KPK Seeks Members for Its K-pop Music Research Accelerator!

Are you outside of academia yet do research on K-pop music or related topics? Are you an advanced undergrad or grad student researching K-pop music, but lack a research community? Do you want an opportunity to hone your analytic skills and publish on K-pop music? Consider applying to HWAITING! The K-pop Music Research Accelerator! HWAITING!:…

How We Get Down: KPK Documents Your Stuff!

As part of KPK’s decennial year, we are launching K-pop Commons, a repository of K-pop project ephemera – documents and artifacts that were not created for formal publication or commercial display (e.g., books, book chapters, galleries/exhibitions), but that are meaningful to the creators of the items and that reflect the impact of K-pop on those…

What We Are Listening To: “Rising Sun” by TVXQ!

  TVXQ! (also billed as Dong Bang Shin Ki/DBSK in Korean and Tohoshinki in Japanese) was a five member group from 2004 to 2010. In 2011, the group continued with two members (Jung Yunho – U-Know, and Shim Changmin – MAX). The group is known for their harmonies and sensual dance moves, and “Rising Sun”…

The Return to #KCON19LA!

Dr. Crystal S. Anderson is honored once again to be a special guest at #KCONLA! She will be part of two panels: Black American Music and K-pop (Friday, August 16 @ 12:00 p.m.) We Study Hallyu and You Can Too! (Saturday, August 17 @12:00 p.m.) See you there!  

Let KPK Introduce You To…The Use of (Gospel) Choirs

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S. University of South Carolina Lancaster The use or application of the (gospel) choir aestethic or sound is a staple in popular Western music, and the artists who have used the imagery or sound go from rock  and pop to rap.  In an essay discussing how the African-American creative and cultural tradition…

This Week In K-pop: July 20-26, 2019

  Finding All Kinds of K-pop Stuff So You Don’t Have To Crystal S. Anderson, PhD Director, KPK: Kpop Kollective New pop releases in K-pop this week include three title tracks from the new EXO sub-unit, EXO-SC, including “What A Life.” Woosung (of the band The Rose) released “Face,” while Kang Daniel finally debuts as…

On The Passing of Jonghyun

Like many K-pop fans, the members of KPK: Kpop Kollective are extremely heavy at heart about the passing of Jonghyun. Both Kaetrena and I are Shawols, and just saw the group in Dallas.  We know that for many, SHINee was the group that introduced them to K-pop, and Jonghyun was not only an integral part…

Let KPK Introduce You To…Black Greek Fraternity/Sorority Stepping

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S. University of South Carolina Lancaster Choreography and costuming for: “Maximum” Group: TVXQ Album: Keep Your Head Down Album Release Date: January 5, 2011 Press Play to watch a live performance of “Maximum” by TVXQ. “Maximum” choreography and concepts echo the traditional stepping performances of …) Fraternity: Alpha Phi Alpha (AΦA) (the…