So I looked up BTS on google just to find their Wikipedia and an article from Teen Vogue came up. Guys! K-pop is invading! They listed 12 newer boy groups that were making their way onto the music scene. And out of those, 3 were K-pop groups: EXO, UNIQ, and BTS!Although I kind of dislike the premise of the article, groups for replacing One Direction. Kinda mean to refer to them as replacements. They did describe the groups pretty well!And I realize that they probably weren't trying to replace anyone but wanted to write about some boy bands and needed a hook, so I forgive it.Here's what the article said about the 3 groupsand I must admit, they did their homework.
"Also hailing from South Korea, BTS, or Bangtan Boys, burst onto the clean-cut scene with their non-conformist anthem “No More Dream” in 2013. BTS’s music blends hip-hop authentically into the K-pop scheme — which makes sense, as two members were underground rappers prior to joining the group. One of their songs, “Dope,” is a testament to how hardworking and dedicated they are to their craft compared to their club-crazy peers, fueled by a prominent saxophone-led hook. In the electro-pop “I Need You,” the group discuss loneliness after a breakup. In a genre where idols are criticized for being inauthentic, BTS breaks the stereotype by putting in the legwork. And instead of fighting the “idol” tag, BTS strives to put out authentic and quality music and performances that speak louder the prejudice against boy bands."
"UNIQ is a five-member Chinese and South Korean boy group who promote in both countries and sing in both languages. Their music and overall concept is laden with hip-hop and dubstep influences, as seen in their debut single “Falling in Love.” In the short two years since their debut, UNIQ has followed EXO-M’s footsteps and are building quite the following in China. They were even nominated for the “Best Artist in Mainland China & Hong Kong” category at the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards. The song “Eoeo,” written by member Seungyeon, is a body-roll-worthy jam with punchy rap deliveries and a slick sax."
"If anyone can relate to the pain of your favorite boy band losing a member to pursue a solo career, it’s EXO-Ls, fans of the South Korean group EXO. This group not only lost one, but three members over the course of a year and a half, leaving the once-12 member group with nine. EXO debuted back in 2012 with 6 Korean and 4 Chinese members divided into two subgroups, EXO-K and EXO-M, the first singing in Korean and the latter in Mandarin in order to appeal to both markets. A massive group, EXO’s strength relies in their intricate choreographies and stellar velvety vocals. And while their music style changes with each release, the base is an R&B/pop hybrid. “Growl” is a funky hip-hop leaning track that transcended the K-pop audience. “Call Me Baby” is a throwback to the heydays of pop-meets-hip-hop of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. And “Love Me Right” is an upbeat, funky jam with catchy English verses. In times were male groups are renouncing the boy band stereotype, EXO is owning it and taking it farther than anyone else ever has."
I was pretty surprised and excited that 3 K-pop groups were mentioned! It's making its way into the music world even more!