GOT7: Something Good

 

GOT7
GOT7

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Associate Professor of English, Longwood University

GOT7 is a seven-member Korean male group, often compared to 2PM, their label mates at  JYP Entertainment. The name of the group refers to its seven members. The group debuted on January 16, 2014 with JYP Entertainment. Original members include leader JB (Im Jae-bum), Mark (Mark Yi-Eun Tuan), Jackson (Jackson Wang), Jinyoung (Park Jin-young), Youngjae (Choi Young-jae), Bam Bam (Kunpimook Bhuwakul), and maknae Yugyeom (Kim Yu-gyeom).  GOT7 has been prolific for a rookie group, with several releases before its first anniversary.  JB, the group’s leader, describes GOT7’s sound as built on a “base of hip-hop and R&B” (The Korea Times). The group is also known for its unique choreography:  “Got7’s dance performances display moves derived from martial arts combined with b-boying . . . .  the boys are highly proficient in b-boying and martial art tricking” (KCrush). The fandom is called IGOT7, which signifies that their fans have “gotten” them.

Websitehttp://got7.jype.com

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LABELMATES

Park Jin Young | Wonder Girls | 2AM | 2PM | Miss A | Day6 | Twice | G.Soul

COLLABORATIONS

B1A4, GOT7 and CLC: Family MV | BTS and GOT7: 2015 MAMA

 

Articles

Tae Hong. “Interview: A Year After Debut, Got7 Looks to the Top.” The Korea Times. 7 May 2015. Evernote.

J Chung. “GOT7 – Hot and Dedicated to Success.” Crush . Evernote.

Videos

B1A4, GOT7 and CLC: Family MV. FND Smart. “[가족사랑의날] B1A4 (비원에이포) & GOT7 (갓세븐) Collabo – Family (패밀리).” YouTube. 25 Nov 2014. https://youtu.be/hfL5HzYX8xo, (25 Nov 2016).

BTS and GOT7: 2015 MAMA. Fatima Aliriza Aguil. “[151202] BTS and GOT7 Collaboration (Intro) + If You Do for MAMA 2015.” YouTube. 8 Dec 2015. https://youtu.be/bjZLVU-lmLE, (25 Nov 2016).

Byul: SoKo’s Female Balladeer

Byul: SoKo’s Female Balladeer
Byul
Byul

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!

JOO


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BASICS

JOO (Jeong Min Joo) (Source: http://www.hancinema.net/korean_JOO-picture_144059.html)

 Name

 Jeong Min Joo (JOO)

 Debut

 2008

 Status

 Active

 Label

 JYP Entertainment

 Fan Name

 None

 Origin of Fan Name

 N/A

 Official Website

http://www.jype.com/#/joo/Profile.aspx

 Related Websites

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FAN FACTS

Official Fan Color: 

Awards

Television Appearances

Concert Tours

News
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VIDEOS

Ice Cream


Bad Boy


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DISCOGRAPHY: KOREAN RELEASES

  Joo and Leeteuk –  Ice Cream (May 16, 2011) (JYP Entertainment)

  1. 아이스크림
   Heartmade (January 1, 2011) (JYP Entertainment)

  1. 나쁜남자
  2. 물한잔도 마실 수 없어
  3. 영화도 안보니 (featuring 찬성)
  4. 마주치고 나서
  5. 꿈만 같아
  6. 나쁜남자 (Ins trumental)
   Brand New Diva (August 10, 2008) (JYP Entertainment)

  1. 남자 때문에
  2. 어제처럼
  3. 얼굴
  4. 초연(貂緣)
  5. 남자 때문에 (MR)
  6. 어제처럼 (MR)

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JYP (Jin Young Park)


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BASICS

JYP (Jin Young Park). (Source: http://soompi_images.s3.amazonaws.com/1ff68135eceb35902d462f1b1b8cf2e6_large.jpg)

 Name

Park Jin-Young (Jin Young Park, JYP)

 Debut

 1994

 Status

 Active

 Label

  •  As Is (?) 1994- 1997(?)
  • Tae-Hong Planning Corporation (1997-2001)
  • JYP Entertainment (2001-)

 Fan Name

None

 Origin of Fan Name

 N/A

 Official Website

http://www.jype.com/

 Related Websites

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FAN FACTS

Official Fan Color: 

Awards

1997

  • Model Line Selected  ’97 Best Dresser
  • KBS Popular Song Grand Prize Singer in His Teens
1999
  • SBS Popular Song Grand Prize Composer of the Year
2001
  • Daily Sports Popular Song Grand Prize Teen Singer of the Year
  • Best Music Video (R&B category)
  • Mnet Music Video
2007
  • Model Line’s Best Dressed of the Year
2011
  •  Baek Sang Arts, New Actor of the Year

Television Appearances

  • Hot Blood Men, 2008
  • Dream High, 2011

Concert Tours

News
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VIDEOS

No Love No More


Kiss


Your House


Swing Baby


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DISCOGRAPHY: KOREAN RELEASES

   Dream High Original Soundtrack, Part 5. (January 31, 2011) 

  1. If
   JYP Nation – This Christmas (December 1, 2010) (JYP Entertainment)

  1. This Christmas
   Sad Freedom (December 1, 2009) (Loen Entertainment)

  1. Sad Freedom
  2. No Love No More
  3. Rewind
  4. Come Over
  5. No Love No More (remix)
  Wonder Girls – Nobody (September 22, 2008) (JYP Entertainment)

2. Nobody

  Dynamic Duo – Last Days (August 25, 2008) (Mnet Media)

6. 해변의 Girl (feat. 박진영)

   Back to Stage (November 19, 2007) (Loen Entertainment)

  1. Kiss
  2. 니가 사는 그집
  3. 니여자
  4. Delicious (니 입술이)
  5. Single (Feat. Bobby Kim)
  6. 딴따라 블루스
  7. 사실은
  8. 나 돌아가
  9. 이런 여자가 좋아 (featuring Dynamic Duo, 전제덕)
  10. 위험한 장난
  11. 엇갈렸어(Featuring t 윤미래)
  12. 대낮에 한 이별 (Featuring 선예(Wonder Girls))
  Legend Jeon Young Rok – 30th Anniversary Tribute Album (December 13, 2002) (Doremi)Disc One

5. 나를 잊지 말아요

   Rain (Bi) – Bad Guy (April 28, 2002) (JYP Entertainment)

11. What’s Love (featuring Danny, Lexy, Byul and JYP)

   Game (2001) (Dae Young AV Music)Disc 1

  1. Swing Baby
  2. 방문에서 침대까지
  3. 난 여자가 있는데
  4. 음음음
  5. 너의 손끝
  6. 창살없는 감옥
  7. 마지막 밤
  8. 처음 만난 남자와
  9. 놀이
  10. 해 달 별
  11. 밀애
  12. 데자부
Disc 2
  1. 날 떠나지마
  2. 너의 뒤에서
  3. 사랑 일년
  4. 청혼가
  5. 엘리베이터
  6. 영원히 둘이서
  7. 썸머 징글벨
  8. 그녀는 예뻤다
  9. Honey
  10. 십년이 지나도
  11. 사랑하기 때문에
  12. 왜 왜
  13. Kiss Me
  14. 회상
  15. 떠나서
  16.  헤어지면서
   Kiss Me (1998)

  1. Kiss Me
  2. 말을해
  3. 헤어지면서
  4. 안돼란 말은 안돼
  5. 회상
  6. 떠나서
  7. 내게 날아와
  8. 눈이 올때마다
  9. 재회
   Even After 10 Years (1998)

  1. Honey
  2. 천년의 사랑
  3. 졸업
  4. 뭔가 이상해(featuring 김진표,진주)
  5. 그녈 잡아요
  6. 십년이 지나도
  7. 날 데려가요(Featuring DANNY)
  8. 사랑하기 때문에(98 Vibe Version)
  9. 그날이 오면-서로 떨어져 있는 연인들을 위해
  10. Everynight
   Summer Jingle Bell (1997)

  1. 썸머징글벨
  2. 그녀는 예뻤다
  3. 사랑인지 뭔지
  4. 그대로 그렇게
  5. 또 하루가 가고
  6. 그댄 예뻐요
  7. 이별 탈출
  8. 내 사랑아
  9. 사랑할까요
 IMAGE NOT AVAILABLE  Kim Hyung Suk – 1st Project Album AC+E (1997)

5. 엄마 아빠 제발

   Kim Won Jun – Dear (1995)

6. Jungle Boogie

   Tantara (1995)

  1. 나는…
  2. 너를 보내기 전에
  3. 청혼가
  4. 엘리베이터
  5. 돌아서며
  6. 이별(Featuring 인순이)
  7. 영원히 둘이서
  8. 잊을 수 있어
  9. 이별을 먼저 배웠기에
  10. 기다렸던 고백
  11. 사랑일년(Remix)
   Blue City (1994)

  1. 날 떠나지마
  2. 너에게 묻고 싶어
  3. 마이걸(My Girl)
  4. 아픔속에서
  5. 너의 뒤에서
  6. 사랑일년
  7. 아직 기다리는지
  8. 사랑 때문에
  9. 너에게 묻고싶어(Ending Version)

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One Agency To Rule Them All?

Originally published on hellokpop on July 14, 2011

On June 24, 2011 several high-profile idols, including Kim Hyun Joong, Super Junior, TVXQ and 2PM gathered to help launch United Asia Management, an agency that represents a collaboration among the top Korean agencies, including SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment. While this may be a great way to pool resources to extend the global reach of Kpop, the collaboration could also worsen some of more suspect elements of Korean idol system.

This isn’t the first time that the major Korean agencies have collaborated on a project. Last year, The Big Three and other companies embarked on a joint venture, Korean Music Power Holdings, that would focus on the production of programs and digital music distribution. United Asia Management could also expand all the things we love about Kpop.

Before you get all up in arms, this is not a praise party for The Big Three. I do not own stock in any of them. Actually, a lot of my most favorite groups are not represented by them. We’ll get to the critique of how they do business later in the editorial. Whether you like or dislike them, the fact is they are responsible for a sizable amount of the Kpop you and I listen to. Often, fans complain about what they see as exploitation of the artists. Yes, there is a school of thought out there that says that anytime you have one group of people doing the work and one group of people making profit off of that work, you will automatically get exploitation. However, there is another school of thought that says even when you have one group of people managing another group of people who do the work, the people who do the work consent to do the work because they are comfortable with what they get out of it. In other words, artists do have some agency–they do choose to be idols and we have to leave room for the possibility that they know what they are getting into. This is particularly true now that we’ve had so many other artists enter the idol system. New recruits have more of an idea of what to expect because they can look at the careers of other artists. It is too simplistic to go with either one of these positions; the reality is  probably somewhere in between for any given artist at any given time. Here’s my point: The Big Three can give a glimpse into how United Asia Management could treat its artists and affect fans around the world, both for good and ill.

Even if you think it is evil incarnate, the fact is that SM Entertainment represents a model for the global promotion of Kpop. They have international Kpop cred, having produced a number of successful Kpop artists, including  BoA, SNSD, SHINee, Super Junior, and TVXQ. These aren’t just one-hit wonders, getting their 15 minutes of fame and then disappearing into the night. They all share the distinction of sustaining successful careers since their debut. SM Entertainment is doing something right, something that others are eager to know. Before his resignation, Lee Soo Man gave a lecture to business school students from Stanford University on “theory of CT (Culture Technology)” as well as “the aspects of SM Entertainment’s successful globalization and business management strategies.” It also hard to dispute SM Entertainment’s high-profile presence in international markets, such as its two recent shows in Paris or its previous show in Los Angeles. If United Asia Management could reproduce this on a global scale, it would be groundbreaking for Kpop. Artists would be able to travel to more countries. Kpop could go to far more places, both figuratively and literally. The prospect of international fans seeing their favorite artists in the flesh increases tremendously. If individual agencies represent a town, a family and a nation, then United Asia Management would be its own solar system. The collaboration represented by United Asia Management could also allow artists to directly compete with one another by erasing to a certain extent the individual agency identifications. Also, fans could be treated to more collaborations between artists with a de-emphasis on agency affiliation. Imagine joint projects by some of your favorite Kpop artists.  Let’s face it, sometimes the agencies, in trying to get attention for their artists, engage in tactics designed to get fans to choose, not just among artists, but among the agencies themselves. For example, JYP Entertainment consciously branded itself, just like SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment, to promote concerts and artists overseas. But, agencies do not give fans names and assign fan colors. Fans are fans of artists. With no individual agency jockeying for their loyalty, fans can focus on the artists.

At the same time, United Asia Management could face the same problems faced by The Big Three on a larger scale. With great power comes great responsibility, and it is hard to miss how often artists sue, leave or generally criticize their treatment by large companies like SM Entertainment. asiafanatics.net points to the common complaints by fans regarding SM Entertainment’s treatment of its artists, including a vindictive attitude towards and exploitation of artists and generally unfair business practices.With potentially more money at stake, United Asia Management could operate in the same way, especially with even more artists at its disposal. We could see more stories and more instances of friction between management and artists.

United Asia Management’s collaboration with The Big Three could also result in a drop in the variety of artists we see in Kpop. SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment represent different flavors of Kpop, seeking to cater to different audiences. By bringing all The Big Three under United Asia Management, those differences could be erased, resulting in a whole lot of Kpop that sounds the same and possibly fewer artists overall.  It is also unclear how this large-scale collaboration would affect smaller entertainment agencies who have solid artists of their own. Some of the more up-and-coming artists are not always found in The Big Three. BEAST and A Pink are with Cube Entertainment.  DSP has KARA. NH Media has UKISS. FNC Media, a subsidiary of Core Contents Media, which is Mnet Media’s primary entertainment management label, has FT Island and CN Blue. Could these companies continue to survive, or would UAM just squeeze them out? And what happens to the variety of artists they bring to the table?

Who knows? I really think it could go either way. I guess we will have to watch and see how United Asia Management actually operates. I mean, the one agency could unite them all for good or evil.

Sources:

allkpop.com, Major entertainment companies establish joint venture KMP Holdings

allkpop.com, Lee Soo Man gives a Hallyu lecture to visiting Stanford university students

allkpop.com, JYP Entertainment family titles itself “JYP Nation”

asiafanatics.net, SM’s Court Verdict Refutation Unleashes A Flood Of Criticism From The Public

Photo Credits: soohyundreamer.blogspot.com, oneasiaa.wordpress.com

Video Credits:

Ystar, United Asia Management Red Carpet, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRloFhFHin0

An Informal Review of Sun Jung’s “Korean Masculinities”: Part 3, Misplaced Chinese Literary Metaphors and the Shower Show

All right, time to talk about Rain and Sun Jung‘s treatment of the Almighty Godfather of Modern Kpop. I will try my best to point out both the good and the bad in this chapter, but unfortunately there is a lot more of the bad than the good. Let’s begin.

Continue reading “An Informal Review of Sun Jung’s “Korean Masculinities”: Part 3, Misplaced Chinese Literary Metaphors and the Shower Show”