THE HALLYU WAVE
K-Pop, there is no way you have not heard of it. Korean pop music has taken over the world since the last two years and is still taking the world by storm. Which was formerly considered a strange, niche obsession has now become a global sensation.
Boy groups, girl groups and solo artists, K-pop artists are now on top of every list. From major rankings on Billboard charts to skyrocketing platinum tier album sales. The world just cannot seem to get enough of the hallyu wave.
Let us look into some of the very hardworking and popular groups who made it this far and are kings and queens of the K-pop scene. K-pop was not very popular until the year of 2015 there was an up rise and Korean artists starting collaborating with big names from the west. Slowly and gradually they have now taken over the world. Language is no barrier considering, the music is just so hype. Fans all over the world are obsessing over these idols and are trying to learn hangul, so that if they ever get a chance to meet their idols, they can have a conversation with them.
Let’s start with the Kings of K-pop, EXO!
EXO first debuted on the 8th of April, 2012 with the single MAMA, which introduced the concept of the boy group. A group of very good looking aliens hailing from EXO planet. Each of them were given a special ability by the “Tree of Life”. The planet is dying and these nine are the chosen ones. Sehun controlling the element of air, D.O, the earth bender. Kim Kai who can teleport, Suho, the leader and guardian of EXO controls water, Chanyeol the hailer of fire, Lay the alien with the healing, Baekhyun the controller of light, Chen controls lightning and lastly, Xiumin the ice boy.
The group had a rough start but after their hit singles wolf and growl, which are considered legendary K-pop songs that will never die, but only when humanity does. They began to achieve a staggering amount of success and since then have been quintuple million sellers, making an astounding record of 1.1 million album sold in a span of ten days. EXO is an all-rounder group and is known as the marvel of K-pop. After Don’t Mess up My Tempo and Love Shot, the group went on hiatus for their military service.
A shame exols will have to wait for five years but the fandom is strong and they will sail through. We wish EXO the best of luck! This boy group has the crowned vocals of K-pop, Kim Jongdae, Byun Baekhyun and Do Kyungso. Not to mention, Byun Baekhyun got wished by the Prime Minister of South Korea on his birthday. Kim Kai, Oh Sehun and Park Chanyeol who have graced the faces of Louis Viton, Gucci, Vogue Korea and so many other huge names. They are fashion icons for men and women alike. Breaking the fragile masculinity stereotypes. Yes, we stan!
Next up, is the one and only TWICE!
The most popular girl group in Asia, under JYP Entertainment. With nine members, Momo, Mina, Sana, Dahyun, Jihyo, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Tzuyu and Chaeyong. Their fandom name is ONCE, how cute is that? The girl group follows the kawaii cutesy cpncept and absolutely kills it. Though as of late with Fancy, they have changed up their concept. Still the group mainly focuses on creating an aura of happiness and tag along dances and tunes. The group hit massive successs right from their debut, the survival show by JYP. “Sixteen” was the reason of anticipation and how the girls were so popular from the start.
But let me tell you they deserve it. The leader of the group, Jihyo had been a trainee for over ten years before she could debut on Sixteen. The group has an overall and individual charm, from tom boyish Jeongyeonto the all smiles and giggles Sana. The group has released pretty catchy songs and is one of the few K-pop groups that hit over 100 million views in a matter of days. The group’s main focus is not to showcase talents but to deliver a good show. They officially debuted in 2015 and till now they are going strong.
GOT7, AGASES UNITE!
The crack head group with the craziest members; Jackson Wang, Kim Yugyeom, ImJaebum, Park Jin-Young, BamBam, Mark and Youngjae. These seven guys have taken over the heart of people across the globe. The group has three international members, that being Jackson Wang from Hong Kong, BamBam from Thailand and Mark Tuan from the US.
The group had always been right behind some of the bigger names but they have finally risen to the status the so rightfully worked hard for. Since they received artist of the year award for last year and best popular award too. We’d say the stars have aligned and the boys are finally getting the recognition they deserved. There most popular tracks are Hardcarry, Just Right, 7 for 7 and Flight log: Arrival.
The girl group by SM Entertainment everyone had deemed a flop, really climbed up the rank and showed their haters how it’s done. The group was initially supposed to be Girls’ Generation 2.0 but the girls fought all that slander. They are now one of the biggest girl groups around the planet. The girls really kick started their career with Ice Cream Cake, which featured the debut of Yeri. The fifth and youngest member of the group.
The group consists of Irene, the visual and rapper, Joy, the vocalist, Wendy, the main vocalist, Seulgi, the sub vocalist and Yeri, the sub rapper. Though, everyone can admit if I had not mentioned who the visual was, none of us would ever have known, since all of them are so unreal looking.
That is all for today folks! There are so many talented idol groups and singers out there, it is not just limited to the ones mentioned today. Keep supporting your favorites!
Most Listened Sufi Songs All Over the World
Let Us Get Some Food For Our Souls!
There are various ways for connecting your God and Sufism is considered one of the ways in which an individual along or in groups (like in Mysticism), individually or collectively try to connected to God. The main purpose of maintaining this connection is often when a person feels he is so much apart from his Self and is indulged verily with the world and its offerings.
There comes the point where is the need to inject Self with some Sufi and Mystic practices to feed the soul and to connect with the God. Some other purposes include the quest to find one’s own purpose behind one’s existence. Why was he/she sent to the world and to do what exactly? To either spend a traditional ‘eat, study, work, marry, reproduce and die’ life? Or to do something extraordinary? This is basically the theory behind the Sufism which is also often referred to as ‘Tasawwuf’.
There are different ways and various practices to establish this connection. Some focus of doing a whirling dance until they come into a state euphoria. Some focus of singing on listening to such songs and the meaningful lyrics. While, some leave everything and start a journey with absolutely nothing to even an unknown destination.
Making and listening the Sufi music and Sufi songs to convey the right message in the accurate and right manner is another way to pursue Sufism and this is the most difficult one. It also has an element of learning, teaching and then preaching through music. There is plenty of content by various writer describing the Rumi’s and Shams’ philosophy, explaining Ibn e Khaldoon’s and Ibn e Rushd’s teachings and a lot more.
This list would keep on continuing.Some of the Sufi artists’ names in Pakistan are:
- Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
- Sheikh Fareed Qadri
- Abida Parveen
- Allan Faqeer
- Sabri Brothers
- Tina Sani
And many more around the whole world can be found.
The popular writers from the history of Sufism are:
- Amir Khusro
- Tajuddin Chishti
- Shams Tabriz
- Ibn Al Arabi
- Bulleh Shah and
- Khwaja Ghulam Farid
Most Listened Sufi Songs
Sufism is a known practice and Sufi songs have stayed in trend since long ago. This history is quite old and rich and we have been benefited by it widely too. Let’s discuss a few songs that have engraved their names in the name of Sufi history:
1.Allah Allah Kar Bhaiya
The old folk song with an extreme doze of nostalgia named as ‘Allah Allah Kar Bhaiyya’ was sung a lot of time by various singers and artists all over the world, some with music and some without it. The song was even the history favorite. The version we are talking about is from 1986 sung and performed by Muhammad Ali Shehki and the folk singer Allan Faqeer. The song is a cool mix of Sufi with a bit of beat and musical blend.
In this song, the lyrics are describing about taking the name of Allah in all goods and bads, highs and lows, betters and worse too because He always got your back and you can always turn to him for anything.
2.Tere Ishq Nachaya
Tere Ishq Nachaya is an epic poetic parchment written in the history by Baba Bulleh Shah who was the direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.). Bulleh Shah was a born Syed and his preacher was Anayat Shah who indulged him into Sufism and poetry.
The song is a Sufi track sung in a lovely crunchy folk voice of Riaz Qadri sponsored by the Supreme Tea and also often named as ‘Supreme Ishq’ because of the meaningful lyrics talking about love for God. The poetry was written back in the 18th century byBaba Bulleh Shah, the mystic poet of the era. This composition of the poetry as a song is literally soul awakening and must be listened.
3.Tum Ek Gorakh Dhanda Ho
The controversial song, Tum Ek Gorakh Dhanda Ho is sung again by a lot of famous Sufi artist around the globe several times. However, as per our choice, the best one was from the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He sang and portrayed the Sufiana kalaam in such an urge to talk to his God, Allah; the rendition was soul touching.
The kalaam was sung with so much of passion and intensity that the frequency of the connection be clearly felt. The irony of the whole theme of the Sufiana Kalaam was epic and much needed for the generations today.
4.Shikwa Jawab E Shikwa
Shikwa Jawab E Shikwa is a poem written by the scholarly philosopher of the great times named ‘Iqbal’ and he wrote this poetry as a conversation between God and His creation i.e. man. A man is pleading his issues to God and He is guiding him to return to Him right away and all his issues will be solved.
The Sufiana kalaam is an epic conversation which has been sung by the Sabri Brothers initially. Later on was sung by various artists. The most recent one was from the Coke Studio and it led the new generation to the righteous path verily.
What is Pop Music?
Here is yet another type of amazing and delight music that you will live to listen every day. Pop music is one of these music melodies that have received a lot of success over the past few decades. Moreover, one hit track of the pop music earns its creator millions of dollars by selling the music copies. In the list of top rated music, every years there are numerous pop music tracks that make their way into the market and appreciated by large number of folks all around the world. So in order to receive a lot of success the particular track need to be roled out as a single.
Most of the pop music tunes that receives success depicts some specific features that can be regarded as formula of pop music. Most of the times when you listen to a pop music, you might observe that they are being categorized as a good structured, good rhythm and eye popping melodies over the internet. Most of the time you might have observed that the duration of a particular pop music remain between two to five minute long. Moreover, the verses are repeated again and again multiple times.
Similarly, you might have observed that the lyrics are mostly about the relationships. With that said, I mean lyrics are more close to the problems and joys that can be occurred in particular relation or love. And, you might have observed that pop music is mostly created by a group of male artists, who are always devoted to create luxurious feeling in particular track. But those developed by the female artists is amazing to see. So, you might have heard about the most popular pop singers of all time including the great Justin Bieber and Madonna. These are the top rated singers that have delivered the quality content and music tracks for more than one decade.
Well it is obvious that not all singles are being developed by pop artists. Numerous popular music tracks are also developed by various other types of music. Some of the popular country music singers including the great Taylor swift and the carrie Underwood along with the most famous rock groups including the Radiohead and Foo Fighters. Here is the list of some other popular music artists whom you love to listen every time. Some of the folk music artists are:
- Bob Dylan
- Mumfor and sons
While some of the well know songwriters are as follows:
- Elton John
- Ed Sheeran
- Last but not least the contemporary R&B
The amazing and delicate soul music artists includes
Moreover, the dance music artists are categorized as follows:
- Daft Punk and
Here you are going to look at the hip hop artists as well as rappers:
- Kanye West and
All of the above mentioned artists have the ability to write super hit songs with perfect melodical phrases that are interesting to listen. Similarly, these phrases gives you more luxurious feel while listings and provides the best listening experience according to your expectations. And most of the pop music tracks encompass the great pop music formula. But the elements in that particular track are their own production. And most of the above mentioned artists constitutes unique writing style. Their unique style just demonstrate the way how they do work.
We have mentioned above some of the most popular artists that have transformed the internet with their beautiful voices that can make you life colorful. So here we are going to introduce some of above mentioned artists, that can play an important role making internet a place of joy for you.
- One Direction
A very renowned English singer that has amazed his audience with beautiful melodies. He is multi talented boy, who has the abitlity to entertains his audience with his song and dance moves. Most of the hit songs are being written by this irish pop boy.
- Katy Perry
Katy Perry is a well known American singer that has transformed the lives her beautiful melodies. She has been considered as one of the best female dance pop artist, who has delivered amazing tunes so far.
Beyonce ranks in one of the popular American singer. This R&B singer has been determined to deliver delightful songs to her audience. She started her career as a R&B girl and joined a group for professional training and appearance.
- Taylor Swift
One of the most loved music artist form America. She belongs to the family of those greatest pop singer songwriter, who has started her career music as country artist. She has transformed the internet with delightful and amazing melodical phrases.
- Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake is yet another master class singer from America. This artist is actually a multitalented artist, who have worked as both pop and R&B singer. Justin Timberlake began with a most popular band NSYNC.
- Iggy Azalea
Here is yet another Australian rapper. She is being one of free style hip hop pop singer. The singer has moved to the US and played an important role in revamping the music industry with perfect music melodies.
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