KBites’ 2009 K-Pop Report


Coming to the end of the year, let’s take a look back at some of the major K-Pop events in 2009 for KBites “Kpop Report 2009.”

It’s been such an eventful year, with its up and down periods in the
K-Pop circle. Fans have also stood strong by their idols, and showed
belief and support through the different events and happenings.

Let’s celebrate the end of 2009 and welcome a good start for 2010 for K-Pop!

K-Pop Report 2009


  • Girl Groups

2009 was the year of girl groups. From debuts to comebacks, we see
the girl groups taking the K-Pop world by storm. We are talking about So Nyeo Shi Dae, 2NE1, Brown Eyed Girls, 4Minute, KARA, SeeYa, f(x), T-ara, Secret etc.

They were also the major trend setters for various dances like ‘crab leg’ dance by So Nyeo Shi Dae with “Gee” in January, Brown Eyed Girls with their ‘saucy hip’ dance with hit song “Abracadabra,” KARA‘s ‘butt dance’, 2NE1 with finger dance for ‘I Don’t Care’ and T-ara with the “Bo Peep Bo Peep” dance etc.

2009 is also the year for the revival of various girl groups like Brown Eyed Girl and KARA who gained much recognition and popularity as compared to a few years back when they were promoting.

And because of the flood of girl groups in 2009, the peak was even
described with the phenomenon which Korean news media quoted as
“rivalry of the girl groups.”

  • Hook song

Hook song was the ‘in’ thing this year. A hook song is repetitive,
attention-grabbing, memorable, easy to dance to, and has commercial
potential and lyrics.

To name a few hits, we have “Gee,” “Sorry Sorry,” “Lollipop,” “I
Don’t Care,” “Mister,” “Hot Issue,” “Fire,” “Bo Peep Bo Peep” etc.

The trend is also to accompany the hook song with dances like ‘Butt dance’, ‘No No No Dance’, ‘Saucy hip dance’.

  • Variety and dramas participation

We see many singers getting more prominent on variety shows, whether it is as guest appearance or more important roles like MCs.

We have Lee Seung Gi teaming up with Kang Ho Dong to MC SBS “Strong Heart,” Kim HyunJoong to MC MBC “Hunters”, and also girl group members as G7 in reality variety show KBS “Invincible Youth” etc.

We also get to see many fresh faces and real sides of the idols through their appearances of these shows.

We also see many singers venturing out to dramas like SS501 Kim HyunJoong in “Boys Over Flowers,” FT Island Lee HongKi and C.N. Blue Jung YongHwa in “You’re Beautiful,” Big Bang TOP in “IRIS,” Dong Bang Shin Ki UKnow YunHo in “Heading the Ground” and Hero JaeJoong in Telecinema etc.

  • K-Pop sibling loves

We see many cases of siblings of celebrities/singers debuting this
year and with that, it has brought these newcomers some before-hand
publicity. To name a few:

  • Jessica – Krystal
  • Sandara Park – Thunder
  • Mir – Go EunAh
  • Even non-celebrity siblings of BoA, JaeJin, Lee Teuk, TOP, TaeYeon [Read]
  • Fashion

There were some fashion trends set off by some of the K-Pop artistes:

  • Colored skinnies
  • Punk designs [Read]
  • Cut-out leggings [Read]
  • Marine look [Read]
  • Plaited fringe [Read]
  • Vivid colors
  • Blonde hair [Read]

Next, we look at some of the best and worst moments of K-Pop in the
past 1 year. To be honest, some of the worst moments have brought much
anxiety, worry and heartbreak to many fans this year.

Best of K-Pop

K Bites pick the best of K-Pop moments!

  • American market advance! The WonderGirls [Read]
    and BoA
  • Japanese market advance! Big Bang [Read]
  • Japanese market domination: Dong Bang Shin Ki [Read]
  • Love Is The Air – Tablo and Kang HyeJung [Read], Se7en and Park HanByul [Read], DJ Tukutz’s wedding [Read]
  • Girl group domination!

Worst of K-Pop

These are what K Bites picked as the worst moments of K-Pop this year in 2009.

  • 2PM Park JaeBum’s MySpace controversy [Read]
  • Park JaeBum leaves 2PM [Read]
  • Dong Bang Shin Ki trio’s discord and lawsuit with SM Entertainment [Read]
  • KangIn drink-driving and assault case [Read]
  • Super Junior HanKyung’s discord and lawsuit with SM Entertainment [Read]
  • Swine flu infestation!
    • Kim HyunJoong
    • Jo Kwon
    • K Will
    • Lee Seung Gi
    • JongHyun
    • Onew
    • TaeMin
    • WheeSung
    • Alexander
    • Lee Joon
    • Amber
    • Sulli
    • Krystal
    • Kim Joon
    • Thunder
  • Plagiarism accusations
    • GDragon [Read]
    • FT Island ‘Cross and Change’ track [Read]
    • 2PM ‘Again & Again’ [Read]
    • Bada’s ‘Mad’ [Read]
    • Big Bang|2NE1’s songs [Read]
    • Others: Son DamBi, YounHa etc [Read]
  • Car accidents
    • DaeSung and long MIA due to operation[Read]
    • So Nyeo Shi Dae [Read]
    • After School [Read]
    • BEAST [Read]
  • Leaving of group/Disbandments
    • Oh WonBin leaving FT Island [Read]
    • A*ST1 disbandment [Read]
    • SoYoung leaving After School [Read]
    • JaeBum leaving 2PM
  • SHINee TaeMin bullied in school? [Read]
  • AJ same name controversy [Read]
  • SNSD YoonA and Tiffany MBC Music Core skirt-lifting incident [Read]
  • Koyote BbaekGa down with brain tumour [Read]

Funniest of Kpop

  • Lee Teuk and Kang MinKyung ‘fart’ incident [Read]
  • GDragon’s ‘ajumma’ perm [Read]
  • Korean netizens never fail to amaze [Read]
  • 2PM for sexy crazy photoshoot on Mnet Wild Bunny eps 2 [Read]
  • Watch your favorite K-Pop idols speak in English! [Read]
  • Favorite male celebrities dressed up as females [Read]
  • f(x) Amber has many male idol lookalikes [Read]
  • KARA Nicole and ‘ghost hand’ [Read]
  • Who was the ghastly face amongst 2PM? [Read]
  • Netizens call T-ara’s stylists antis [Read]
  • There is So Nyeo Shi Dae, but Ok Nyeo Shi Dae anyone? [Read]
  • KARA Kang JiYoung joins in the fun with the netizens [Read]
  • MBLAQ – before and after? [Read]

Heartwarming moments of Kpop:

  • And the family shoe collection grows from 4 to 5 pairs [Read]
  • Your favorite celebrity smiling eyes [Read]
  • Teachers join the Hottest crowd [Read]
  • 2PM JunSu and GDragon’s close friendship shows [Read]
  • 2PM WooYoung’s encouraging words to JaeBum “Have strength” [Read]
  • Close friendship to the girl group 94-ers [Read]
  • BEAST and 4Minute adds one to the K-Pop family-love [Read]
  • Nation’s fairy Lee Hyori for good cause event [Read]

Question: What do you look forward to the most for Kpop in 2010?

  • Debuts? – F.Cuz, Child Of Empire, W
  • Rookie teams going strong? – 2NE1, 4Minute, T-ara, MBLAQ, BEAST, Rainbow
  • Will they continue to dominate? – So Nyeo Shi Dae, Brown Eyed Girls, WonderGirls, Big Bang, Super Junior, SHINee, KARA
  • Solo acts? – Lee Hyori, K Will, Seo In Young, Park JungAh, Baek Ji Young, Kim TaeWoo

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