Social media has shown that in today’s world, anyone can become famous. A TikTok or music career can start with just one video with many views. South Korea’s pop music market is still busy and competitive, though. Good music doesn’t always lead to a great career, especially now when selling records and getting on the charts are so important.
Reuters says that about one million South Koreans want to be K-pop performers. The sheer number of people who want to be idols is enough to scare anyone away. In the past few years, former idols have tried even more ways to stay in touch with their fan bases. As audio and video platforms on the internet continue to improve, vlogging and podcasting have become more popular careers for people who used to be idols.
Park Joonhyung of g.o.d
Joonhyung is a performer who was once a part of the JYP-trained and -mentored K-pop group g.o.d. He has now moved into a successful solo career as a performer after leaving the group. He is now 52 years old and has become a well-known TV personality in South Korea owing to the buoyant way he conducts himself. This has contributed to his rise to fame in South Korea.
- Uhm Junghwa
The singer, born in 1969, is currently 51 years old and holds the title of the oldest female K-pop soloist. Evergreen is a moniker that she goes by, and she just made her debut in the year 2020 as a part of the project group known as “Refund Sisters.” In addition to her, other idols such as Lee Hyori, Jessi, and Hwasa are members of the group.
- Park Jinyoung a.k.a JYP
After publishing his single “Don’t Leave Me” in 1994, the man who would later start JYP Entertainment made his debut as a K-pop star for the first time. Even after he had formed his management company, he continued to write songs while tutoring other bands and acting as a mentor for the South Korean pop group g.o.d. Even today, he keeps releasing music under his own name as a solo artist. His current age is 49 years old at this point in time.
- Eun Jiwon of Sechkies
The year 1978 marks the year of the man’s birth, and he is currently 43 years old. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Sechs Kies, who has been performing together continuously since 1997. Jiwon has continued his solo career and made his most recent comeback on June 27, 2019, even though the trio disbanded just three years after their first performance.
- Eric Mun of Shinhwa
Eric Mun is a well-known rapper as well as an actor. He was born on February 9, 1979, which makes him 42 years old. Shinhwa is a K-pop band that has been performing for the longest time, and he has been a member of the band ever since it was first formed in 1998. Eric is the most senior member of Shinhwa, and in addition to that, he also acts as the head of the band.