They just may become the first K-Pop group to intentionally break into the US market. The four-member girl group has the advantage of having three members fluent in English, as well as a swagger that fits well with the new global economy. Their song I Am the Best is a good introduction.

Big Bang

From the same label as 2NE1 and Psy, this five-some has a great blend of hip-hop, dance and ballads. Bad Boy is very easy on the ears, and Knock Out, by the sub-unit group made up of two of its members, GD & TOP, will get stuck in your head.

Wonder Girls

They toured with the Jonas Brothers a few years back with their song Nobody, but Be My Baby is another favorite. The video was choreographed by the same person who choreographed Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” hence the similarities.

Girls’ Generation

This nine-member group promoted their song The Boys on several high-profile American talk shows, but Gee is their money song. SM Entertainment, Korea’s top talent agency/record label, is behind this mega-group. It cost them a reported $3 million to $5 million to train each member of the group. Before Gangnam Style, they were the most viewed K-Pop artist on YouTube by a landslide, and thrilled fans when they appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and Live with Kelly, but dropped off the American radar soon after.

Trouble Maker

This project group includes the girl from the Gangnam Style video, HyunA, who made her own splash on YouTube last summer with her video for Bubble Pop, and is also a member of the popular girl group, 4minute.

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