High Yellow - Asian Popular Culture

EXO in LA!: A Report from Loge 10

As a K-pop fan in the United States, I’m always excited to see my beloved K-pop live. The EXO show in Los Angeles on February 14, 2016 was no exception. Having seen EXO “grow up” from those 23 teaser trailers to Sing for You, I was looking forward to the show very much! Let us never forget the epic backstory behind EXO’s concept, beginning when “the twelve forces reunite into one perfect root” to the current unknown EXO planet! I was in Loge 10, which was almost directly in front of the stage.
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My Favoritest Favorite. . . Songs By Bias K-pop Groups!

I like a lot of K-pop groups (a LOT…of K-pop groups), but I have four bias groups (SS501, Shinhwa, SHINee and Super Junior), my favoritest favorites. I looked at my iTunes to see which songs by my bias groups I played the most. I was surprised! It makes sense that SS501 is first. This group is my first love K-pop group, and like other Triple S, it doesn’t even matter that they are on an extended hiatus (THEY ARE NOT BROKEN UP!).  I’ve always liked SS501’s unassuming ways and brotherhood.  Still
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Caterpillars to Butterflies: The Progression of Veteran K-pop Artists

Despite the regular insistence that it is disposable and only for teenagers, K-pop has managed to have several groups and artists attain veteran status. Over time, these artists develop their image and sound in ways that also embrace their beginnings. I doubt even Lee Soo Man thought that H.O.T would have a lasting impression. (Especially since they, along with many first-generation idol groups, were disbanded within a few years). Their debut, “Candy,” introduced the bright colors and catchy mu
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Black Popular Music and K-pop

One of the major forces driving the appeal of K-pop around the globe is the music, but it seems to receive the least attention.  When commentators do turn their attention to K-pop, they recognize that it draws from a variety of musical genres and styles. But in making such generalizations, they often overlook the crucial influence of black popular music on K-pop. Journalists and scholars tend to generalize the musical influences on K-pop. John Seabrook points to musical elements of K-pop withou
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Back In The Day: Nostalgia in K-pop

While K-pop remains a subculture in many places, it tends to attract a wide variety of fans.  One of the reasons for such appeal is that K-pop provides a sense of nostalgia on several levels, a feat not easily achieved in the pop music world. Last year’s g.o.d show in Los Angeles shows that K-pop fans experience different levels of nostalgia.  A first-generation K-pop group who debuted in 1998,  the group has generated a loyal fanbase over the years. Many of those early g.o.d experience nostalg