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K-Pop: From EXO to BlackPink, here are the acts to watch for 2018

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It’s been a big year for K-Pop; with BTS con..

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From EXO to BlackPink, here are the K-Pop acts to watch for 2018
you’ll be hearing more from these guys (Picture: Getty)

It’s been a big year for K-Pop; with BTS conquering America, the spotlight is on the rest of the industry to show what K-Pop has to offer.

The K-Pop scene has infiltrating the global charts, with YouTube having just released their list of the most played K-Pop videos of 2017 outside of Korea, the global market is getting excited about the genre.

While Psy managed to dominate our charts a few years ago, scene has bad a resurgence over here thanks to band BTS and their incredible AMAs performance. And now there are a whole load of new acts to be on the look out for.

Here are seven artists to watch in 2018:

EXO

BTS openly owe much of their success to their fandom, known as ‘Army’; EXO-L’s (the name for members of the EXO fandom) are no different. Given the success that BTS have had, there’s no doubt that EXO’s fans will be pushing for the same in the band’s sixth year together.

This nine-piece group is famous for their innovative dance routines and energetic performances, constantly reinventing their sound and image with each release. While BTS lean towards hip-hop, EXO are firmly rooted in pop with such recent singles as Ko Ko Bop and The Eve hinting at R’n’B flavours for good measure.

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Wanna One

While BTS went global in 2017, Wanna One stole their crown in South Korea. The eleven-piece boy band, who were formed on a TV singing competition, won Best Male Group as well as Best New Male Artist at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

After debuting in August, they have released two very different singles: the dreamy, romantic, mid-tempo Beautiful; and the EDM-influenced Energetic. As they have plans to disband at the end of next year, they’ll no doubt make the most of 2018.

Check out: Energetic

BLACKPINK

Since debuting in late 2016, BlackPink have steadily built a reputation as one of the most individual girl groups around. They’re not afraid to try new directions with their music, which is why all of their songs sound unique, including their reggaeton-inspired last single, As If It’s Your Last. With the ability to switch from sweet to sassy to sexy in a heartbeat, Jenny, Jisoo, Rose and Lisa are just getting started.

Check out: Whistle

KARD

Referred to as a ‘co-ed group’ due to the mix of guys and girls, dancehall-inspired Kard debuted in 2017 as a rarity in K-Pop – but mixing up the formula has certainly worked, as they already have a global fan-base and a mini world tour under their belt in their first year together. Kard often release teasers of their music videos with a featured dance move, as well as secret versions with guest artists or versions sung completely in English.

Check out: Don’t Recall

LOONA

Following the trend of sub-unit projects instead of standard groups, each member of Loona is being introduced with her own single, and when the group is fully revealed, they’ll debut together in 2018. It’s a fun way to showcase each member’s individual personality and style, so by the time the whole group is formed they’ll have developed a solid fan-base. As of November 2017, nine of the twelve members have debuted.

Check out: Eclipse (Kim Lip’s debut)

DPR Live

DPR stands for ‘Dream Perfect Regime’, which is the stage name of Hong Da-bin, an incredible artist striking out on his own in K-Pop. His second EP, entitled Her, has just been released, blending hip-hop, trip-hop and R’n’B to create music that has a real lo-fi vibe to it, with gorgeous, dream-like music videos.

Check out: Martini Blue

Dreamcatcher

Having reformed from a previous line-up with plans to promote throughout 2018, Dreamcatcher are not your regular girl group. Bucking the hip-hop, R’n’B and EDM trends in K-Pop, these girls fuse heavy guitars with classic pop, so what you get is the equivalent of Juicy Fruit with the foil left on – bubble-gum with a twist of metal.

Check out: Lucky Strike (Maroon 5 cover)

MORE: BlackPink top YouTube’s list of most watched K-Pop videos – and BTS take second place

MORE: BTS’ RM reveals why he decided to change his name

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