7 Korean Artists Are Included In NME’s 100 Emerging Artists For 2023

Did your faves make the list?

After wrapping up 2022, some media organizations have already begun their predictions for the artists that will make the biggest impact in 2023! British brand NME (New Musical Express) ended last year with their list of the 25 best K-Pop songs of 2022 and just released the NME 100. This new list is made up 100 “new” artists from around the world they believe will “conquer” 2023.

Of the list, only 7 are K-Pop-related artists! Here are the ones who made the list!

1. 1300

Powerhouse collective fusing K-pop’s swagger with razor-sharp hip-hop.


2. Balming Tiger


It’s much less polished than K-pop is typically considered, but gritty and gloriously fun.


3. IVE

| MAMA Awards

With three consecutive hits under their belt, IVE are poised to be the next K-pop icons.



Comprising former ballerina Kazuha, the charming Eun-chae, ex-IZ*ONE members Chaewon and Sakura and opera-trained Yunjin, the group are already co-writing striking songs despite their rookie status.


5. Lee Young Ji

Despite her spitfire raps and devil-may-care persona, Lee’s lyricism is surprisingly sensitive, proving the rapper to be wise beyond her years.


6. NewJeans

| Melon

With their effortlessly cool girl-next-door charm and uniquely Gen Z spin on nostalgia, they’ve already won the hearts of K-pop stars and fans alike.



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They may divide opinion with their radical sonic experimentation, but b-sides like ‘Cool’ allow the members’ vocals to shine, proving they have both substance and style.


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