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BTS, EXO, BLACKPINK, and MONSTA X are known to fans worldwide and have even been considered the treasures of South Korea. However, the KPop industry is home to many other lesser-known artists who are worth listening to. If you wish to understand and know the K-Pop industry better, you should definitely give this story a read.
Besides the famous stars that have made a mark for themselves, there are many underrated independent artists who are blessed with extraordinary talents in the Korean entertainment industry. These artists may not have a big label or agency supporting them and are still on the way to achieve global success.
Know more about these underrated artists that should be explored in Korean entertainment industry
Hyukoh was debuted as a 4-member band that deserves global recognition. They released their first album in 2014 and were all set to tour across North America, Europe, and Asia in 2020 but had to postpone due to the pandemic. Their music is part soft pop and part disco. Their songs are funky, rock, upbeat, and even IU has claimed that she’s a fan of them. They have just finished their 2021 Online World Tour on 27 and 28 March. If you haven’t heard them yet, do that soon.
Epik High released their first album in 2003. Since then, they have produced more than 11 albums, each showcasing their lyrical ability, genius, and versatility with styles and genres. Epik High is a hip-hop band, and its members are Mithra Jin, Tablo, and DJ Tukutz. They were the second Korean band to perform at Coachella, and they have received a couple of awards for their incredible performances. Every song by Epik High, including the ones in their most recent album, is sure to get you hooked.
Se So Neon
Also known as the New Youngsters in English, Se So Neon is a 3-member group that debuted in 2017. Their songs fall under the dreamy music category – with husky, upbeat music and deep voice. Listening to their songs make you happy and lift your mood on a low Sunday evening. Their lyrics and music fit perfectly together. Their vocals are great, and they definitely deserve to be heard.
A synth-pop singer, Oohyo sings songs that will get you on your feet, grooving. She has slightly rough vocals, and her music can help listeners pass through the roughest of days. Her creative music videos further add oomph to her albums. She sings both in Korean and English.
Baek Yerin is an independent artist who was a part of the JYP Entertainment first. She started her own record music label, Blue Vinyl, and left the agency. Her extremely melodic vocals have made her famous and are definitely worth listening to. Very much different from the mainstream artists, her angelic voice will keep you at your feet.
A singer and songwriter duo, OKDAL, produce incredible music and are famous for their match. They produce indie pop-funk—their catchy lyrics, melodic vocals, and tone and chorus sound just perfect. Get lost into your own imaginative world with their music, and let the world continue hustling.
Primary is a music producer and hip-hop musician that started off in 2004. He was associated with Amoeba Culture till 2020 and finally announced his own record label named PAKTORY Company. His songs will definitely make you groove and stay with you. His views on YouTube are increasing by the day, and you should definitely check it out too.
If you haven’t heard them yet, then it’s time you do. These underrated artists and bands in Korean entertainment industry are also the treasures of South Korea and definitely the next big thing!
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