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.

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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.

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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,…

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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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How to Make It in America: K-Pop’s Bid for the West – VICE (blog)

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How to Make It in America: K-Pop’s Bid for the West
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G-Dragon falls into a folding chair, looking calm and nearly bored.

Kpop Kollective‘s insight:

Overall, this is a very thorough account of G-Dragon’s presence at KCON, althought he was not the only K-pop artist there.  However, Tyler reinforces the idea that K-pop is for teenagers. Many K-pop artists are veterans even at young ages and many K-pop fans are not teenagers. One runs into problems when trying to explain K-pop’s appeal to older fans if one insists that it’s a genre solely for young fans. 

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YG Entertainment, COSON Team Up in China – BusinessKorea

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YG Entertainment, COSON Team Up in China
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COSON and YG Entertainment will establish a cosmetics marketing corporation in Hong Kong with US$10 million capital.

Kpop Kollective‘s insight:

Korean agencies like YG Entertainment use their artists to branch out beyond music into other economic ventures.

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