Oh! Press Talk: Do co-ed groups work?

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,

EXO Comeback Leaks: Corporate Conspiracy or Sasaeng Sleuths?

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

Oh! Press Talk: Fan Entitlement

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?

Oh! Press Talk: Seeking Western Validation in K-Pop

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

Oh! Press Talk: Does Sajaegi Cause More Harm Than Good?

Sajaegi

Recently, Laboum was accused of committing sajaegi. It became a large issue since they won a KBS Music Bank award against South Korea's National Sweetheart IU. A broad definition for the Korean word ‘sajaegi’ is chart manipulation, whether it’s physical or digital. So how does sajaegi affect music charts, rankings

Throwback Thursday: Ayumi Hamasaki – Duty

Welcome to the second instalment in a series of Throwback Thursday highlighting the career of J-Pop superstar, Ayumi Hamasaki! Recently, I took a look at Ayu's 1999 album LOVEppears; a dance-heavy pop album with several well-loved standout tracks. This time, I'll be shining the spotlight on the standout tracks from her follow-up, Duty,

Star Trend Alert: China’s Upcoming Hottest Actor

The seasons have started to shift once again, for some the leaves have started to change colours and for others the flowers are waking up to say hello.  Anticipation for the warmer or colder months arrive, as ‘In the Name of People’ continues to take China by storm; reaching ratings