Welcome ladies, gentlemen and embarrassing 12-year old others I have to say are fellow K-Pop fans. Don't know what this segment is yet because of the too complicated and undeniably mesmerizing title? Fine, I'll tell you. It's the 3rd episode of the weekly 'Flash to the Past', where I tell you about K-Pop history step-by-step, and if you haven't checked out any of the previous segments, you can here. Backtracking on the chronological timeline from our previous lesson of the Big 3, we're moving towards the time period of 1997 to 2002 when girl group power entered the image.
Today's Lesson: 3 G's - Girl Group Growth
With SM Entertainment hitting success with their group S.E.S., they continue to press their luck on girl power with their solo artist BoA debuting in 2000. At the time, being famous worldwide was not as much of an issue as being new and unique. From ol' R&B and Hip-hop came a new style of electro sounds where unnirs and oppars from all over relinquished themselves to the hype. At the age of 13, this young girl surprised everyone with smooth dance moves on her debut single "ID; Peace B".
Another growing power in the K-Pop industry was DSP Media's group, Fin K.L, DSP Media not being new to the contribution of the birth of K-Pop, having groups like Click B and Sechs Kies still under their control. Fin K.L became unarguably one of the most popular groups during this time period, their first debut song being 'Blue Rain' and hitting more than a quarter million sales. Though disbanding in 2002 (and regrouping 2005 for their last song), the individual members are pursuing their own entertainment-related activities, Hyori being a solo artist, Joohyun being a teacher at Dong Seoul College and the last two members Jin and Yuri being an actresses.