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Top 10 K-Pop Boy Bands You Need To Know - Billboard

Top 10 K-Pop Boy Bands You Need To Know - Billboard | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
With all due respect to the ladies, K-pop probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for the boys.
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it's hard to win with these types of top ten articles. What criteria was used? Sales? Popularity? 

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K-Pop Crossover: Berklee College Of Music Nurtures Another K-Pop Act With ... - KpopStarz

K-Pop Crossover: Berklee College Of Music Nurtures Another K-Pop Act With ... - KpopStarz | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
Berklee College of Music has seen several K-pop talents pass through its doors, and the latest sensation could be the duo Highbrow.
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K-pop continues to promote collaboration with artists outside of Korea.

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From BTS To EXO, Weibo Accounts Become Popular Among K-Pop Stars ... - KpopStarz

From BTS To EXO, Weibo Accounts Become Popular Among K-Pop Stars ... - KpopStarz | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
The recent trend of K-pop idols opening up Chinese social media accounts shows the importance of the Chinese market to the success of Hallyu stars.
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As K-pop continues to make inroads into China through social media, it will be interesting to see how that works in light of China's record on media control.

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SPIN K-Pop Report: Ga-In Subverts Adam & Eve, Lim Kim Pops Smoky Bubblegum - SPIN

SPIN K-Pop Report: Ga-In Subverts Adam & Eve, Lim Kim Pops Smoky Bubblegum - SPIN | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
Way back in 1992, a dropout metalhead by the name of Seo Taiji released the first K-pop song: “Nan Arayo.” It was an ambitious mess of import aisle genres and moods, and it sold millions – making the geeky rebel South Korea’s very own Elvis,...
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Mainstream music publication talks about various recent K-pop releases, but it is unclear how or why these particular acts were chose. Also, it oddly characterizes Seo Taiji as a "dropout metalhead,' eliding his hip-hop origins.

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Multiple Korean Industries See Financial Gain As Side Effect Of K-Pop's Popularity - KpopStarz

Multiple Korean Industries See Financial Gain As Side Effect Of K-Pop's Popularity - KpopStarz | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
The spread of K-Pop, or the Hallyu Wave, boosts other industries in the Korean economy including tourism, cosmetics, and food, one report says.
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Extent of the impct of K-pop

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How to Make It in America: K-Pop's Bid for the West - VICE (blog)

How to Make It in America: K-Pop's Bid for the West - VICE (blog) | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
How to Make It in America: K-Pop's Bid for the West
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G-Dragon falls into a folding chair, looking calm and nearly bored.
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Overall, this is a very thorough account of G-Dragon's presence at KCON, althought he was not the only K-pop artist there.  However, Tyler reinforces the idea that K-pop is for teenagers. Many K-pop artists are veterans even at young ages and many K-pop fans are not teenagers. One runs into problems when trying to explain K-pop's appeal to older fans if one insists that it's a genre solely for young fans. 

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Are Korean Male Idols the Cure to Asian American Emasculation? [BLOG] - Asian Fortune

Are Korean Male Idols the Cure to Asian American Emasculation? [BLOG] - Asian Fortune | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
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Are Korean Male Idols the Cure to Asian American Emasculation?
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This article continues a scholarly trend of limiting discussions of masculinity in K-pop to the bishonen ideal. Doing so ignores the range of masculinites represented by K-pop artists and groups. If one looks at a series of concepts for any established male K-pop grouup, one will find that concepts change, and groups use images associated with a variety of masculinities. Aozora's results may also be impacted by her small sample size. Opinions of K-pop fans are greatly influenced by other factors, including how long they have been fans and their prior experiences with other fandoms and other modes of Asian popular culture.

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A Swede Makes K-Pop Waves

A Swede Makes K-Pop Waves | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it

Mark Russell's article draws attention to the global impact of people behind the scenes of K-pop, like songwriters.  At the same time, the story overlooks the role of Korean producers and songwriters on K-pop, especially those who bring their experience with American R&B and soul.

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YouTube to Allow Links to External Websites with Video Annotations

YouTube to Allow Links to External Websites with Video Annotations | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it

This looks interesting, if it allows you to direct YouTube viewers to websites. But I wonder, given that YouTube viewers tend to view, if the annotation feature will generate substantially more traffic to websites. 

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Catching the Korean wave | BusinessWorld Online Edition

Catching the Korean wave | BusinessWorld Online Edition | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it

Another take on global Hallyu, this time from the Philippines, which has a large Hallyu following.  Significantly, Hallyu needs to be studied within the cultural context of the respective countries. This article shows that Philippine popular culture provides a unique cultural context for Hallyu culturla production, like Kdramas. Rina Jimenez-David notes that emotion plays a large part in the appeal of Kdramas.  This article also explores the possibility of using the South Korean model of supporting culture.

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K-pop fever grabs scholars’ attention

K-pop fever grabs scholars’ attention | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it

This story from The Korea Herald shows the international intellectual interest in Hallyu.  In addition to  scholars from Korea presenting on Hallyu, the story references an academic from Mexico who explores the role of fan clubs in Mexico. 

 

Hallyu studies is truly global, not just confined to the East Asian region. It also involves a variety of aspects because it is a cultural movement that includes not just music but also other culturla production.

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Is K-Pop Sustainable? Tom Coyner by IPG's Senior Adviser ~ The Korean Law Blog

Is K-Pop Sustainable? Tom Coyner by IPG's Senior Adviser ~ The Korean Law Blog | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it

This article by Tom Coyner repeats many of the unfounded perceptions about international audiences of K-pop. While there is a discussion to be had about sexuality in K-pop, Coyner reduces that potential discussions with generalizations about fan motives regarding K-pop and a lack of familiarity with the K-pop fan scene.

 

While his observations about the role of sexiness in K-pop is dubious, what is outright incorrect is his assessment of American K-pop fans.  Leaning on his son's "street perspective," he suggests that "the Korean Wave is indeed big, but only in pockets where Koreans and other Asians concentrate. There are non-Asian ethnic American fans as well, but he noted that most non-Asian American Korean Wave fans are very good friends of Koreans and a surprising number have had or currently have ethnic Korean lovers."

 

This is just wrong.  Not only are Asians not the only ones listening to K-pop, the major influences on K-pop come from a variety of musical genres in which there are few Asian participants: hip-hop and soul.  One can participate in a culture without being friends with Koreans or being in an intimate relationship with one.  

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'Gangnam Style' offers Korea PR opportunity

'Gangnam Style' offers Korea PR opportunity | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it

Jun Ji-hye reveals the diplomatic benefits of Hallyu.

 

This article shows how international interest in Hallyu invovles an interest in Korean culture as well, prompting some to go so far as to visit the country. K-pop and Kdrama encourage an interest in Korean language, culture and history.  Also, this established interest may also curb what Moore describes as a tendency for "Ugly American" behavior.

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Americans Finally Get to Stream (Almost) All the K-Pop They Want With Apple ... - Billboard

Americans Finally Get to Stream (Almost) All the K-Pop They Want With Apple ... - Billboard | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
With the launch of Apple Music, K-pop fans finally got their wish to stream all their favorite artists on one platform... well, almost all of them. 
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This story raises questions about music listening habits of K-pop fans, many of whom come to K-pop through the Internet.

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Choices in K-pop raise serious questions - Korea JoongAng Daily

Choices in K-pop raise serious questions - Korea JoongAng Daily | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
Korea JoongAng Daily Choices in K-pop raise serious questions Korea JoongAng Daily “Koreans don't really raise or see racial issues in K-pop videos [because they are so used to seeing Hollywood-style videos of the same nature], so [it's...
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This story takes up the issue of representation of other ethnicities in K-pop, which is significant given that K-pop is itself a hybridized musical form directed towards global audiences. At the same time, it suffers from presentism, pointing to very recent music videos to make its point.  In doing so, it overlooks older music videos by artists such as Seo Taiji and Boys and Baby VOX, which features other ethnicities in their videos, as well as other visual venues where other ethnicities may be present, such as concerts. 

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Nick Cannon's 'Make It Pop': How He Mixed K-Pop & Nickelodeon Culture for Hit ... - Billboard

Nick Cannon's 'Make It Pop': How He Mixed K-Pop & Nickelodeon Culture for Hit ... - Billboard | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
Nearly everything about Nickelodeon's new show Make It Pop sounds similar to what TV fans have already seen -- including the platform (musical-comedy, just in time for Glee's finale) and the setting (a boarding school a la Zoey 101) -- but its main...
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Nick Cannon mentions that he used social media to reach out to fans who were critical of the show's promotion as a K-pop show with little reflection of actual K-pop culture. It is still not clear if the show or its showrunners really understand the global nature of K-pop culture or the importance of Korean culture for global bans.

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Crayon Pop, MAMAMOO and K-much to perform at the K-pop concert in Mongolia! - allkpop

Crayon Pop, MAMAMOO and K-much to perform at the K-pop concert in Mongolia! - allkpop | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
Any K-pop fan residing in Mongolia, listen up! Because Crayon Pop, MAMAMOO, and K-Much are coming!Th
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K-pop continues to spread globally, holding concerts in Asia outside of the usual countries like Japan.

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Rewinding to the K-pop past: 1996-1999 - Green Tea Graffiti

Rewinding to the K-pop past: 1996-1999 - Green Tea Graffiti | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
Ever wondered how K-pop got so popular today? To answer this, we have to go back to the K-pop past: 1996-1999.
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Good overview of the early K-pop music and industry

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YG Entertainment, COSON Team Up in China - BusinessKorea

YG Entertainment, COSON Team Up in China - BusinessKorea | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
YG Entertainment, COSON Team Up in China
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COSON and YG Entertainment will establish a cosmetics marketing corporation in Hong Kong with US$10 million capital.
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Korean agencies like YG Entertainment use their artists to branch out beyond music into other economic ventures.

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K-Pop’s Antic Emissary Raids the Cupboard

K-Pop’s Antic Emissary Raids the Cupboard | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it
“Coup D’Etat,” the new album from the K-Pop star G-Dragon, has America heavily on its mind and in its credits.
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This overview of G-Dragon focuses on the surface: what he looks like, the kinds of images in which he appears. Is Caramanica suggesting that surface is all G-Dragon has to offer? Fans of G-Dragon find him creative and give him credit for those images, concepts and forays into song-writing, but G-Dragon's participation in his own creation is largely absent from this article.

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Korean government’s role in Hallyu global phenomenon

Korean government’s role in Hallyu global phenomenon | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it

Great information on the ways in which the Korean government contributes to Hallyu culture.

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A Primer on K-Drama Feminism

A Primer on K-Drama Feminism | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it

This article explores the crossroads of Kdrama and Feminism. What I find interesting is that it does not define feminism, acknowledge the different brands of feminism and recognize the imposition of the Western concept of feminism on Korean cultural production.

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Hitting Pause on ‘Gangnam Style’

Hitting Pause on ‘Gangnam Style’ | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it

Helen Lee gives a slightly new interpretation of Gangnam Style by comparing it to a minstrel show.  Lee identifies herself as Korean American, and writes, "I imagine my ambivalence about the video’s popularity might be akin to what I’ve heard some of my African American friends say about certain black rappers or shows on BET — that they are unintentionally propagating old stereotypes in the manner of a modern-day minstrel show."

 

This is significant because it shows that different people are reading the Gannam Style phenomenon differently, bringing a different set of cultural lenses to it. There are a vareity of responses to the video, and in order to understand the video, especially in an American context, we have to weigh them. 

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Catholic school opens institute on Korean wave @ HanCinema ...

Catholic school opens institute on Korean wave @ HanCinema ... | Hallyu: Korean Popular Music | Scoop.it

This article shows how interest in Hallyu is manifesting itself in higher education, offering advanced degrees in its study. 

 

This program is different from other Hallyu offerings in higher education in that in addition to a focus on business, it seems to offer courses on K-pop and Kdrama, the cultural production at the heart of Hallyu.  

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inter-asia pop - CFP: K-pop politics: digital mediation and global fandom

Jung Bong Choi and Roald Maliangkay solicit abstracts for an edited collection on K-pop.  What makes this call different from some of the collections already available on Hallyu is the focus on fandom.  

 

Fandom is central to K-pop, yet few studies have been conducted on fan activity and behavior in connection with the actual music culture of K-pop.  The collection also asks for submissions related to the history of idol bands and group identity, two aspects that are connected to the K-pop fan experience.  

 

Also, the collection describes Hallyu in its international context outside of East Asia, a welcome addition to work on Hallyu as a transnational movement.

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