British K-pop girl group Kaachi have been criticised by many K-pop fans who do not recognise them as a K-pop act. Photo: FrontRow Records British K-pop girl group Kaachi have been criticised by many K-pop fans who do not recognise them as a K-pop act. Photo: FrontRow Records
British K-pop girl group Kaachi have been criticised by many K-pop fans who do not recognise them as a K-pop act. Photo: FrontRow Records

What is K-pop now? As BTS and Blackpink become global stars, and non-Korean groups enter the industry, we ask what it means to be a K-pop act

  • ‘K-pop’ has typically been used to refer to South Korean pop music by young idols managed by major entertainment labels, but that is changing
  • Bands like London-based Kaachi, with only one Korean member, have been criticised by many K-pop fans for entering a cultural space they don’t belong in

Topic |   K-pop, Mandopop and other Asian pop
British K-pop girl group Kaachi have been criticised by many K-pop fans who do not recognise them as a K-pop act. Photo: FrontRow Records British K-pop girl group Kaachi have been criticised by many K-pop fans who do not recognise them as a K-pop act. Photo: FrontRow Records
British K-pop girl group Kaachi have been criticised by many K-pop fans who do not recognise them as a K-pop act. Photo: FrontRow Records
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