The Hallyu Wave has spread the artistry of so many talented K-Pop artists all across the world, including across the Yellow Sea to China.
China is widely regarded as a music market of enormous potential, boasting 650 million online users. In particular, K-Pop groups have done well on QQ Music, the biggest freemium music streaming service in China, with 700 million users.
2NE1 kicked off their final world tour “AON – All or Nothing” in China, where they performed in front of thousands of fans. Recently celebrating their 10th anniversary since debut, this legendary group has 1.1 million followers on QQ Music, highlighting the longevity of their music.
WINNER’s latest full-album “EVERYD4Y” topped the charts in China, alongside the title track “Everyday”. The group boasts more than 1.1 million followers on QQ Music.
“Love Scenario” was so popular in China that iKON even recorded a Chinese version of their hit song on QQ Music. iKON has 1.2 million followers on QQ Music.
F(x) has enjoyed music recognition across China, with leader Victoria being heavily involved in acting, television, and philanthropy in her home country. The group has 1.3 million followers on QQ Music.
When BLACKPINK debuted, “Whistle” topped QQ Music, signaling the success that the girls would experience in China. Their latest EP “Kill This Love” sold a whopping 632,000 digital albums in China. The group has 1.5 million followers on QQ Music.
BTS has experienced international success in every corner of the globe and the Chinese market has been no exception. Their latest comeback with “Map of the Soul: Persona” sold more than 400,000 digital albums in China and the group currently has 1.6 million followers on QQ Music.
T-ARA has long been famed for their tremendous success in China. Their catchy music won them many fans who filled up concert halls and helped T-ARA top the music charts multiple times. T-ARA currently has 2.3 million followers on QQ Music.
3. Girls’ Generation
Turns out that “The Nation’s Girl Group” could also be renamed “The Continent’s Girl Group”. Girls’ Generation was the only Korean artist that had the honor of being invited to perform on the CCTV Spring Festival Gala in 2016, one of the biggest television events in China. Girls’ Generation currently has 2.7 million followers on QQ Music.
EXO was originally intended to be marketed towards both the South Korean and Chinese market and it has paid off. With 4.8 million followers on QQ Music, EXO continues to enjoy much success and popularity across the Yellow Sea.
Furthermore, member Lay has become one of the most popular celebrities in China, with his latest album “Honey” selling over 2.5 million digital album copies.
One of the biggest stars of the Hallyu Wave, BIGBANG has more than 12 million followers on QQ Music.
“MADE” is currently the sixth best selling album in China of all time, with over 2.8 million copies sold. With T.O.P’s recent discharge from military service, it is evident that millions of fans cannot wait for BIGBANG’s reunion.