When Girl’s Generation made their debut in 2007, YouTube was also in its early stages of Internet dominance.
Now, the nine-member girl group is one of the most popular K-pop acts, and YouTube is even bigger. Both were able to enjoy their success yesterday, as the girls made further headway into the global music scene by securing the “Video of the Year” honors for their “I Got A Boy” music video at at the first YouTube Music Awards (YTMA), held in New York City on Nov. 3.
The announcement was apparently met by a collective “Who?” by the audience in attendance at Pier 36. Meanwhile, the Twittersphere exploded as K-pop fans rejoiced the upset victory.
The K-pop juggernaut, also known as SNSD, beat out arguably bigger name nominees, including Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, One Direction and fellow Korean, Psy. Continue Reading »
K-pop label YG Entertainment announced it will host a hologram concert in London next week which will feature giant 3-D images of Psy and popular girl group 2NE1.
It will be the first hologram performance outside of Korea and will be put on at the Korea Brand and Entertainment Expo 2013 from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, and will have 45-foot projections of the singers performing their hits. 2NE1 will make an in-person appearance to promote the event although Psy is not scheduled to show up in the flesh.
YG has already implemented Psy’s hologram concert at the Everland amusement park in Seoul, where the show goes on every day of the year. It is described by the park as a concert that is “more realistic than the actual concert and beyond your imagination.” Continue Reading »
An unintentionally funny scene from a Korean drama. Photo via YouTube.
Home video has made rapid strides in the last few decades, evolving from VHS to LaserDiscs, then DVDs, now Bluray and … EVDs?
Enhanced versatile discs (EVDs) aren’t the next step up in the evolutionary chain, they’re more of a step to the side. EVD players are capable of playing various CDs, DVDs and USB storage devicess, and they’re portable and cheap, which explains why they’re becoming popular in North Korea, of all places. And in the most isolated country in the world, EVDs are fueling the spread of the “Korean Wave” from their neighbors down south, reports Yonhap News.
The cheap, Chinese-made “portable TVs” made their first appearance in North Korea in 2005, making it possible for people to watch South Korean movies and dramas. These are a huge aspect of the Korean Wave, or “Hallyu,” which describes the growing popularity of South Korean music and entertainment. Continue Reading »
The Asian American band, The Slants, have been unsuccessful in trying to trademark their name. For four years, the six-member rock band hailing from Portland, Ore., has been fighting with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), which has denied approval, saying the name is disparaging for people of Asian descent.
Simon Tam, the founder and bassist of The Slants, responded by saying that the PTO has rejected their request on the basis of their ethnicity, while a Caucasian band would not be denied this name, NPR reported.
The group, which describes its sound as “Chinatown dance rock,” have already had several attempts shot down by the PTO. Continue Reading »
With the entirety of the South Korean music industry suffocated by the waves of K-pop, musicians who aren’t brought up through the behemoth entertainment company system have it incredibly tough if they want to find any niche to lock on to. For one Korean teenager, though, she is finding success in an area of music that is slowly fading away: Korean traditional music.
Song So-hee, who turns 17 years old on Oct. 20, recently gained attention for her appearance in a commercial for a Korean telecom company, where she sings a variation of a pansori, or traditional Korean narrative song. It’s quite a departure from the norm, as such advertisements usually feature celebrities or pop singers.
Song has appeared on several Korean television shows in the last few years, and she has been considered a prodigy in the genre. She told the Chosun Ilbo that she hoped her appearance in the commercial would help raise awareness of traditional Korean music. It appears as she will have plenty of opportunities to do so, since she has received several offers to appear on shows and in advertisements. Continue Reading »