Pairs of K-pop idols and American artists that you may be surprised to know are the same age

K-pop idols are famous for their youthful visuals, and it shows even more clearly when you put them next to American stars. 

K-pop idols barely age, so they are often popular for having timeless beauty. They tend to look much younger when sharing the same frame with Western stars. You will find it difficult to believe that the following pairs of Korean and American singers were born in the same years. However, a major similarity between these pairs is that they are both successful and talented. 

BTS’ Jin and Cardi B: Born in 1992

BTS’s oldest member Jin and American rapper Cardi B are actually the same age. They were both born in 1992. Although Jin has entered his 30s, he is famous for having a baby face. Meanwhile, Cardi B’s style and makeup often make her look more mature than her real age.  

Jin released his first solo track in BTS’ album “Wings” called Awake in 2016. This song landed at No. 31 on the Gaon music chart and trended at No. 1 on Billboard Real Time Chart.

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Jin collaborated with his fellow member V to perform “It’s Definite You”, an OST for the drama “Hwarang”. In mid-2019, Jin released another solo track, “Tonight”, as part of BTS Festa 2019 – an annual event celebrating BTS’s debut anniversary. This ballad song was composed by Jin himself with the record producers of Big Hit. 

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Jin and BTS members

Cardi B is a female rapper born in American hip-hop culture. She began her rather scandalous career as a stripper. At the beginning of her career, Cardi B released her first solo hit called “Bodak Yellow”.

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This song, right after its release, generated much buzz and even dethroned Taylor Swift. Cardi B then continued to release her first album “Invasion Of Privacy” and achieved even more success. Cardi B also became the first female rapper to rank 1st on Billboard twice. Forbes listed Cardi B as the most successful female rapper of all time when Cardi had only released a studio album.

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Cardi B was named the most successful female rapper of all time.

Post Malone and BTS’ V: Born in 1995

Looking at the photos of V and Post Malone side by side, it’s hard to believe that they were both born in 1995 because V looks like he is much younger than the American rapper. 

Despite being the same age, V had an earlier starting point than Post Melone when in mid-June 2013, he officially debuted as a member of BTS. V was also recognized for the first time for his composing talent when he wrote the song “Hold Me Tight” on the album “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life”. V’s first solo song, “Stigma” from the album “Wings”, was also co-written by himself. The song peaked at #26 on the Gaon Music Chart and #10 on the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart.

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Post Malone is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and music producer. He first became known to the public in February 2015 after releasing the single “White Iverson”. Since the end of 2017, Post Malone has become a phenomenon in the global music industry when reaping consecutive successes. From “Rockstar” to “Psycho”, he has continued to dominate the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

Post Malone

Post Malone’s album “Beerbongs & Bentleys” debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 and broke the record for the number of streams on Spotify. It even topped the Billboard 200 for 3 weeks after its release. His previously released single “Rockstar” became his first song to top the US Billboard Hot 100. The song also won “Top Rap Song” at the Billboard Music Awards.

Billie Eilish and ITZY’s Ryujin: Born in 2001

Billie Eilish and ITZY’s Ryujin both turn 21 years old this year. If Billie Eilish is a representative of Western artists born after 2000, Ryujin is considered the “ace” of ITZY.

ITZY’s Ryujin is known for her outstanding visuals, attractive charisma, on-point stage presence, and top-notch dancing skills. Ryujin slays the girl-crush concept and attracts many female fans. 

Ugly outfits of Kpop idols

Billie Eilish first gained public attention in 2016 when she released “Ocean Eyes”. 3 years later, with the album “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, Billie Eilish debuted at No.1 on Billboard 200 and her album quickly became the best performing album of 2019 in the US. Billie Eilish also became the youngest artist in history to achieve this and also the first artist born after 2000 to rank 1st on Billboard 200.

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Source: K14

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