Five-member idol group Big Bang is getting a lot of attention from recently-released pictures that remind people of the movie … Continue Reading Big Bang members look like ‘X-Men’ in new music video? [NEWS]
By: Jon Matsumoto (a Los Angeles-based freelance writer). Korean artists such as Girls’ Generation and Big Bang are making international … Continue Reading Grammy: "The K-Pop Explosion" [NEWS]
From a recently published book on Kpop titled K-pop: Mesmerizing the World (People Who Make K-pop) written by Boda webzine editor Kim Hak Seon: “- Taeyang Solar (2010) Solar is the first full-length album by Taeyang, who had, two years … Continue Reading Taeyang and Big Bang featured in K-pop book, "K-pop: Mesmerizing the World" [NEWS]
BLOGGERS NOTE: I need to be on this plane… Jeju Airlines’ Big Bang Aircraft, a plane with K-Pop stars Big … Continue Reading Jeju Airlines Big Bang plane has taken off [PHOTOS/NEWS]
If you take a look at the music charts today, it’s rare to see a Top 10 that isn’t filled with glossy American popstars who just want to dance on the floor/party rock/put their hands up/raise their glass (I could keep on going) so sometimes it’s healthy to take a look at things from the other side of the world. Over in South Korea, China and Japan it is very rare for any of the artists we take for granted to dominate the charts considering these countries are each filled with their own pop culture. Cracking the east Asian market is the equivalent of British musicians trying to crack America – near on impossible. You may think ‘What’s the point? I’ve never heard of any of these people and the only ones listening to them are those crazy asian kids who stay on chatrooms all day’ but with a higher company revenue rate from digital sales that the USA plus South Korea becoming a huge base for homegrown talent (currently the 11th biggest music market in the world and gaining fast) as well as interest from American producers, it won’t be long before the Popstars of East Asia become the Popstars of the World.
K-Pop or Korean Pop as is its full name, is perhaps the biggest musical genre in the Asian markets and it’s startling to see how pop music is made here not to mention how good it is. Largely girlbands and boybands, they’re trained from a very young age and nurtured in terms of singing, style and dance so when they do hit the big time they’re fully fledged triple threats (plus many of them can pop-rap quite convincingly too). The girls generally fit one of two moulds – girly or sexy (but not in a ‘look-little-girls-i’m-a-hooker’ kinda way) – whilst the guys tend to be highly androgynous (which definitely isn’t in the USA or UK mainstream mindset when it comes to male representation) and all of the videos are extreme high-gloss affairs with dynamite dance routines which would have bands like The Saturdays or One Direction quivering in fear. Most try to break into the Japanese market and sing whole albums in Japanese as well as their native Korean plus the ability to sing in english now the Western markets are in their sights. Fan culture is a huge huge thing in K-Pop and has been for years before everyone over here cottoned on to it – no, Lady GaGa’s Little Monsters weren’t the first big fan group with their own identity you silly sausage. GaGa is in fact one of the few to crack this market because she gets it; what some here feel is OTT and attention-seeking is totally normal for fans of K-Pop. With that in mind, let me give you a head’s up – here’s three girlbands and two boybands big in K-Pop you could very well be hearing more of in the future:
By: leesa86 F.CUZ is back after a year and a half with their newest mini-album ‘For Century Ultimate Zest‘! With the addition of two new members, the boys are ready to win the hearts of their fans with various appeals, … Continue Reading F.CUZ releases their new mini-album, ‘For Century Ultimate Zest’
By: yksung Big Bang‘s T.O.P can’t seem to take his eyes off of miss A‘s Suzy. On April 26th, during … Continue Reading Big Bang’s T.O.P can’t take his eyes off of miss A’s Suzy?
Big Bang’s staying power, “Fantastic Baby” in Top 10 on music charts for 10 consecutive weeks [NEWS]
Big Bang once again proves that they are the kings of K-Pop. Their fifth mini-album ‘ALIVE‘ has been acknowledged for … Continue Reading Big Bang’s staying power, “Fantastic Baby” in Top 10 on music charts for 10 consecutive weeks [NEWS]
By: elliefilet B.A.P.‘s new mini-album ‘POWER‘ has been released. The group’s second album features 4 tracks in all, and like the “Warriors” that they are, the titles included suggest a strong and aggressive theme. B.A.P. will be covering genres from … Continue Reading B.A.P. releases new mini album ‘POWER’!
By: pkdance Female vocalist group, Gavy NJ, has revealed the addition of two new members with their comeback around the corner. Members Heeyoung and Misty left to proceed with their solo activities after the expiration of the contract with their … Continue Reading Gavy NJ introduces two new members, Jenny and Gunji
By: carolicity After unveiling Taeyeon and Tiffany‘s video teasers, Girls’ Generation sub unit, Taetiseo, has just unveiled their third video teaser featuring Seohyun! The girls have been revealing video teasers featuring each of the members one by one, giving fans … Continue Reading Taetiseo releases Seohyun’s video teaser
By: elliefilet F.CUZ made a comeback after 1 year and 5 months with “No.1“, and a teaser was released earlier on Cyworld Music. The music video for the title track of their 3rd mini-album ‘F.CUZ‘ (For Century Ultimate Zest) has … Continue Reading F.CUZ music video for “No.1″ released!
Pixie Lott, K-pop ambassador. A pop star in her own right in her native UK, with three No. 1 singles … Continue Reading Pixie Lott Talks about GD and T.O.P for "AsiaOne Showbiz" Interview [NEWS]
Over the past ten years, Korea has perfected a fruitful system for producing top-flight pop stars. Now, as K-pop focuses … Continue Reading April 2012 SPIN Magazine mentions Big Bang [NEWS/MAGAZINE]
By: GhostWriter B.A.P. is back! After leaving quite the impression on the K-pop scene with their debut track ”Warrior”, the 6 boys of B.A.P. will be making a comeback with their sophomore single “POWER“. After unleashing a teaser for “POWER”, they’ve … Continue Reading B.A.P. releases MV trailer for “POWER”
Translation: BIG BANG: An explosion of energy and Korean Pop Style! Big Bang! The band consists of G-Dragon, Tae Yang, … Continue Reading Big Bang featured on Italian music site ‘Linea Musica’ [NEWS]