By: Jeremy L.
What is K-Pop?
- K-pop stands for Korean popular music
- It is like the pop we have in America, but in Korean
- Includes many different genres like electro, house, hip-hop, Euro pop
- Known for electrifying tones and dance friendly beats and sounds
- Originated during the late 1800's
- Americans taught American and British folk songs to the Koreans
- Started around the time when Korea was still under Japanese rule
- Most early songs were translations of other popular Japanese and American songs
- Songs were first known as "Changga songs"
- Songs didn't sound like K-Pop today, but had very similar styles
- As Korea itself continued to advance in technology, so did the music
- American singers had many influences in the making of the K-Pop sound
- Ex: During the Korean War, American singers would sing to soldiers in Korea
- This gave ideas to Korean that later made their own unique sound
- First known K-pop album was released around the year of 1925
- In late 1900's a group known as Seo Taiji & Boys were the turning point for K-Pop music
- Middle East
- Southeast Asia
- East Asia
- Parts of Europe
- Parts of America
- Parts of South America
- Spread mainly because of hierarchical diffusion
- People who are more known first listen
- Fans and followers catch on
- Many people in different cultures listen even though they might not understand
K-Pop can be exciting and thrilling, or calm and lyrical
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