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Alena George

on 10 May 2013

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Transcript of K-Addict

The Basics to Kpop By: Alena George
(an avid kpop fangirl) What is K-pop? The Groups Group History The Training The Diets Roles In Groups Plastic Surgery K-pop  (an abbreviation of Korean pop or Korean popular music) is a musical genre consisting of dance, electronic, electropop, hip hop, and R&B music originating in South Korea. In addition to music, K-pop has grown into a popular subculture among teenagers and young adults around the world, resulting in widespread interest in the fashion and style of Korean idol groups and singers. Like music from every other country, Korean music is usually performed by a singer(s), band, or group. Most popular K-pop music is sung by groups. The number of members in a group can vary and can be as little as two, where as the biggest kpop group had up to twenty one members at one time. The first male k-pop group to debut was H.O.T. and debuted in 1996.

The first female k-pop group to debut was Diva and debuted in 1997. There are usually 5 roles in k-pop groups. Vocal, Dancer, Rapper, Visual, and Variety. “As soon as a successful auditionee enters the training period, they are thrown into a sea of competitors who are just as (if not more) talented than them. They endure long dance sessions, singing practices, and even acting classes just to win the right to debut first. At the same time, they are expected to balance school with this demanding schedule–most trainees are high school students. In order to debut first, trainees push themselves to and past their limits, trying to excel and show their company that they are ready to debut.”
“A trainee can be dropped by their company at any point in time if they are not good enough. They perform for the company’s president on a regular basis, who then points out their strengths and weaknesses. If they are on par with the company’s expectations, they are allowed to continue training with the hopes of K-pop stardom a little closer. If they are not, trainees are dropped without a second chance.”
“Trainees train almost nonstop for an average of two to five years before being allowed to debut. 2AM’s Jo Kwon is the longest JYP Entertainment trainee to date–he trained for seven years before debuting. The goal of the training period is to build up a potential K-pop group member’s stamina in terms of both singing and dancing. If they start out with weak voices, the company focuses on improving their vocal abilities. On the other hand, uncoordinated trainees undergo the same process to gain dancing skills. Entertainment companies shy away from having their artists lip-sync entire performances, so both dancing and singing stamina are extremely important.”
“Another goal of the training period is for entertainment companies to see if their trainees have enough mental and emotional maturity to endure the hardships of real idol life. They want to see if the trainee is passionate enough about their dreams to keep on pushing through with the process, even when they get hurt, put down, or discouraged. If the trainee is motivated, they will work much harder than unmotivated ones. It’s tough, but it’s also the only way to weed out the “weaklings” in the entertainment companies’ minds.” Most girl groups are on a special diet or exercise plan.
The most popular diet food amongst girl groups are egg whites.
Most girl groups are not allowed to eat or drink anything before live performances or TV appearances The most popular cosmetic surgeries k-pop stars get are double eyelid surgery and surgeries done to their nose.
It’s common for Korean girls to get double eyelid surgery in high school.
An example of a small group is Davichi. Although their are only two members, they are still considered a group. An example of a large group is APeace. They had 21 members at one point. H.O.T Diva Hyorin is the vocalist in the group Sistar Junsu is considered to be the main vocalist in group JYJ Taeyang is the main dancer is group Big Bang Maknae (youngest member) Minzy is the main dancer of girl group 2NE1 In group B.A.P, leader bang Yong Guk is famous for rapping because of his deep voice. In group FIESTAR, the rapper is Yezi Some of the most popular visuals in K-pop: Infinite's L Super Junior's Siwon Girls' Generation's Yoona Miss A's Suzy Variety Idols Even after debut, being a K-pop star requires a lot of practice and for most stars, no sleep or vacations Girls’ Generation member Yuri’s diet consists of 50g of seasonal vegetables, 150g of brown rice, five heads of broccoli, and 100g of chicken breast.
For exercise she’s does around 600 sit-ups every day. Girl group Nine Muses revealed they do ‘paper cup dieting’, where they fill up 2/3 of a paper cup with rice and the remaining 1/3 with a side dish of their choice. Girl group Rainbow lost 6 kg. or more each for their “Ab Dance” in one of their songs.
They only ate Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Chicken, and tomatoes.
For exercise they jumped rope and hula hooped.
Uee had double eyelid surgery
Goo Hara did her eyes, nose, and mouth.
The k-pop singer who’s openly had the most plastic surgeries is ZE:A’s Kwanghee.
He’s had surgery on his forehead, nose, and eyes.
He said “Basically, everything you can see on my face has been retouched.”
Group Transformations Groups, especially ones that have been around for a long time will go through dramatic changes, sound wise, style wise, visually, and even member changes.
Girls Generation TVXQ! Super Junior After School The Dance
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