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K-pop is characterized by a wide variety of audiovisual elements. Although it generally classifies "popular music" within South Korea, the term is often used in a narrower sense to describe a modern form of South Korean pop that is influenced by styles and genres from around the world, such as Western pop music, rock, experimental, jazz, gospel, Latin, hip hop, R&B, reggae, electronic dance, folk, country, classical, and Japanese pop music on top of its uniquely traditional Korean music roots. The more modern form of the genre emerged with one of the earliest K-pop groups, Seo Taiji and Boys, forming in 1992. Their experimentation with different styles and genres of music and integration of foreign musical elements helped reshape and modernize South Korea's contemporary music scene.
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  • Significant artists 

  • Etymology 

  • Audiovisual content 

  • Systematic training of artists 

  • Hybrid genre and transnational values 

  • Use of English phrases 

  • Criticism of hybrid identity 

  • Marketing 

  • Dance 

  • Fashion 

  • Government support 

  • Origins of Korean popular music 

  • 1940s–1960s: Arrival of Western culture 

  • Late 1960s and 1970s: Hippie and folk influences 

  • 1980s: The era of ballads 

  • 1990s: Development of modern K-pop 

  • 21st century: Rise of ''Hallyu'' 

  • Agencies 

  • Sales and market value 

  • Record charts 

  • Trainee system 

  • Television 

  • Corruption 

  • Exploitation and poor living conditions 

  • Mental health 

  • Culture 

  • Appeal and fan base 

  • Obsession 

  • Conventions and music festivals 

  • Social media 

  • YouTube 

  • Twitter 

  • Japan 

  • China 

  • North Korea 

  • Singapore 

  • Malaysia 

  • Philippines 

  • Vietnam 

  • Bangladesh 

  • India 

  • Nepal 

  • North America 

  • Latin America 

  • Mexico 

  • Europe 

  • Russia 

  • Middle East 

  • Oceania 

  • Foreign relations