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Black Popular Music and K-pop

One of the major forces driving the appeal of K-pop around the globe is the music, but it seems to receive the least attention. ¬†When commentators do turn their attention to K-pop, they recognize that it draws from a variety of musical genres and styles. But in making such generalizations, they often overlook the crucial…

Fly to the Sky

Fan Commentary: Nostalgia and Fly to the Sky

As their 2014 comeback shows, Fly to the Sky (FTTS) remains a potent force in K-pop, even after a five-year hiatus. However, even before the rumors of a comeback, the group was ever-present in the minds of fans, who recalled Fly to the Sky’s emotional impact and place in K-pop history. A review of 361…

Ethnicity, Glamour and Image in Korean Popular Music

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD Elon University The 1960s girl group concept makes regular appearances in K-pop. ¬†While some think that this kind of image represents a lack of ethnic identity in a quest for mainstream acceptance, I suggest that the 1960s girl group image promoted by women of color represents an ethnic glamour aesthetic. Contemporary…