• 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: “The Manual,” Eddy Kim - “The Manual” is from Eddy Kim’s 2014 EP, The Manual. Image: “Eddy Kim Profile.” KPopMusic. http://www.kpopmusic.com/artist/eddy-kim-profile (14 Jun 2017). Video: 1theK (원더케이). “[MV] Eddy Kim(에디킴) _ The Manual(너 사용법).” YouTube. 7 Apr 2014. https://youtu.be/Y4mH2KvzUQ0 (14 Jun 2017).
  • What I’m Listening To: “Tripping,” Hyun Seong - “Tripping” is Hyun Seong’s solo from the Boyfriend’s 2012 album Janus. Image: Jeff Benjamin. “Boyfriend to Bring K-pop to Middle America for Chicago & Dallas Shows.” billboard. 3 Jan 2014. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/5820050/boyfriend-to-bring-k-pop-to-middle-america-for-chicago-dallas-shows  (9 Jun 2017). Video: KookieCane13. “Shim Hyunseong – 이랬다 저랬다 (Trippin’) [Han & Eng].” YouTube. https://youtu.be/fsESKprKK1I  (9 Jun 2017).  
  • What I’m Listening To: “Carnival,” B.A.P -   “Carnival” is from B.A.P’s 2016 EP Carnival.   Image Tamar Herman. “B.A.P Brings Party Baby Tour Stateside, Talks ‘Wake Me Up”: ‘We Are Part of the Current Generation.” billboard. 10 May 2017. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/7752638/bap-interview-party-baby-tour-wake-me-up (9 Jun 2017). Video MBCkpop. “박정아의 달빛낙원] B.A.P – Carnival, 비에이피 – 카니발 [박정아의 달빛낙원] 20160320.” YouTube. https://youtu.be/CIA2h-dAEO8  (9 Jun 2017).
  • Why The BTS Billboard Win Is Only One Half Of The K-pop Fan Story - Unless you have been under a rock, you are surely aware of the win by BTS for Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. While the win shows the way K-pop fans can mobilize in the moment, the celebration of group anniversaries demonstrates the longevity of K-pop fandom. Many have pondered what the win… Continue reading Why The BTS Billboard Win Is Only One Half Of The K-pop Fan Story
  • What I’m Listening To. . . AOA, “너 때문에 [Help Me]” - “Help Me” is from AOA’s first full album, Angel’s Knock (2017). Image: 1 Video: K-Pop Music For You. “AOA (에이오에이) – 너 때문에 (Help Me) [MP3 Audio].” YouTube. 1 Jan 2017. https://youtu.be/m_ksKZPW36M. (19 Mar 2017).
  • What I’m Listening To. . . Niel, “그런 날 [Disappear]” - “그런 날 [Disappear]” is from Niel‘s second solo album, Love Affair (2016). A member of Teen Top, Niel showcases his vocals on this track. Who knew Niel could get down like that? Source: YJzKP. “NIEL(니엘) – 그런 날(On that day)[LOVE AFFAIR…](MP3).” YouTube. 15 Jan 2017. https://youtu.be/ccAuU783NKI, (21 Jan 2017).
  • Fan Hierarchy and K-pop - Fan hierarchy, which use criteria to declare some fans “better” than other fans, is not unique to K-pop.  Nevertheless, it distorts the realities of fan dynamics in K-pop. It is no secret that Korean fans feel some type of way about global fans, and vice versa. For example, many global fans are multi-fandom, which means… Continue reading Fan Hierarchy and K-pop
  • What I’m Listening To……Trax, “아직은 나 [I Can Change]” - TRAX (Typhoon of the Rose Attack on X-mas), known for its more driving tracks, slows it down for “아직은 나 [I Can Change],” from their mini-album, Cold Hearted Man (2010). Image: 1 littlestarzeo. “TRAX_04-아직은 나 (I Can Change).” YouTube. 19 Nov 2012. https://youtu.be/POXY0nc0aec, (27 Dec 2016).
  • What I’m Listening To. . . Seventeen, “Highlight” - “Highlight,” an upbeat dance track, is from Seventeen’s 3rd mini album, Going Seventeen. Image: 1 WINGS K-pop Music Group. “SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) – HIGHLIGHT [MP3 Audio] [Going Seventeen – 3rd Mini Album].” YouTube. 4 Dec 2016. https://youtu.be/qWqxHSbExXk, (27 Dec 2016).




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