One of the major hallmarks of Korean pop music is the art of the music video, typically punctured with intricate choreography and mind-blowing visual experimentation. The choreography, more than anything, usually takes center stage as it also permeates into live performances - which often set the Korean music scene apart
The rise of superstar boy group EXO led to a vigorous change in the K-pop sphere. Before, the market had been ruled by juggernauts such as Big Bang, SNSD, 2NE1, Super Junior, TVXQ, and many more. However, long hiatuses and ever-changing market gave EXO the perfect opportunity to come and
It's been a bit of time since the American release of the joint Chinese-American 2016 film venture The Great Wall. The film was something I followed distantly even in the early stages of production out of a hazy loyalty to Luhan. But I was dissuaded from spending the money on a theater
After losing their primary breadwinners girl group "4Minute" and boy band "BEAST" (now known as "Highlight"), all hope seemed lost for Cube Entertainment. The company was left with numerous once-promising acts, but constantly mismanaged them which subsequently prevented them from hitting it big. The company seemed to be in a
It’s a well-known fact that K-Pop idols are more than just singers. They’re entertainers who need to be not only incredibly talented, but also good-looking. In fact, good looks are often deemed more important than talent within the industry. Most idols are street-cast these days, which means that they were
Co-ed groups are few and far between in pop music. A vast majority of pop groups all over the world are limited to individuals of the same gender. These single-gendered groups are typically aimed at very specific target demographics. That is, boy groups are usually primarily designed to attract fangirls,
A leaked snippet of a song or choreography preceding an EXO comeback is almost taken as a given nowadays. No other group seems to have premature information appear like clockwork before their comeback. In fact, it has gotten to the point where some have grown suspicious of SM themselves and
It is no secret that there had been many occurrences in the K-Pop, J-Pop, and C-Pop scene that challenged the bond between fans and idols. Some have been healthy, harmonious, melodic, and beautiful… but some have been just tragic and terrible. What are the real boundaries of being a fan?
As years fly past, more idol groups have resorted to disbandment. In 2017 alone, about 13 groups went their separate ways to continue as soloists, actresses, actors or leaving the entertainment industry.
Every fan wants to know that their favorite group is doing well: that their music is selling, the members have name to face recognition, and their fandom is always growing. And in recent years, this drive has surpassed fandom-centered goals to reach for higher and higher awards and recognition. And