From MVs to funny sketches, there have been some brilliant K-pop collaborations with international artists!
21 Sep 2016 - 3:50 PM  UPDATED 21 Mar 2018 - 3:09 PM

With K-pop becoming a phenomenon that's expanded well beyond Korea and into Western culture, it makes perfect sense that K-pop artists and Western artists are starting to collaborate together on exciting projects. 

From new songs and performances to funny sketches, here are 10 awesome Western/K-pop collaborations in no particular order.

14. SHINee's Taemin & Bruno Mars - "Press Your Number"

Taemin's first full-length album contained a song written by none other than Bruno Mars. While the track definitely showcases Mars' influence, Taemin definitely made it into his own thing by penning his own lyrics.

13. Wonder Girls & Akon - "Money"

A bit of an unlikely pairing, but it doesn't diminish the addictiveness of the song. Featuring a Tron-influenced aesthetic and an electro-pop sound, good luck trying to get this song out of your head!

12. Junho & Qi Wei - "You're The Right One"

This light-hearted duet is a great collaboration between 2PM's Junho and Chinese singer-actor Qi Wei, made as the ending song for Qi Wei's Chinese drama, Love Is Back.

11. 4Minute & Skrillex - "Hate"

4Minute's final mini-album featured the single "Hate", which was composed and arranged by the one and only Skrillex. Needless to say, it features a surprisingly pleasing mix of 4Minute's vocals and Skrillex's trademark EDM sound.

10. CD9 & Crayon Pop - Get Dumb

Five-member Mexican boy band CD9 apparently reached out to K-pop girl group Crayon Pop because they were massive K-pop fans. They ended up collaborating on this English-language song that has over 3 million hits on YouTube!

9. G-Dragon & Baauer & M.I.A - "Temple"

Baauer of the "Harlem Shake" fame recently dropped a new track titled "Temple", which featured M.I.A and G-Dragon as guest rappers. For a song that is relatively calm, G-Dragon's rapping certainly stands out!

8. JYJ & Kanye West & Malik Yusef - "Ayy Girl"

A bit of an oldie (relatively speaking), but it still remains a goodie. Featuring the rapping talents of Malik Yusef and Kanye West, the song is instantly memorable despite the two featured artists not actually appearing in the MV.

7. Koda Kumi & TVXQ - "Last Angel"

This song was the first time TVXQ collaborated with another artist, and by pairing up with the Japanese superstar Koda Kumi, they got their foothold in Japan that led to their incredibly successful career there.

6. 2NE1 & - "Take The World On"

A collaboration between 2NE1 and can only mean one thing - an absolutely thumping house tune (that was used to promote Intel for some reason)!

5. G-Dragon & Missy Elliot - "Niliria"

G-Dragon's second studio album features the track "Niliria", which was inspired by a traditional Korean folk song. To fit in with the "antique" feel of a folk song, G-Dragon decided to enlist someone who was "more of the past" and who he was a huge fan of - Missy Elliot!

4. f(x) & Anna Kendrick - Anna Kendrick goes K-pop with f(x)

Ever wonder what would happen if actress tried her hand in K-pop? Well, Funny or Die decided to find out by pairing her up with f(x) for a hilarious sketch. Needless to say, it goes about as well as you'd expect - which is the official description of the video, fittingly!

3. After School & Namie Amuro - "Make It Happen"

This song represents the start of After School's career in Japan, and saw them collaborate with the Japanese R&B superstar for her collaboration album, and it was a huge hit for both!

2. Psy & Snoop Dogg - "Hangover"

What more can be said between a highly-anticipated collaboration between one of Korea's most iconic rappers and one of America's most iconic rappers?

1. BTS & Steve Aoki - "Mic Drop (Remix)"

K-pop meets Japanese-American DJ Steve Aoki and the rest is chart history. 

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