US and K-POP

April, 2020

Generation Z! All of us born between 1997 to 2012 are part of Gen Z. Now even though we have a “definition”, the residents of Twitter like to define Gen Z as the most unique set of people so far. Well of course we’re unique. We procrastinate and still get things done. If that’s not a talent then I don’t know what is. 

The people of Gen Z have many interests ranging from adorable to down right weird. The interest that I want to talk about is Music. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like music. Music is beautiful. Everyone loves music. Now I did some research and found out what artists Gen Z loves the most and Taylor Swift and Beyoncé are at the top. No surprises there. In fact, the top 17 artists all sing in English. All but one. 

On number 16 stands BTS, inarguably the biggest boy group in the world right now. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, BTS is a septet of young men from South Korea who sing, rap and dance. BTS, or 방탄 소년단(Bangtan Sonyeondan), stands for Bulletproof Boyscouts. Their main concept since debut has been to speak up for the youth. The boys themselves were teenagers when they debuted in 2013 and knew the hardships and prejudices that teens had to face and so made it their purpose to help those with their music. Their Love Yourself series has talked about accepting yourself for who you are, scars and all. Their older songs are all about encouraging teens to speak up and defy prejudices. They’re not the only KPop group out there, by the way. NCT, EXO, Blackpink, Twice, Red Velvet and many other groups consisting of young men and women who are all hard working and talented and I LOVE THEM ALL A LOT. 

Now before I get too excited about these boys and girls, I’m gonna talk about WHY they’re so popular. Well you see, as I said before, Gen Z is the most unique generation of people so far. We may be procrastinating couch potatoes, but we are accepting. Generation Z has grown up in a world that has developed and changed SO rapidly that it has helped them to be accepting. This generation actually realises that music and art have no bounds. Music is a universal language that defies all boundaries. It doesn’t matter who sings it. It could be sung by a man or a woman, in English or in Korean or Tagalog, a ballad or a rock song or a hip hop song, it doesn’t matter. Music is music. Generation Z has learned to connect with music and the lyrics rather than discriminating against it just because of who sings it. And that’s what makes this generation so unique.

-Keerti Rudraraju 

 

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