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?

My Journey as a 2PM Fan: The Things I’ll Miss the Most

  The sound of wind whistling against metal bars grated my ears, as I sat outside that winter night.  I was again lost in thought; thoughts of many different things. Mostly, and unfortunately at that time, negative.  If it wasn’t for the pleasant distraction I don’t know what those thoughts could

Introducing Wanna One: The Top 11 of “Produce 101 Season 2”

The wait is finally over. After eleven long weeks, the second season of the MNET survival show "Produce 101" has come to a close. Produce 101 was initially established in 2015 with the goal of producing Korea's best girl group from a pool of one hundred and one trainees from forty-six

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