Woopak's SONGS of the Month (this time Korean Pop)
Nov 4, 2009
After my extended horror film run this past October, I figured that I should put something out just for fun. I have been really out of touch with my music, but being friends with a multi-racial group does have its benefits; I get to be exposed to some very different types of pop culture and film. As most folks know, I have developed a love for Asian cinema (well, I am Asian) so of course it would only be a matter of time before I begin checking out the music. Being a bit more familiar with Japanese music, I found that it is quite different from what we are used to in the U.S.
I know that most folks in America would form a disconnect with Asian music because of the language barrier. Well, Japanese bands and Korean pop groups usually mix in English in their songs for reasons unknown. I’d like to make this write up to show just how the Western world had influenced Korean pop music. They rely mostly on eye candy visuals with the usual stylish delivery and gimmicks. Not a bad thing, just a pure example of a culture adapting to become mainstream.
The pop groups I have selected are SNSD (Girls Generation- making a comeback), KARA and BROWN-EYED GIRLS. They maintain that Asian charm and sexiness as well as a great adaptation to Western pop music. Sorry I don’t have the lyrics, but they are fun.
SNSD- "Tell me Your Wish"
Nothing sexier or cuter than women who sing 'cute' songs, eh?
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K-pop is an abbreviation for Korean Pop, specifically from South Korea. Many of these artists and musical groups have branched out of South Korea and have become popular in many countries around the world. The popularity of K-pop is often considered a part of the rise of the Korean Wave, the recent surge of popularity of contemporary South Korean culture in Asia.
K-pop is similar to English pop music, with R&B, dance, and hip-hop being very popular genres in the 2000s. However, unlike English pop music, which had most of its boy bands and girl groups either break up or informally disband, bubblegum pop is still very popular in South Korea. Groups such as TVXQ, Super Junior, SS501 and Big Bang continue to be top sellers in K-pop, and artists like Ahyoomee and LPG have released novelty songs, to varying degrees of success. However, the 2000s has seen the rise of R&B vocal groups, such as SG Wannabe, Davichi and SeeYa having success with their albums. Ballads are also very popular, as 2006 has seen the release of ballad singles by non-ballad artists, including Shinhwa and Baek Ji Young. In addition, trot music has made a comeback in mainstream K-pop as well, mostly due to the success of Jang Yoon Jung and Park Hyun Bin. The year 2007 was marked with the release of numerous girl and boy bands, though only a few managed to top the charts. Most notable of them are Wonder Girls, who sparked off a dance craze and the use of repetitive lyrics in K-pop songs with their song ...