Make some noise for Korean hip hop! 2012/08/16, Source, Written by Suzy Chung
*Photo courtesy of www.maniadb.com
Korean singer/songwriter/multi-entertainer Psy's catchy and upbeat song "Gangnam Style" has totally gone viral. The song is being blasted wherever you go in Korea (and even some places overseas, from what I've heard) and people are just randomly singing and dancing along; you just can't escape it.
I'd say the success of Psy's song lies in being different. K-pop is rather saturated with pretty boy and girl idol groups showing off their mad dance skills or crooning love ballads with wistful expressions, all the while flaunting their perfect selves quite seriously. I adore K-pop, but Psy's song and music video was like a breath of fresh air with its sense of humor and satire, something which was rather lacking in the current K-pop scene.
However, before Psy's song completely took over the summer, renowned interest in another musical genre had been budding on the Korean popular music scene: hip hop. Now hip hop isn't something completely new to Korea, on the contrary, elements of hip hop have always been in Korean pop music: rap bridges are frequently inserted in songs, K-pop idol groups will always have a "rapper" as a member or a guest rapper would be featured in a song, so on and so forth. Some K-pop songs might even be called "hip pop", for example,...More
Modernity and tradition coexists in 'Kongchilpal' 2012/07/22, Source,
Actresses Choi Mi-so, left, plays Ok-im and Shin Eui-jung plays Yong-ju in the musical "Kongchilpal Saesamryuk". / Courtesy of Moby Dick Production
The story of two women who jumped in front a moving train in April 1931 has been made into the musical "Kongchilpal Saesamryuk".
The title is an old Korean phrase meaning to talk about this and that behind people's back. It was widely used in modern Seoul in the early 1900s. It is also the name of a children's song by composer Hong Nan-pa, who was the uncle of the musical's heroine Ok-im, who wrote a children's poem by the same title,...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang G-Dragon Pt. 2 2010/12/29, Source,
Big Bang G-Dragon [Chae Ki-won, Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: That was why I felt bad about "Heartbreaker". While you did a thorough job on perfecting a single idea with " Lies ", that same process was missing in "Heartbreaker" giving a likely reason to doubt even if it wasn't a plagery. I wonder if things could've turned out different if you had more time. G-Dragon: That's when I realized that I will always need much time for preparation. I used to compose songs on the spot, as if pulling things out of a vending machine but now I can't bear to stand before my fans with music made in such a way, and it also affects my attitude on stage as well,...More
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