Korean pop music, K-pop, has been rising in popularity among U.S teens in recent years. Current K-pop groups such as BTS and BlackPink have dominated music charts and created a worldwide fan base. Their catchy songs and attractive looks have garnered a large following.
K-pop is a well-established industry. Kpop entertainment companies such as YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment start recruiting trainees at ages as young as 8 years old. These trainees sign a contract to train for several years, during which they learn to sing, rap, and dance. Trainees typically debut between 16 and 20 years old.