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"K-pop" is an abbreviation of "Korean Pop", which is a musical genre that encompasses popular music from South Korea. It incorporates elements from several other genres, such as R&B, hip-hop, rock, electronic and dance-pop. It is also characterized by being a highly visual experience, since a lot of emphasis is put on the idols' appearance and dancing performances. It has been met with ever-increasing popularity since the 90s, to the point that it has been fueling — alongside South Korean dramas, films and technology — the advance of the Hallyu (Korean wave) throughout not only neighboring nations, but also the West. This blossary aims to define terms that are commonly used among K-pop fans.

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Since k-pop groups usually consist of many members, it is highly common for fans to become especially attached to one of them, thus selecting him or her as their favorite. Said favorite member is ...

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Nugu (누구) is a Korean word that means “who”. In the context of K-pop, it refers to groups that aren’t popular enough (if at all), usually due to being managed by smaller, less notorious labels. The ...

Domain: Entertainment; Category: Music Collected Term

This term refers to when a group comes back with a new release after the end of a previous cycle of promotions. Said release can be either a single, a mini album or a full album. Said release is also ...

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As defined on Wikipedia, aegyo (애교) is “a cute display of affection often expressed through a cute/baby voice, facial expressions, and gestures.” The definition found on the blog Eat Your Kimchi ...

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Daebak (대박) is a Korean exclamation that denotes approval. It is often translated as “awesome”. As stated on The Korea Blog, it might also be used as “a way of greeting, particularly to wish someone ...

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A fancam is a live performance recorded by a fan. It might feature the whole group or focus on a specific member. The video is then uploaded to a video hosting website and shared with other ...

Domain: Entertainment; Category: Music

Oppa (오빠) is a Korean honorific. As defined on the Busy Atom website, it is “a gender specific term and used by a girl (or female) to call her elder brother (or brother like figures). The following ...

Domain: Culture; Category: General culture

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