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K-pop (an abbreviation of Korean pop;[1] Korean|케이팝|[1] is a musical genre originating in South Korea that is characterized by a wide variety of audiovisual elements. Although it comprises all genres of "popular music" within South Korea, the term is more often used in a narrower sense to describe a modern form of South Korean pop music covering a wide range of styles including dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock, metal,[2] hip-hop music and R&B.[3]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Holden, Todd Joseph Miles; Scrase, Timothy J. (2006). Medi@sia: global media/tion in and out of context. Taylor & Francis. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-415-37155-1. "Since the 1990s, the term "K-pop" has become popularized to refer to Korean popular music, being widely used throughout East and Southeast Asia." 
  2. "Head-banging to K-pop: Metal in the Korean Pop Industry". MTV Iggy. April 3, 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 
  3. "K-Pop". Doosan Encyclopedia. Naver. Retrieved 2012-03-11.