Hey y’all. It’s me. I know, I know, my blogging is sporadic and bad, sorry. However, today I realized I could combine something I wanted to do anyway with blogging, so here we are.
As you may know, I first got into kpop in 2009 (wow! almost a decade. shit.), which means that I first got into what may be called the 2nd generation of kpop. I was and am obsessed with SHINee, and some of the first other groups I listened to were Girls’ Generation and Wonder Girls. However, with so many of my old groups disbanding, losing members, leaving for the army and generally making a huge mess of things (Looking at you, Big Bang), I have realized that in a few years I may have to experience not really knowing a lot of the active idols.
I’m not quite there yet, as I have a good grasp of the members of currently massive groups such as BTS, TWICE, EXO, BLACKPINK, Seventeen etc, but when it comes to even newer groups, I am horribly behind. Much of this comes from just being in a different stage of life than I was when I first got into kpop. I am now in my 20s, soon to start studying towards my master’s degree, and in a serious long-term committed relationship. My life just doesn’t look the way it did when I was a fresh-faced teen with not much care in the world (not that I saw it that way, of course). The reasons why I haven’t really looked into the newer groups are frankly the same as why I don’t blog much anymore: I just have other things on my plate.
This does not mean, however, that I no longer like kpop or do not listen to these newer groups; I absolutely do! I just don’t take the time to learn members, nor watch variety shows in the ways I used to. But I would like to change that, if just a little bit. As long as I am still part of the kpop fandom and enjoy the music (and I don’t see the end to that in sight), I do not want the day to come when I can’t name any members in any of the music videos I watch.
So, here we are. In this post I will list a whole bunch of what I would call “current generation” (I don’t know what generation we are in now… 3rd? 4th? 5th?) kpop groups, all of which I listen to at least a little bit and enjoy, and could see myself possibly taking the time to look into further. These are way more than I probably can and will learn (even though most of these I would probably already have learnt if it was a few years ago), but this will give me a jumping off point from which I can start.
This could also be used as somewhat of a resource if you too are feeling like you maybe haven’t taken the time to learn the new groups, as all of these are good going on excellent and would warrant your time.