K-Pop: Korea's Musical Explosion

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Twenty-First Century Books, Jan 1, 2014 - Young Adult Nonfiction - 64 pages
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Featuring quirky horse-riding dance moves and an infectious electronic beat, an unlikely music video and its leading man made history in 2012. In December of that year, "Gangnam Style" reached one billion hits on YouTube—the most views ever. Seemingly overnight, the South Korean pop star behind the hit—Psy (Park Jae-sang)—became a household name.

But Psy is just part of the story. Other South Korean pop sensations such as Girls' Generation, 2NE1, and BigBang are part of a global sensation called Hallyu, or the Korean Wave. South Korean bands are performing to sold out arenas all over the world, and fans can't get enough of South Korean music, films, television, food, and manhwa (cartoons).

K-Pop: Korea's Musical Explosion traces the journey of South Korean pop music, from the early influences of American rock 'n' roll in the 1950s to the success of a tiger-eyed sensation called Rain, who wowed American audiences in the early 2000s. Discover how this Korean Justin Timberlake, and those who came after him, rose through South Korea’s star-making system through grueling hard work to seduce international audiences with their tight choreographies, irresistible beats, outrageous outfits, and exciting stage shows. You'll become part of the K-Pop fandom world too!


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A breezy but flawed introduction to Korean pop music for novice fans.While many Americans only discovered Korean pop music, also known as K-Pop, when Psy's music video for "Gangnam Style" went viral ... Read full review


Chapter 1 The Emergence Of KPop
Chapter 2 The Star Factory
Chapter 3 The Korean Wave
Chapter 4 KPop Style
MustHave Album Playlist
Source Notes
Selected Bibliography
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About The AuthorPhoto Acknowledgments
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Stuart A. Kallen has written more than 350 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His books have covered a wide arc of human history, culture, and science. Kallen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist in San Diego, California.

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