Korean Pop Music (k-pop) Reviewed - How does the genre effect you?

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It's not all dance, they rock too!

When it comes to music that makes one want to stand up and jump and dance, nothing gives you this feeling more intensely than pop music. There are many kinds of pop but one remains a defining force in the current musical world. Korean pop music, popularly referred to as K-Pop is slowly taking the world by storm. Already a hit amongst teenagers and adult groups in South Korea, K-Pop is steadily garnering positive reviews in many other parts of the world.



Being a mixed genre, K-Pop consists of pop, dance as well as rock music, all of which are fused to bring out that the electric feel that K-Pop has. K-Pop has largely grown into a subculture of sorts in South Korea, having a great influence over the fashion and style across the country.



There are numerous Korean pop music artists in existence today. Though you could say that most of these groups look (and possibly sound) alike, they each share a unique and very different fan base. Certain K-Pop groups have reached “idol” status. These groups include Girls’ Generation, 2NE1 as well as Brown Eyed Girls. Some groups such as Wonder Girls, who have sold millions of singles, have also become an international craze with the group having numerous singles in the Billboard 100 chart, a highly acclaimed musical chart.



The popularity of the genre can be attributed in part to the internet. Numerous social networks like FaceBook, Twitter, and Myspace have enabled various Korean pop music artists to gain a greater access to audiences in various countries around the globe. As a result, the K-Pop culture has spread to China, Malaysia as well as the Philippines and Japan. It is even starting to have a dramatic effect on the UK and US.



K-Pop musical groups are normally groomed from the onset. Talent agencies are known for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars when grooming an artist. In fact, this process can be quite lengthy, taking about two to four years before an artist releases their first debut album/single.



There are numerous channels through which you can get your hands on popular South Korean pop music. The first and probably easiest option would be to buy the albums directly online. Via the internet, you can pay and download the music to your computer. There are numerous sites which offer Korean pop music download-able albums. Shopping websites such as Amazon and eBay are great places to start for the real deal. However, music websites such as Last.Fm as well as the Billboard100.com are other great laces to get links to Korean music downloads for albums or singles.



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JoanCA 2 years ago

I listened to some Girls’ Generation songs a while back. It does seem like some of this music could take off in the US. I don't think the music snobs will like it though since they don't like acts created by labels.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Brett,

This is a very interesting and informative hub. For at least the past 3-4 years, students at the all-girls school in Thailand where I teach are just crazy about Kpop. Specific groups are TVXQ and Super Junior. Some of my students are so into Kpop that they have learned by themselves how to write their star's name in Korean! Voted up as interesting and sharing with followers on Facebook and Pinning.


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davenstan 4 years ago

Interesting read. It still amazes me when I hear of other cultures with their own brand of pop music. Voted interesting.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

Hi Snurre, yea some of their music is pretty catchy. Just proves that you don't always need to understand it .. but then again, a lot of Korean music uses English.


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Snurre 4 years ago

Thanks for the write-up and the videos. I've never heard Korean pop before and it was very interesting to listen.

Thanks for SHARING


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia Author

Hey Alocsin,

Thanks for reading. I've found Korea to be a unique culture, this is just one of their more popular cultural exports.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I was not familiar with any K-pop stars except Rain. Thanks for providing an overview. Voting his Up and Interesting.

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