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Shine On: Glamour, Image and K-pop

Visuals are an important part of K-pop, and understanding them is crucial to understanding the meaning of K-pop and its spread globally. In addition to music videos, images that accompany promotions for music releases, photo shoots featured in magazines and endorsements for an array of products are seen, collected and exchanged by fans.  Not just…

Don’t Call It A Comeback: Old School K-pop and Its Fans

Often believed to appeal only to teenagers, K-pop is experiencing a trend with old school groups making successful comebacks. Some believe that K-pop has a short shelf life.  Several point to the “five-year curse,” a trend where male K-pop groups break up or disband, often in the face of mandatory military service in Korea. Others…

Fin.K.L

Fin.K.L. (Fine Killing Liberty) is a four-member female group managed by DSP Media. The original members were Annie Lee, Lee Jin, Ock Joo Hyun, and Sung Yu Ri. Before Fin.K.L debuted, Annie Lee left the group, and Lee Hyori was discovered and completed the group. Fin.K.L debuted in May of 1998. Their debut contemporaries include…