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”…

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…

Let KPK Introduce You To… Rob Base and Vanity 6 (A Mash-Up)

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S. University of South Carolina Lancaster A recent Rolling Stone article discusses the major thread of American R&B in Kpop music. A producer notes the attraction towards the genre, sharing, “Korean pop music likes differentiation and changes,..the average American song is four melodies, maybe five. The average K-pop song is eight to 10….

Fault Lines in Transcultural Fandom

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD Associate Professor of English, Longwood University A recent clash of opinions over the status of Kangin, a member of the Korean pop group Super Junior, exposes fault lines that can occur with transcultural fandoms. SM Entertainment issued a statement about Kangin’s recent DUI accident.  Not satisfied with the common period of…

It’s a K-pop Thing(Link)….

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, M.S.L.S. University of South Carolina Lancaster You’ve finally convinced a friend/co-worker/parent/spouse/transit-seat partner/random stranger that your favorite group is worth taking a closer look at, and *gasp* they’ve asked a K-pop Fan Gateway Question (while feigning nonchalance): “which one is [member]”? As a K-pop fan, you already know this game: such a question is…

Iconiq (Ayumi Itō)

Click to jump to a section: BASICS FANFACTS NEWSWORTHY VIDEOS DISCOGRAPHY: KOREAN RELEASES DISCOGRAPHY: JAPANESE RELEASES BASICS  Name Iconiq (伊藤 亜由美 Itō Ayumi) former stage name: Ayumi  Debut  July 3, 2006  Status  Active  Label Starworld (2002-2006) SM Entertainment (2007-2009) Rhythm Zone (2009-present)  Fan Name  None  Origin of Fan Name  N/A  Official Website iconiq.jp  Related Websites  N/A…

Brian Joo (Fly to the Sky)

Click to jump to a section: BASICS FANFACTS NEWSWORTHY VIDEOS DISCOGRAPHY: KOREAN RELEASES DISCOGRAPHY: JAPANESE RELEASES BASICS  Name  Brian Joo  Debut Fly to the Sky: December 9, 1999 – August 2009 Solo artist : December 2006  Status  Active  Label SM Entertainment (1999 – 2004) PFull Entertainment (2004 – 2010) Jellyfish Entertainment (2010 – )  Fan…

Tony Ahn (H.O.T.)

Click to jump to a section: BASICS FANFACTS VIDEOS DISCOGRAPHY: KOREAN RELEASES DISCOGRAPHY: JAPANESE RELEASES BASICS Name Tony Ahn (Ahn Seung Ho) Debut October 4, 2004 Status Active Label TN Entertainment Fan Name From Tony Origin of Fan Name N/A Official Website http://www.tonyan.co.kr/main.php Related Websites http://wn.com/Tony_Ahn Click to Return to Top FAN FACTS Television Appearances…

The Unsung And The Unsaid In Kpop

Crystal S. Anderson, PhD Elon University Kpop is subject to a lot of criticism.  A LOT. The most repeated charge against Kpop is that it is manufactured.  But is that really true?  Usually when critics level this charge, they make sweeping generalizations about the whole landscape of pop.  In doing so, they perpetuate stereotypes about…

Zhang Liyin (Jang Ri-in)

Click to jump to a section: BASICS FANFACTS VIDEOS DISCOGRAPHY: KOREAN RELEASES DISCOGRAPHY: CHINESE RELEASES DISCOGRAPHY: JAPANESE RELEASES BASICS  Name Zhang Liyin (Jang Ri-In)  Debut  2006  Status  Active  Label SM Entertainment  Fan Name  Chocolyn  Origin of Fan Name Derived from combining Chocolate (Zhang Li Yin’s fanclub name) and Zhang Li Yin’s name.  Official Website http://zhangliyin.smtown.com/ http://www.avex.com.tw/liyin/version02/…