It’s been years since the Hallyu Wave took over the world. Being the all-rounders in their field of work, some already famous k-pop idols are becoming way more popular in the USA market. The k-pop hits have been taking over the global charts, especially the ones in the States. This makes one wonder who is the most famous K-Pop idol in the USA. Along with music, the k-pop idols are also taking over the western artists in terms of fashion and grace. They are even giving out some amazing meme material to the fans too. In terms of influence, many of them have taken over as the face of several luxury fashion houses too.
There goes a lot of fans’ wars on social media over their favorite idols. With their immense popularity not in just the United States of America but all over the world too. Making their fans proud, these idols have been putting out amazing music. And in return, the fans have been working hard to make their idols known all over the world as much as they can. All the efforts have been paying off, with some of the well-known k-pop artists making them known in the USA, considering the country is the main hub. While the names of the idols are very obvious, here are some of the Most Famous K-pop Idols In The USA:
EXO’s Kai is one of the most famous k-pop idols in the USA. Along with his music and dancing skills, the idol has also become the ‘it’ dude in fashion. Not just the legendary k-pop idols like BoA but many western artists like Doja Cat, Clean Bandit, and FKA Twigs are fans of the k-pop idol. While Kai is popular as a part of the boy group EXO, he isn’t lagging behind as a solo artist either. On his solo music videos, the views, likes, and comments have exceeded over 54 million views. That is to be in just two months of the release. And with that, he has also become the first solo artist to do so with limited promotions.
Kai’s recent solo comeback track ‘Mmmh’ also holds the record of making and holding its spot on Spotify. The song stayed on the global viral chart for the longest time among all Kpop songs. Known as the ‘dance machine’ in the k-pop fandom all over the world, with his rising popularity in the States, Kai has gotten a new nickname. After becoming the face of the Italian brand Gucci in 2019, fans went on to call Kai the name ‘Human Gucci’. The idol promoted a limited-edition capsule collection with the luxury brand.
Kim Jennie from the world’s current biggest k-pop group ‘Blackpink’ is one of the most famous k-pop idols in the USA. The idol made her k-pop idol debut in 2016. And by 2018, the girls were on the charts all over the world. Jennie is also known as ‘IT Girl from K-pop’ in the States. She’s friends with several western artists and the muse of several luxury brands. After the girl group’s last comeback, Jennie has been spending most of her time at her house in Los Angeles. With her extrovert personality, she’s been attending several parties hosted by celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Ariana Grande, Jaden, and Willow Smith.
Her friendship with artists like Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Grimes, Jung Ho Yeon, Simi and Haza Khadre, and The Weeknd has made her popular among western fans. Jennie is also rumored to be dating G-Dragon, whose known globally for his amazing music and fashion sense. Currently signed as the face of Chanel, fans call Jennie ‘Human Chanel’. Other than modeling for Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2021, the idol is often seen in outfits straight off the runway, making her popular among fans in the west.
It’s no lie, but BTS is one of the most popular k-pop groups in the States. But the popularity of the members of the groups is on another level. Jeon Jungkook, i.e., the maknae of BTS, is one of the most famous k-pop idols in the USA. Jungkook has also been dubbed as the Worldwide IT boy by the media. Wanting to become a badminton player, Jungkook changed his mind when he saw G-Dragon. Wanting to be a full-time dancer, Jungkook almost dropped out from BTS. But the boy group made it work.
Other than the music charts, Jungkook has also been topping the search engines not just in the States but all over the world. Till now, the idol has become the most searched idol on Google, Youtube, tumble, Instagram, and Twitter. Interacting with fans on social media, his post gets millions of likes within minutes. With Jungkook winning Jungkook the title of ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People’s Magazine consecutively for two years, along with winning Instagram’s global popularity award, the solo stans for the idol have been increasing. The idol also entered the list of Most Memorable Faces by Esquire Magazine in 2020.
Also known as “the third guy from the left,” Kim Seok Jin from BTS is one of the most famous k-pop idols in the US. While BTS has been taking over the States since 2017, it was Jin who caught everyone’s attention first when the boy group made its debut at the Billboard Music Awards 2017. From the charts to several surveys, Jin has been topping each list in the popularity charts. Recently in February 2022, a survey conducted about the “Most Popular Idol in the USA” was held on Idol Champ. Jin went on to win with a total of 35.68% of vote rate.
Being the vocalist of BTS, Jin is known to make flexible transitions in his original voice. He can go from a falsetto to a head voice and low tone voice easily. The fandom all over the world has given the idol a lot of nicknames. Some of them are ‘the car door guy,’ ‘Live King’, and ‘A singer who talks at the concert’. In December 2021, Jin also became the first Korean artist to reach the Billboard Global 200 with his single ‘Yours’. Along with his vocals, Jin is known for his perfect visuals. He’s been a face for several international brands.
Another man from BTS, V, aka Kim Tae Hyung, is also one of the most famous k-pop idols in the USA. Rising from a farmer’s family in Daegu, V is currently ruling over the music charts and the hearts of fans all over the world. According to the media in the west, V holds the power to crash the internet with his fame and popularity. Making his Instagram debut, V also became the first and only k-pop artist to surpass 7 million likes within minutes. Known as the ‘Fancam King,’ the idol’s Boy With Luv fancam surpassed over 120 million views on Youtube.
V also became the first k-pop idol to be featured on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa on his birthday. Owing to V’s vocals and visuals, his popularity in the States is booming only. He has become the first Korean solo artist ever to debut at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales with the single “Christmas Tree”. His other solo songs like Sweet Night, Singularity, Inner Child, and Stigma have gained over 100 million streams on Spotify. His BT21 character TATA is also the most popular character from the collection and even became the best-selling merch all over the world.
Some More K-pop Artists Who Are Popular In The States: BTS’s RM, Jimin, Suga, and Hobi, GOT7’s Youngjae, Blackpink’s Lisa, Super Junior’s Yesung, ATEEZ’s Hong Joong, LOONA Chuu, TWICE Nayeon, Stray Kids I.N, TREASURE Masiho, MONSTA X’s Kihyun, TXT’s Yeonjun, NCT’s Sungchan, WJSN’s SeolA, and Astro’s Cha Eun Woo.