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Nov 21, 2017

In the second half of this K-pop series, we identify the secret ingredient that propelled Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to success in the United States, the cautionary tale of The Wonder Girls, and my deep, personal dilemma with nine member girl group Twice’s single, “Likey.”

Select links and references:

If you’re new to K-pop, I found the best place to start is a website called moonROK, which has a helpful series of articles called “The History of K-pop, Chapters 1 – 10.” http://www.moonrok.com/tag/the-history-of-k-pop-10/

Factory Girls: Cultural technology and the making of K-pop - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/10/08/factory-girls-2

Korea's S.M. Entertainment: The Company That Created K-Pop - https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesasia/2013/07/31/koreas-s-m-entertainment-the-company-that-created-k-pop/#45bb264c407d

Hallyu, K-pop! Inside the weirdest, most lucrative global frenzy in music - https://qz.com/725161/kpop-feature/

The Hallyu Wave: How Crisis Led to K-pop - http://seoulbeats.com/2015/05/hallyu-wave-crisis-led-k-pop/

Books

Euny Hong, The Birth of Korean Cool (2014)
Stuart Kallen, K-Pop: Korea’s Musical Explosion (2014)

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Nov 21, 2017

The K-pop boy band ‘BTS’ made history on November 19, 2017 as the first ever Korean band to perform on the American Music Awards. If you’re mystified by the worldwide phenomenon known as K-pop, you’re not alone. K-pop has experienced a massive surge in popularity in recent years. K-pop has come a LONG way from its roots twenty five years ago when a single live performance by a rookie band electrified the nation. And it’s remarkable that what is essentially “Top 40” music from the relatively small nation of South Korea has reached such epic heights of global domination.

Our story beings with a 19 year old high school dropout, a lonely 13 year old teenage girl, and “a boy named Soo.”

(Afterword coming soon!)

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