KCON comes back with a bang in August at the Staples Center. The convention is sponsored by CJ E&M, Koreaboo, Mnet Media, and Powerhouse Live. Known widely throughout the world, KCON is an annual Hallyu convention for Kpop fans held in countries including Mexico, Japan, New York, Australia, Europe, Los Angeles, and more. KCON was…
With the rising international popularity of the Kpop group BTS, known for their spectacular choreography and upbeat songs, fans were thrilled at the news that the group was coming to the United States for their BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour. Tickets were sold out in the first couple of minutes, ultimately requiring…
KCON 2016 has come and gone and it has gathered people from near and far in order to experience the Korean Culture but also Korean Pop. The convention that featured many events such as cultural events but the main event was held Saturday and Sunday evening as the stage lit with artists and fan meet and greets
BTS a boy band in South Korea is reaching its height of fame as their own unique musical style and choreography is being appreciated across the music industry and with a multitude of fans. BTS, although managed by a larger recording label, chooses to write their own original music and create their own choreography earning them much respect among their peers. New and old fans are also now appreciating their efforts much more than before.
Many famous idol groups in KPOP are criticized because many of their music sounds very similar to other music that is popular. Some groups are even judged for plagiarizing. However, because many of the idol groups and their record labels follow a particular formula for success, it is inevitable for their music to all sound the same also making plagiarism inevitable.
The Hallyu Wave is hot and has done great things for the spread of Korean culture throughout the world. However, there is a dark side to this gained popularity because people, particularly young teenagers are spending large amount of time, energy, and money keeping up with the Hallyu Wave and trends. This can be a problem because such large amounts of time can be spent doing other productive things. Particular for teenagers, they should be spending a majority of their time studying.
Recently, the Korea Times held their annual Korean Music Festival for the 14th time. It is a time for many different Korean artists to come together and perform their hit songs. What people don’t realize is that many different artists from many different genres, including traditional Korean music, come and perform at this festival. This makes the festival enjoyable for not only the younger generation, but also the older generation. As it has seen much success in the past, this year was no different.
South Korean alternative rap group Epik High has been introduced at Coachella. Coachella is a very popular event with an exclusive set list, so Epik High’s invitation to the major American Music Festival is a groundbreaking event. Epik High’s performance is evidence that the Korean music scene is growing beyond its borders and music itself is transcendent of language.
K-Pop groups must be mindful in what they are expressing.
More and more, K-poppers are collaborating with American and British artists.