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

Oh! Press Talk: Fan Gift Culture

For years, as a demonstration of their appreciation, fans have gifted idols anything from flowers to billboards advertising their birthdays. It’s a long tradition accepted by the industry as a way to give back directly to the people who we adore. However, over time (and the past few weeks in

101 Guide: Becoming a Top Female Star

Whilst the northern half of the planet has gravitated to the inviting warmth of blossoms blooming to welcome the warmer months of spring, I await the days the individual leaves start changing colours.  With each passing season, a large number of dramas in fluctuate the already competitive market.  The term

K-Drama Tropes: the Old, the New, and the Classic

When you've seen enough K-Dramas, you realize there are a few scenarios almost guaranteed to show up in the plot somewhere along the way. These instances are so predictable that the scriptwriters may have very well been bumping elbows over a Wrist Grabs 101 textbook as they drafted up their scripts.

Oh! Press Talk: Should K-Pop groups add new members?

Throughout the history of K-Pop, various groups have been known to add new members to their existing line-up to adapt to the demands of the K-Pop industry. But how does adding new members fare for the groups that have done so? Does it bring more recognition and success? With their

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