Young-mok Kim: K-Pop: A Secret Weapon of Korea for Future Cultural Domination?
Was just perusing. I am one of those that absolutely loves Kpop (DrumRunner hates it )
I'm a fan of the voices and the dancing and actual talent. The same goes for american stars, I like them if they're talented, if they aren't I don't like them. I also like flashy things for my ADHD self to watch--Which is plenty of what Kpop is about. I find a lot of people saying "They do such wierd things!!" Yet go and listen to Lady GaGa who dressed up in a meat and showed up to the awards in a giant egg, as well as completed mock-suicide on stage I find Korean music is just as diverse as American, with some very messed up stuff, some cheesy, some downright adorable, soft, slow, fast, dance-worthy, sad, inspiration, fun....All of it. Another reason I like it is that the entertainment labels over there do NOT tolerate drugs, sex, constant partying, etc. If you do that, you get booted.
So, yeah, maybe we are being turned into a secret weapon. I wonder what the American artists think of this. Flo Rida, Dev, Three Six Mafia, and other groups have collaborated with Korean artists before. Adam Lambert performed just a few days ago on the Mnet Asian Music Awards, was accompanied by B.o.B. A lot of the K-pop Idols are also fans of American music, Taeyang from Big Bang is an example since his role model is Michael Jackson. What do you guys think of this coming new trend that is Korean Pop music? Do you see it any differant from our music, besides the language barrier? Do you think this is a good thing? Do you think they deserve attention for their achievements as well? I'm really interested since I don't get to talk about this very much.