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8:49 pm - 01/21/2013
Has K-Pop "Hit" America? Fuse seems to think so.
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22nd-Jan-2013 04:08 am (UTC)
They're not paid if they don't mention that they're sponsored content. More likely everyone and their sister label are sending out press releases and it was a slow day at Fuse so they threw something together.
When it comes to the magazine write ups, do you seriously think that being paid is the only reason a music journalist would write about K-Pop? They have to write a minimum of words per issue if they want to keep their jobs, and American music is fairly awful at the moment. There's a much greater depth of musical influences in K-Pop, and it's something that is new and different if you're not already down the rabbit hole.
22nd-Jan-2013 04:55 am (UTC)
all american music isn't awful. it's what you choose to listen to.
22nd-Jan-2013 05:10 am (UTC)
I wasn't trying to imply that all of it is, just that there are definitely more reasons than "Korean labels are paying American journalists to talk about K-Pop because there is no other possible explanation for American music journalists talking about K-pop" for the current slew of articles about it. There are some artists I really enjoy releasing music right now, but it's definitely not a really content-heavy era for a lot of different sub-genres of English language music.
Speaking in a historical sense, we're at a very similar point of saturation and stagnation as the eras that immediately preceded both grunge and punk. I for one am looking forward to what's going to be the next "big thing" even as I recognize that the restructuring of delivery methods and the democratization of the means of distribution make it progressively less likely that there will ever be another "big thing" on the same level of cultural influence that those movements (and disco, and the original british invasion, and motown) had.
(Sorry if I sounded extra dismissive of American music, I just get really fed up with Omona-ians who seem to be convinced that K-Pop is awful and no one in the US would ever possibly enjoy it. It's so completely baffling, and offputting, that I tend to be a little knee-jerk about intimations that that is the case.)
22nd-Jan-2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
"There's a much greater depth of musical influences in K-Pop"
22nd-Jan-2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Ehh last year had some amazing US releases, idk why you think you're qualified to say American music is awful as a whole when I doubt you listened to it all.
Anyway I agree they're not being paid, most likely with GS, writers are basically trying to get in there early, so if Kpop does get some mainstream success, they'll have called it before hand.
23rd-Jan-2013 12:57 am (UTC)
There's a much greater depth of musical influences in K-Pop, and it's something that is new and different if you're not already down the rabbit hole.
LOL no it actually sounds like they sampled every damn American hip-hop/pop song they've ever heard.
23rd-Jan-2013 02:42 am (UTC)
... Which is why Infinite regularly references 80's new wave in their instrumentation and any number of girl groups use fairly classic Motown multi-part harmony. Right.
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