|Synonyms:||Kpop, Korean Pop|
|See also:||Hallyu, Minihompy, Netizen|
|Click here for related articles on Fanlore.|
K-pop refers to South Korean pop music.
- There is a different entertainment culture in Korea, where stars are expected to do as their entertainment companies and contracts stipulate. This has resulted in some pretty bad behavior on behalf of the entertainment groups when they demand too much of their talent, but on the flip-side it creates a "family-like" atmosphere within entertainment groups, which provide artists with training, support and security. As long as everyone works together and respects the social hierarchical rules, everything will be fine. 
Music rotation communities are an important part of K-pop fandom. Although albums by Korean artists can be purchased online through stores such as YesAsia, popular Korean-language music is not widely accessible outside of speciality stores. Music rotation communities (normally located on Livejournal) are maintained by a single person or a small team of uploaders who share albums (and music videos) by K-pop artists.
While fanfic is written about various popular K-pop groups (see, for instance, DBSK), fanfic doesn't dominate the overall fandom. Fans with a knowledge of Korean translate music videos, interviews, TV appearances, and blog entries. Fans also share news and gossip about their favourite celebrities on Livejournal communities and forums.
In late October 2014, K-Pop became one of the top 5 fandoms in the Music & Bands category on Archive of Our Own after reaching over 7,600 works. The fandom continued to rise in the ranks until in late October 2016 it reached reached 47,700 works and took the top spot, surpassing One Direction. In March 2018, BTS hit over 52,300 works and took the second place as well. K-Pop has maintained in the top spot, hitting over 100,000 public works in November 2017 and over 200,000 works in March 2019.
- CLASSIC ERA (Pre-2001)
- OLD SCHOOL ERA (2001-2003)
- NEW SCHOOL ERA (2003-2005)
- NEO NEW SCHOOL ERA (2005-2007)
- POST NEO NEW SCHOOL ERA (2007-2010)
- NEW AGE ERA (2010-present)
Fanwork Events and Communities
Fanwork events are popular within kpop fandom, particularly for fanfiction on LiveJournal. While specific kpop groups have events individual to their fandom, there are general kpop fanwork events as well.
- K-Pop Olymfics
- K-Pop Ficmix - a remix exchange
- K-Pop Prompts
- kprompts - an anonymous prompting meme
Some previous events include:
- K-Pop Big Bang
- Another big bang challenge
- Extrafictionary: An AU Challenge
- Into A Club - a kpop crossover exchange
- kacts - on LiveJournal/on Dreamwidth - a five acts challenge
- The K-Pop 100 - a drabble writing contest
- K-Pop Ficcage - a competitive drabble writing contest
- K-Pop Valentines - a stocking-styled Valentine's gift event
- Unnideul - a pan-Asian fic prompt community focused on ladies
- Unnie Dearest - a seasonal challenge/exchange focused on kpop girlbands/female soloists
- Kfic Collab - a collaboration challenge
- Kpop Fic Wank Mini-Bang - a mini big bang challenge
Other communities for general k-pop on LiveJournal:
- K-Pop Fanfics
- K-Pop Gen
- Unniefic: K-Pop Girls
- Nugufic: K-Pop new groups
- K-Pop Het
- K-Pop Like Crack - a rare/crack ships community
- Seoulfulness - an anonymous fanworks meme
- Yokshim: YG Family Fanworks
- YG Multibang - a flexible big bang challenge for YG family writers
- Mutant K-Pop
- Fic Comms and Other Resources at kficanon on Dreamwidth
- kpopsecretmeme2 (at Dreamwidth)
- kficrevolution at LJ
- kficrevolution at DW
Pimp posts are popular among fans, particularly when they want to promote their favorite groups, idols, or ships.
Many have accumulated lists of pimp posts, in an effort for them to be accessible in a directory fashion.
- ☆ MALE IDOL PIMP POSTS AND METAS at kpoplists on Tumblr
- Pimp Posts and Meta at kpoplists on LiveJournal
- K-pop Pimp Posts Directory by cheotil on Livejournal
- 2010 Pimp Post Directory at worldvidz on LiveJournal
Some examples of roleplay directories are at the following blogs on Tumblr:
As the popularity of K-pop has boomed, K-pop stans have developed a reputation on the internet. They are know for their massive numbers and enthusiasm, as well as their ability to band together as a result.
Fans in Korea are well-organized, and powerful: "There's a real sense of ownership and loyalty, and it ties these idols to their fans, up to a really weird degree. A lot of Korean boybands say "cutesy" things like "I'm married to my fans" or "my girlfriend is fanclub name]."" 
- The kpop industry is one driven by the internet. So you can say that netizens and technology are what create news and drive the market. Netizens are also very opinionated and have no problem to voice their concerns and at some points shame the media. So the media is very wary of them, and must be as convincing as possible when publishing news, in regards to entertainment and artists. A lot of the time, netizens are the ones that make the news and are not easily fooled. 
Fan groups can act as powerful pressure groups when they feel it is in the interest of their idols. SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP--three of Korea's major management agencies--have liaisons who work exclusively with fan clubs. Changing demographics may play a role in the increased power of fan clubs. Fan club activities include protecting stars' rights, charitable activities, and promotion. 
Popular artists also gain anti-fans: "An anti-fan is a person who ‘hates’ a particular celebrity or icon. Anti-fanclubs, also known as virtual communities of disregard, hate listings and diss-share sites are groupings of such anti-fans." 
Sasaengs in Korean fandom have also received an extremely negative reputation among English-speaking and Korean-speaking fandom alike. A sasaeng (or sasaeng fan) is a fan who actively stalks and harasses idols to the point of invading their privacy. 
Popular K-pop groups
In K-Pop Industry
Mental/Physical Health controversies
(Jine from Oh My Girl anorexia and the pressure to diet), (Sulli and Goo Hara suicides)
In K-Pop Fandom
Edawn and Hyuna. The two worked for the same entertainment company, CUBE. Edawn, who was part of Pentagon, was dropped from the group as a result of the dating scandal.
- K-pop Icons
- Asian Pop Addict
- K Bites
- Omona They Didn't!
- we rec fics
- All Kpop.com
- Kpop Wiki
- K-pop fanworks metatag on AO3
- Blackface on South Korean TV Show (Accessed July 28, 2010)
- Fandoms on AO3, archived October 26 2014
- Fandoms on AO3, archived October 29 2016
- Fandoms on AO3, archived March 12 2018
- Kpop fic history] on Time Vault. Posted January, 5, 2011. (Accessed May 17, 2011.)
- kpop_olymfics on LiveJournal
- kpop_ficmix on LiveJournal
- Comment by fivil on Musing on the bizarre "can't date anyone ever" star phenomenon in Asian entertainment. (Accessed July 30, 2009)
- The Ugly Truth of Kpop, SM, and the Taesu Scandal! (Accessed July 30, 2009).
- Fan clubs grow into forces of nature; mirrored at Omona They Didn't (Accessed May 6, 2010)
- What's the deal with anit-fans? The dark side of Kpop's fan culture, Archived version
- Sasaeng fan on Wikipedia