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K-pop is a style of music from South Korea that is popular in France. France would count around 300,000 to 500,000 K-pop and South Korean fans. The ARMYs are very present on the web and French-speaking social networks.
In this article, you will discover:
- The impact of K-pop on France
- How fans use the web
- Activities of K-pop fans in France
- The link between French and Korean culture
Reminder: What is K-pop?
K-pop is a style of music from South Korea. Korean popular music has quickly become popular with people all over the world thanks to its wide variety and innovative aesthetic. The most famous K-pop groups are BTS, Blackpink, Twice, EXO and Seventeen.
Why do the French love K-pop and South Korea?
The French are good consumers of Korean music. France has a lot of fans of this style of music and more specifically, it has a lot of lovers of East Asian culture.
Francophones are very fond of products from our Asian counterparts, that is to say Japan and South Korea. Just as Japan creates manga, South Korea creates music and K-drama that export very well abroad.
This relationship is reciprocal with South Korea, which particularly appreciates classical music, culture, art and food from our hexagon.
More specifically, K-pop is a very good outlet for young French men and women. Most fans fell in love with Korean bands and their extraordinary stories during adolescence.
How many K-pop fans are there in France?
There are millions of K-pop fans around the world including about 300,000 fans from France . The estimates are not very precise because of the criteria determining a fan and the fluctuations between new and old followers.
The number of 300,000 K-pop fans in France seems to be consistent with the statistics of views and subscriptions of large French-speaking accounts on social networks. K-pop lovers are almost all BTS fans who have continued to discover lots of different music groups like Blackpink, Ateez, Wanna One or Red Velvet.
K-pop on the French-speaking internet
ARMY social networks
BTS music group fans are called ARMYs. By extension, this term is often used for K-pop fans. The ARMYs have been very present on social networks for ten years. Whether on Wikis, Forums, Twitter , Facebook, Instagram , Pinterest or Discord, K-pop fan groups can be found everywhere.
ARMY's favorite social networks are arguably Twitter and Instagram. There are many K-pop fans who come to infiltrate all subjects to send love to their favorite idols. There are sometimes a few deviations, however the K-pop community is one of the most benevolent and welcoming on the internet.
Here are some K-pop Youtubers
The K-pop community is present on YouTube, so here are some examples of French-speaking youtubers who talk about K-pop, Dramas and South Korea on their channels.
- Bradley Well is a funny French-speaking Youtuber on K-pop and its news.
- VAN is a YouTube channel with compilations of K-pop videos.
- Daejee is a small channel that talks about Korea, music and Korean Dramas.
- Yancham is a K-pop fan Youtuber who produces several video formats.
Are there K-pop concerts in France?
Before the COVID-19 crisis, France regularly received K-pop groups to give concerts. Indeed, the BTS group managed to fill the Stade de France twice, for example. There are dozens of concerts every year in France, because there are many fans ready to do anything to see their K-pop idols. A concert ticket or band prop is a great gift for a Korean music lover.
Korean bands often tour internationally when they become famous, Ateez, Seventeen and StrayKids are expected in France for concerts soon.
French K-pop events and associations
K-pop fans love to gather around events often organized by Korean dance associations. Indeed, many K-pop fans learn the choreographies of their favorite stars and reproduce them.
This phenomenon has created dating events and dance groups filled with lovers of South Korea and Korean music videos.
French associations often use a website and social networks to communicate about their events and activities.
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