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Kpop in America

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Joe Yagielo

on 8 April 2013

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Fad or reality? KPOP in America Korean groups and solo artists So first many have failed to acquire popularity between Kpop and american success Many barriers stand in the way The artists Kwon bo-a Born November 8 1986
Gyeonggi-do, South Korea Known as Queen of KPOP Began her career in 2000 at the age of 11
On September 2, 2008 she announced her America debut
Her first single "Eat You Up" was released online on October 21, 2008. the song placed #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart
It has always been her dream to live in the United States, but hard to make friends
Headlined at the San Fransisco Pride Festival in 2009
With her career in the United States struggling, she decided to head back to the Japanese market But what IS KPOP?! K-Pop is a mixture of trendy Western music and high-energy bubblegum pop, which preys on listeners' heads with repeated hooks, sometimes in English. It embraces genre fusion with both singing and rap, and emphasizes performance and strong visuals Since we got that taken care of Let's move on Sev7n
Choi Dong-wook
Born November 9, 1984 in Seoul
South Korea Began training under YG Entertainment at age 15
In 2007 Sev7n was going to perform on MTV K (now defunct) and 3 concerts in Washington DC to help promote his American debut His first single "Girls"
featuring Lil' Kim was released
on Itunes and Amazon MP3
June 2, 2009 the video
premiered on BET's 106 & Park Rain
Jung Ji-Hoon
June 25, 1982 Seoul South Korea In 2006 Rain was listed in the TIME magazine "100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World"
He performed two concerts in the United states, both of which were sold out within a few days
In 2007 Rain was listed in People magazines "First-time Beauties 2007" section.
Also in 2007 he beat Stephen Colbert in an online poll of 100 most influential people in the world. Rain was number 1.
Stephen Colbert then made a parody of Rain's song "Ways to Avoid the Sun" which he named "He's Singin' in Korean." After the performance he challenged Rain to a dance off, a cuddle off, or a spoon off
On May 5, 2008 Rain appeared on the Colbert Report and proceeded to engage a dance off against Colbert on a Dance Dance Revolution Machine In 2008 he played Racer Taejo Togokahn in the movie Speed Racer
He later was asked to star in Ninja Assassin after seeing his ninja scenes in Speed Racer
At the 2010 MTV Movie Awards he won biggest badass based on his work in Ninja Assassin Jay Park
Park Jaebeom
AKA: The Fresh Prince of Seoul
April 25,1987, Edmonds Wash. Bands that could make it according to Rolling Stones Park showed great interest in hip hop music and breakdancing at a young age
Mother had him audition for JYP
2005 myspace controversy
March 15, Park created his own youtube channel, "jayparkaom". His first post was his cover of "Nothin' On You" by B.o.B which went viral and had over 2,000,000 views in less than 24 hours On June 15, 2010, B.o.B released "Nothin On You", where Park replaced Bruno Mars
On October 29, Park delivered a performance to over 25,000 fans as he headlined the MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) Live in Manila Concert held at the SM Mall of Asia. The concert also featured Californian alternative rock band, Evaline, and international singer/songwriter John Mayer Now that we talked about
the past, lets talk about the present Taeyeon
Kim Taeyeon 2NE1 Girls Generation BigBang 2
1 W
S pronounced To Anyone or Twenty One
The name 2NE1 combines the phrases "21st century" and "new evolution" Members Dara CL Bom Minzy PSY CL
Lee Chaerin
February 26,1991, Seoul South Korea
English name: Faith Lee CL, CL-roo, The Baddest Female, Baby Rin, Hunchae, Rinnie, Rilakkuma
lived in Japan and France where she learned English, French, Japanese SNSD
GIRLS' GENERATION SNSD, SoShi, So Nyeo Shi Da, GG, Shoujo Jidai, Shàon shídài starting in 2007 with the song "Into The New World", however the group did not get significant popularity until 2009 with their hit "Gee" (April 8, 2013 = 100 m hits)
The single is regarded as the one of the first kpop songs to gain international success.
Harvard students highlighted the song as part of their study on the Korean Culture
January 31, 2012 they appeared on David Letterman performing "The Boys"
Next day performed on "Live! with Kelly"
In 2012, Taeyeon ranked #42 on "The 23rd Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces" Hyoyeon
September 22, 1989 Incheon South Korea Hyoraengi (pun: tiger), Kim-choding (elementary school-kid Kim), Kim Yeolsal (10-year-old Kim), Dancing Queen, Princess Fiona, Hyo fit and firm, Apple Princess, Hyon Kim Hyo-yeon Yuri

Kwon Yu ri December 8, 1989 Goyang, Gyeonggi South Korea Black Pearl, Kkamyool, Kkamchi, Ggab-Yul, Yulkorita, Black Yul, Yuree Soo-Young Choi Soooyoung February 10, 1990. Gwangju, Gyeonggi South Korea Shikshin, NaSoo Sooyoung is the only Asian woman appearing in Complex's Hottest '90s Babies YoonA
Im Yoona, Im Yoonah
May 30, 1990, Seoul, South Korea Deer Yoona, Him Yoona (Strength Yoona), Goddess Yoong, Yoong Seohyun
Seo Joo-Hyun
June 28, 1991 Seoul South Korea Maknae, Seororo Taengoo, Taeng, Tete, Kid Leader, ByunTaeng (pervert Taeng), Umma, Ahjumma Summer Jessica
Jessica Jung Sooyeon

April, 18 1989 San Fransisco, California Ice Princess, Sica, Sicachu, Jessi Sunny
Lee Soon-Kyu May 15, 1989, Los Angeles California Aegyo Queen, Energy Pill, Danshin, SoonKyu, Sunny Bunny, DJ Soon, Ssun, Strong Sunny, Choi Danshin Tiffany, Fany, Mi-Young, Fany Fany Tiffany, Tippani, Mushroom, Manager Hwang, Myong, Jackson Hwang, Rapper Hwang, DJ Hwang, Secretary Hwang, Ddilfany Tiffany
Stephanie Hwang Wonder girls Began their entry in the American market in 2009, where they were the opening act for the Jonas Brothers
The english version of their song "Nobody" charted no. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100, making the Wondergirls the first South Korean group to enter the chart April 5, 2010 the wondergirls announced a 20 show tour in the US and Canada, the Wonder World Tour
May 1, 2010 the Wondergirls perforemd at the Korean Music Festival at the Hollywood Bowl During this time, the Wonder Girls' American promotional activities continued to earn them recognition: the popular concert venue House of Blues named them "Artist of the Month" for June 2010 while the online concert authority Pollstar featured them in a special article titled "The Wonders of K-pop".
2010, TeenNick aired the tv movie "Wondergirls"
July 10 2010, the new digital single "Like Money" featuring Akon was released
Towards the end of October, Wonder Girls had an interview with Nick Cannon and they were talking about a new show showcasing the Wonder Girls, coming from their original movie. Also in October, their new song "Best Christmas Ever" for A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary CD was released. January 26, 2013 Sunye married her longtime Korean-Canadian boyfriend
Sept. 21, 2012 Us Weekly announced the Wondergirls one of the 26 "Best Girl Groups of All Time"
Others include: The Dixie Chicks, TLC, Destiny's Child, and the Spice Girls Sun Ye
Min Sun-Ye, Min Seon Ye
August 12, 1989, Seoul, South Korea Members Sunye, Sun Yenny
Park Ye Eun
May 26, 1989, Goyang Couny Gyeonggi-do, South Korea Ye Eun, Yeeun, Yenny Sohee
Ahn So Hee
June 27,1992, Seoul South Korea Sohee Yubin
Kim Yubin
October 4, 1988, Gwangju South Korea Yubin Hyelim
Woo Hye Rin
September 1, 1992, Seoul South Korea Hyerim, Hyelim BoA Backronym for Beat of Angel Nobody 2009
on The Wendy Williams Show, a FOX morning talk show. They also performed on Fox's hit show So You Think You Can Dance result show
No. 76 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100
No.4 on U.S. Billboard Heatseeker songs
No. 1 on U.S. Billboard Year-end Hot Single Sales
In the month of September, the single sold 28,160 digital copies in United States.
It is the first K-Pop song ever to enter the US Billboard Hot 100. 2 Different Tears 2010
No.2 U.S. Billboard Heatseeker songs The DJ is Mine 2012
first heard on the Wondergirls movie
showed off new trendy dubsteb sound Like Money 2012
first official song off the Wonder Girls worldwide album
last appearence by leader Sunyee before her marriage in January 2013
appeared of the wonder girls movie Bom
Park Bom
March 24, 1984 Seoul South Korea moved to United States to learn English
left Korea by herself in 6th grade
Gradutated high school in Maine
Studied Psychology at Leslee University in Boston
wanted to pursue her love of music but parents declined
secretly transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston Dara
Sandara Park
November 12, 1984 Busan
South Korea Dara, Sandy, Krung-Krung. Sandra Park, Darong, Santokki
Director of Communications for 2ne1
Older sister of Cheondung, Thunder, of MBLAQ Minzy
Gong Minji
January 18, 1994 Seoul South Korea Minzy, Minji, Mingkki, Eromaknae 2NE1 2010, 2NE1 traveled to Los Angeles and London in order to record English songs for an American debut album with The Black Eyed Peas's member and music producer will.i.am.
#1 on the iTunes Hip-hop chart
#7 on Billboard World Albums Chart
Won MTV Iggy Best New Band in the World award
New Evolution tour On August 24, 2NE1 held an independent concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. 6,680 of the 6,714 tickets put on sale were sold, bringing in a gross sales of $653,716, and ranking at #29 on Billboard’s Current Box Score. This made 2NE1 the first girl group to rank on Billboard‘s Current Box Score In late summer of 2012 the group appeared along side Nicki Minaj and other artists including Big Sean and athlete Derrick Rose promoting Adidas Originals, marking their first entrance into American pop culture.
In December, 2NE1 and Big Bang made MTV Style’s list of ‘Best Band Style of 2012
One of the only asian artists to make the list of 10 known for variety of mixed music styled
Lolippop - pop, Fire - Hip Hop, I Don't Care - Reggae,
Go Away - Dance, It Hurts (slow) - R & B
2nd album, To Anyone, strong shift into electronic music The three title tracks, "Clap Your Hands," "Go Away," and "Can't Nobody" were noted for their lasting impressions, as they topped music charts weeks after release
2NE1's music explores independence and female empowerment, such as in songs like "Go Away" and "I Don't Care"
2NE1 is known for a "unique and edgier style"
During their debut single, the group was noted for being "hip-hop warriors" and the female counterpart to Big Bang but changed this perception with "I Don't Care" into strong, feminine women
Zack Greenburg, from the American business magazine Forbes, described 2NE1 as a pop group characterized by bold, bright outfits and big, catchy hooks punctuated by rap verses and an "in-your-face swagger"
He also considers the group to be "bigger than Psy", singer of the worldwide hit single Gangnam Style PSY
Park Jae-sang
December 31, 1977, Seoul South Korea Psy is known domestically for his humorous videos and stage performances, and internationally for his hit single "Gangnam Style." The song's refrain "Oppan Gangnam Style" (translated as "Big brother is Gangnam style", with Psy referring to himself)was entered into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotes of 2012
On December 21, 2012, at around 15:50 UTC, his music video for "Gangnam Style" exceeded 1 billion views on YouTube, becoming the first and currently only video to do so in the website's history
In December 2012, MTV noted Psy's rise from little-known to "global superstar", and, for being first in the YouTube-era to secure a place in pop culture history, hailed the singer as the "Viral Star of 2012" Psy performed on New Years Rockin' Eve with M.C. Hammer in front of over 1 million people
Originally sent to America to study Business Administration at Boston University to take over his father's business
after one semester he lost interest spending his remaining tuition funds on musical instruments and entertainment equipment, including a computer, an electric keyboard, and a MIDI interface
On August 14, "Gangnam Style" ranked first on YouTube's Most Viewed Videos montly chart
On August 21, 2012, "Gangnam Style" officially charted No. 1 on the iTunes Music Video Charts, overtaking Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me" and Katy Perry's "Wide Awake"; this feat is the first for any South Korean artist. After the video went viral, celebrities quickly jumped on board with Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Tom Cruise taking to Twitter to share their delight On September 14, 2012, he appeared on The Today Show on NBC in New York City, performing the song live and teaching dance moves to the anchors. The following day, he also made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live during a skit featuring "Gangnam Style."
On November 24, "Gangnam Style" became the most viewed video in YouTube history, surpassing the previous most watched video, Justin Bieber's "Baby". The number of views were achieved about eleven times faster than Bieber's
On December 21, "Gangnam Style" reached 1 billion views on YouTube, becoming the first video to do so BIGBANG G-Dragon
Seungri G-Dragon
Kwon Ji-yong
August 18, 1988 Seoul, South Korea G-Dragon, GD, Kwon Leader T.O.P
Choi Seung-hyun
November 4, 1987 Seoul, South Korea T.O.P, Tempo, Tabi Taeyang
Dong Young-Bae
May 18, 1988 Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea Taeyang, Sol, TEYDADDY, YB Daesung
Kang Dae-Sung
April 26,1989 Incheon South Korea D-lite D-lite In November 2011, the BBC declared that "K-pop bands, including Big Bang, are making their mark around the world"
TIME magazine's South Asia correspondent, wrote an article about her first K-Pop concert at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, where she claimed that Big Bang is one of the largest in the entire K-Pop industry and she also declared the members of the group as "K-pop gods that were about to go on stage" Seungri
Lee Seyung-hyun
December 12, 1990, Gwangju South Korea Seungri, V.I Gangnam Style Success Baffles Koreans Psy has been around for over a decade in Korea
he is familiar to the average Korean
busted for marijuana
caught trying to get out of mandatory military duty
But he knows how to rap and he just oozes attitude. There’s a reason why 30,000 fans show up at his concerts in Korea
more of an entertainer, closest thing would be lonely island What sets Psy apart is that his song and video are completely catered to the Korean audience, in terms of style and humor. He wasn’t trying to make it in the U.S., so what we saw was something completely novel and unexpected
Unaware of PSY’s background as an accomplished songwriter who speaks English fluently and attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the U.S., some blogs and commenters have even unflatteringly compared PSY to the likes of William Hung, the “American Idol” contestant whose painfully bad rendition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” made him an ironic icon.
Prior to going viral, only if you have been to Korea would you know who PSY is or where Gangnam is located Psy vs Boy/Girl Groups He is short and chubby girls can be highly criticized for having slightly muscular legs, or weighing more then 105 pounds, and guys are looked down upon for being less than 165cm tall (5'4), PSY is overweight and short, even by typical Korean standards Psy is not smoking hot Korea has higher standards than U.S.A when it comes to aesthetics. Psy does not sell sexiness he is an entertainer not a musician in the eyes of Koreans He’s A Troublemaker He dropped out of university. He was caught and fined for smoking marijuana in Korea (which is a huge taboo that is perceptually comparable to someone being caught with Heroine in the states). Many of his earlier songs were banned for minors in Korea for carrying controversial lyrics. And he was called out for cheating his compulsory military service and was forced to serve again He Doesn’t Have Sex Appeal In an age when many K-pop singers are contractually forbidden from dating to maintain the appeal of being single and available, he’s married and has two kids. He’s also old. By K-pop standards, he’s Madonna old. He Has A Lot Of Creative Control He writes his lyrics, directs and choreographs many of his dance moves. This is in contrast to many boy/girl groups that have little creative control and are merely expected to execute their roles to perfection, at least, early on in their career. In many ways, PSY represents that opposite of what the K-pop industry has been trying to sell overseas.

And that’s exactly why he succeeded where every one of his predecessors faile After School
Known as the Korean version of the Pussycat Dolls. After School was also the very first winner of the Billboard Japan award for K-Pop New Artist of the Year SISTAR
High-energy female group Sistar may have gotten one of the best platforms for U.S. attention when they earned the inaugural Number One for the launch of Billboard’s new Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart SHINee
With the recent success of boy bands like One Direction and The Wanted, it would be foolish not to take a group like SHINee as serious contenders for American crossove Miss A
This four-member girl group has a versatile sound, from the earworm 'Goodbye Baby' to sexy tracks 'Touch' and 'Lips.' 4MINUTE
The girls have already had huge chart success in Korea and Japan, and now word is that they’re planning to take their unique brand of fierce techno-pop over to America
Psy has already confirmed that many American labels are interested in Hyuna after seeing her in the music video for Gagnam Style August 1, 1989 San Fransisco, Califonia The Vancouver Sun described the group as an "ultra-stylized five-piece boy band from South Korea" and a "K-Pop sensation"
The New York Times journalist Jon Caramanica described their concert in New Jersey as the "true wild heart of K-pop" Beast
In 2012, Beast went on an international tour, "Beautiful Show", which visited 17 cities in 12 different countries from Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. They were also featured in the soundtrack for Korean drama, "Big," with a song titled "Hateful Person
On July 11th at midnight KST, B2ST held a 'Hang Out On Live Air' event on their Google+ page to commemorate their 1000 days as a group together since their debut in 2009.
They spoke with fans from 50 countries and revealed information on their comeback. Despite it being a late live-streaming session, many fans tuned in to show their support for B2ST Ailee
New Jersey native who released her first single in Korea early this year. "Her debut single 'Heaven," a huge, long-lasting hit in South Korea, is actually similar to "Halo," with big R&B beats amid both soft and powerful vocals, "I Got a Boy" has logged over 50 million views since it was uploaded onto YouTube on January 7. While it took “Gangnam” 19 days to log its first 10 million, “Boy” did it in just three. “Gangnam” took 26 days to hit 20 million. “Boy” did it in just six. Rolling Stones have applauded their latest album, I Got a Boy as "sharply plotted and blidingly razzle dazzle"
That anticipated appeal got Girls’ Generation signed in 2012 to Interscope Records which also represents Lady Gaga, Madonna, Van Halen, Nelly Furtado and Far East Movement, among others
Foreign fans are more interested in the song partly because it has broken out of the typical K-pop mold
SM Entertainment tailored the song and music video towards the USA audience along with a new album
"I Got A Boy" is not one sound polished and packaged for popular consumption (like past singles), but five completely different sounds stuffed for widespread music consumption. The track is created from: minimal drum and bass, funky and clunky electronic production, hyper hipster dubstep, dramatic vocal showcase sections, and what sounds like a xylophone. "Dancing Queen" was considered for a Girls' Generation single years ago, nearly replacing their now iconic K-pop smash "Gee" (which at one point was the most-watched K-pop music video on YouTube pre-"Gangnam Style"). This remake of Duffy's "Mercy" acted as a pre-release to the new album with the track debuting at No. 4 on the K-Pop Hot 100 -- not many groups could take a five-year old leftover and land a hit. But releasing this nostalgic, cutesy K-pop track worked nicely as a precursor to throw off the confident sounds of "I Got A Boy." all 24,000 tickets were sold out in less than two hours after they were made available on September 22, 2011
The concert was "Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012" concert in California and New Jersey
Rolling Stone applauded it as “sharply plotted and blindingly razzle-dazzle.
In December, 2NE1 and Big Bang made MTV Style’s list of ‘Best Band Style of 2012 the only asian artists to make the list of 10
Time magazine listed 2NE1 and BigBang best concerts of 2012 RaNia On March 28, RaNia’s agency revealed that the group will be managed by Adam Lieber and Larry Rudolph, who is also Britney Spear’s manager, for their debut in the U.S.
The agency also revealed that RaNia has signed a distribution agreement with Empire Records and a promotional contract with a management company that is also in charge of the American singer Chris Brown. They, along with Larry Rudolph, will support RaNia with various radio and television appearances, and other promotional activities.
RaNia is expected to start promoting in the U.S. mid-May after they conclude their current activities for “Just Go” in South Korea. Will Gentlemen be as popular as Gagnam Style?
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