K-pop X International Crossovers: BTS X SIA, Dua Lipa X Hwasa

KKBOX Editor

British pop star Dua Lip and Mamamoo’s Hwasa released a surprise collaboration ‘Physical’ earlier this month. With the global rise of K-pop, it is increasingly common to see crossover projects between international and Korean artists. Surely this is good news for fans. KKBOX takes a look at the latest K-pop collaborations with international pop stars.

Dua Lipa XHwa Sa — Physical

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After the 2018 smash hit ‘Kiss And Make Up’ with Korean girl group Blackpink, Dua Lipa takes on a second K-pop collaboration in ‘Physical’, this time with Hwasa, from another girl ensemble Mamamoo. The retro disco beats along with snappy lyrics like, “Let’s get physical”, make it an instant hit.

Equally edgy and cool, Dua Lipa and Hwasa were acquainted at the Mnet Asian Music Awards last year, where the latter not only performed Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’ but also presented her with an award. So chummy are the pair Dua Lipa even gave an Insta-shoutout saying, “Hwa Sa I Love You”.

BTS XSia —'ON'

World-dominating BTS has collaborated with countless of international pop acts, including the popular tracks Nicki Minaj’s ‘Idol’ and ‘Boy With Luv’ with Halsey. Invitations to collaborate from renowned DJ Steve Aoki and popular duo The Chainsmokers soon followed, a nod to the group’s immense fame worldwide.

Featured in the newly-dropped album by BTS, Map Of The Soul: 7, are several crossover works, such as the duet with pop singer Sia titled ‘On’, as well as ‘Louder Than Bombs’ which is produced by Troye Sivan and Allie X. Coincidentally, American singer-songwriter Lauv, whom they had previously worked with on ‘Make It Right’, similarly released his debut album this month with Jimin and Jung Kook from BTS featured in one of the songs, ‘Who’.


Produced by hit-making DJ Steve Aoki, MONSTA X’s EDM success ‘Play It Cool’ paved the way for the group’s entrance to the international scene. It wasn’t long after that MONSTA X signed on to American label Epic Records and released English songs ‘Who Do U Love?’ and ‘Love U’.

They also appeared on the widely-watched talkshow The Ellen Show and the iHeartRadio Music Awards. In February this year, MONSTA X officially released an all-English album All About Luv. Their lead single ‘Beside U’ is a collaboration with renowned hip hop artist Pitbull and the song ‘Who Do U Love’ features a remix with Black Eye Peas’ Will.i.am.

m-flo X Sik-K X eill X Mukai Taichi — ‘Tell Me Tell Me’

South Korean rapper Sik-K invited rappers from Taiwan and Japan, Nick Chou and JP THE WAVY in the collaboration of ‘I Go (Asia Remix)’ and fans have been thrilled by the cross-cultural interaction.

Recently, Sik-K also participated in J-pop group m-flo’s ‘Loves’ project with the song ‘Tell Me Tell Me’ which also featured eill and Mukai Taichi. In it, Sik-K wowed listeners when he sang in three languages: English, Japanese and Korean. You will find yourself bopping to the catchy lyrics of ‘wakaranai’ even if you do not know Japanese — ironically, the phrase translates to ‘I don’t understand’.

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