K-pop

The Burning Sun scandal that torched South Korea’s elites

A scandal that began with allegations that some of South Korea’s biggest male K-pop stars had drugged and raped women (The K-Pop sex and drugs scandal sweeping South Korea) and shared video of the acts has reignited perceived injustices in two older cases, highlighting abuses of power among the country’s elite. The Burning Sun scandal, named for the club in Gangnam associated with Seungri, of boy group Big Bang, comes a year after women began rallying in the streets in a wave of protests agains

K-pop Unmuted: The Dance Episode

On Episode 42 of Kultscene’s K-pop Unmuted, Gabriel Wilder joins Joe Palmer and Stephen Knight to discuss Kpop dance. We talk about the importance of dance in Kpop, memorable dance moments, top performance groups, great individual dancers, and much more. Our Unmuted Picks for the episode are Jo Jung Min’s Ready Q, Weki Meki’s Picky Picky, and Lim Kim’s Sal-Ki. You can listen to this episode, and previous ones, of KultScene’s K-Pop Unmuted on Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitch.

A musical journey from west to east

Singer-songwriter Thanh Bui describes himself as “180 west and 180 east; together they make 360”. Bui is the son of asylum seekers who fled Communist Vietnam for Australia in the ’80s. A passion for music led him from boy band to Australian Idol finalist in 2008 to composer of No. 1 hits, before he decided to take everything he had learnt in Australia back to share with the people of his parents’ homeland. Bui now lives in Ho Chi Minh City, where he has set up a music school he is developing into an arts education and entertainment empire.

Breathe review: openly gay K-pop singer Marshall Bang finally releases his first EP

This six-track EP feels like it has been a long time in the making. Marshall Bang, who rips out the vowels for his stage name MRSHLL, has been teasing it for what seems like forever. Meanwhile, he has been a featured singer on tracks for DJFritz and Ja Mezz , among others, while he got his own tracks together for MFBTY's Feelghood label. During that time, Holland came from nowhere, proclaiming himself 'K-pop's first openly gay idol' . Bang has been talking openly about his sexuality in interview after arriving in South Korea from California to appear on MBC's The Next Big Thing.

K-pop 2018: end of year review – Momoland, mullets, misogyny and more

There was a fair bit happening in South Korea in 2018 (in case you missed it). For starters, Kim Jong-Un became the first North Korean leader to cross the southern border since 1953, the winter Olympics also focused the eyes of the world on the peninsula and South Korean women took to the streets in unprecedented numbers as #MeToo started to take effect in the region. K-pop had its own news-making moments. I discussed some of them with other K-pop freaks on the annual end-of-year Kultscene podcast. I've listed more below, along with some of my music highlights.

Holland and K-pop's idol industry: What happens when a business used to mining homoerotic imagery gets a genuine LGBTIQ singer?

A couple snuggles together on a couch in a softly lit apartment. They skip on a beach in slow motion, holding hands. A melancholy R&B song plays, the singer croons softly, “never mind I’m in Neverland”, as they stare moodily in opposite directions. Back at home, they’re making up. Lying in bed, they reach out to each other and kiss passionately. There’s a twist to this romantic but seen-it-all- before scenario: the couple are two handsome young men, and one them is South Korea’s self-proclaimed first gay K-pop idol.

K-Pop Unmuted: 2017 Awards - Part 1

In the 26th episode of KultScene’s K-pop Unmuted, Stephen Knight, Joe Palmer, Tamar Herman, and Gabriel Wilder reflect on the best moments and songs out of Korea in 2017, handing out the awards that they personally deem fit and conversing about some of the hottest topics in K-pop over the 12-month span. This is Part 1 of two year-end episodes. You can listen to this episode, and previous ones, of KultScene’s K-Pop Unmuted on Soundcloud Google Play Music , and Stitcher Let us know what you thin

BlackPink's Rose: How a joke turned into K-pop stardom for an Australian singer

Roseanne Park from Melbourne, was encouraged to audition for K-pop agency YG Entertainment by her father. Within two months of passing the audition, the 16-year-old was on a plane to Seoul to begin training at YG Entertainment, one of Korea's "big three" music companies. It was a busy schedule: she had lessons for vocals, dance, guitar and Japanese and Korean languages. Throughout her four years of training, the group had to constantly prove themselves to the label's boss, Yang Hyun-Suk.

Australian idols of the K-pop world

SM Entertainment, the biggest player in K-pop, says it listens to about 12,000 songs a year. How does an Australian songwriter - or anyone - make their song stand out? "You've gotta have the right product, the right song, the right sound, the right production level and then you obviously need luck," says Adelaide-born Thanh Bui, who co-wrote a song called Picture of You that went to No. 1 when it was recorded by Korean boy band TVXQ. "Music is such a taste thing, it's not mathematics and it's not science."

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K-Pop Unmuted: 2017 Awards - Part 2

In the 27th episode of of KultScene’s K-pop Unmuted, Stephen Knight, Joe Palmer, Tamar Herman, and Gabriel Wilder reflect on the best moments and songs out of Korea in 2017, and even give out some of their own unique awards. You can listen to this episode, and previous ones, of KultScene’s K-Pop Unmuted on Soundcloud Google Play Music , and Stitcher Let us know what you think of K-pop in 2017’s latest and KultScene’s K-pop Unmuted in the comment section below and be sure to subscribe to the si

K-Pop Unmuted: 2017 Awards - Part 1

In the 26th episode of KultScene’s K-pop Unmuted, Stephen Knight, Joe Palmer, Tamar Herman, and Gabriel Wilder reflect on the best moments and songs out of Korea in 2017, handing out the awards that they personally deem fit and conversing about some of the hottest topics in K-pop over the 12-month span. This is Part 1 of two year-end episodes. You can listen to this episode, and previous ones, of KultScene’s K-Pop Unmuted on Soundcloud Google Play Music , and Stitcher Let us know what you thin
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