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VIXX

Review: VIXX's Contribution To 'Moorim School' Soundtrack 'Alive' Mixes Strings And EDM Beats To Create A Unique Mood [AUDIO]

New Release 01.22.16 | 01:24PM EST

Released Jan. 18, "Alive," VIXX's single from "Moorim School," fuses cinematic strings and pianos with EDM trap drums and rave synths, flanked by an anthemic chorus that compliments the drama onscreen.

still shot from Laboum's music video for

K-Pop Double Take: Cyndi Lauper's Iconic Style Is Alive And Well On Laboum's Latest 'Aalow Aalow' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.14.16 | 05:21PM EST

Laboum's single "Aalow Aalow," released on Dec. 6, is a clear riff on Cyndi Lauper's 1983 hit "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" with a bit of the sounf K-pop icons like Girls' Generation and SISTAR for good measure.

Korea's first rap stars, Seo Taiji and Boys.

K-Pop Classics: Hallyu Forefathers Seo Taiji And Boys Bring Hip-Hop To Korea On The 1992 Track 'Nan Arayo' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 01.15.16 | 02:50PM EST

In 1992, Seo Taiji introduced Korean audiences to the sensation known as rap music with the hit song "Nan Arayo" and Korean music hasn't been the same since.

Lucky J

Review: Lucky J Combines The Best Of Then And Now On The Epic Showstopper 'No Love' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.13.16 | 02:34PM EST

Lucky J's single "No Love," released Friday, melds a melody from the traditional Korean string instrument Haegeum with shiny synth work and modern rap drums, creating an unforced fusion of past and present.

Review: Mino And Taeyhun Strip WINNER's Sound Down To The Bare Essentials On 'Pricked' [AUDIO]

Review: Mino And Taeyhun Strip WINNER's Sound Down To The Bare Essentials On 'Pricked' [AUDIO]

New Release 01.13.16 | 02:11PM EST

Released on Monday, the new WINNER single "Pricked" featuring band members Mino and Taehyun show fans a raw side to WINNER than they haven't seen so far.

Dal Shabet shooting the

Review: Brave Brothers's Unabashedly '80s Pop Sound Makes His 1st Single For Dal Shabet 'Someone Like U' The Highlight Of 'Naturalness' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.12.16 | 07:39PM EST

If you're the type of person who pines for the all-but-lost art of crafting a light, upbeat '80s pop song, then there is a lot for you to like in "Someone Like U," from Dal Shabet's EP "Naturalness," released on Jan. 5.

the album cover of Jager and Lucas's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Jager & Lucas Light A Fire With A Hypnotic Electric Piano Hook On 'Talk To You' [AUDIO]

New Release 01.11.16 | 05:31PM EST

On Jager & Lucas's latest single "Talk To You," released on Friday, the South Korean rap duo flow over a Fender Rhodes electric piano groove that reels you in and keeps you there.

Anda in the music video for

Review: Anda Cranks Up The Attitude On 'Taxi' The Vocalist's 3rd Single Since Changing Her Name From Andamiro [VIDEO]

New Release 01.07.16 | 08:43PM EST

It is what Anda (formerly known as Andamiro) does when her vocals appear in the mix on Taxi," released Thursday, that defines why she is an artist to watch.

Korean rap star Cheetah, seen here trapped in a maze of gold.

Review: 'Unpretty Rapstar' Winner Cheetah Strikes Back With 'Star Wars' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.08.16 | 02:46PM EST

On her latest single "Star Wars," released Dec. 18, South Korean rapper and "Unpretty Rapstar" champion Cheetah captures the spirit of the moment with a current-sounding single.

iKON at fan event on Nov. 28 in Guangzhou, China

K-Pop Double Take: iKON Are At Their Best On The Title Track Of Debut Album 'Welcome Back' [VIDEO]

New Release 01.06.16 | 08:16PM EST

It is on their debut album's title track "Welcome Back" that iKON really seems to hit their stride, grabbing hold of the song's slinky groove and nailing it to the wall.

album cover for Olltii's

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Get Lost In Space With Olltii On 'Outer Planet' Featuring Chatterbox [AUDIO]

New Release 01.04.16 | 05:31PM EST

The celestial void may be the theme of "Outer Planet" featuring Chatterbox, the new single released Wednesday by Olltii, but the earthy R&B sound keeps the MCs deeply rooted on soulfully solid ground.

album cover for Red Velvet's

'The Red' By Red Velvet Tops Our Editor's Picks For The 5 Best K-Pop Albums Of 2015

Trends 12.30.15 | 09:10PM EST

There was nothing in 2015 quite like the near hallucinogenic high-energy pop of Red Velvet's "The Red," our editor's pick for the best K-pop album of 2015.

Korean electronic pop wizards From the Airport.

K-Pop Beyond The Charts: From The Airport's Songwriting Is As Smart As Ever On 'Flying Walls' [VIDEO]

Hidden Treasures 12.29.15 | 05:41PM EST

On the From The Airport's single "Flying Walls," from the group's first-ever full-length album "You Could Imagine," released in January, the electronic rock act deliver the pop goods without dumbing down their sound.

Yankie's

Yankie Is Our Editor's Top Pick For The 10 Best Korean Rap Songs Of 2015 With 'Sold Out' Featuring Zion.T, Loco And Epik High's Tablo

Old K-Pop 12.18.15 | 11:12PM EST

Yankie's "Sold Out" featuring Zion.T, Loco And Epik High's Tablo may have received top honors, but all of the rappers on this list of the best rap songs of 2015 are among the most innovative performers of the genre.

The collar-popping rap trio MFBTY.

K-Pop Double Take: MFBTY's Collective Cry Outshines The Competition On 'Buckubucku' Featuring EE, Rap Monster And Dino-J [VIDEO]

New Release 12.22.15 | 04:25PM EST

Rap's group mentality is alive and well on MFBTY's single "Buckubucku," featuring EE, Dino-J and Rap Monster, from the South Korean act's album "Wondaland," released on March 16.

BoA Meri Kuri

BoA Re-Releases 'Meri Kuri' With New Music Video Just In Time For The Holidays

Comeback / Teaser / Music Video 12.18.15 | 09:03AM EST

For many fans, the song still manages to capture the holiday feeling with its sweet message of love on a cold winter night.

the album cover of Yolhoon's self-titled new EP

Review: Yolhoon Receive An Extraterrestrial Transmission From The Starman On Their Self-Titled Debut Single [AUDIO]

New Release 12.17.15 | 07:23PM EST

On Yolhoon's debut single, released Wednesday, they don't just pay homage to David Bowie in vocal inflection and production, they both channel EDM and mid-career material of Radiohead and U2.

Zico Gallery

Zico Tells The Story Of A Young Rapper Through His Latest EP 'Gallery'

Comeback / Teaser / Music Video 12.17.15 | 10:19AM EST

Fans are sure to be amazed with Zico's maturity and honesty when it comes to the Korean music industry.

cover of illinit's

K-Pop Double Take: Wave Your Hands In The Air For illinit's Anthemic Album Track 'Beer In My Backpack' From 'Made In '98' [AUDIO]

New Release 12.15.15 | 08:18PM EST

Bump "Beer In My Backpack," the standout cut from the 11-song album "Made In '98" released on Nov. 25 by South Korean rapper illinit and you may find yourself waving your hand in the air like you just don't care.

lovelyz

Review: Lovelyz Return With A Cure For Your Winter Blues On Their Uplifting New Single 'For You' [VIDEO]

New Release 12.16.15 | 04:48PM EST

South Korean girl group Lovelyz latest single "For You," released on Dec. 7, is a cheery mid-tempo slice of K-pop, driven by a peppy electro groove and an optimistic-feeling chorus.

Basterd Intro

Basterd Break New Ground In Korean Rap Scene With 'Intro'

Comeback / Teaser / Music Video 12.15.15 | 10:15AM EST

Get ready to listen to the strangest sounds in the world come together to make great music.

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