From ‘anti’ to ‘V Stay’: A Ok-pop glossary for newbies

On this image taken on Might 27, 2022, followers react as they attend a live performance by South Korean rapper Psy on the Korea College in Seoul. Picture: AFP/Anthony Wallace

Newcomers to the Ok-pop world will usually discover themselves misplaced in a web based tradition riddled with inside jokes, complicated phrases and a novel vocabulary.

Agence France-Presse takes a take a look at among the commonest Ok-pop phrases:


Korean in style music, or “Ok-pop,” is the style of music originating from South Korea.

Initially sung in Korean — however now usually in English — Ok-pop songs could have musical components from hip hop, digital dance, jazz or rock.

It’s largely carried out by boy bands and woman teams. Key parts embrace tight choreography, excessive manufacturing values and authentic ideas.


Additionally shortened as “anti,” it refers to somebody who hates a specific movie star a lot that they dedicate their time to mocking and criticizing that artist.


A Ok-pop “comeback” means a gaggle releasing new music or an album  — with no lengthy passage of time required.

Typically a multi-step course of, a comeback is teased out for weeks with pictures, movies, and in some instances, even pre-album singles.

Fan chant

These are phrases shouted by followers throughout performances.

A chant normally contains naming all of the members of a gaggle through the intro after which repeating particular phrases or traces all through a track.

The chants are sometimes tailor-made to particular songs.


A gesture of forming a small coronary heart form with thumb and index fingers.

It’s continuously utilized by Ok-pop artists to precise their fondness in direction of their followers.


An “idol” is a Ok-pop star who has been educated earlier than “debuting” — releasing their first music — by means of an leisure company.

Idols could be solo artists or members of a gaggle.


Most Ok-pop bands have a delegated “chief” who’s accountable for guiding and overseeing the group.

The particular person normally begins any public introductions off and would be the first to talk at occasions.


Don’t dismiss them as mere glow sticks.

Ok-pop lightsticks have advanced to turn out to be symbols of the followers’ devotion to their artists.

They’re custom-made for a lot of teams, and followers present their unity by waving them at live shows.

Sasaeng fan

The super-obsessed fan who goes excessive for the eye of their favourite Ok-pop artist.

In Korean, “sa” means personal and “saeng” means life, referring to the followers’ intrusion into the celebrities’ personal lives.

In some instances, this will quantity to borderline prison acts, akin to breaking into their houses, stealing their private objects or info, and sending inappropriate items akin to lingerie.

V Stay

If you wish to sustain together with your favourite Ok-pop star, “V Stay” is a should.

It’s a livestream platform utilized by most Ok-pop idols to attach with their followers.

Some add behind-the-scene footage, whereas others use it to livestream after reveals. AP/JB


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