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K-Pop Blows Up: Korean Music Finds Fans Worldwide

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K-Pop Blows Up: Korean Music Finds Fans Worldwide

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K-Pop Blows Up: Korean Music Finds Fans Worldwide

K-Pop Blows Up: Korean Music Finds Fans Worldwide

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Korean pop group Girls' Generation pose on the red carpet to attend the MNET Asian Music Awards ceremony in Singapore in November. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Korean pop music groups turned a corner in 2011, expanding their audience worldwide, despite the language barrier. Two of the most popular bands are 2NE1, whose music projects ideas of self-worth, and Girls' Generation, which has nine members.