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Introducing Nominees for the 4th Gen leaders

Introducing Nominees for the 4th Gen leaders

Many Kpop fans wonder, who are the 4th gen(generation) leaders? Many 4th gen groups are nominated to be leaders, but who exactly is fit to be the winner?

One of the top groups is Stray Kids. With their self-produced songs and talented skills, a lot of fans consider them as 4th gen leaders. Stray Kids are self-made, meaning ever since their debut in 2018, they have been producing their songs without much help from their company. The group consists of eight members: Bang Chan(leader), Lee Know(main dancer), Changbin(rapper), Hyunjin(visual), Han(rapper), Felix(rapper) Seungmin(main vocalist), I.N(vocalist). They have won various awards and are continuing their music career as a group. 

Another group is  TXT(Tomorrow x Together), which some say is the entertainment group Hype’s secret weapon. TXT debuted on March 25, 2019 and is known for becoming the first male K-pop artist to enter Billboard’s Song Breaker Chart. Their fans are called MOA which stands for “moment of alwaysness.” The group is still very active and dominating the K-pop industry.

 Enhypen was originally formed in the show I-Land. They debuted on Nov. 30, 2020 under BeLift Lab, HYBE Entertainment.  The group consists of seven members: Jungwon(leader), Heeseung(center, main vocalist), Jay(lead dancer, vocalist), Jake(lead vocalist, sub dancer), Sunghoon(lead dancer, vocalist), Sunoo(lead vocalist, sub dancer), and Ni-ki(main dancer, sub vocalist). Enhypen continues to thrive and achieve many awards throughout 2023.

Girl group G-(idle) also has a big impact on being 4th gen leaders. They are under Cube Entertainment and debuted on May 2, 2018. G-(idle). This talented group is also self-made, with Soyeon as the main producer. Members Miyeon (vocalist), Minnie (vocalist), Soyeon (leader, rapper), Yuqi (vocalist, dancer), and Shuhua (vocalist) have been building their way up to prove that they can do a ton without the company.

Le Sserafim is a South Korean-Japanese girl group that debuted on May 2, 2022, under Source Music, HYBE Entertainment. Something interesting about the group is that members, Chaewon and Sakura, first debuted together in a different group called IZ*ONE, but shortly after they disbanded in 2021. Chaewon(leader), Sakura(visual), Yunjin(vocalist), Kazuha(dancer, rapper), and Eunchae(dancer) are famous in South Korea and Japan. Le Sserafim continues to win and nominate many awards today. 

Itzy is a K-pop girl group that debuted on February 12, 2019, under JYP Entertainment. They’re known for their impressive choreography and catchy lyrics with girl power. Yeji (leader), Ryujin (rapper, dancer), Lia (vocalist), Yuna (dancer, rapper), Chaeryeong (dancer, vocalist) are the five members of Itzy. They’ve been making comebacks, and they turn out to be a hit every time. The group is still active in 2023, but Lia is on a hiatus (taking a break from her career) to focus on her mental health. 

Ever since SM Entertainment debuted the four-member girl group, Aespa, their fame has risen off the charts. Aespa debuted on Nov 17, 2020, with Karina as the leader (main dancer), Winter (lead vocalist), Giselle (main rapper), and the youngest Ningning (main vocalist). They debuted under their single album, “Black Mamba.” At first, they experienced some hate, but their fandom, MY, has backed them up and continued supporting them. 

Another worthy group fit to be a 4th gen leader is Ateez. In 2020, they won the MAMA award for “Favorite Global Performer,” proving that their performance is being immensely enjoyed. The group consists of members Hoongjoong (rapper), Seonghwa (vocalist), Yunho (vocalist), Yeosang (vocalist), San (vocalist), Mingi (rapper), Wooyoung (vocalist), and Jongho (main vocalist).

BSS (bookseoksoon), a unit from boy group Seventeen, debuted in 2018, just in time to be considered as a 4th gen group. BSS consists of Hoshi (rapper), DK (leader, main vocalist), and Seungkwan (main vocalist). Although they are members of a different and popular group, they have worked hard as a unit. The group debuted with the song “Just Do It” as a digital single and five years later, they released their album, “Second Wind,” with the main title track being “Fighting” featuring Lee Youngji.

Although many Kpop groups are entitled the “4th gen leaders,” who will be the final winner? Are there more groups out there making their way to claim their title? Do you think these groups are worthy of having the title of 4th gen leaders?

 

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Kaylene Hong, Contributor
Kaylene Hong was born on June 12, 2011, the same day the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat entered Game 6 of the NBA Finals. A fun fact about her birthday is that it’s the same day as her parent’s anniversary. She was born in California, but her family is Korean. Kaylene lives with her parents, younger brother, and her younger sister. She had lived in Fullerton for a few years and then moved two times. She now lives in La Habra, and can still attend Parks Jr. High thanks to her grandparents. She loves to perform onstage while dancing or singing. Kaylene also plays volleyball and likes to play games with her friends. When she has some free time, Kaylene loves to read her books until late at night. Her friends mean the world to her, and loves to go shopping and karaoke with them. When she grows older she would like to attend Hanlim High School in Seoul, Korea. She would also love to attend UC Berkeley University. Her goal in life is to become a professional singer or dancer in the future and continue to stay connected with her friends. A quote that inspires her is by Carol Burnett, “When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.”
Christine Yoon was born on May 12, 2011, the same year Queen Elizabeth || became the second-longest-reigning British monarch. She is fully Korean and was born and raised in America. Currently, she lives in Fullerton with her parents and little sister who goes to Laguna Road. When she was little, she had a hard time making friends since it was always just her family. However, one hobby she has always loved was music. When she was a little girl, she would dance and perform in front of her parents without worrying about anything. Right now, she is learning to play the guitar from her dad. Some of her favorite hobbies are sleeping, watching YouTube, art, and listening to music. Her favorite artists to listen to are Stray Kids, Seventeen, Enhypen, G-(idle), TXT, Twice, and many more. Christine doesn’t have plans for the future yet, but all she wishes for is to go to a good college in the future. She loves to hang out with her friends and go on vacation with her family. Her MBTI is an ISFP, but a lot of her friends say she acts like an extrovert. Christine is a really lazy person,  Although she’s not good at sports, she still loves to play. A quote she's inspired by is from a song called “For You” by Stray Kids and another quote from a song called “Pinwheel” by Seventeen, one of her favorite artists. The song For You says, “Even if the results don’t come out as expected, don’t ever hate yourself.” Pinwheel’s quote says, “Even if it takes a long time, I’m still here waiting for the day you find me.”

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