The Wonder Girls
a Korean pop girl-group, got people in Korea wanting to learn themoves for their hit song "Tell Me."
Everyone's doing it, girls
(in the snow
and in classrooms
(at a wedding
, and, er...abandoned auditorium?
...the list goes on with Flight attendants
, traffic police
and even those serving in the army
. Tae kwon do kids, cops and servicemembers even join forces to perform for an awards ceremony
If you want to learn the dance, learn it from the girls themselves
It's no surprise both song and dance swept the country, considering the fact that the producer behind them is Park Jin Young
and watch him perform the “Tell Me” dance himself
). A pop star and singer/songwriter famous for his own infectious pop dance hits influenced by soul and R&B, Park is also well known for his chereography for his hits such as “She was Pretty”
(the song/video referenced at the beginning of the Wonder Girls’ own music video for “Tell Me”), “I Have a Girl”
. He also drew his share of controversy from media watch dogs who deemed him too "sexually charged" and as someone attempting to pervert young people with what they deemed lascivious music and dancing (“Inside the Elevator”
). And his outspoken ideas sometimes rubbing folks the wrong way
. Even though he's been on the US Billboard Charts before
, he wants to further enter the American market and garner legitimate recognition for the young stable of artists he has under his wing separate from
the gimmicky "Hallyu" wave
. One of the American responses to his ambitious management of young stars is bemusement
. Considering some of the negative aspects
of the Korean pop music scene, it’s time to see if its grown up enough to thrive on foreign shores.