From BTS to Blackpink: How K-pop took over the world

Selling out Wembley is no mean feat.
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K-pop stars BTS hit number one spot in UK album chart

Boy band BTS have become the first Korean act to get to number one in the UK album chart. 
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‘Immoral’ K-pop star quits over secret sex film scandal

A second K-pop singer has quit after admitting secretly filming himself having sex with women and sharing the videos.
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K-pop band’s Japan performance axed over atom bomb shirt

A Japanese broadcaster has axed a live appearance from a hugely popular South Korean boyband after a pictured emerged of one of its members wearing a T-shirt showing an atomic bombing.
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K-pop – The International Rise of the Korean Music Industry

K-pop – The International Rise of the Korean Music Industry


K-pop, described by Time Magazine in 2012 as “South Korea’s greatest export”, has rapidly achieved a large worldwide audience of devoted fans largely through distribution over the Internet. This book examines the phenomenon, and discusses the reasons for its success. It considers the national and transnational conditions that have played a role in K-pop’s ascendancy, and explores how they relate to post-colonial modernisation, post-Cold War politics in East Asia, connections with the Korean diaspora, and the state-initiated campaign to accumulate soft power. As it is particularly concerned with fandom and cultural agency, it analyses fan practices, discourses, and underlying psychologies within their local habitus as well as in expanding topographies of online networks. Overall, the book addresses the question of how far “Asian culture” can be global in a truly meaningful way, and how popular culture from a “marginal” nation has become a global phenomenon.

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K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution

K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution


“This is the book on K-pop everybody has been waiting for. It explains for westerners what K-pop music is really all about–a must-read “–Charlotte Naudin, PR manager for Torpedo Productions “K-Pop Now ” takes a fun look at Korea’s high-energy pop music, and is written for its growing legions of fans. It features all the famous groups and singers, and takes an insider’s look at how they have made it to the top. In 2012, Psy’s song and music video “Gangnam Style” suddenly took the world by storm. But K-Pop, the music of Psy’s homeland of Korea has been winning fans for years with its infectious melodies and high-energy fun. Featuring incredibly attractive and talented singers and eye-popping visuals, K-Pop is the music of now. Though K-Pop is a relatively young phenomenon in the West, it is rapidly gaining traction and reaching much larger audiences–thanks in large part to social media like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Top K-Pop acts get ten million to thirty million hits for their videos–the Girls Generation single “Gee” has over a hundred million views In “K-Pop Now ” you’ll find: Profiles of all the current K-Pop artists and their hits A look at Seoul’s hippest hot spots and hangouts Interviews with top artists like Kevin from Ze: A and Brian Joo A look at the K-Pop idols of tomorrowYou’ll meet the biggest record producers, the hosts of the insanely popular “Eat Your Kimchi” website, and K-Pop groups like Big Bang, TVXQ, 2NE1, Girls Generation, HOT, SES, FinKL Busker Busker and The Koxx. The book also includes a guide for fans who plan to visit Seoul to explore K-Pop up close and personal. Join the K-Pop revolution now

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