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South Korean boyband Big Bang

"The boys are back!" the Internet cried, reinstating the relevance of all-male pop groups. Women have had a strong run dominating the Top 40 pop charts, no doubt, but thanks to some international imports, we may be about to hear a lot more harmonizing than we have in the last few years.

Korean pop and One Direction meet again! This time, in a Time magazine article that talks about the rise of the boyband. The boyband addict in me may or may not be fangirling right now at the thought of Big Bang and One Direction being mentioned in the same news article. Talk about fandom clash.

- Cynthia

British Invasion vs. Korean Invasion

by Cynthia Andrianjatovo

In an earlier post, I wrote about how k-pop bands are starting to edge into the American market. Well, it seems like “Popdust”, an American website dedicated to giving the latest news and music-centric analyses of pop culture, has picked up on this in their latest edition of “Pop-off”, a poll in which voters choose “this week’s most awesome new track”. 

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Battle of the Girl Groups

by Cynthia Andrianjatovo


Girls’ Generation with Kelly Ripa on the “Live! with Kelly”

It seems as if the current trend in k-pop involves attempting to break into the American music market. Now Korean pop, originally only popular in Asia, has been making its way around the world the past few years thanks to promotion from the fans on sites like Youtube, Facebook, Tumblr, and fan pages. Recently, k-pop bands have worked with American producers and choreographers and hosted concerts in countries outside of Asia, and now the major labels are actually having their bands debut in the U.S.

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