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Korean fashion and design that is Having a Moment

Korean fashion and design is having a moment, but what is fueling it? It's complicated. Let's explore the K-wave. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 26, 2014 - 23 comments

It was at 5 million views this morning

PSY's new music video HANGOVER (ft. Snoop) knows that success is measured in reaction gifs. (slyt)
posted by postcommunism on Jun 9, 2014 - 92 comments

Welcome to the SHINee WORLD

EVERYBODY every every body 네 맘을 흔들어 [more inside]
posted by one teak forest on Mar 19, 2014 - 12 comments

K-pop Christmas

It's that time of year when Korean entertainment companies / music labels release Christmas songs, typically featuring all the acts from the label. Christmas 2013 saw songs from the smaller labels, Cube, Starship, Jellyfish, MYSTIC89, Bighit. Of the big 3 (SM, YG, and JYP), SM and JYP released all-company Christmas songs in the past, although they seem to be skipping them of late in favor of individual releases. SM's 12-member boy band EXO had the melancholy "Miracles in December", YG's Park Bom (from 2NE1) and Lee Hi covered "All I Want for Christmas Is You", and JYP avoided Christmas songs altogether. Crayon Pop had a Lonely Christmas, being Chrome Entertainment's only signed act until late this year. [more inside]
posted by needled on Dec 22, 2013 - 12 comments

The Straight-Five Engine Dance

Could this be the next k-pop viral hit? The Wall Street Journal seems to think so. Climbing its way up the Korean charts since debuting at No. 143 in June, Crayon Pop's "Bar Bar Bar" has proven popular with policemen and policewomen, Taekwondo students, cheerleaders at baseball games (Samsung Lions, Lotte Giants, Hanhwa Eagles) and been parodied by Saturday Night Live Korea. Crayon pop also boasts some devoted fans - videobombing, serenading, and cheering at music shows.
posted by needled on Aug 10, 2013 - 43 comments

Psy is a Gentleman

Psy follows up Gangnam Style's horse dance with Gentleman's hip-swaying dance, aka "arrogant dance" from the Brown Eyed Girls' Abracadabra. Psy is helped along by Gain from Brown Eyed Girls and the cast from Korean variety show Infinite Challenge.
posted by needled on Apr 13, 2013 - 90 comments

Baby Brosteps Towards The Elevator

"This year, two monumental genres with decidedly global pedigrees arrived on our shores and attempted to crack the American pop code, with one enjoying far more decisive success than the other...One of those is definitely sexier and zeitgeistier than the other, but that doesn't always result in sustained cultural relevance."
K-Pop, EDM, and Baby Brosteps Toward a More Global Pop Landscape
posted by mannequito on Dec 18, 2012 - 33 comments

Factory Girls

Cultural technology and the making of K-pop
posted by beisny on Oct 14, 2012 - 23 comments

South Korea's Pop Wave

Al Jazeera takes a look at the K-Pop Wave (YouTube link) [more inside]
posted by needled on Jan 28, 2012 - 53 comments

Korean Popular Songwriting

A short list of Kpop songs with double word titles from the last 3-4 years: Cry Cry High High Mirror Mirror Spark Spark Cooking Cooking Push Push Sorry Sorry Haru Haru [more inside]
posted by subdee on Jan 20, 2012 - 13 comments

Wonder Girls Are Back!

Wonder Girls are back in Korea with a 2nd album, after a foray into the U.S. including touring with the Jonas Brothers in 2009, and an upcoming movie for Teen Nick, "Wonder Girls at the Apollo." The first single, "Be My Baby" will also be featured in the movie soundtrack. The album also includes their re-interpretation of Korean rock legend Shin Jung-hyeon's "The Beauty" - "Me, In" (link is to trailer for the song). If Wonder Girls are not your cup of tea, some other Korean girl groups: [more inside]
posted by needled on Nov 11, 2011 - 28 comments

Mixing a cocaine rush with a sugar high

What's that you say? Kpop? Don't you have to be on a permanent sugar buzz to listen to that stuff? Correct connaisseur. But if you don't have pigtails and think you might enjoy some crisp beats along with the happy happy sounds, check out Areia Creations and its remixes of Korean hits. Reliably better than the originals, and a nice introduction into what is and has been hot on the Korean charts. Very addictive. [more inside]
posted by litleozy on Sep 21, 2011 - 3 comments

Korean Rapper, Stanford Alum, Cyberbullied

The Persecution of Daniel Lee: Korean rapper was a victim of an online smear campaign that said he didn't go to Stanford. But it gets worse... [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jul 22, 2011 - 53 comments

Seoul through music videos

Seoul as seen through music videos, whether driving (1, 2), sitting (3), running (4), or walking (5). [more inside]
posted by needled on Apr 24, 2011 - 5 comments

A-pop, K-pop, J-pop

This guy makes mashups of American pop music, Korean pop music, and Japanese pop music. (MLYT) [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Apr 29, 2010 - 9 comments

Norazo VS DJ Ozma

In this corner, Norazo from Korea, singing about Superman, risking one's life, and that wonderful fish the mackerel (sung in an actual fish market). And in the other, DJ Ozma from Japan, singing about Spiderman, drinking, and Age Age Every Night (videos may be NSFW). [more inside]
posted by needled on Oct 10, 2009 - 10 comments

girl group mania

Korean girl groups dominated the Korean music charts this summer - Brown Eyed Girls cast a spell with Abracadabra, Girls' Generation is your Genie, 2NE1 is on Fire, 4Minute turn up the Muzik, T-ara Lies. [more inside]
posted by needled on Sep 18, 2009 - 31 comments

Korean Idol

The live performance shows for Superstar K (warning: audio autoplay) will start beginning this Friday, September 4, 11 pm, Seoul time. The South Korean version of shows such as American Idol and Britain's Got Talent, 713,503 hopefuls in 8 Korean cities were winnowed down to 10 contestants, all vying for the 100 million Won (approximately USD 80,400) prize and recording contract reserved for the winner. The show has been a massive hit for Korean cable music channel Mnet, garnering viewership above 6%, or 1 in 10 televisions on at the time, where 2% or higher is considered a hit on Korean cable TV. [more inside]
posted by needled on Sep 3, 2009 - 4 comments

it's got a good ringtone and you can dance to it

Korean cell phone ads blur the line between music videos and ads. "Lollipop" from popular idol group Big Bang and newcomers 2NE1 was created to advertise LG cell phones and topped various Korean music charts in the process, even while government-owned broadcaster KBS refused to feature the song in its music countdown show because it was a jingle and not an actual single or album release. "Amoled", from Son Dambi and After School, was created to advertise Samsung's Amoled touchscreen phone. [more inside]
posted by needled on Aug 24, 2009 - 31 comments

you feed my appetite in ways i can't explain

BaO "Eat You Up" A fun and cute parody [more inside]
posted by one teak forest on Aug 4, 2009 - 16 comments

Korean Hip Hop Party

Dynamic Duo do an attendance check, DJ Doc run to you with Epik High and Younha's help, Epik High and Younha love love love, Buga Kingz hear a siren, Drunken Tiger has a good life with T (윤미래) and bizzy, and Dynamic Duo check whether you're solo and still here!
posted by needled on Apr 3, 2009 - 23 comments

covers korean style

Billy Jean from Winter Play, Can't get you out of my head from W & Whale, Karma Chameleon from 이장혁 (Lee Jang Hyuk) with 검정치마 (Black Skirts), Personal Jesus from Yi Sung Yol and 서울전자음악단 (Seoul Electric Band), Nobody does it better (+ Wonder Girls' Nobody) from Yi Sung Yol [more inside]
posted by needled on Mar 29, 2009 - 53 comments

boy band mania

Singing, dancing, rapping, looking hot - boy bands from Korea and Japan. From Korea: DBSK (or TVXQ outside of Korea), SS501, Big Bang. From Japan: KAT-TUN, Arashi, NEWS. But wait - Tohoshinki (as TVXQ is known in Japan) singing in Japanese, as do SS501. [more inside]
posted by needled on Dec 13, 2008 - 21 comments

The moon waxes ...

Move over, Wonder Girls! It's Jang Kiha and Faces (장기하와 얼굴들), the latest Korean Internet music sensation. Their performance of 달이차오른다, 가자 ("The moon waxes, let's go") on a Korean educational TV channel catches the attention of Korean netizens, who respond by producing mashups and following the terpsichorean teachings of "Reverend Jang" - from middle school students to college students, and even a professional Starcraft player. [more inside]
posted by needled on Dec 4, 2008 - 9 comments

Tell me how to do this dance.

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), boys (at a wedding, and, er...abandoned auditorium?)... [more inside]
posted by kkokkodalk on Jan 31, 2008 - 33 comments

Clazziquai Project

Clazziquai Project is a Korean band fusing jazz, pop, and electropop, leading their music to be described as Shibuya-kei. Several of the band members are Korean-Canadian, including the main man DJ Clazzi, who writes, mixes, and produces. The lyrics are usually a mix of Korean and English, with all-English versions of their songs being released for foreign markets. Their most recent album, Robotica, included remixes by a number of Japanese musicians, such as Fantastic Plastic Machine and Shinichi Osawa. [more inside]
posted by needled on Jan 14, 2008 - 18 comments

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