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Why Kpop? What Exactly is it About Korea that Makes it So Much ...

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Perhaps it's the Korean record label strategy to push their artists to other countries like Japan and China for debut, and then tour the rest of the continent, that makes them so impactful. You know, since they're reaching ...
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Using Social Media to Bring Korean Pop Music to the West

Using Social Media to Bring Korean Pop Music to the West | japan-korea | Scoop.it
YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have made it easier for South Korean pop music bands to reach audiences in the West, and fans are using the same social networks to proclaim their devotion.
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K-Pop Rewind: Seo Taiji And Boys 'I Know' - KpopStarz

K-Pop Rewind: Seo Taiji And Boys 'I Know' - KpopStarz | japan-korea | Scoop.it
KpopStarz K-Pop Rewind: Seo Taiji And Boys 'I Know' KpopStarz Drawing on influences from America like Milli Vanilli, New Kids on the Block, and Public Enemy, Seo Taiji and Boys sought to make fresh new songs that would inspired the new generation...
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Economics behind Gangnam Style

The viral hit isn't a fluke. South Korea has been cultivating a global music business for decades.

 

You may already know that I've been fascinating watching the cultural diffusion of Gangnam Style throughout the world as mentioned previously.  This NPR podcast looks at the economic infrastructure of the South Korean music industry that explains in greater detail how this video went viral.  The distribution of this video is dependent in part on the technological sophistication and economic strategies of South Korea to associate their brands with cultural cachet.  

 

Tags: popular culture, industry, diffusion, globalization, technology, economic, unit 6 industry.


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Sierra_Mcswagger's curator insight, March 10, 2015 7:39 PM

This NPR podcast explains the rapid diffusion of the song we all had stuck in our heads previously "Gangnam Style".  South Korea invests as much as they do in there music industry as they do with their vehicle industry.  Because their a small country and their music industry wants to be big, they have to get noticed outside there country. To make this work, music moguls in the country created hit factories, turning young singers into pop stars and sending them on tour around Asia. K Pop is now noticed all over the globe with songs like "Gangnam Style" which music video is one of the most viewed videos on YouTube.                                                                              

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The Curious Case of the South Korean Music Market

The Curious Case of the South Korean Music Market | japan-korea | Scoop.it

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ might have catapulted the South Korean music market into the global consciousness but to industry observers like myself it has long been a market of particular interest.  Being the first major music market to pass the 50% digital mark – in 2006 – South Korea has been held up both as a digital trailblazer and as a canary in the mine for the global music industry.


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