Why Are Fans Problematic?: EXP, Jaden Smith, CoCo Avenue

In the past decade or so, Korean music has transformed dramatically and with that change, comes a diversity in fans; in aspects of both generation and region. Now,...
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The Problem With Westernizing Korean Food

Fried food, burgers, waffles, cheese in a can- sound familiar? It should if you’re from the West, but for Koreans, these are all still relatively new items....

DIA VS. SF9: Sweet Beginnings And Bitter Ends

One of the beauties of K-pop is the wide variety of musical tastes that can be catered to. From bubblegum pop to emotional ballads, there’s really no...
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Confessions of 40 Year Old K-pop Fan

Technically I am a K-drama fan that ended up loving K-pop by extension. I also just turned 41 in October, but that number didn't sound as good...

BTS Opens the Door For Asian Representation in US Music Scene

Last night Korean boy band BTS made history by being the first K-pop group to perform on an American awards show, the American Music Awards. Not only...

Jay Park and BTS Crack The Code To U.S. Market

Over the past decade or more, several K-pop artists have tried unsuccessfully to break into the U.S. music industry. Not only K-pop but J-pop as well (think...

The Dilemma With K-Celebrity Scandals and International Fans

Now that K-pop’s global popularity has proven its sustainability, should Korean entertainment companies be more considerate of international fans opinions? In the six years I’ve been a...

How to be a Better K-pop Fan

The K-pop fan community is suffering from a plague right now. Fandoms everywhere are wrought with fan wars sparked by the most minor things. The source of...

BTS is ARMY Strong, ARMY Proud

In the wake of the interviews and some of the American media chatter surrounding BTS, there is one thing that keeps showing up over and over that grates...

Desiigner on Mic Drop Remix – Why the Hype Matters

Since the release of BTS track 'Mic Drop Remix', fan reception of rapper Desiigner's role on the track has varied from love to dislike. Many have embraced the...

Did You Know Your Love of K-Pop is Political?

So it’s the end of 2017 and K-Pop is buzzing! BTS, Monsta X, EXO, Twice and Got7 are just a few of the groups being talked about...

Na Haeun Is ‘So Special’ But So Young

Last week, young performer, Na Haeun, made her debut with an original song and music video for her single, 'So Special'. For those who aren't familiar with...

New K-pop Fandom VS Old K-pop Fandom

Recently, I sat down with one of my friends who has been a K-pop fan for over a decade, and she convinced me to watch the best...

Poet | Artist: A Deeper Listen To Jonghyun’s Last Album

Let me start by saying that I know Jonghyun's album, Poet | Artist was released a while ago. Most of you have probably listened to it already,...

Seoul Music Awards Winners

On January 25th the Seoul Music Awards were held at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Korea. After watching the artists, staff, and reporters struggle in the freezing cold...

Crowdfunding K-Pop Idols

A few days ago I shared with you a story about the rookie group, MONT, was attempting to create their mini-album with the use of a crowdfunding site...

K-Hip Hop Producer Spotlight

One thing I've noticed as I've matured and tried to develop my level of interest in different things is that there's a lot of behind the scenes...

BTS Climbing To Global Stardom

By now we all know that 2017 was one of the biggest years k-pop has ever seen. A lot of the success that was gained this year...

5 Songs to Help You Deal with Being Single on V-Day

It's that time of year where you look both directions and you see couples everywhere, along with red and pink hearts all over the place. Then there's...

Jung Joon Young Takes On A Virtual Battleground With Kongdoo

So, there's this first-person shooter style video game that has invaded my home over the last year via my roommate's insane laughter and cursing from across the...

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