While love songs are dime a dozen in the K-pop world, many of the top female acts have also regularly taken down the status quo of perceptions of what it means to be a female pop star.
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020 this Sunday (March 8), take a listen and watch the music videos for some of these South Korean pop acts serving up fiery hits as they question what it means to be a female, both as public figures and private women, in the 21st century.
2NE1’s “I am the Best”
Had enough with: Submissiveness
Context: 2NE1 was a dominant act in K-pop throughout the majority of its career, and regularly released empowering hits. like “I am the Best,” where they proudly proclaimed their power and reveled in what it meant to be a top act.
Also check out: 2NE1’s “Try to Copy Me,” CL’s “Baddest Female”
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“I Am The Best,” which is arguably 2NE1‘s most popular song thus far (at least in terms of YouTube view count and people’s widespread knowledge of it), has popped up once again in the western hemisphere, this time for a choreography video orchestrated by Janelle Ginestra.
Did you see the popular South Korean girls group 2NE1 at the 2015 Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 8? It turns out that Microsoft placed a commercial during the Grammys that uses 2NE1’s hit song, “I Am The Best.” Continue reading
2NE1, “I Am the Best”
You don’t need to understand Korean to get pumped up from this K-pop jam. “I Am the Best” is a now-classic, empowering anthem and even Microsoft used it in a commercial to tell their competition they were, well, the best. Show those gym rats who’s boss!
Although “I Am the Best” was released in 2011, the iconic 2NE1 track is still gaining momentum worldwide.