Korea’s S.M. Entertainment: The Company That Created K-Pop

musicKorea’s S.M. Entertainment: The Company That Created K-Pop
For a look inside S.M. Entertainment ‘s K-pop marketing machine, stop by the Lotte Young Plaza department store in central Seoul this summer. For two months South Korea’s top record label and music talent agency is branding the six-story building with …
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2016 List: 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40
Amanda is dynamic writer, author of A Fly Girl; an inspirational memoir of her days working at the British Airways. ALSO READ K-Pop World Festival 2016: Nigerian Dance Group, Supreme Task, Wins $ 7,000 in Korea She takes her readers on a journey from Las …
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Celebrity stalker finds herself under the spotlight
Gong calls herself an “all-loving fan,” which means she isn’t obsessed with any one particular star, but enjoys following all of them – whether they are K-pop singers, Chinese actors, models or comedians. Gong enjoyed an exciting life as a full-time fan …
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Soompi K-pop Idol Vocalist Challenge: Round 1 (First Half)

musicSoompi K-pop Idol Vocalist Challenge: Round 1 (First Half)
So far, Soompi has posted the K-pop Rap Battle, K-pop Dance Madness, and Ideal Type World Cup. Can you tell what’s missing from this trio of tournaments? That’s right, the vocalists. Let’s correct that situation by presenting the Soompi K-pop Idol …
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Do you consider Crayon Pop good vocalists?
I am just going to point out that other than music show performances, you won’t see Gummi or Ellin singing like the videos I just showed you. Gummi and Ellin’s vocal ability are that of an average everyday person. They’re actually not bad vocalists.
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How The Pop-Drop Became The Sound Of 2016
The pop-drop is the new climax of the song … The re-pitched samples of old soul singers on West’s “School Spirit” reference early hip-hop when DJs sped up their turntables in search of the right tempo on the break, often leaving altered voices …
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Christmas Song Covers by K-Pop Idols That Never Fail To Bring The Holiday Cheer

musicChristmas Song Covers by K-Pop Idols That Never Fail To Bring The Holiday Cheer
We’re less than a month away from Christmas, and you know what that means: It’s that time of the year again to dig up ~ancient~ as well as not-so-ancient Christmas song covers by K-Pop idols! From holiday album tracks to collab stages, these videos of …
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Lovely Drabbles to Heal the Soul
Just a series of random drabbles that I took a lot of pride and joy into making. (Soon there will be summaries for each story posted here, but for now you get what’s posted above. Sorry!) Table of Contents (Stories will posted in the order as they are …
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Forget Gangnam style: K-pop could make Changdong Seoul’s next big thing
(CNN)Forget Gangnam style. There’s a new area of Seoul that, if the South Korean government gets its way, is about to become synonymous with K-pop. Once a rundown district, Changdong is being transformed into a mecca to K-pop — the manufactured music …
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K-Pop takes America: how South Korea’s music machine is conquering the world

musicK-Pop takes America: how South Korea’s music machine is conquering the world
Walking into the DoubleTree Hotel in Irvine, California, the Verge team was greeted by representatives from K-Pop United, a world-wide fan organization. The Los Angeles chapter was apparently quite new, and the three reps (two young women and one young man …
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Searching for the next K-pop superstar at JJCC’s Sydney auditions
K-pop, the music genre originating in South Korea, has been growing rapidly in popularity around the world. K-pop bands are increasingly selling out shows in countries outside Asia — and K-pop idols JJCC arrived in Sydney Thursday to play their first two …
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The 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2015
Most fans would argue that it’s tough to find just a few K-pop albums that are solid listens from front to back in a calendar year, but 2015 marked 12 months of such remarkably impressive full-lengths that it’s splitting hairs to decide which of those …
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The KPOP wave washes over the youth of Northeast

musicThe KPOP wave washes over the youth of Northeast
In the past few years we have seen a sudden rise in the Korean influence among the youth especially in the Northeast. Often termed as ‘Hallyu’, a word coined by the Chinese media meaning “Korean Wave”, it swept over the entire region like wildfire and …
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Shu Uemura x Kye brings Seoul’s Kpop style to a colourful new makeup
Just like her own fashion collections, Kathleen Kye’s packaging nods to the Korean lifestyle and, above all, to K-pop style. Graphic motifs include sunglasses, a hibiscus flower – Korea’s national flower – a plastic coffee cup, headphones and a symbol …
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TWICE And GFriend: Are The Two Rookie KPop Groups The New ‘Best Friends’ Pairing?
The K-pop industry is a growing phenomenon when it comes to the music industry in general. Because of many K-pop groups’ hard work and determination, they often become international household names. Girls’ Generation, EXO, Big Bang, 2NE1, and …
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‘Bon Bun Olympic’ Criticized For Shocking Treatment Of Female KPop Stars

music‘Bon Bun Olympic’ Criticized For Shocking Treatment Of Female KPop Stars
A new show is garnering a lot of negative press for how it treated female K-pop stars on the debut episode. KBS’s Lunar New Year TV special “Bon Bun Olympic” aired on Wednesday and swiftly came under attack for perceived mistreatment of female stars.
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CL Takes Her Place As KPop’s Style Queen At Saint Laurent Fashion Show In L.A.
CL, the frontwoman for K-pop girl group 2NE1, attended French luxury brand Saint Laurent’s 2016 fall-winter fashion show in Los Angeles on Feb. 11. The musician was the only Korean artist reported to attend the show. She held her own with her chic …
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Searching for the next Kpop superstar at JJCC’s Sydney auditions
K-pop, the music genre originating in South Korea, has been growing rapidly in popularity around the world. K-pop bands are increasingly selling out shows in countries outside Asia — and K-pop idols JJCC arrived in Sydney Thursday to play their first …
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KPop Boy Band A-JAX Change Member Lineup Ahead Of Planned 2016 Promotions In

musicKPop Boy Band A-JAX Change Member Lineup Ahead Of Planned 2016 Promotions In
In January, the iconic K-pop girl group KARA disbanded after nearly a decade together. Only youngest member Heo Youngji remains under DSP Media. A-JAX debuted under DSP Media in 2012 as a seven member act, with the song “One 4 You.” They last …
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Watch Jack Black’s Insane Attempts at KPop on Korean Game Show
The above video features a bizarre take on “Name That Tune” where Black applies his Dio-esque pipes and zero understanding of the Korean language to hit K-pop songs. The Infinite Challenge gang must then guess what song Black is delivering, …
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EXO Advertises New KPop Themed Ramen?
It has been rumored that EXO, the Korean supergroup, is coming out with new products for their fans. E-Mart, the largest retailer in South Korea, is collaborating with SM Entertainment to come up with K-Pop-themed products. A photo of the “EXO Stir-fry …
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Get That KPop Look: Dara’s Country Club Polo Outfit

musicGet That KPop Look: Dara’s Country Club Polo Outfit
Welcome to this week’s Get That K-pop Look, where we showcase an original K-Pop outfit and give you tips on putting together your own similarly styled, affordable outfit. Like Us on Facebook. Dara is at it again, inspiring us via her Instagram.
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How a teenage popstar escalated China-Taiwan row
Cross straits tensions between China and Taiwan are developing into an international drama with a 16-year-old Korean pop (K-pop) singer drawn into the fray, highlighting political minefields facing businesses in the region. The Taiwanese teenager, Chou …
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Responding To Nuclear Test, S. Korea Cranks Up The KPop
On the South Korean side of its 151-mile border with North Korea, banks of loudspeakers are back on, blaring propaganda. It’s the South’s response to the North’s nuclear test last week. The speakers, which broadcast everything from news to K-pop, come …
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KPop Boy Band BTS Shares Powerful Cover of Troye Sivan’s "Fools": Listen

musicKPop Boy Band BTS Shares Powerful Cover of Troye Sivan’s “Fools”: Listen
In their respective worlds, Troye Sivan and BTS both had huge years. The Australian YouTuber-turned-pop-singer released his debut full length, Blue Neighbourhood, and embarked on his first international tour, while the K-pop boy band dropped two EPs …
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Kpop singer gets flak after being named world’s most beautiful face
Independent film rating website TC Candler has published the “100 most beautiful faces of 2015” on Monday, with South Korean star Nana topping the list for the second year in a row. S Korean singers such as Yura of Girl’s Day and Suzy of Miss A were …
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Girls’ Generation Is The Number One KPop Girl Group Of 2015 According To
For Girls’ Generation, 2015 was a year that would either make or break them after Jessica Jung was “forced out” of the K-pop girl group late last year. With Jessica gone, Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun had to …
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Are f(x) the Most Underappreciated Heroes of K-Pop?

musicAre f(x) the Most Underappreciated Heroes of K-Pop?
Concept-wise, groups like Brown Eyed Girls are similarly avant-garde, but it’s rare to find a group that experiments in the way f(x) does; their songs are usually assemblages of sounds and ideas with melodies on top. Their albums, particularly outside …
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Rema and Chris Evans could have done better with Linda
Both are proved vocalists with huge individual fan bases. Both have held a number of successful concerts. On top of that, Rema is a darling to many especially with her single, Lean On Me, where she amazes with her vocals. I don’t recall attending a …
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Demi Lovato’s ‘Confidence’ Shines: A Track by Track Analysis
From her days as a Barney & Friends child actress to becoming a Disney pop superstar, Demi Lovato always had one consistent role: an incredibly talented vocalist. In fact, I would place Lovato in the … The motivational track’s use of trumpets follows …
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