The music and the stage are apparently inescapable. Aside from the top K-pop tracks on the global charts, the fandom has an overwhelming presence on the internet and many Western artists, such as Halsey and Lady Gaga, have joined groups for record collaborations.
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Aside from the collaborations, many South Korean artists and groups have looked into the performance in English. They even covered well-known American songs in a whole new way.
We’ve decided to show you 10 alternative covers of Korean artists that you must hear this year. Hope this inspires you to dig deeper into the K-pop and K-rock universe, or at least gives you a new song to add to your playlist.
Kim Hongjoong from ATEEZ – “Numb” (Linkin Park)
Kim hongjoong, one of the members of the K-pop group WERE, recently transformed the classic “Numb” by Linkin Park in the ultimate K-pop hit. Along with his vulnerable account of the song’s lyrics in English and Korean, Hongjoong manages to give “Numb”A modern pop makeover by implementing elements of GED and trap music.
BLACKPINK Rosé – “The One Exception” (Paramore)
BLACK ROSE are one of the biggest names in K-pop right now, and Pink blessed the internet with this hauntingly beautiful blanket of Paramore‘s “The only exception”In 2020. The cover shows Rosé’s raw vocal talent and turns the song into something all its own.
Suzy – “Skinny Love” (Bon Iver)
Suzy, who was a member of the K-pop group miss a before their dissolution in 2017, is an idol with the voice of an angel. If you need more proof, check out this 2016 cover that she made of Good iver‘s “Skinny Love, which is guaranteed to move you to tears.
DAY6 – “High And Dry” (Radiohead)
If one thing is true, it’s that we fell in love with DAY6 in 2020. This goes not only for their original music, but also for their wide range of covers. This Radiohead the blanket will give you goosebumps. It shows that the band cannot be put in a box because they can really master any kind of music they want.
Luna & Trax – “Bring Me To Life” (Evanescence)
In this comeback video from 2010, the K-pop singer Moon and the group Trax came together to perform a badass cover of “Bring me to life” through Evanescence. It’s the crossover that truly unites K-pop fans and performing kids everywhere.
Taemin – “Get Up” by Skrillex and Korn
Speaking of badass, it don’t get heavier than Taeminthe cover of “Get up” through Korn and Skrillex. While the cover itself is harsh, it’s even better to see the intertwined K-pop choreography. It’s the best of both worlds.
BTS – “The Fools” (Troye Sivan)
Before their big global breakthrough, BTS members Jungkook and RM released this emotional cover of “Fools” by Troye sivan. It shows that they are not only amazing performers, but really talented singers who can take on any genre. Hopefully there will be a collaboration in the future.
La Rose – “Chocolate” (Le 1975)
south korean group the Rose often cover western acts and post them all over the internet for fans to enjoy. One of their many covers features this groovy live rendition of “Chocolate” through the 1975.
J.Fla – “High hopes” (Panic! At the nightclub)
South Korean singer J. Fla rose to fame posting amazing covers on her YouTube channel of artists such as Billie Eilish, Halsey and this cover of “High hopes” through Panic! At the disco. Truly, her vocal talent is unmatched, and there is nothing she cannot sing about.
DOYOUNG – “idontwannabeyouanymore” (Billie Eilish)
NCT The DOYOUNG member is, like all of us, a Billie Eilish fan. He’s covered a few of his songs, including this raw take from “i don’t want to be you anymore. “However, his version takes more of a show-tune vibe. He performs in a subway station, proving his vocals are right no matter where he is. If you like it, check out his renditions of”i wish you were gay” and “Bad boy” here.