#6 kingloey

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:08 AM

Who made this (VERY) biased list lmfao.

 

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#7 A Song For Ayumi

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:09 AM (Edited by Mace!, 10 June 2018 - 12:09 AM.)

Who made this (very) biased list lmfao. where are BoA, TVXQ, etc

 

MTE. BoA deserves to be on this list, especially. She's the Queen of K-Pop!




#8 momo's lamborghini

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:10 AM

I don't see big bang here
But good on them to mention twice Atleast


#9 Kimberly Lipington

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:10 AM (Edited by Kalorie Karbdashian, 10 June 2018 - 12:18 AM.)

You left out so much about BoA, Wonder Girls, SNSD and KARA.

 

It's koreaboo.... well whoever wrote that must not know much about kpop history or even recent history. 




#10 kingloey

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:12 AM

Source: "Koreaboo".

 

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#11 joyvelvet.

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:14 AM

Who made this (very) biased list lmfao. where are BoA, TVXQ, etc

I just added the link. Agreed Snsd should have been there for being the only & ever  GG to win AOTY . 


Who made this (very) biased list lmfao. where are BoA, TVXQ, etc

I just added the link. Agreed Snsd should have been there for being the only & ever  GG to win AOTY . 




#12 iori

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:20 AM

Lmao


#13 Seto

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:23 AM

I thought PSY was the first Korean act to perform at an US award show  in 2012idontthinksobetchplz.png

 




#14 Namazu

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:30 AM

1. 2NE1's Debut

2. Vixx's Debut

 

That's it.




#15 Zhan Rui Sanda

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:36 AM (Edited by Zhan Rui Sanda, 10 June 2018 - 03:37 AM.)

If you think that this list is biased, then do your own moments and share with us! It would be fun

Upd. Why I'm getting negged??? Just for askng to share your own version of "Kpop important moment"??? Where is a logic?


#16 seobotta

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:47 AM

This is legend because this meaningful performance involved 2 situation 

 

South Korea hosting the Winter Olympic Games and  North and South Korea together

 

The historic “Two Koreas” performance

Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun 

 

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#17 結: ANSWER

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:52 AM

Where is this from?
And people still doubt BTS and Twices impact on Kpop :dave:




#18 EriKa Yumiko

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:58 AM

Seohyun without SNSD and SM can do that...a performance that trigger the reunification... this is the only historic for the nation. So proud of her.
the rest are historic for k-pop in general...
new generation idol BTS and Twice rules kpop today...


#19 shay

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 01:36 AM

Ok so where is the dbsk part where they got 1st in oricon for Korean group and rule Japan for a while and Guinness world record for having 800k fans in Korea.

Or part where JYJ case made FTC changed their contract for all agencies


#20 uolejq

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 01:38 AM

So SNSD's Million-certified Japanese debut album was not significant? souleyesplz.png







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