Today, the infectious melodies and polished lyrics of K-pop and K-hip hop are exploding in popularity in countries other than South Korea. And with so many established artists, as well as emerging artists, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new music releases. With that in mind, American Songwriter has rounded up some of today’s best K-pop and K-hip hop music below.
Read three recent releases from Korean artists below, and you might just find your new favorite song.
1. jack in the box by j hope
BTS boy group member j-hope has officially released his first solo studio album, jack in the box. The 10-track album showcases a darker, more complicated side to the artist as he displays his well-rounded rapping abilities. j-hope kicks off the album by telling the mythological story behind the part of his stage name that includes “hope” and ends with the fiery track “Arson.” To listen jack in the box HERE.
2. “Sparkling” by Chung Ha
K-pop singer/songwriter Chung Ha has dropped the first part of her second solo studio album, Nude & Rare, July 11. A standout track from this album is the bubbly and energetic track “Sparkling”, which you can check out below. Additionally, you can see Chung Ha perform at the Head in the Clouds festival in August.
3. Re: by KARD
KARD, the K-pop group consisting of members J.Seph, BM, Somin, and Jiwoo, recently released their fifth EP titled Re:. “‘Re’ is a prefix meaning ‘again,’ so we thought that was the best title for our new release, which came out after more than a year of hiatus,” the BM band leader said during an event at Yonsei University in Seodaemun District, Seoul.
Starting in August, the quartet will have a series of concerts in 11 cities in the United States starting in Washington, DC on August 10. Check out the tour dates HERE and standout track “Break Down” below.
j-hope Photo courtesy of BIGHIT MUSIC/Full Coverage Communications