In the second half of this K-pop series, we identify the secret ingredient that propelled Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to success in the United States, the cautionary tale of The Wonder Girls, and my deep, personal dilemma with nine member girl group Twice’s single, “Likey.”
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If you’re new to K-pop, I found the best place to start is a website called moonROK, which has a helpful series of articles called “The History of K-pop, Chapters 1 – 10.” http://www.moonrok.com/tag/the-history-of-k-pop-10/ Factory Girls: Cultural technology and the making of K-pop - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/10/08/factory-girls-2
Korea's S.M. Entertainment: The Company That Created K-Pop - https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesasia/2013/07/31/koreas-s-m-entertainment-the-company-that-created-k-pop/#45bb264c407d
Hallyu, K-pop! Inside the weirdest, most lucrative global frenzy in music - https://qz.com/725161/kpop-feature/
The Hallyu Wave: How Crisis Led to K-pop - http://seoulbeats.com/2015/05/hallyu-wave-crisis-led-k-pop/
Euny Hong, The Birth of Korean Cool (2014) Stuart Kallen, K-Pop: Korea’s Musical Explosion (2014)
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