K-Talent of India: Meet Girl Crush

Jasmine Khan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Girl Crush is a girl group formed and based in India that loves dancing and is getting more recognition after becoming the K-Pop India Contest 2021 Delhi Winners, and now are gaining more popularity with their amazing dance covers. Their love for the K-Pop and dance has brought all the…

K-Song Review: Daechwita by Agust D (SUGA of BTS)

Priyanka Sangolkar, Nagpur, Maharashtra World-Star International K-Pop boy band BTS’ producer, song-writer, rapper, and singer Suga’s (Min Yoon-gi, alias Agust D) second hard-hitting mixtape, titled ‘D-2’ released on May 22, 2020 through Big Hit Entertainment (now Big Hit Music) along with its lead single ‘Daechwita’ (Korean: 대취타). The first Agust D mixtape was released in 2016,…

The Fourth Generation of K-Pop: The Next Level

Chhavi Sharma, Surat, Gujarat: Roughly starting from 2018, the K-pop industry saw the emergence of the fourth generation of K-Pop. Being influenced by their seniors, the fourth generation artists have not disappointed either. Instead, they have left no stone unturned to prove themselves in terms of singing, choreography and concepts. Groups like Ateez, Stray Kids, TXT, Treasure, ENHYPEN, CRAVITY, and The Boyz have already climbed their way up to become one of the top boy groups of this generation. ITZY, Loona, (G)I-DLE, and Everglow are some of the top girl groups dominating this generation along with Aespa and Weeekly.

The Third Generation of K-Pop: The Breakthrough

Chhavi Sharma, Surat, Gujarat and Ashley Kumar, New Delhi: K-pop (Korean pop music) originating from South Korea, is vast content-driven music, divided into several categories, one of which are “Generations”. Seo Taiji and Boys is considered to be the first K-pop group that gave birth to the K-pop industry. Groups debuting around the short timeline 2012-2016 are considered to be a part of the 3rd generation of K-pop. The Third Generation of K-Pop artists plays a significant role in the breakthrough of the K-pop industry in the true sense. 

The Second Generation of K-Pop: The Golden Age

Ashley Kumar, New Delhi: “The Golden Age” or “The Golden Era” of K-Pop debatably went from 2005 to 2012. It’s also known as the 2nd generation of K-pop. It’s called the Golden Era because second-generation groups like TVXQ!, Super Junior, Wonder Girls, BIGBANG, Miss A, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, Apink, f(x), Sistar, Infinite, Teen Top, 2PM, KARA, 2NE1, and many more, popularized K-pop and made it a trend overseas showcasing the Korean vibe in their music. This was the time when everyone knew the lyrics to songs like ‘Bonamana’, ‘Mirotic’, ‘Be Mine’, ‘Gee’, ‘Nobody’, ‘I’m The Best, ‘Mister’, ‘Ring Ding Dong’, ‘My My’, ‘Heartbeat’, and many more.

The First Generation of K-Pop: Where It All Started

Ashley Kumar, New Delhi: Do you enjoy listening to K-pop? If yes, then have you ever wondered how it all started in the first place? Well, for that, we’ll have to go back to the early 90s and pay a little tribute to all the greats who started it all.

K-Interview: Delhi Street Art, The Creative Team Behind the #walkstreet BTS Wall Mural

Jasmine Khan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: Recently, when the BTS wall mural was revealed in the Pacific Mall, Pitampura, New Delhi; fans of the global phenomenon and one of the biggest musical scenes in the world; were rejoiced and taken by surprise. Within no time, the words were spread, and more and more love and support started outpouring for this gesture within the Hallyu loving community in India. So we, at Hallyuism, reached out to the creative team behind this project to know more about this refreshing amalgamation of music, Pop-art, and culture. Here’s an excerpt from the interview with the Founder of Delhi Street Art; Mr. Yogesh Saini.

K-Album Review: ‘BAD LOVE’ by KEY

Ashley Kumar, New Delhi: SHINee’s KEY came back with his first mini-album, BAD LOVE, on 27th September 2021 after releasing his first full album, FACE, back in 2018. This is his first solo release after discharging from mandatory military service in 2020. This time, the whole album is conceptualized through KEY’s style. It overturns all normalcy of typical album concepts and that is what makes this release especially eye-catching. It contains exceptional retro style, crazy sounds, alien mood, unique album versions, and a mind-blowing music video that portrays KEY’s creativity in immensely distinctive ways (trust me, it’s pure art).

K- Reality Show Review: Road to Kingdom

Kaamaakshi Bhat, Zirakpur, Punjab: Road to Kingdom is a K-pop reality survival show by “Mnet” which was aired from April 30, 2020, to June 18, 2020, every Thursday at 20:00 pm KST. It is the prequel of the show “Kingdom” and sequel to “Queendom”. Seven K-pop boy groups who were then unknown to many yet had the potential to shine, participated in the show. The teams that participated were The Boyz, ONF, Golden Child, Verivery, TOO (now rebranded as TO1), Pentagon, and Oneus. It was hosted by Lee Da-hee and Jang Sung-kyu. It had 4 contests with 2 groups being eliminated and one team emerging as the winner which would enter “Kingdom”. The winner was decided by the accumulated score of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds, and the final performance was broadcasted on Mnet’s YouTube channel. Let’s get to know these groups a bit more!

K-Pop India Contest 2021: Lucknow Regional Round Winners

Diya Jain (New Delhi) and Anushka Gupta (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh): Lucknow Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2021 was conducted online on 27 October 2021 at 5pm on the YouTube page, Korean Cultural Centre India. Here is an excerpt from the statements of the winners of the Vocal and Dance categories as well as the Regional Round organisers, Kculturelko, regarding their experience of this event.