The Idol Soloist: Trend or Start of a New K-pop Era?
When we talk about K-pop, it’s hard not to include conversations about what could be one of the very significant foundations of the industry itself: the idol group. Throughout the years, the K-pop idol group system is probably one of the core factors which has made K-pop the distinctive music genre that it is today. However, quite recently, the K-pop scene is slowly being transformed through the rise of the idol soloist: K-pop idols who are part of idol groups but have since momentarily pursued solo musical work. While idol groups are undeniably still the more prominent of the two, one can’t help but wonder whether or not the K-pop landscape is entering a new K-pop era, an era of the idol soloist.