This is for all of you KPop fans out there. I know absolutely nothing about the music genre but slowly I’m interacting with more and more people that are big fans. I’m quite sure you have already noticed the trend but as more and more artists begin this collaborations (I’d STILL love to see K.Will and Brian McKnight in concert together), I expect we will see more and more in the future to come.
The music that originates in Korea and that has gains popularity overseas is broadly defined as “K-Pop”; a term first introduced in the late 1990s. Up until that time, “popular music” was associated with any music that came from the U.S. or Japan. Largely influenced by Western music, Korea has since that time created a new genre, K-Pop, which is now making its way back across Asia and even further afield, to the U.S., Europe and Central and South America.
In recent years, a new trend has emerged in the pop world centered on K-Pop and its singers. As K-pop stars become increasingly popular on the international stage, they are receiving a flurry of calls for collaboration concerts from pop stars overseas. A range of musical cooperative projects between K-pop singers and other pop stars is now underway.
Five-member dance sensation Crayon Pop (left), known for their cheerful songs and “little sister” image, are scheduled to open for Lady Gaga (right) during her North American June tour. (photos courtesy of Chrome Entertainment, Yonhap News). Lady Gaga, in search of an opening act, came across the music video and made up her mind. Crayon Pop is set to open for at least 13 Lady Gaga concerts during the upcoming U.S. and Canada tour.
PSY was invited by Madonna to perform his signature horse dance together on stage in November 2012 (photo: Yonhap News) to dance the horse-riding dance and to sing her 2000 hit song “Music”.
Following the Madonna concert, PSY shared the stage twice with rapper M.C. Hammer at the American Music Awards and at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve where the two stars did a wonderful collaboration on remixes of “Gangnam Style” and “Too Legit to Quit”. Currently, PSY is preparing for a new album scheduled to be released in mid-April. His fans can’t wait, as one of the songs on the new album has a music video known to feature rapper Snoop Dogg, along with Big Bang’s G-Dragon and 2NE1’s CL.
Collaboration with K-Pop stars is not limited to concerts but also other collaborative projects have gradually expanded in scope and now include jointly recording albums and featuring in music videos.
2NE1’s CL and Big Bang’s G-Dragon worked together with electronic dance musician Skrillex on his new album, “Recess”. (photos courtesy of YG Entertainment, Yonhap News). The album is now in second place on iTune’s Chart, and fourth place in the Billboard 200.
More to come from G-Dragon as he has recently announced a future track release with pop star Justin Bieber and there are talks of another possible collaboration with rapper and producer Pharrell Williams in the future.
Music has always been universal, coming from all over the world and the influences of other cultures has always been prevalent. But admittedly, the recognition of KPop stars by the Mainstream US record industry is just starting. Soon, I won’t be able to say “I never heard of them before”!