While the K-pop industry has a slew of girl groups garnering popularity with their dance moves, attention-grabbing melodies and charming looks, there are also a number of talented female solo singers who are able to put on a great performance on their own.
Here are some of the most gifted female soloists in the K-pop industry.
Singer-songwriter IU, dubbed "Korea's little sister" -- a term that indicates her lovable, girl-next-door type -- is known for her soft, sweet voice, along with her ability to reach powerful high notes.
IU made her debut with the single "Lost Child" in 2008. Since then, the 22-year-old starlet has dropped a number of hit songs, including "You and I" and "Good Day,"
She also made a successful acting debut through the KBS TV drama "Dream High" in 2011 and starred in the popular "You are the Best, Lee Soon-shin" in 2013. The multi-talented singer-actor is currently starring in the KBS2 star-studded drama "Producer," alongside actor Kim Soo-hyun, Gong Hyo-jin and Cha Tae-hyun.
The 28-year-old BoA is a veteran singer in the K-pop industry, making her debut in 2000 at the age of 13.
In her music career spans 15 years now and she has released a whole heap of hit songs, including "No.1," "Listen to My Heart" and "Only One." She is also popular in Japan.
BoA recently released her eighth full-length album, "Kiss My Lips," her first self-written and self-produced album.
The pop diva also served as a judge, along with K-pop moguls Yang Hyun-suk and Park Jin-young, for the popular music audition programme "K-pop Star" in its first two seasons.
This Korean-American K-pop singer is a talented female singer touted for her powerful and colorful voice.
Her debut album, "Invitation," in 2012 topped major local charts immediately after the release, giving her the title "the exceptional rookie."
From 2012 to 2014, she starred on KBS2 TV's "Immortal Songs," a music programme where singers reinterpret classics, and won critical acclaim from judges and the audience.
With her deep and soulful voice, accompanied by a wide ranges of notes, the 26-year-old singer is undoubtedly one of the most exciting singers in the industry.