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…
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.
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,…
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.
Battle debuted in December 2006 after being formed on the popular television show Let’s Coke Play! Battle Shinhwa!. The group consisted of five members: Ryu (Won Seung Jae), Ki-hyun (Shin Ki Hyun), Lio (Park Ji Woon), Tae-hwa (Jin Tae Hwa), Hwi-chan (Kim Tae Kwan), and Chris (Jung Hyung Rok). The group members were personally chosen by Shinhwa members, who were hosting the television show at the time. During the group’s short tenure (they are currently inactive), Battle toured Thailand and China. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!
Piggy Dolls is signed with LOEN Entertainment and debuted in early 2011 with members Min Sun (Kim Min Sun), Jiyeon (Lee Ji Yeon) and Jieun (Lee Ji Eun). The group’s name and unique concept was based on their looks, which went against the Korean beauty standard of maintaining a slim momjjang (good body shape) and instead focused on their strong vocals. Regardless of their original concept, within a year, the group revealed slimmer physiques. In 2013, the group was replaced with three new members (Kang Eun Young, Lee Eun Young ,and Lee Ji Young). . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!
Byul (Kim Go Eun) is a solo artist known for her prolific work in singing ballads for Korean television and film. Her name, (별,) means “star” in Korean. While she was discovered by Jin Young Park (JYP) and was signed for a short while with JYP Entertainment, Byul is currently signed with Spring Entertainment. In 2012, Byul married Korean comedian and entertainer HaHa (Ha Dong Hoon). . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!
New Radiancy Group (NRG) was a popular male pop/dance group that debuted under the Music Factory label in the fall of 1997. The group was formed out of the duo HamoHamo, whose members were Lee Sung Jin and Chun Myung Hoon. NRG was founded with those members and the addition of three new members:Moon Sung Hoon, No Min Woo, and Kim Hwan Sung. Known for their high-energy dance music, NRG was highly successful –not only in Korea, but in China as well. NRG is commonly recognized as one of the first groups to advertise in China, thus making them one of the first successful pioneers of Hallyu. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!
Wheesung (Choi Hwee Sung) is known for his penchant for R&B music. While he originally started his career as a part of the kpop group A4, Wheesung, debuted as a solo artist in 2002, signing with M Boat, a sister company with YG Entertainment. During his career, Wheesung won several awards for his soulful music. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!
B.A.P (Best Absolute Perfect) was formed in 2012 under the TS Entertainment label. The six-member hip hop group includes Yongguk (Bang Yong Guk), Himchan (Kim Him Chan), Daehyun (Jung Dae Hyun), Youngjae (Yoo Young Jae), Jongup (Moon Jong Up), and Zelo (Choi Jun Hong). The group had a very strong debut, showcasing their strong personalities through rap, dance, and an intriguing (and ongoing) Alien Bunny mascot/concept. . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA!
2AM debuted in 2008 under JYP Entertainment. A subunit of One Day (made up of 2AM and 2PM), 2AM has four members: Lee Chang Min (Changmin), Im Seul Ong (Seulong), Jo Kwon (Jo Kwon), and Jeong Jin Woon (Jinwoon). The group is known for their emotional singing and moving ballads, which fits the group name given to them by Jin Young Park, who mentioned that the name 2AM “reflects the band’s sensitivity by capturing the feeling of the early morning, a time when you can sit back and reflect upon your day.” . . . . Click here to read more at KPOPIANA.