TOP OF THE (K) POPS

Catchier than One Di­rec­tion’s back cat­a­logue, with more mem­bers than the Game Of Thrones cast, Korean pop is about to take over your playlist. Meet its big­gest ex­ports…

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TWICE

Who? All-woman nine-piece born out of “girl group sur­vival re­al­ity show” Six­teen. Like Pop­stars: The Ri­vals on acid. Big break: In 2016, their de­but video for Like Ooh-Ahh clocked over 100 mil­lion YouTube views. Best lyric: “Knock hard. Bam! Bam! One more time. Bam! Bam!” Fash­ion vibe: Mean Girls meets Clue­less. Sounds like: Bar­bie Girl by Aqua (singer Lene, left) on re­peat, with a bit of B*Witched thrown in. Crazy fact: They’ve en­dorsed over 30 dif­fer­ent brands, in­clud­ing cos­met­ics, bev­er­ages and, er, school uni­forms.

EXO

Who? BTS’s big­gest ri­vals were orig­i­nally made up of two bands – Exo-K, who per­formed songs in Korean, and Exo-M, who per­formed them in Man­darin. Now they’re one (well, nine to be pre­cise). Big break: Per­form­ing at the 2018 PyeongChang Win­ter Olympics clos­ing cer­e­mony. Best lyric: “I’m drunk from your body.” Fash­ion vibe: Matchy-matchy cat­a­logue mod­els. Sounds like: If Justin Bieber (left) cloned him­self eight times and formed a boy band. Crazy fact: In 2015 and 2016 they were named top of Forbes’ Korea Power Celebrity list.

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