K-Pop Bands Are Taking Over the World with English-Language Songs

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The absolute domination of K-pop bands was a long time coming, and they’re shining brighter than ever in 2020. Some are even surprising us with brand-new songs, recorded entirely in English.

The first single that comes to mind is, obviously, BTS’s record-breaking smash hit “Dynamite” that come out last week. After collaborating with several international artists and giving us catchy tracks recorded partly in English, BTS went all in with this single—and it paid off big time! The music video for “Dynamite” became YouTube’s most viewed video in the first 24 hours.

The enormous success of BTS’ latest single overshadowed another English-language K-pop track that came out that same day. The all-girl group Twice also tried to improve their global appeal with the English version of their hit single “More and More”.

Does this mean there are more K-pop tracks entirely in English on the way? We’re really hoping that’s the case, and we’re betting on Blackpink to give us the next big hit. Their latest single, “How You Like That,” was mostly in English anyway, and they have a new Selena Gomez collaboration titled “Ice Cream” coming up this month.