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
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,
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?
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
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
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Who is an artist? What makes an artist different from an idol? These are some of the most hotly debated topics in the K-pop fandom. Opinions differ: some say an artist is one who writes their own music; others say an artist is an idol whose success transcends that of
Mamamoo faced immense backlash from international fans for incorporating blackface/brownface in their cover of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk at their recent concert. But then, in a rare move, RBW and Mamamoo swiftly issued an apology that does acknowledge the issue at hand.
So what does this mean? Several comments left by South Koreans
The Big 3 is a term coined to three of the most influential entertainment companies in South Korea. With years of legacy and most importantly their contribution to rising and shaping Korean Wave or Hallyu, these companies are and were homes to some of the largest acts such as TVXQ,