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Global talent, Korean-trained: K-pop's new recipe for world music domination

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With comprehensive training programs covering everything from acting and etiquette to stunt coordination, K-pop artists make some Western pop stars look like they are not even trying.

This type of boot-camp to become acculturated to modern media is impressive and a little bit frightening.

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Imagine how great The Beatles, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan and Kurt Cobain could have been with K-Pop idol training.

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Shameful and hypocritical industry plagued with gapjil, sexual favors, and racism. I stopped listening long ago after the music video by Red Velvet that had pictures of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and 9/11.

https://aminoapps.com/c/k-pop/page/blog/hiroshima-bombing-and-9-11-attack-in-red-velvets-new-mv/obId_uWNDwNkpwVaEXavj3bBDBBeL

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Interesting as to why K-pop has become truly global, incorporating other cultures into it's panorama, while remaining distinctive - yet J-pop with all of it's vast resources essentially is a minor blip on the screen.

Regardless of one's liking/taste for the genre or not, AleXa certainly shifted the bar upwards, far exceeding the limits of local talents here in Japan.

Sounding / looking very Arianna Grande-esque in this clip of a couple of years ago.

https://youtu.be/2OjCMR8DGLg

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Too bad they don’t invest much energy in the actual music. It’s so sterile, repetitive and soulless.

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Nibek32: "Too bad they don’t invest much energy in the actual music. It’s so sterile, repetitive and soulless."

Compared to pop music where? Most pop music worldwide is like that, like it or not.

It's interesting to watch how this shift has happened, and how quickly. I don't think a lot of the credit the South Korean industry gets is warranted, but they have got it, and now everyone wants in from the South Korean side. Where K-pop bands used to want to come to Japan to break big into the scene, now you have Japanese youth desperate to go to South Korea to learn to sing and dance in groups and make it big. You still, of course, have SK bands wanting to come to Japan and increase their audience base, but it is now more out of demand than the desire to achieve success. I'm surprised how far it has spread around the world, though. You've always had SK and J-pop and other regional bands/artists making waves in the "foreign talent" field, but never have they led the local pack as South Korean bands and artists are, let lone TEACHING the local talent how to improve.

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Where K-pop bands used to want to come to Japan to break big into the scene, now you have Japanese youth desperate to go to South Korea to learn to sing and dance in groups and make it big.

Japanese youth are going even to Thailand, that says alot where Japanese music is presently.

Unfortunately the Japanese music industry and media still don't smell the coffee and continue to sell

mediocrity unfortunately for them the Koreans are like a benchmark and the gulf in everything so glaring

they can't make it out of Japan.

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Music!!!!

I haven't heard any music coming from the industry in decades, not Korea not America or Europe.

I have heard this factory produced sound which makes it impossible to tell one so-called artist from a other.

There are not mainstream musicians putting out actual music but you will never hear them on any, mainstream media.

I actually did the experiment, I took 3 different male and 3 different female K-pop groups picked obscure songs from each and asked my daughter's K-pop fans friends to tell me which group was singing which song.

Fail fail fail only one got a few right because she actually knew the obscure songs I picked.

I have done this same experiment back home with western pop groups with the same results.

In the past 10 years nearly every top 40 song in the west has been written by one of 2 guys.

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@Antique - in the past 10 years nearly every top 40 song in the west has been written by one of 2 guys.

Care to elaborate on that claim???

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This is nothing but high way robbery, you work your butt off for FAME, NOT FORTUNE! You don't control your image, you don't control your career. What you get is a "SALARY" I rather be an artist where I can control my artistry, and get paid millions and enjoy the FAME AND FORTUNE and not be given an allowance by a management company who rakes in all the money off your hard work!!! I guess this explains why "Western Pop Stars look like they aren't trying"!!! The money is in their bank not in the management pockets.

With comprehensive training programs covering everything from acting and etiquette to stunt coordination, K-pop artists make some Western pop stars look like they are not even trying.

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