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The origin of Kpop

K-pop music originated in South Korea around the end of the 19th century. Korea was annexed to Japan between 1910 and 1945 and was divided after liberation after World War II due to the Cold War and disagreements among domestic officials. And since South Korea was under Japanese colonialism, they couldn't really live out a lot of creativity and generally not create as much of their own creations (oppression, jp. Rule etc.) K-pop music was heavily influenced by Japanese J-pop music. Although the Korean singers were talented, their colonial position prevented them from expressing themselves artistically. The next decisive point in the development is said to have been the concerts organized by US troops between 1950 and 1960, which are said to have brought another piece of modern Western culture closer to the South Koreans. As a result, many young bands based on the American model were founded. Three different styles of music should have quickly emerged from this. * Boy and girl groups based on Western models, which mainly focus on their attractiveness.

  • A technically more difficult and older genre: Trot, whose roots go back to the influence of Japan on Korea during the colonial period, and which appealed to a predominantly older audience.
  • In the 1960s, many singer-songwriters had their breakthrough and reflected in their songs personal experiences and difficulties in life.

In the early 1990s, a fourth genre established itself - going back to South Korea's pop musician Seo Taiji. The formation of the group Seo Taiji and Boys in 1992 is therefore considered to be a turning point for South Korean pop music, as the group incorporated elements of the western music styles rap, rock and techno into their music. The enormous success of Seo Taiji and Boys in South Korea and other experimental groups set the trend for today's generation of K-pop groups and artists.

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After K-pop was invented, Japanese music (J-pop) was also founded in 2006. In Asia, K-Pop is widespread and in other countries more popular than the competition, which is attributed to the external attractiveness of the musicians, which in turn often has its origins in cosmetic surgery.

In particular, the four big talent agencies SM Entertainment, YG, JYP and Bighit take children under contract at a very young age and train them. They receive foreign language, dance and singing lessons as well as general schooling. They also learn impeccable behavior and how to deal with fans and journalists. The trainees receive points for this, and those with the highest scores are ultimately selected for a pop group. The term “South Korean idols” or “Idols” for short was coined for the casting bands that were created in this way.

There is constant controversy in South Korea regarding the treatment of the stars by their talent agencies. The trainees often sign “slave contracts” through which the talent agency has a great influence on the private life of the people, while the trainee / star has little influence on his financial remuneration. A well-known example is the TVXQ group, which sued SM Entertainment in 2009 because the 13-year contracts are too long and they hardly get any money for their success. The court found them right, whereupon three of the members left SM Entertainment and formed the kpop band JYJ. However, due to the international success of K-Pop and the greater influence of foreign companies, there is an increasing rethink among those involved, and long-term contracts over 13 years are becoming increasingly rare. The pay of K-pop singers remains poor, however, as management pay for education, dance training, choreographers, assistants, songwriters, and the “dormitory” and these costs are deducted from the stars' salaries.

In Malaysia, K-pop is being used more and more to overcome the cultural and linguistic barriers of Malays, Chinese and Indians, as this style of music is popular with all ethnic groups. K-Pop means Korean-language songs, nowadays also with a few English words. If a Korean artist records a song entirely in English, it falls into the pop category. This explains that the term K-Pop does not refer to the origin of the performers. This is often misunderstood by fans of the genre, as South Korean artists are increasingly making a Japanese-language debut, which fans also refer to as K-Pop or Japanese K-Pop; However, since K-Pop is a certain genre of music, Japanese-language pop songs, including those by South Korean performers, would fall into the J-Pop category.

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In 2012 the Korean rapper Psy released his song Gangnam Style, South Korea is well known for this kpop song. But even before this song, Kpop was very well known and loved all over the world.