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Our OH!-Press editors sharpened their pencils, completed their research and are ready to express their opinion on various subjects within Korean, Japanese and Chinese media.

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...

Sajaegi

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

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...

Throwback Thursday: Ayumi Hamasaki – Duty

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...

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...

101 Guide:  Becoming a Top Female Star

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...

Throwback Thursday: Ayumi Hamasaki – LOVEppears

Throwback Thursday: Ayumi Hamasaki – LOVEppears

Starting from today, this series of Throwback Thursday posts will be shining a spotlight on one of the most successful J-Pop soloists of all time, and my personal favourite, Ayumi Hamasaki. Beginning her career in 1998, former model Ayumi...

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

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...

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