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date: 26 November 2020

Global South Korea and the K-Pop Phenomenon 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture
Crystal S. AndersonCrystal S. Anderson

K-pop is a form of South Korean popular music that emerged in the 1990s in South Korea. It blends Korean and foreign musical elements and has subsequently spread throughout East Asia and the world. Its most visible performers are “idols,” solo singers as well as male and female pop groups whose members sing, dance to choreographed routines, and engage in other promotional activities in the entertainment industry. K-pop also includes nonidol artists who also produce hybridized music with global appeal, such as Korean R&B, indie, and mainstream hip-hop artists. The global spread of K-pop has been aided by technology in the form of digital music, social media, YouTube, and the Internet. Some use K-pop as a catchall term for all Korean popular music, including Korean folk songs, trot (an early ... ...

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