I paid to watch the online showcase so you didn’t have to.
The concept behind the K-pop group Super M might not make sense to people unfamiliar with how music labels work in Korean pop, so calling them “the Avengers of K-pop” really is the best way to describe it. Each of the seven members––Baekhyun, Taemin, Kai, Taeyong, Ten, Lucas, and Mark––come from different groups under the entertainment powerhouse known as S.M. Entertainment. Their founder, Lee Soo-Man, chose each of them individually to put in one super group…Super M.
Initially when the group was announced, I was against it. SM, to put it generously, is not a great company for a myriad of reasons and how it treats its artists is one of the biggest red flags. So a whole new group consisting of already overworked super stars sounded like a terrible idea. But at the end of the day, S.M. is really good at what they do and I absolutely love Super M. There is very little I won’t do for them at this point, which includes paying for an online concert and staying up until 2 A.M. to watch it.
A few weeks ago I signed up for an online essay class where we learned and wrote in different styles. Our first one was list, and one of the prompts was to write about someone we knew really well. I decided to write about Jonghyun, and to think about that dynamic celebrity creates: we feel like we know these people, but really we don’t.
I’ve seen too many lists of “top recommended songs for new K-Pop fans,” and each one that’s written by a major, non-music related outlet gets very predictable. However, it’s never a complete list without SHINee. Continue reading
What does it mean to go from one of the most validating years to its most heartbreaking.
2017 was the year that put Korean pop (K-pop) on the map. And not in a mocking, other-ing way, like how “Gangnam Style” swept pop culture in 2013. No, this year K-pop, specifically boy bands, hit mainstream America and made an impression. As a fan since 2012 (I came late to the game, I know) watching K-pop’s rise was both one of the most amazing things to see… and eventually one of the most heartbreaking. Continue reading