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Catching Up with K-Pop

by Jason Gubbels

Catching Up with K-Pop

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It's been a while since we here at Napster have checked in with K-Pop, that ever-growing and effervescent Korean music scene that's been on everybody's radar since the huge success of "Gangnam Style." But Psy's history-making 2012 single shouldn't overshadow one of the world's most colorful youth-oriented cultural industries. In fact, K-Pop just keeps getting bigger and more global (and more lucrative, too).

Our Catching Up with K-Pop playlist takes a look at the last 12 months or so of chart-topping Korean pop singles. If it's boy bands you want, we've got them, from former Big Bang member Taeyang's dancefloor banger "Ringa Linga" to the jazzy cool of Beenzino's "Dali, Van, Picasso" and the hip-hop flash of G-Dragon's Missy Elliott-featuring "Niliria." If it's girl groups you prefer, watch for the unforgettable silliness of Crayon Pop's "Uh-ee" or flirty G.NA spilling "G.NA's Secret." Fans of guitars should listen for the candy metal crunch of K-Much's "Good to Go." And while we're not really sure how to contextualize outfits like Standing Egg and Dickpunks, both proved big successes with the always-ready-for-the-next-big-thing Korean audience. So get ready for a year's worth of pop nonsense and catchy hooks from a nation that rightly dominates the international market.

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