K-Pop, the new Eden ?
Musically different, yet similar, K-pop attracts more and more curiosity seekers. We wanted to know why.
By Carla Cino
The Hallyu (literally « Korean wave ») in hangul, is referring to the cultural diffusion of the korean media. It refers to movies, drama, music, manhwa, as well as video games or animes. On the same principles as the american hegemony after World War II or the emergence of the « cool Japan » in the mid 90′s, the Hallyu also wants its cultural influence. And since few years, this one spread through K-pop.
Let’s not misunderstand. Korean music is not limited to K-pop, far from it. Classical or traditional music reigned surpreme for a long time in the Land of the Morning Calm. However, when it comes to pop music, Koreans were often copying or translating american hits (just like french idols in the 60′s). A way of getting a different musicality till the 90′s, when K-pop starts to take a shape.
In the beginning, korean artists agencies are strongly influenced by their friends and competitors. There, you can feel greatly the influence of the USA, more than in any other of their asian neighbouring countries, mainly because of the US military presence in the korean territory. The idols system is mostly a copy of the japanese one, while when it comes to the music or dance, K-pop is a perfect mix of japanese and american influences. What’s the secret ? The korean touch. Let’s not delude ourselves, Korean recreate more than they create.
However, over the years (and charts regeneration), we can observe a positive evolution of idols group, who become more and more talented. A possible explanation : the systematisation and professionalization of the trainees formation.