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Looking back on the second era of KPOP, around the years 2008 to 2012, it is not hard to recognize idol groups and members. It is because there are only a few of them. But as the KPOP industry started to gain international audiences, idol groups keep on debuting here and there. With that said, competition among them grew stronger every time a new one is introduced. Entertainment companies were pressured to produce a group that would stand out, the best of the best, as they say. This was probably the reason why survival shows became a trend. First, they...

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The title "Nation's Girl Group" is still up for debate until this day. Originally, it was given to SNSD or Girls' Generation as they led the second era of KPOP girl groups in terms of music, achievements and popularity. But in this third era of KPOP, South Korea's entertainment industry is now passing the crown to TWICE. TWICE is a KPOP girl group under JYP Entertainment. They are formed from an idol-survival show called SIXTEEN in 2015. JYP chose seven members as winners: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, and Chaeyoung. But later on, he added two members: Tzuyu (audience's...

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Disbandment among KPOP Idol groups is inevitable. The longest contract between an entertainment agency and a singer is 7 years, according to South Korea's Fair Trade Commission. With this, KPOP idols and fans are dreading the so-called "7-year curse," where they have to decide to renew the contract or completely disband the group. There are many reasons why a KPOP group have no choice, but to disband: not earning much from the job, poor management, no music freedom, and maybe they are just past their glory days. So, what would happen to them in the future? It is not entirely...

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KPOP idols produce more content than you can think of. Aside from stage performances and music videos, it is also a KPOP culture to see your idols on reality shows. It can be dated back to the year 2000, where 1st generation boy group g.o.d. participated in a show where they take care of a baby, named Jaemin. Reality shows are meant to reveal your idols' life outside the stage and the grandeur of the celebrity life. You will see a more intimate view of their real personalities in the middle of a challenge or whatever happens behind the scenes....

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Calling the years 2008 through 2012 of KPOP the "golden" era is still up for debate up to this day. With 3rd generation KPOP groups like BTS, BLACKPINK, EXO, and TWICE dominating the world right now, many new fans believe otherwise. But a lot of veteran KPOP fans think that those years were the most precious time of the Hallyu wave. Here are some of the reasons why and it's up to you to decide your chosen "golden" era of KPOP: The Distinct Sounds and Dances First generation of KPOP idols like Seo Taiji, Sech Kies, and H.O.T. focused on...

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