The Genealogy of Genius Kpop Singer and Potential Candidates


In Kpop history, many singers have gained popularity with the public by releasing their own hits. And few of them won the title as 'genius' and have been treated as a legendary figure in the world of Kpop.

Well, the genius Kpop singers have several things in common. They are singer-song writers and is ahead of their time with innovative music. They also have distinctive tones.

Let's talk about the genealogy of genius Kpop singers and potential candidates.



'The King' Cho Yong Pil

Cho Yong Pil deals with all the music genres such as pop, rock, ballad, trot and folk. The legendary singer captured people's heart with innovative sounds.

Cho Yong Pil became the first ever million-selling artist in Kpop history with his first regular album released in 1979, and his hit 'Red dragonfly' set a remarkable record by topping Korean radio music chart for 24 consecutive weeks. His song 'Dear friend' was included in national text book for the first time as a pop song.

Even though it has been more than 40 years since the singer debuted, Cho Yong Pil's position in Kpop world is still firm. He certainly proved it by making a great hit with his 19th regular album in 2013.

When the album was released, at the early dawn, fans waited in the long line at the album store to get the limited edition of Cho Yong Pil's signed CD. He was 63 years old at that time, but young music fans in their 20s and 30s also were fanatical about Cho Yong Pil's new songs 'Hello' and 'Bounce'. He absolutely is the genius Kpop singer who has originative musical sense.


'President of Culture' Seo Taiji

Taiji Boys' debut in 1992 sent shock waves throughout Kpop world. The 3-member group comprised of Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun Suk and Lee Juno, created a sensation with their debut song 'I know'.(Yang Hyun Suk later became the CEO of YG entertainment, home to Big Bang, 2NE1, Psy and Akdong Musician)

In his numerous hits such as 'Come back home', 'Dreaming of the Balhae kingdom' and 'Class idea', Seo Taiji dealt with social issues and meaningful messages. He also caught eyes of people by wearing funky costumes. Seo Taiji alone had an enormous impact on culture.

You can say a history of Korean songs and ballads is divided into before Seo Taiji and after. Seo Taiji's appearance in Korean music scene has caused big change. Rap and dance music became the mainstream of Kpop and it had a decisive effect on Kpop idols' present music. Seo Taiji is the beginning of Kpop idol.

It is expected that Seo Taiji will release his new album within 2014. It has been 5 years since the singer released his 8th regular album in 2009, and so much attention is on Seo Taiji's new album.


Potential Candidates

Actually, in the present Kpop market, it is not easy to discover new genius singer because the Kpop world is centered on idol stars and the idols are thoroughly managed by Kpop agencies' well-ordered systems. In that kind of system, it may be asked whether the singers can show their originality.

Despite such a difficult situation, there is a notable young artist who can be a potential candidate for genius Kpop singer. It's Big Bang's G-Dragon.


G-Dragon, who made a debut as a member of Big Bang in 2006, is considered as one of few idols who can do their own music. He is highly appreciated for his composing and writing ability, while receiving recognition as a fashionista too. He rose to become the nation’s most prominent and influential cultural icon.

Akdong Musician(Akmu)'s Lee Chan Hyuk also can be another potential candidate for genius Kpop singer. He proved his outstanding talent by producing Akdong Musician's debut album that was released in April 2014. Even though the 18-year-old musician is still young, he is considered to have enough amount of potential power to grow up.

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