Monday, August 16, 2010

Spotlight: K-Pop

After a few months of waiting for this release, I finally got my MYX Magazine Kpop Special. I have always been a fan of Kpop, not because I'm Korean and I can understand the whole song itself ( I can understand some common Korean words and the English parts of their songs, they always like to mash them up). so today, rather than featuring my mag on this blog, I had an idea of giving Kpop a spotlight on my page, on what it is, and how it has swiftly dominated the hearts of Filipino fans.

What is K-pop?

K-Pop is an abbreviation for Korean Pop Music (also called GaYo or Kayo music) especially from South Korea. The "Korean Wave" is not only a popular culture in their country but it widely spread out throughout Asia, especially here in the Philippines. Older genres of Kpop started as plainly guitar acoustic, then evolved to rock music in the 1970s. Trot, a more Japanese influenced genre also became its main pop music during those times.
The 90s was the start of the dynamic formations of music groups which incorporated dance-oriented acts to pop music, popularized by the legendary duo-group Deux. Slowly, American style rap, hiphop and R&B slowly merged itself with Korean Pop which became very appealing to Koreans as well as neighboring countries.
The 2000s marked the rice of boy and girl bands. But unlike American groups, even if Kpop groups are disbanded, bubblegum pop is still very popular (songs that are often catchy, upbeat, typically ahs sing-along choruses which main targets are teens and pre-teen audiences). 2008 started the most current style in K-pop which is Electronica.Korean artists also made its way to the US Charts, notable artists such as BoA, Rain and Wonder Girls.

Rise of K-Pop in the Philippines

K-pop phenomenon in the Philippines started indirectly way back 2003, with the first Koreanovela (Korean novel) Autumn in my Heart (GMA 7) to compete with Meteor Garden, a Chinovela (Chinese Novel - ABS-CBN). During the same year, the first Kpop music video aired on MYX (local music channel). This song was from the group Kiss and the song is "Because I'm A Girl" which was remade into a Tagalog song by Roxanne Barcelo in 2004 titled "Kung Alam mo Lang". "Answer the Phone" by Mina was remade into English translations and most of the Korean novela theme songs are performed by Faith Cuneta, which gave her the title 'Diva of Koreanovela'.

Korean fandoms (groups) had also been popular due to cable TV offering of Korean channels subbed in English. this is the reason why most Korean artists not well known before in the Philippines made its way to the charts, even topping them, here in the Philippines. Some of the well know Korean artists to made it on both the TV and radio charts were Super Junior, Wonder Girls, 2NE1 (which Sandara Park, a local celebrity before here in the Philippines which is a pure Korean, is a part of), TVXQ, UKiss, Girls' Generation, Rain and many more. As of today, "No Other" by Super Junior is unbeatable in the MYX Hitchart, battling the top spot with the Canadian pop star, Justin Bieber.

I started to like K-pop since I played Pump It Up, a dance simulation game produced by Andamiro, which was mirrored from the popular Japanese game, DanceDanceRevolution. This is where I was introduced with some of the songs which I liked until now mainly "Don't Bother Me" by Tashannie, "Fly" by Epik High, "Hold the Line" by B.E.P. and some others which I usually play in the arcade. 2NE1, Girls' Generation, BoA and Super Junior are some of the artists that I also feel in love with. 2NE1 especially since Sandara is a part of the group (I always like her since her SCQ days). Super Junior's two songs "Sorry Sorry" and "Bonamana" are also one of my top favorite Kpop songs to date.

People may not understand why we love Kpop that much since we barely understand their language or some may find their fashion trends awkward. But everyone has their own right to like whatever they want. and having Kpop swarm the Philippine music charts, it is really evident that Kpop has already became a part of our modern Filipino music culture.

Sources: Wikipedia, Wikipilipinas

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