A little Disney can go a long way (to infinity and beyond!), but put it together with K-pop and, well, it just makes sense! Plenty of artists in Korea enjoy the pizzazz and sparkle of Disney and have shared some magical covers. Here are some of our favorites:
1. “Beauty and the Beast” (“Beauty and the Beast”) – Shin Ji Hoon
Shin Ji Hoon lent her gorgeous vocals to this Disney classic to commemorate the release of the live-action film in Korea.
2. “A Whole New World” (“Aladdin”) – Lee Sung Kyung
Have you ever crooned your favorite Disney songs in the car? If you have, then you can definitely relate to Lee Sung Kyung, who starred in “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.” Here’s a snippet of a V Live broadcast in which she sings along to this duet from Aladdin; she may not be known as a K-pop artist, but you can find plenty of videos of her covers online.
3. “Love Is an Open Door” (“Frozen”) – Akdong Musician
Who better to sing about love than one of our favorite pair of siblings? You can even catch some of their adorable dance moves in this radio recording.
4. “How Far I’ll Go” (“Moana”) – Lee Hae Ri
The Davichi members have been acknowledged as vocal queens in Korea for years. Lee Hae Ri, who just recently released her first solo album, got to feature on the OST for Disney’s latest princess movie. 2017 is turning into an amazing year for this stellar vocalist.
5. “Part of Your World” (“The Little Mermaid”) – gugudan
While preparing for their showcase, Jellyfish Entertainment’s girl group, gugudan, impressed listeners with a special a cappella performance that may give you chills.
6. Disney Medley – Matilda
Girl group Matilda took their love for Disney to the next level with this medley performance. Not only did each girl get to showcase her vocal talent, but they each also dressed up as a Disney female lead.
7. Disney Medley – Lalasweet
Just to give you another taste of sweet Disney medleys, here’s one by the Indie duo Lalasweet.
Onew singing Disney covers while on tour seems to be a trend (his cover of “A Whole New World” with Tiffany is also amazing). This cover is sure to bring back memories of all your favorite moments from this trilogy. You can also check out the OST recordings from the musical in Korean.
9. Rapunzel Medley – BLACKPINK
Have you ever had a moment where something just inspired you to break out into a Disney medley? Well, whether you have or haven’t… BLACKPINK has. Feel inspired.
10. “Let It Go” (“Frozen”) – SPICA’s Kim Bo Hyung
When this movie was released in Korea, it was impossible to go 10 feet outside without hearing the movie soundtrack. There are plenty of amazing covers and renditions of “Frozen” songs, but “Let It Go” remains one of the most difficult songs to cover, thanks to a blaring high note even Idina Menzel rarely hits live. You may already have a favorite and it may even be this one, or you may be grateful this one is last so you can avoid having the song stuck in your head again (you’re welcome).
What are some of your favorite Disney moments in the K-pop world – from an artist demonstrating their love for a movie to your favorite OST? Let us know in the comments below and do share! The more the merrier!
heytoto currently teaches ELL in Seoul and can usually be found sipping a latte while waiting for news about the Mulan live-action film.