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AIs in Kpop Industry

Avatars, AI characters, 3Ds and virtual singers are getting attention in South Korea these days. The virtual pop starts with Adam in South Korea in 1996.

Adam

– The first virtual singer in Korea was Adam, a cyber singer created by IT company Adam Soft.
– Adam released two full length albums that sold about 200,000 units, however the tech back then was not as advanced as today and there were many limitations in what Adam could do.

aespa

– SM Entertainment’s girl group aespa created themselves a virtual world named KWANGYA and virtual characters, ae-aespa.
æ-æspa are the avatars of girl group aespa.
– They are living on the planet KWANGYA and they have hidden members ae-aespa.
– They have an AI system that helps the avatars of aespa appear in the real world, named Naevis.

APOKI

APOKI is a virtual artist, singer, dancer, and YouTuber under VV Entertainment.
– Due to her cute and lovely appearance, Apoki also captured the interests of K-pop fans, establishing growing fandom.

Eternity

Eternity is an AI project girl group under AiA and Pulse9.
– Eternity is the first all virtual deep-learning “real AI” girl group.
– The concept of the group focuses on communication with humans. The red flower, an energy source of the planet AIA, which has parallel time to the Earth, begins with a rather unique setting when one day its happy life was broken after it withers.

Han YuA

Han YuA is a virtual AI influencer, YouTuber, model and Kpop idol under YG KPlus, YG’s modeling agency.
– Han YuA was first created in 2021 by Smilegate as a character of a VR game. Giantstep, the company that created aespa’s AIs, turned Han YuA into an AI as well.

Hip-Kongz

– Brave Entertainment, announced that it launched a virtual singer named Hip-Kongz. He was born on Dec. 12, 2021, and introduces that he is 178cm tall and weighs 225kg.
– Hip-Kongz also has a fictional backstory: the non-fungible token (NFT) character named Meta Kongz debuts as a singer thanks to producer Brave Brothers.
– The virtual singer’s debut song “Bam,” which means “night” in Korean, sings about feeling small and lonely in the middle of the night.

K/DA

K/DA is a virtual K-Pop girl group under Riot Games and are also in the game created by Riot Games known as League of Legends.
Ahri is Miyeon and Akali is Soyeon of (G)I-DLE.

LU

LULUPOP is a 3D digital girl artist (fashion doll) under SAMG Entertainment, a South Korean animation studio.
– LU debuted on May 24, 2021 with the digital single ‘Find You’ in collaboration with PURPLE KISS.

REAH

Reah Keem is a virtual model introduced by Korean conglomerate LG Electronics in January 2021.
– Her name means “child from the future”.
– She is a 23-year-old Seoulite who aspires to be a singer-songwriter and DJ.
– She even has her own SoundCloud account!
– Currently, Rhea is building her career as a model for LG Electronics by releasing photos and doing interviews for fashion magazines.
– Her plans about being an idol is currently unknown.

ROZY

ROZY is a popular virtual influencer.
– Due to her idol-like visual and dancing skills, Rozy also received much love from Koreans.

RUI

Rui is a virtual YouTuber with a channel named RuiCovery where she uploads dance covers and vlogs from time to time as well.
– Rui is made with deep-learning AI technology.
– Face data of real people is used to synthesize expressions and movement to create a very natural and realistic effect.
– She’s posting vocal and dance covers on YouTube.

SUPERKIND

SUPERKIND is a boy group under Deep Studio Entertainment.
– One of their members Saejin is an AI.
– According to their official website, they will have 5 AI members.

TRUE DAMAGE

TRUE DAMAGE is a virtual League of Legends co-ed group under Riot Games.
– They are also the characters in the game created by Riot Games known as League of Legends.
Akali is Soyeon of (G)I-DLE.

YUNA

– Entertainment company Humap Contents debuted its first virtual singer Yuna last year.
– Yuna, who debuted with the track, “Kiss Me,” released a new song titled, “Lonely” in January and is planned to hold a metaverse concert in March.

SIRA
Sira (시라) is a virtual Kpop dancer created by EVR Studio.
– She was planned to debut as a member of virtual Kpop group, ORDO but their debut plans are currently unknown.
– She released a dance cover one year ago.

Sagong_ee_ho
SAGONG_EE_HO is a 3-member group based on metaverse.
– The group, which consists of three members OREER.C, XOONY, and ITAEWON PARK, showed off the so-called “Digital from Analog” worldview, which refers to “the external manifestation of digital and the heart of analog.”
– They made their debut with their 1st single ‘Wake Up’ on June 11, 2022.

MAVE:
– Metaverse Entertainment established by Netmarble F&C is reportedly planning a four-member virtual girl group project ‘메이브(MAVE:)’
– The virtual girl group project will be carried out in collaboration with Kakao Entertainment.
– They revealed their plans about creating an AI girl group but it’s still unknown about a year.

BLACKPINK
– They are not actually virtual idols but recently, they collaborated with PUBG Mobile and released a song called Ready For Love with a music video with using avatars of themselves.
– In their single for PUBG Mobile, they use AI concept pictures & virtual music video.
– They also made a virtual concert in collaboration with PUBG, named “The Virtual” with using their avatars.
– They also won “Best Metaverse Performance” in VMAs 2022 with their metaverse ‘THE VIRTUAL’ performance.

V / Project V
V (브이) is an upcoming five-member AI girl group under GBK Entertainment.
– On September 15, 2020 the CEO of GBK Entertainment, Kim Gyee Bong, uploaded a highlight medley for the debut album for VR AI girl group V. The highlight included five songs. The first four songs (“CAT!”, “Fix U”, title track “First Love”, and “My Mom Will Scold Me”) were sung by Boran, a soloist formerly under GBK Entertainment. The final song (“My Red Face”) was the intended debut song of GBK Entertainment’s pre-debut disbanded girl group Maskot.
– On December 21, 2021 a video was uploaded to the company’s channel of the first member Duna.
– The group is not active since revealing Duna.
– Everything about them has been removed.

BTS
– They are not actually virtual idols but recently, they collaborated with Minecraft and they held a mini concert with two of their songs: Butter and Permission To Dance!
– They even nominated for “Best Metaverse Performance” on VMAs 2022.
– They also joined Coldplay’s concert as holograms.
– The VFX team behind the project, led by Ingenuity Studios, turned to volumetric video. Using a volumetric capture rig consisting of 108 cameras with 360-degree capabilities, each performer was filmed individually, with Coldplay in Spain and BTS in South Korea.

ANA
– PUBG Mobile creator Krafton has unveiled the company’s first-ever virtual human powered by hyperrealism, rigging, and deep learning. The company calls her Ana.
– ANA is designed to engage a global audience and help establish KRAFTON’s Web 3.0 ecosystem.
– ANA is the first virtual human introduced by KRAFTON since its initial plan was revealed this past February through a technical demonstration.
– She released her first music video “Shine Bright” on September 19, 2022.

Q.O.S
– Actually they’re not a virtual idols but real life people.
– The 3D virtual character of the girl group QOS was revealed on the Royal Streamer live broadcast.
– In the broadcast, the 3D virtual characters of each member drew attention by covering the girl group IVE’s song ‘ELEVEN’ in their own color.
– Some parts of the song are composed of new choreography that is different from the original song, and fun reactions such as “fresh”, “strange”, and “Q.O.S who are vicariously satisfied through the character” continued from fans.
– The QOS members said, “From now on, we will make a broadcast that not only sings through the Royal Streamer broadcast, but also communicates with fans through daily life and small stories.” said.

Saena
ㅡ She is YG PLUS’ virtual artist.
ㅡ She and Ayan made their debut to K-Wave fans around the world for the first time at ‘Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo 2022, (Hanoi∙KBEE) as artists of the NVP project developed by YG PLUS.
ㅡ He will provide special content to the people all around the world and allow them to experience something new.
ㅡ In an age when IP has risen to great importance, YG PLUS has become a content hub providing various content. YG PLUS’s NVP Project will propose new and fun content with the theme “Whoever Belong With,” meaning anyone can enjoy and participate in the content through their campaign with virtual humans Sae Na and Ayan as their models.

Ayan
ㅡ He is YG PLUS’ virtual artist.
ㅡ He and Saena made their debut to K-Wave fans around the world for the first time at ‘Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo 2022, (Hanoi∙KBEE) as artists of the NVP project developed by YG PLUS.
ㅡ He will provide special content to the people all around the world and allow them to experience something new.
ㅡ In an age when IP has risen to great importance, YG PLUS has become a content hub providing various content. YG PLUS’s NVP Project will propose new and fun content with the theme “Whoever Belong With,” meaning anyone can enjoy and participate in the content through their campaign with virtual humans Sae Na and Ayan as their models.

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