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Pop is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form during the mid-1950s in the United States and the United Kingdom. The term popular music is often used, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many disparate styles. During the latest times, it encompassed rock and roll and the youth-oriented styles it influenced. Rock and pop remained roughly synonymous until the late 1960s, after which became associated with music that was more commercial, ephemeral, and accessible.

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David Hatch and Stephen Millward define music as “a body of which is distinguishable from popular, jazz, and folk musics”. According to Pete Seeger, pop music is “professional music which draws upon both and fine arts “. Although is seen as just the singles charts, it is not the sum of all chart . The charts contain songs from a variety of sources, including classical, jazz, rock, and novelty songs. As a genre,  is seen to exist and develop separately. Therefore, the term “” may be used to describe a distinct genre, designed to appeal to all, often characterized as “instant singles-based aimed at teenagers” in contrast to rock music as “album-based music for adults”.


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The term became popular since the 2000s. Previously, this style of pop music was called Gayo. While  is a general term for popular it is often used in a narrower sense for the genre described here. In 2018, it experienced significant growth and became a ‘power player’, marking a 17.9% increase in revenue growth. As of now, is ranked at number six among the top ten markets worldwide according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s “Global Music Report”, with  cited as artists leading the market growth.

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Dance is an integral part. When combining multiple singers, the often switch their positions while singing and dancing by making prompt movements in synchrony, a strategy called “formation changing”  often includes the so-called “point dance”, referring to a dance made up of hooking and repetitive movements within the choreography that matches the characteristics of the lyrics of the song. They are examples of with notable “point” choreography. To dance for a song requires the writers to take the tempo into account. According to Ellen Kim, a Los Angeles dancer a fan’s ability to do the same steps must also be considered. Consequently, they have to simplify movements.

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The and preparation necessary for  idols to succeed in the industry and dance successfully is intense. Training centers like Seoul’s Def Dance Skool develop the dance skills of youth in order to give them a shot at becoming an idol. Physical training is one of the largest focuses at the school, as much of a student’s schedule is based around dance and exercise. The entertainment labels are highly selective, so few make it to fame. Students at the school must dedicate their lives to the mastery of dance in order to prepare for the vigorous routines performed by groups. This, of course, means that the training must continue if they are signed. Companies house much larger training centers for those who are chosen.

An interview with Rino Nakasone lends insight into the process of creating routines. According to her, her focus is to make dance routines that are flattering for the but also complementary to the music. Her ideas are submitted to the entertainment company as video recordings done by professional dancers. she mentions that the company and the artists themselves have input on a song’s . May J. Lee gives another perspective, telling that her often starts out as expressing the feeling or the meaning of the lyrics. What starts out as small movements turns into a full dance that is better able to portray the message of the song.