Tag: Shinhwa

Shinhwa: Perfect Men


Shinhwa is best known for being the oldest K-pop group that has maintained its original lineup, paving the way for longevity for other K-pop “idol” groups. Not only is the group one of the oldest “idol” groups, it has also pioneered promoting as a group while also supporting the individual careers of its members. One of the key factors in their longevity can be traced to the group’s constant presence in the public eye, before and after a four-year hiatus. In addition to consisting producing high-quality albums, “some members act, others make music, and some are even involved in helping others produce the next generation of idol groups” (The Altantic). Their long career can also be traced to their musical development:  “They may not have branched out and stretched the limits of pop, but they were always able to adapt to changes in pop music itself over the years. Their singles generally represent the sound of K-pop at the time they were released to the point w[h]ere you can basically start with “Resolver” and listen to their singles all the way up to “Venus” and have a history lesson along the way” (seoulbeats).

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Name:  Shinhwa, which means myth or legend

Members:  Eric Mun, leader  (Mun Jung-Hyuk), Minwoo (Lee Minwoo), Dongwan (Kim Dongwan) , Hyesung (Jung Pil-Kyo), Junjin (Park Choongjae), Andy, maknae  (Lee Sunho)

Debut:  March 24, 1998

Label:  SM Entertainment (1998-2003), Good Entertainment (2003-2008), Shinhwa Company (2011-present)

Fandom:  Shinhwa Changjo, which means creating a legend

Website:  http://www.shinhwacompany.co.kr/






Amy He. “What the Backstreet Boys Could Learn from K-pop.” The Atlantic. 23 Jul 2013. Evernote.

Gaya. “SB Exchange #14: The Legend of Shinhwa.” seoulbeats. Evernote.


Don’t Call It A Comeback: Old School K-pop and Its Fans

Fly to the Sky
Fly to the Sky

Often believed to appeal only to teenagers, K-pop is experiencing a trend with old school groups making successful comebacks.

Some believe that K-pop has a short shelf life.  Several point to the “five-year curse,” a trend where male K-pop groups break up or disband, often in the face of mandatory military service in Korea. Others believe that K-pop is a fad that will run its course.  In 2011, Ree at seoulbeats declared:  “One thing people must note when discussing the popularity of K-Pop, is that to many people, whether they realize it or not, K-Pop has almost simply become a fad. Meaning that despite the fact it is at its peak of popularity, it will once again start heading on a downhill slope.”

However, successful comebacks of groups who debuted prior to 2000 challenge these notions.  Tickets for Shinhwa‘s Grand Tour 2012: The Return concert sold out in February, ahead of the release of the album The Return in March. Such success occurred after a four-year hiatus by group from the music scene.  Other first-generation K-pop groups, such as g.o.d and Fly To the Sky, have also announced comeback plans.

Who are the people who support groups who have been inactive for years and why do they continue to like such groups? I want to find out! If you are a fan of a group who debut before 2000, take this survey! It will ask you questions about old school K-pop groups such as H.O.T, Shinhwa, S.E.S, Fin.K.L, Fly to the Sky, g.o.d, 1TYM, Deux and others.

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Ree. “The K-pop Fad: When Will It End?” seoulbeats. 22 Nov 2011. Web. 25 May 2014.

Son Dam Bi: Sound of Dam Bi

Son Dam Bi, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1199
Son Dam Bi, KPOPIANA, http://kpoparchives.omeka.net/items/show/1199

Son Dam Bi is a solo female artist who debuted  in 2007 on the Pledis Entertainment label. That same year, FT ISLAND, Wonder Girls, and Girl’s Generation also debuted, making Son Dam Bi’s introduction as a solo artist even more unique. In addition to her singing and dancing skills, which she has won several awards for, Son Dam Bi has also dabbled in acting by appearing on Korean television shows (We Got Married) and a Korean drama (Light and Shadow).

To see the enhanced profile, including discographies and videographies, click the image to go to KPOPIANA, KPK’s multimedia database on Korean popular music of the Hallyu era!

iFans Case Studies Status Update

Infographic based on data collected by Crystal S. Anderson as part of the iFans research study
Infographic based on data collected by Crystal S. Anderson as part of the iFans research study

If you keep with research on K-pop, you may be aware of the iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom project.  The surveys that make up the qualitative studies seek to understand how the fandoms differ from one another and their relationship to the groups they support. K-pop fans know that the fandoms are unique. Because they have detailed knowledge of the groups they support, they provide a unique perspective on the appeal of their respective groups. Too often, commentators make assumptions about K-pop fans, while the iFans studies goes to the source: the fans.

As the chart above shows, fans of 2NE1 and BigBang have participated the most in the surveys, while fans of Shinhwa and Aziatix have participated the least.   Other groups with high participation rates include SHINee and TVXQ, while other groups with low participation rates include Epik High and f(x).

These participation rates are interesting, because groups like Super Junior and Girls’ Generation have very active global fandoms, yet those numbers are not reflected in participation rates.  Rates may not reflect all fans, just fans who are likely to take (and complete) a survey.  Participation rates may be affected by the activity of the groups.

The iFans Case Studies survey is still active, and now, individuals can take the survey for multiple or  individual groups.

Now that a good deal of data has been collected, look for new research reports on what K-pop fans say about their favorite groups!

iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom


IFANS: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom is a scholarly research project that examines global fan attitudes and activities through surveys, collection of information on online communities and analysis of websites.  Crystal S. Anderson, PhD (Elon University) is the Principal Investigator of the studies and Curator of the iFans project site.


CONFERENCE ABSTRACT: The Cultural Politics of Asian/Americans in Kpop @ Association of Asian American Studies

A Far East Movement: The Cultural Politics of Asian/Americans in Kpop

Dr. Crystal S. Anderson

Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Washington, DC

April 11-14, 2012


With the global spread of Hallyu (global Korean cultural movement expressed through music, television dramas and film), many have focused on the reception of Korean culture by other countries.  However, there is also a reciprocal movement, one where Asian/Americans migrate to the Korean popular music scene, bringing a sensibility reflecting experiences as people of color in the United States AND members of an Asian diaspora.  This paper explores the complicated results of such movement.   On one hand, Korean American artists like Jay Park have encountered obstacles in navigating the Kpop scene. Initially a member of the all-male group 2PM, Park created controversy over his abrupt departure and subsequent negative comments about Koreans.  His experience suggests challenges in acculturating to what seems to be a foreign culture to him as an Asian American.  On the other hand, Korean artists born or raised in the United States (i.e. Hyesung, and Andy of  Shinhwa) or Canada (i.e. Henry of Super Junior) seem to avoid the kinds of troubles that Park encounters.  In addition, Asian American groups such as Aziatix have gained a measure of success in Kpop. My paper will explore factors that may account for this difference.  In addition, American producers such as Steven Lee regularly work behind the scenes making music that draws on American R&B and soul, while Korean producers such as Yoo Young Jin work with African Americans to create what can only be described as Korean soul.  What are the implications of this transnational movement of culture? Is the reception of these subjects in Kpop impacted by transnational cultural politics?


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Ivy (Park Eun Hye) (Source: http://es.drama.wikia.com/wiki/Ivy)


 Park Eun Hye (IVY)






  • Fantom Entertainment (2005 – 2009)
  • De Chocolate E &TF

 Fan Name

 Origin of Fan Name

 Official Website

 Related Websites

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  • SBS GayoDaeJeon: Best New Female Singer
  • 20th Golden Disk Awards:Newcomer Award
  • The 14th Korea Entertainment Arts Award: Best Female Dance Award
  • M.net KM Music Festival: Best Female Solo Artist
  • M.net Summer Break 20’s Choice: Best Female Artist
  • 22nd Golden Disk Awards: Digital Daesang
  • 22nd Golden Disk Awards: Digital Bonsang

Television Appearances

  • Nonstop 5 (MBC, 2005)
  • Banjun Drama (SBS, 2005)
  • High Kick! (episode 97 – MBC, 2007)
  • Tokyo Shower (SBS, 2008)

Concert Tours

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Touch Me

GoodBye Tears

Sonata of Temptation

Tonight’s Secret


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   I Be (October 2009) (De Chocolate E&TF)

  1. Sensation
  2. Crazy
  3. Touch Me
  4. 눈물아 안녕
  5. You Are The Ace (featuring JR GROOVE)
  6. Good
  7. 왜 나만 아프죠
  8. Adios
  9. 여자라서
  10. 안돼요 (featuring Ray Day)
  11. Left 2 Right
  12. 어차피 잊어야 할 사람
  13. Zoo (featuring Gilme)
  14. Peek-a-boo
  15. 보란듯이
  16. Touch Me (Electro Mix)
  DJ DOC – 풍류 (July 29, 2010) (Mnet Media)

3. 오늘밤_feat. IVY

   Cat’s Eye (February 1, 2009) (?)
  Tokyo Showers Original Soundtrack (2008)

Goodbye Tears

  MC Mong – The Way I Am (September 27, 2006) (Fantom Entertainment)

12. 못된 영화 (feat. IVY)

   A Sweet Moment (February 12, 2007) (Fantom Entertainment)

  1. C♡Pido
  2. 유혹의 소나타 (featuring Jin Goo)
  3. 이럴거면
  4. Ever
  5. 1 to 10
  6. 이별이 다 그렇죠
  7. 그날까지
  8. 좋아 (featuring Red Roc)
  9. The Message
  10. 사랑아 어떻해
  11. Nu Trend
  12. Gotta Do
  13. Antonio’s Song
  14. I Know
  Psy – Ssajip (July 2006) (Seoul Records)

12. 노크 (featuring IVY)

  Shinhwa – State of the Art (May 11, 2006) (Good Entertainment)

7. Highway Star (featuring IVY)

   My Sweet and Free Day (July 19, 2005) (Fantom Entertainment)

  1. (오늘밤 일; What Happened Tonight)
  2. Dawn Dawn Dawn
  3. Poison Ivy
  4. (바본가봐
  5. Do It
  6. A-ha
  7. 날 가지려면
  8. 기도 (Intro)
  9. 기도
  10. 고백
  11. One Step
  12. 낡은 자전거
  13. 델마와 루이스 (featuring Bobby Kim)
  14. 다 줄께

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An Informal Review of Sun Jung’s “Korean Masculinities”: Part 2, or Why We’re Not Going to Talk about Bae Yong Joon

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Elon University

So, Nabi has given you a pretty good overview of the book and our general observations of it. Chapter 2 includes Sun Jung’s reading of the masculinity represented by Bae Yong Joon. We here at KPK have pretty strong opinions because most of the time, we are fairly confident in what we’re talking about.  This is the reason why I’m not going to talk about Sun Jung’s analysis of Bae Yong Joon. I haven’t seen Winter Sonata, so I can’t tell say anything about her reading of the way “middle-aged Japanese women” (her phrase) read Bae Yong Joon’s masculinity.