Kpop Kollective: Saving Kpop, One Profile at a Time

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KPK: Kpop Kollective is the oldest and only aca-fansite for modern Korean popular music (K-pop). Established in 2010, it has developed into a community of practice  and a thematic research collection centered on K-pop.  Kpop Kollective promotes the public’s understanding of contemporary Korean popular culture, creates resources and provides analysis and context on K-pop from a global perspective.

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4MEN: First Love

4MEN: First Love

 

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L-R: Kim Jon Woo, Shin Yong Jae, and Young Jae

4MEN is a Korean male vocal group known for its R&B-inflected songs, along with other K-pop groups that debuted in the late 1990s, including Fly to the Sky, g.o.d and Shinhwa.  The group began with four members, but its latest releases feature only two members. Despite personnel changes, the group has produced a rich discography grounded in group harmony. 4MEN positions themselves within K-Soul:  “We want our fans to know that Korean singers also understand R&B and soul music well and Korean traditional ballad music and K-Soul of R&B sentiment have been popular in Korea before the start of the K-pop heat” (Nini).

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BASICS

Name: 4MEN, named for the number of original four members of the group

Members: Young Jae, Shin Yong Jae, Kim Won Joo, J1*, Yoon Min Soo*^, Jeong Se Young *^m Kee Jeong Ho*^ (*former member; ^original member)

Debut: February 1, 1998

Label:  YWHO Golden Bridge/Sony Music; Happy Face Entertainment (YWHO merges with Happy Face Entetainment in 2011)

Fan name and origin: N/A

Website: N/A

VIDEOGRAPHY

Love Tonight • Once While Living • I Love You • 사랑 • I Can’t’ 못해 • Everything • Confession 고백 • Knock Knock Knock • First Kiss

(Click on Playlist Menu to view videos)

DISCOGRAPHY

First Album (1998) • 집 이렇게 천일동안 모으면 이별이 사라진다고 했다 (2002) • Andante (2006) • 선물 (Digital Single) (2007) • 멜로디 (Digital Single) (2008) • First Kiss (2008) • Voice of Autumn (2009) • Special album – The 3rd Generation (2010) • Baby Baby + 4men (2010) • 4men + E-Tribe – YOU (2010) • 4men + Sorry (2010) • 4men + Individuality (2010) • YWHO 2010 Winter Serenade  (2010) • Secret Garden OST (2011) • The Artist (2011)

(Click on slideshow to view tracklists)

OTHER HAPPY FACE ENTERTAINMENT ARTISTS

Dal Shabet

SIMILAR ARTISTS

Fly to the Sky • Brown Eyed Soul

RELEVANT SOURCES

Nini. “[Inside the Music] VIBE and 4MEN Talk About ‘K-Soul’ and US Tour.” hellokpop. 1 Feb 2015. Evernote..

PROFILE CREDITS

Original Profile: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick • Revised Profile: Crystal S. Anderson

Top 10 K-Pop Boy Bands You Need To Know – Billboard

With all due respect to the ladies, K-pop probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the boys.

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it’s hard to win with these types of top ten articles. What criteria was used? Sales? Popularity? 

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Americans Finally Get to Stream (Almost) All the K-Pop They Want With Apple … – Billboard

With the launch of Apple Music, K-pop fans finally got their wish to stream all their favorite artists on one platform… well, almost all of them. 

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This story raises questions about music listening habits of K-pop fans, many of whom come to K-pop through the Internet.

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K-Pop Crossover: Berklee College Of Music Nurtures Another K-Pop Act With … – KpopStarz

Berklee College of Music has seen several K-pop talents pass through its doors, and the latest sensation could be the duo Highbrow.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.kpopstarz.com

K-pop continues to promote collaboration with artists outside of Korea.

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Choices in K-pop raise serious questions – Korea JoongAng Daily

Korea JoongAng Daily Choices in K-pop raise serious questions Korea JoongAng Daily “Koreans don’t really raise or see racial issues in K-pop videos [because they are so used to seeing Hollywood-style videos of the same nature], so [it’s…

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This story takes up the issue of representation of other ethnicities in K-pop, which is significant given that K-pop is itself a hybridized musical form directed towards global audiences. At the same time, it suffers from presentism, pointing to very recent music videos to make its point.  In doing so, it overlooks older music videos by artists such as Seo Taiji and Boys and Baby VOX, which features other ethnicities in their videos, as well as other visual venues where other ethnicities may be present, such as concerts. 

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From BTS To EXO, Weibo Accounts Become Popular Among K-Pop Stars … – KpopStarz

The recent trend of K-pop idols opening up Chinese social media accounts shows the importance of the Chinese market to the success of Hallyu stars.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.kpopstarz.com

As K-pop continues to make inroads into China through social media, it will be interesting to see how that works in light of China’s record on media control.

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Nick Cannon’s ‘Make It Pop’: How He Mixed K-Pop & Nickelodeon Culture for Hit … – Billboard

Nearly everything about Nickelodeon’s new show Make It Pop sounds similar to what TV fans have already seen — including the platform (musical-comedy, just in time for Glee’s finale) and the setting (a boarding school a la Zoey 101) — but its main…

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Nick Cannon mentions that he used social media to reach out to fans who were critical of the show’s promotion as a K-pop show with little reflection of actual K-pop culture. It is still not clear if the show or its showrunners really understand the global nature of K-pop culture or the importance of Korean culture for global bans.

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SPIN K-Pop Report: Ga-In Subverts Adam & Eve, Lim Kim Pops Smoky Bubblegum – SPIN

Way back in 1992, a dropout metalhead by the name of Seo Taiji released the first K-pop song: “Nan Arayo.” It was an ambitious mess of import aisle genres and moods, and it sold millions – making the geeky rebel South Korea’s very own Elvis,…

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.spin.com

Mainstream music publication talks about various recent K-pop releases, but it is unclear how or why these particular acts were chose. Also, it oddly characterizes Seo Taiji as a "dropout metalhead,’ eliding his hip-hop origins.

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Crayon Pop, MAMAMOO and K-much to perform at the K-pop concert in Mongolia! – allkpop

Any K-pop fan residing in Mongolia, listen up! Because Crayon Pop, MAMAMOO, and K-Much are coming!Th

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K-pop continues to spread globally, holding concerts in Asia outside of the usual countries like Japan.

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