Gangnam Style is the global phenomenon

How Koreaboo get their start?

When I was thirteen or fourteen, I started listening to K-pop singer BoA, because I grew up in Vancouver, and J-Pop was popular at the time. A friend of mine introduced me to the origin of BoA, and a few years later, began to expand and began to hear the most popular groups. I could not find any resources fast and reliable Internet for K-Pop music, so I started Koreaboo, which was released in 2010.

Given the increased interest in Korean pop music, you must have seen strong growth in place.

Yes, when we started we had a launch event in Los Angeles. K-pop as the international expansion of our traffic grew with him.

The popularity of Korean pop music is well established in Southeast Asia, China and Japan. In your opinion, what this offer music as his predecessors did not?

I think K-Pop is super catchy and the production quality is very high. This is very important. The videos are high budget, well made, polished, and it’s just super catchy pop music! This music has its own trends and style. Even beyond this, there are different styles within the genre, and this is not done in a style of music 90. In fact, follow the trends and innovations.

What is a general age group of fans of K-Pop?

They are very young! I think our population is 14-26. We organized an event called CON, and I see allocations 11 years! However, there are more fans in their early twenties.

Your blog is a great resource. How do you stay?

Most of the writing is done by the editors and staff. As for visits, the controversy is still a lot of views. We try not to account for a major controversy if fully documented. We make sure it is 100 percent accurate before pushing on the information. Anyway, if he is an artist SM, we have lots of visitors. When we released the new SHINee to return, we received a lot of traffic. It remains one of the most read stories.

How do you differentiate your blog like K-Pop websites?

We differentiate ourselves by working hard with the community. We work with all communities. We meet two of the first radios K-agreements with our SM City event. The KCON event is our first North American convention. So not only are online, we do a lot of community activities as well.

Let’s talk about the unprecedented popularity of Gangnam style. The singer, PSY has made several appearances on television in the United States than any other Korean artist to date. What is your opinion about the phenomenon Gangnam Style?

When I saw it, I thought it was very good, but not really my style of music that I love. In the United States began because it was a funny video. Here’s how it spread – as viral videos. In terms of trends, I do not think it is possible to maintain the popularity of the style of Gangnam. I do not think most people who love the style of Gangnam hear another K-Pop.

K-Pop fans who do not speak or understand Korean, what do you think is the appeal of the music?

I like certain types of K-Pop, it’s nice to hear. I listen mainly ballads and hip-hop. No need to understand exactly what they say, but through videos that you can tell what happens. If it’s catchy, no matter what language it is in.

Finally, this type of translation for the blog?

We receive entertainment news directly from Korea. We check our partner site to see if our translations are different. We often conduct peer reviews. Therefore, the upper writers check out other authors before publication, and we try to minimize errors as much as possible.

What ignited his interest in K-Pop?

Wendi: It started with the rain. I was amazed at his talent and who he was as a person and their struggles and rise to glory. So yes, I am a fan of heavy rains. Thanks to him, I learned MBLAQ, a group of boys he was training. It was just a natural progression in the world of K-pop in there.

Kris: For me, it all began with the Korean drama series “Boys Over Flowers”. I got interested in Kim Hyun Joong, I discovered later was the leader of SS501, a group of K-Pop. She gave birth to my interest in Korean pop music.

Both are working on a site for fans of K-Pop exciting right now. Tell us a little kPOPfix.com.

Wendi: kPOPfix is ​​a collaboration between Kristina and I love K-pop and know how diehard fans of K-pop can be. So Kristina had the idea of ​​citizen journalism approach to K-pop. We have learned from experience that the K-pop fans have a lot to say and contribute, and there was really a market for them. So we found a place in the K-Drama and K-Pop fans were putting their thoughts directly there would be something great. This is kPOPfix!

What K-Pop offers other genres that do not?

Kris: It offers a lot of fun, fashion and excitement. This is the only type of music that really teases fans before the release of a new video clip. It offers an inside look at the lives of idols. It creates a more intimate level of entertainment. Not to mention, that provides hot guys and girls!

Wendi: I’ve never seen so much time and money invested in the visual appeal I have with the entertainment companies K-Pop. Everything is cute and adorable. Aegyo is a very important skill K-Pop idols must have to attract their fans. Everyone is beautiful-guys are so beautiful, the girls are so pretty. Also, I think K-pop is an interpretation of Western pop, hip-hop and R & B, but Korean with a special touch.

What is your opinion about the phenomenon Gangnam Style?

Wendi: I am very happy for PSY, and as someone who has followed K-pop for over three years, is a nice feeling to see the K-pop finally receive public recognition in the United States. PSY and other artists I crossed K-Pop better. I love to see other artists like Rain, Big Bang and 2NE1 PSY success as well.

Kris: I think it’s very good and a little crazy how it got so many views on YouTube. He jumped all night. I am very happy to put the Korean entertainment industry on the map. However, “Gangnam style is not everything, and not the full definition of K-Pop. There is much more that the” horse dance “.

K-Pop fans who do not speak or understand Korean, what do you think is the appeal of the music?

Kris: I think fashion is a combination of fresh, colorful, young and new faces. If you understand what they say or not, is the rhythm of the music. You can play at any club in the world.

Wendi: I think the style often used in K-Pop music is reminiscent of the music I listened to their growth. It’s kind of retro and has a different feel to what is now the radio in the West. K-pop speaks to your heart, not your head.

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