COMMENTARY/CURATION

  • What Matters in K-pop? - I have often viewed increased visibility of K-pop in mainstream American media with ambivalence. On one hand, increased visibility may mean more opportunities for concerts and access to K-pop-related media. On the other hand, it may mean significant changes to K-pop and its fandom that take away the things that drew fans in the first… Continue reading What Matters in K-pop?
  • What I’m Listening To: “Love Style,” Boyfriend - “Love Style” is from Boyfriend’s 2012 EP Love Style.
  • A Brief Message From Our Sponsor…. - This brief lapse of posts has been brought to you by HARD DRIVE FAILURE. HARD DRIVE FAILURE has a long and distinguished tradition of bringing creative expression to a complete halt and is proud of that. It has cornered the market. However, I no longer find my partnership with HARD DRIVE FAILURE to be beneficial,… Continue reading A Brief Message From Our Sponsor….
  • 2015 in review - The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many… Continue reading 2015 in review
  • The Daily Beast Takes on Black K-Pop Fans? - Hear those rap interludes, ultra-catchy choruses, and dance breaks? MisterPopoTV is here to show you that African Americans can be into Korean pop music. Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com It’s nice when major news outlets recognize that black K-pop fans are part of the general K-pop fandom. However, this piece trades in overused tropes about race and K-pop. … Continue reading The Daily Beast Takes on Black K-Pop Fans?
  • Is MBC’s Lip Sync Ban Good for Global Fans? -

    In a possible industry changing move, the MBC Show! Music Core chief executive producer (CP) Park Hyun-suk made a statement earlier this week pronouncing that the show is not going to allow singers or artists on stage that rely solely on MR (music recorded). According to him, about 10-20 percent of the singers who go …

    Source: seoulbeats.com

    Producers for MBC’s Show! Music Core may think that its decision to ban acts that use MR (music recorded) is a good one, but such a move makes assumptions about what viewers expect from such performances.

     

    Expectation is key. While one may have an expectation of a live vocal performance by someone singing a national anthem at an event, one may not have the same expectation for a live vocal performance in a different setting. Producers may think lip-synced performances on Show! Music Core are misleading, but that assumes that viewers expect these performances to be live vocal performances.  Do viewers expect such performances to be live vocal performances?  Many viewers look forward to such performances for other reasons. These shows have a long tradition of being a showcase for a variety of performances, which represent a combination of vocals, styling and choreography.  Many global viewers tune in for this combination, as many will never have the opportunity to see such acts perform live in their country. 

     

    In addition to vocal reality shows, there are other outlets to experience the vocal talents of idols.  The format of Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook is specifically designed to allow artists groups to showcase their live vocals, and has hosted a variety of acts, from individuals known for their vocals such as Lyn, Park Hyo Shin and Hwanhee, to hip-hop acts such as Drunken Tiger and Dynamic Duo, to K-pop idols such as Girls’ Generation, Wonder Girls and 4Minute.  Idols also have opportunities to sing live on radio shows such as ShimShimTapa, performances that are also video-recorded and accessible through YouTube.

     

    As the article suggests, this may have an impact on choreography-heavy comebacks for groups if this is undertaken as an industry standard, which will not be good for global K-pop fans who routinely cite choreography as one of the appealing aspects of K-pop. 

    Continue reading Is MBC’s Lip Sync Ban Good for Global Fans?
  • Michael Porter and K-pop: An Analysis - See on Scoop.it – Korean Wave K-pop is a business, through and through. No matter how original a concept is or how natural fan interactions may seem, the details even down to how much a performer weighs are all calculated. Crystal “CeeFu” Anderson‘s insight: This article begins by looking at K-pop through an economic lens,… Continue reading Michael Porter and K-pop: An Analysis
  • The Way Forward: Sam Hammington - See on Scoop.it – Korean Wave The entry of non-Koreans in to the Korean entertainment scene has gained a steady momentum in the past few years. These non-Koreans have mainly stuck to the idol industry — debuting with girl and guy groups too many to mention. Crystal “CeeFu” Anderson‘s insight: Just some questions: Why is… Continue reading The Way Forward: Sam Hammington
  • Roundtable: 2NE1 vs. SNSD - See on Scoop.it – Korean Wave It’s been a while since we had such a matchup of industry titans going head to head. Crystal “CeeFu” Anderson‘s insight: This article features various opinions about the simultaneous comebacks of two of K-pop’s most successful and popular girl groups. Members refer to the "anti-aegyo" discourse often targeted to… Continue reading Roundtable: 2NE1 vs. SNSD
  • Super Junior talks to gov’t - See on Scoop.it – Korean Wave Super Junior, Left to Right : Choi Si-won, Eun-hyuk, Sin Dong-hee, Sungmin, Henry and Zhou Mi Members of the K-pop group Super Junior visited the National Assembly in Yeouido, western Seoul, yester Crystal “CeeFu” Anderson‘s insight: K-pop artists frequently represent not just sources of entertainment for fans, but also… Continue reading Super Junior talks to gov’t
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