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‘They came to the rescue’ … BTS.

‘BTS taught me that I am worthy’: readers on why they love the K-pop superstars

Guardian readers from Scandinavia, the Philippines, Morocco and beyond explain their fandom, which has helped rejuvenate them, heal racial trauma and understand their identity

K -pop boy band BTS swept the American Music Awards last month, making history as the first Asian act to win artist of the year; they were also nominated for a Grammy for best pop duo/group performance for their single Butter.

The seven-member band has a huge global following and their fans, known as Army, are known for their passion and loyalty. Here Guardian readers, who are BTS fans, speak about why the band means so much to them.

Ashley Briggs, from Tucson, Arizona.

‘After reading their lyrics, a weight seemed to lift’

I was struggling with adjusting to life with a toddler and a newborn; exhausted and feeling insecure. Finding BTS gave me energy on sleepless nights, comfort during isolation, and confidence when I felt like I wasn’t good enough. During a cycle of depression and anxiety, I felt like I was wasting my life. One day, while I was using a free moment of nap time to scrub the kitchen, I started to panic. Paradise began playing from a BTS playlist and the melody and tone of the song touched me instantly. I stopped in my tracks to find the lyrics, and the words to that song were exactly what I needed to hear that day. “It’s alright to stop / There’s no need to run without even knowing the reason / It’s alright to not have a dream / If you have moments where you feel happiness for a while.” After reading those lyrics, a weight seemed to lift from my heart.

I didn’t need to exhaust myself trying to prove my worth. I didn’t need to find a corporate ladder to climb or build a brand in order to feel happy. All I really wanted was a simple, comfortable life so my kids have a solid foundation. BTS taught me that I am enough; that I am worthy just by being myself.

I think what sets BTS apart from other artists is their friendship. They are the definition of friendship goals. Their love and respect for each other is at the core of everything they do and it shows fans what genuine love and friendship looks like. During this pandemic, I’ve found comfort in watching the members comfort each other. Ashley Briggs, 36, full-time parent and podcast producer/writer, Tucson, Arizona, US

Stephanie Le from Stockholm, Sweden.

‘BTS inspire me to love myself without feeling ashamed’

What sets BTS apart from other bands is their pride in being Korean. As an Asian, I find this inspiring. I was born in Sweden to two Vietnamese immigrants so the insecurities over my heritage have always been lingering in the back of my head. I adapted a western name because I didn’t want to be the odd one out. But BTS have normalised hard to pronounce names.

They proudly speak Korean during important award speeches (like their UN speech), wear hanbok (traditional Korean dress) and promote Korean culture. BTS represents those of us who had awkward lunch boxes at school, those of us who didn’t want to speak our parents language in public.

BTS made me realise that my failures do not define who I am. I’ve never been vocal about my emotions so for me to have seven people who sing exactly what I feel truly helps me understand myself and find new ways to evolve. BTS inspires me to love myself without feeling ashamed. Stephanie Le, 28, paralegal, Stockholm, Sweden

Sharman, from Canada.

‘BTS helped with my perception of myself as an invisible older woman’

When I was at my lowest last year, staring at my own mortality after a heart attack, they came to the rescue. The message of loving yourself that pervades most of their music was what I needed to hear. To believe that despite my small, nothing-special accomplishments in life, I was still a worthy person – that was a revelation to me. They helped with my perception of myself as an invisible older woman. It seems minor, but my style has changed. I’m more confident in choosing a youthful style instead of safe, neutral clothes, and wearing makeup more often. They make me feel young.

Their humility and respect for all people, the politeness they always show was a lesson as well. It’s too easy at my age to think you’ve seen it all and have all the answers but nothing could be more wrong. I’m more open and accepting than I used to be but still have a long way to go.

Critical care nurses often say that dying patients rarely talk about the money or possessions they had but wish they had given more of their time to experiences, like falling in love, the birth of a child, travelling, escapades with their friends, etc. I know the BTS concert on 1 December will be one of the top experiences I’ll be reviewing on my deathbed. Sharman, 68, retired, Canada

‘I had the impression that all K-pop sounded the same – I was gladly proven wrong’

There’s a saying within Army that “you find BTS when you need them most”. Although I started hearing about them in 2016, I had never played their music because I had this impression that all K-pop music sounded the same: noisy EDM sounds, unstructured rap etc. I was gladly proven wrong when the Love Yourself album was released. At that time in my life, I had many new thoughts, emotions, and feelings that scared me because I couldn’t define them. I was unable to share my thoughts or feelings with anyone because I was unable to describe them or to find the words. BTS did that for me. Anonymous, 25, Agadir, Morocco

Rob from Liverpool, Australia

‘People often think I’m a metal head but I love K-pop so much’

I’m particularly fond of rap music and once my wife introduced me to BTS and I heard Cypher 4, I was won over. Their rapping and storytelling is next level. I’m a big dude with a beard and tattoos and people often think I’m a metal head. Whilst that is true, I love K-pop so much. The shows are a whole vibe, the music, the dancing, the theatrics and the fan engagement. It has everything that I feel Western music and artists lack. I think the reason BTS stands out to me so much is because of their genre-bending music. So much goes into their instrumentals that it’s easy for anyone to find something they like. Lyrically, their messages of self-love are very powerful and genuine. You can tell they’re not just singing them for the sake of it, you know? Rob, 27, works in insurance, Liverpool, Australia

Bernice Roldan from Manila, Philippines.

‘We all love an underdog story that ends well’

I became a fan when I heard their song Dynamite on a Spotify 2010s playlist in June this year. I was demotivated with work and felt isolated during the pandemic. Dynamite sounded like pure happiness encapsulated in a song. I was searching for non-English songs or other new upbeat songs to add to my work from home playlist. It was my first time hearing BTS or K-pop; I was surprised that Dynamite was in English and sounded like a Bruno Mars song. I ended up going on a five-hour BTS deep dive right after that.

I love that they are Korean and fellow Asians; it’s relevant that they’re not from the West. Not only are they super talented and professional, they obviously love what they do, love being around each other, and they’re loyal to their fans.

Despite their global success, they continue to be as hardworking, genuine, grounded, humble, and hilarious as when they started. They’ve been closely involved in the songwriting and production of their records from the start, and explore compelling themes in their songs. Also, we all love an underdog story that ends well, and BTS is one such story. Bernice Roldan, 42, gender consultant for a multilateral development bank, Manila, Philippines

Ashley Cho from Seattle, Washington, US.

‘I became a fan to heal my relationship with my cultural identity’

When the Atlanta shootings made headlines earlier this year, I realised that as an adult, I still had a lot of unresolved racial trauma. As a Korean-American who grew up in a predominantly white suburb of Chicago, I was always embarrassed about being different. I became a fan of BTS with the intention of acknowledging the shame I used to carry and to heal my broken relationship with my cultural identity. I love their music, performances, and personalities, but BTS’ breakthrough into mainstream media means so much more to me – it helps me believe that voices like mine matter and deserve to be heard. Ashley Cho, 30, school counselor, Seattle, Washington, US

‘BTS gave me the opportunity to say my final goodbye to my friend’

I had a childhood friend who passed away when I was in middle school, and I could never come to terms with the situation. I had my emotions bottled up. After hearing BTS’s Spring Day, I broke down and cried hard for a long time and realised that I missed them more than I imagined. The lyrics, “bogo sipda” (I miss you) being repeated over and over again drew out these emotions that I kept hidden for a long time. So, I’m grateful BTS gave me the opportunity to say my final goodbye. Theresa Frimpong, 21, medical student, Ghana

Eero Aleinikov from Finland.

‘BTS probably have the most diverse fan base in the world’

The first time I came across BTS was in 2018, when they were on the Graham Norton Show. The turning point for me was when I heard them talk for the first time in the United Nations in 2018. The Love Yourself, Speak Yourself campaign really resonated with me, as did their Map of the Soul era that delved deeper to our personas. Their music and messaging gave me hope to fight my own inner demons and love myself.

I’m a 31-year-old straight male who’s engaged. To some people, I’m not your typical fan of BTS. Everyone expects that boy bands only have screaming teenage girls as their fans but that is simply not true. I just wish that everyone understood that BTS actually has probably the most diverse fan base in the world. Eero Aleinikov, 31, Finland

BTS pictured in 2019.

‘I have made countless friends being part of the Army community’

As a young Asian American, I was lucky growing up in an inclusive suburb, where although known to be predominantly Caucasian, all blends of cultures and ethnicities were embodied in the school populations. That said, the “K-wave” had not reached the depths of Naperville yet, and I remember K-pop lovers being perceived as outcasts all over the States.

As the pandemic hit and schools went on a break, I took a considerable amount of time, reflecting on my stressors, and learning how to value and love myself. This is when I became a BTS fan. I realised how the Army community carries a similar message as the members they stan. The countless friends I made and folks that reached out to send content, fangirl with, and later support my news account were so heartwarming, especially at a time where I needed the laughs and comfort. Zee S, 19, pre-med student, Naperville Illinois, US

NaShonda from Raleigh, North Carolina, US.

‘What makes BTS stand out is their willingness to be vulnerable’

BTS gave my daughter and I a commonality that made it easier to navigate through that mother-teen daughter relationship. Now she is the founding member of our high school’s K-pop club and I’m the advisor. We’ve created a safe space that is so diverse but eclectic. There is a dance committee, a committee that focuses on the arts, and even one for conversations about cultural appropriation.

Their music was so powerful and uplifting and real. These seven young men are speaking to the world in a universal language that came right on time. How could I not appreciate that? What makes BTS stand out is their willingness to be vulnerable. Yes, they work hard but they also aren’t afraid to mess up and own up to it. They let the world know when they need a break from it all and come back stronger. You can always find a BTS song that explains how you feel even when you can’t figure it out. NaShonda, 46, educator, Raleigh, North Carolina, US

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The Factors of the Rise of K-pop Industry

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K-pop, short for Korean popular music, is a popular genre of music originating from South Korea.

The genre started with The Kim Sisters in the 1950s. K-pop was represented by H.O.T in the early days, and it was mostly fanatical, flashy, and showed the rebellious psychology of young people in the emotional aspects. Most of the songs are relatively fast-paced and have a strong sense of rhythm, which is suitable for dancing. The term "K-pop" became popular in the 2000s. Previously, South Korean pop music was called gayo. While "K-pop" can be a general term for all popular music from South Korea or pop music from the country, it is colloquially often used in a narrower sense for any Korean music and artists associated with the entertainment and idol industry in the country, regardless of the genre.

BTS, iKon, Seventeen, Twice, Blackpink, Got7, NCT, MONSTAX, Stray Kids, Red Velvet, etc.

K-pop mix of synthesized music, dance routines, and fashionable, colorful outfits. Dance is an integral part of K-pop. When combining multiple singers, the singers often switch their positions while singing and dancing by making prompt movements in synchrony, a strategy called "formation changing". Songs usually consist of one or a mixture of genres (pop, hip hop, R&B, experimental, rock, jazz, gospel, reggae, electronic dance, folk, country, disco, and classical on top of its traditional Korean music roots).

Girl groups are actually more popular in Korea than boy groups. The first K-pop album was released in 1925. The album is called “Yo Pungjin Sewol” (or “This Tumultuous Time”) and is by artists Park Chae-seon and Lee Ryu-saek. Most Idols don’t get paid until they pay off their debt. However, some labels—such as SM and JYP Entertainment—don’t make their newly debuted groups pay them back. The cost of training a Korean idol average $3 million. Jackie Chan manages a K-pop boy band. Over 100 groups debut in South Korea annually. BTS was the first K-pop act to perform as a musical guest Saturday Night Live.

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The Literary Life of K-pop Lyrics

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Myeong-dong, Seoul at night. Photo © therealrealjd . CC BY-NC 2.0.

If you know me, you know I love K-pop. You’d think a man in his midthirties would learn to step back from the front lines of popular culture, but I still check the Billboard 100 and K-pop charts every week (and get the thrill of my life when these two charts have the same No. 1). I also listen to almost every new release and have the latest hot music video on repeat in the background while I write—at the time of this writing, it’s “Lalisa” by Lisa from BLACKPINK.

In all my stories there are mentions of mainstream pop music, from the shimmering names of Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, and Jennifer Lopez to the first-generation Korean wave artists S.E.S (the TLC of Korea) and Fin.K.L, to 2NE1, Girls Generation, f(x), T-ara . . . In my field, which is literary fiction, pop music, especially K-pop, is looked down upon, but this music is such a part of my daily life that I naturally include it in my work. How did my life come to this, I find myself wondering, and I can only come up with one answer: genetics, or household tradition.

My father, who was something of a decadent man of leisure, would fill up our tiny house with fancy audio equipment and hoarded music like it was running out. Every day of my childhood, I’d wake up to the strains of Yo-Yo Ma’s cello or to Lee Dong-won, Park In-su, or Whitney Houston, which perhaps made it inevitable that I’d become obsessed with pop music. Ever since I was ten years old and bought my first albums—S.E.S’s debut and Mariah Carey’s Music Box —I always had a “favorite singer,” and even today, when I don’t have a means of playing CDs anymore, I still try to squeeze another new album into the crammed shelves of my own little apartment. And thus, the aficionado (or hoarder?) doesn’t fall far from the tree.

“The resultant strains of beauty sear the solitude of the city deep into the listener’s bones.”  

My loud declarations of belonging to fandom culture got me a regular spot on MBC’s This Starry Night , a Korean radio program that’s been on since 1969. For the past couple of years, I’ve done the pop classics segment, where we examine lyrics from ’70s and ’80s K-pop, tracking their influence on contemporary songs. Not a difficult job considering my upbringing, and hardly a job at all considering how much I love doing it.

By the time I was six months into this gig, I’d accumulated what is surely the biggest collection of gem-like K-pop lyrics in the world. For example, I discovered that contemporary singer-songwriters Yozoh and Lee Sora have the most famous poetic lyrics of all Korean musicians; Yozoh’s song “We Lay Down Like Lines” seems on the superficial level like a love song, but going deeper, it reveals an existential layer as well as a metaphysical aspect regarding time and space. Lee Sora has her famous breakup anthems “The Wind Blows,” “Please,” and “Belief” as well as songs of aching self-realization and solitude like “I Am a Star” and “Track 9”—a true poet through and through. Indeed, these two artists topped a list of “Greatest Songwriters Picked by Poets” a year ago.

Aside from these famed singer-songwriters, I also hold a special place in my heart for Cho Yong-pil, an artist whose ability to capture urban life continues to amaze me. Even before the release of my novel Love in the Big City, about a young man navigating life in contemporary Seoul, the word “city” was very meaningful to me. I was born in a big city and then moved to another big city, where I live to this day; the ecology of cities has shaped every aspect of my thinking, writing, and way of living. And the first thing I think of when I hear the word “city” is always Cho Yong-pil’s 1991 song “Dream”:

Here I remain alone Wandering through the buildings and shabby alleys Eating hot tears Do those stars know my heart, my dreams When I’m sad I want to close my eyes And listen for the fragrance of home

The speaker in “Dream” probably left their home deep in the country and now lives a life among concrete buildings, holding onto their dreams as they endure a meaningless daily grind. To “eat” one’s tears instead of letting them flow or swallowing them, to use the verb “listen” to shake up the familiar phrase “fragrance of home,” the skillful spatial imagery, the sounds one immediately imagines coming from one’s faraway home on a summer night, all these sentiments fuse with the yearning in Cho Yong-pil’s unique, slightly nasal voice, and the resultant strains of beauty sear the solitude of the city deep into the listener’s bones. Searching for a similar song, I came upon “Dear Moon” from 2018, written by IU and sung by the genius artist Jehwi:

Dear moon, my moon, you never get any nearer. No matter how I run to you, you elude my grasp like the moon. Oh moon, like [the] moon, why do you not disappear. Even when I turn my back and run from you You follow me like the moon.

This song looks simple at first glance, but in one line evokes the moon as seen from the city. The sky we look up at amidst our lonely and difficult lives, the moon floating there, the speaker projecting their emotions and situation onto it—this image is not so different from that of “Dream.” It’s fascinating to me that these two songs, written thirty years apart, are evoking two very similar emotions.

Cho Yong-pil is a singer-songwriter known as the “King of Songs,” but IU is less known for her songwriting prowess; she still lives in our minds as an adorable teen idol, even when she’s penned hits like “See You on Friday,” “23,” “Palette,” “Heart,” “Night Letter,” and “Dear Moon” for other artists.

I especially love her “Night Letter” and “ Ait .” Jehwi was one of the composers of “Night Letter,” and judging from just the music, it’s more of a slow-tempo, soulful tune. IU added the words of someone writing to their lover or crush, creating a sad but sweet emotion, one you can’t quite define in so many words. Her new song “ Ait, ” on the other hand, is an up-tempo dance song that has the saddest and most desperate loss in its lyrics:

It’s hard to forget this one handspan of a memory Just because someone tells you to move on Time may keep passing but That place keeps me trapped where I am Under the orange sun we dance Together, throwing no shadows There’s no such thing as an inevitable goodbye I’ll see you there in our beautiful memories

In life, our emotions can’t be simplified into words like sadness, joy, anger, or love. Sadness can make us laugh, and laughter can leave us empty. And IU happens to be a precise lyricist of these familiar yet obscured emotional dynamics.

Recently I went to my father’s house to look at his music collection. Among the usual classics, old pop, and popera, I found a recently purchased copy of IU’s Chat-Shire album. The thought that I wasn’t the only one who would discover in IU’s music the echoes of a thirty-year-old moment made me smile.

This publication was facilitated with the support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.

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K-pop, also known as Korean pop music, has taken the world by storm in recent years. With its catchy tunes, vibrant choreography, and charismatic performers, it has captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. Therefore we will discuss some K-pop essay topics, ideas, and tips for writing a K-pop college essay. Here are 5 K-pop topics to write about:

  • The evolution of K-pop – This topic explores how K-pop has evolved over the years, from its early days in the 1990s to its current global popularity. You can analyze the various stages of K-pop and how it has changed over the years.
  • The impact of K-pop on Korean culture – K-pop is not just a music genre; it is also a cultural phenomenon that has influenced Korean society. You can discuss how K-pop has influenced Korean culture, such as fashion, beauty standards, and language.
  • K-pop and globalization – This topic analyzes how K-pop has become a global phenomenon and its impact on globalization. You can discuss how K-pop has introduced Korean culture to the world and how it has influenced other cultures.
  • The business of K-pop – K-pop is not just about music; it is also a massive business. You can explore how the K-pop industry works, from training programs to music production and marketing strategies.
  • K-pop fandom culture – K-pop has some of the most passionate fans in the world. You can explore the fandom culture and the role of fans in the success of K-pop.

When writing a K-pop essay, it is essential to have a deep understanding of the topic. It is also crucial to research and gather relevant information to support your arguments. You can use K-pop news articles, academic papers, and documentaries as sources.

In conclusion, K-pop is a fascinating subject to explore for students looking for unique essay topics. Remember to conduct thorough research, organize your thoughts, and present your arguments clearly to impress your professor.

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The Reasons Why K-pop And Korean Music Are So Popular

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The Relationship Between K-pop's Popularity And Self-esteem

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The History of K-Pop Popularity in Latin America

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3. The Star Of K-pop, Bts, And Their Relation To Fans

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5. The Reasons Why K-pop And Korean Music Are So Popular

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7. Exploring Why K-pop And Korean Wave Is So Popular

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11. Analysis of the K-Pop Industry and Its Eye-Catching Marketing

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Essay On K-pop: Best Topics And Tips For Choosing

It all started with gangnam style – the video that went viral in 2012, and went on to top music charts in over 30 countries..

The song earned the Guinness World Record as the first YouTube video to hit 1 billion views and paved the way for the Korean wave of pop culture and ideas. The seldom-known genre of music has garnered a lot of influence, and the music industry is ranked among the top ten music markets worldwide. If you’re a student or researcher, let us show you the best topics about pop culture you can write a paper on and how to choose one yourself.

Kpop as a Research Topic: Why to Select

Kpop or Korean pop is a fast-rising music style and popular culture, so it is quite a widespread research subject for many. But not every student is genuinely interested in music. It’s better to choose everything to taste. However, if this is an assignment from the teacher, or you just lack skill, pay someone to write your paper on Papersowl.com for 100% original academic essays. Besides expertise, also check out topic concepts for inspiration if you’re stuck. When students pay for college essay, they ensure that the writing is not plagiarized or badly written. And the theme does not matter to professionals. Meanwhile, if pop is something you’ve been crazy about, go ahead and enjoy completing your assignment.

10 Best K-pop Topic Ideas To Write About

The popularity of pop has broken the language barrier and has raised awareness of Asian music and culture. It has also spread inclusion and diversity over the world and broken stereotypes. Below are popular kpop essay topics and angles to explore for your article:

  • The globalization of K-pop: A study of the factors that have contributed to the global popularity of Korean pop music.
  • Pop and its impact on Korean culture: A discussion of how pop has influenced the cultural identity of South Korea.
  • The role of social media in the success of Korean pop: An analysis of how social media has helped to promote and popularize pop.
  • The rise of BTS and the impact of their music on the international music industry: A study of how BTS has broken down barriers and achieved success in the US and other global markets.
  • The influence of Hallyu on fashion and beauty trends: A discussion of how pop has influenced the beauty and fashion industry both in Korea and internationally.
  • The dark side of pop in Korea: An exploration of the challenges faced by pop idols and the negative effects of the industry on their mental and physical health.
  • The impact of pop on the Korean economy: A study of the economic benefits of the pop industry for South Korea.
  • K-pop and gender representation: An analysis of the way pop portrays gender and sexuality in its music and visuals.
  • The role of K-pop in promoting Korean language and culture globally: A discussion of how pop has helped to promote the Korean language and culture around the world.
  • K-pop and fandom culture: An exploration of the unique and passionate fandom culture that surrounds pop and how it differs from other music fandoms.

Tips for Choosing a K-pop Essay Topic

Before choosing a topic, read the assignment brief and the directions. This will help you understand the requirements you must satisfy for a perfect grade. Then, choose a topic you have an opinion about. You won’t produce an A-grade article about something if you don’t have passion for it. Hence, select an intriguing theme. It should be something you already know, care about, or would like to learn more about. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I interested in this topic?
  • Is it appropriate for my audience?
  • What is my purpose for deciding on this theme?
  • Can I develop it into an article within the time frame and word count required?
  • Can I research it adequately to meet the source requirements?
  • Is the topic too broad or narrow to fit the requirement?

If a subject is too broad, narrow it down to make it easier to manage. One way to do this is to tackle the problem from a specific perspective. Don’t combine topics or attempt to be overly ambitious. Instead, reduce the scope, and don’t be shy to ask your tutor for recommendations.

Things to Pay Attention to When Writing Your Kpop Paper

There are various ways to format your article. Pay attention to the following:

  • Follow Structural Requirements

There are different types of essay writing. Your paper can be persuasive, informative, or descriptive. It all depends on the purpose of writing an academic essay or article. Most papers follow the introduction–body–conclusion structure. But the body paragraph differs depending on the article type. Pay attention to the guideline and use the following to structure your article:

  • Introduction: open your article with a hook – something fascinating to capture the reader’s attention. It can be a question, a fact, or a famous quote. Follow it with your thesis statement and introduce the concepts you want to discuss.
  • Body paragraph: discuss the concept in detail using paragraphs. If the brief does not provide instructions on the number of sections to write, use your discretion. But only use one paragraph to discuss a concept to aid understanding. Use transition words to flow between sentences and maintain coherence.
  • Conclusion: recap the main points of your article here and leave a call to action.

2.    Research The Topic

The next thing to do after deciding on the topic is to spend time researching Korean pop culture. Read books, watch interviews, and invest quality time into listening to the songs. You can join a few fan clubs to know what happens behind the scene. If something is not clear, don’t hesitate to consult your instructor for further instruction.

3.    Reference To Avoid Plagiarism

Don’t forget to cite sources you use for your article to avoid plagiarism. Popular referencing styles include APA, MLA, and Chicago styles. Read the brief to know the required citation style.

4.    Proofread and Edit

After writing your article, manually read through for grammar, sentence, and punctuation mistakes. Ask a friend to also read through for errors you missed or use an online grammar checker for more efficiency. Submit your paper only after proofreading it.

South Korea is Asia’s fourth-largest country by economy. Its music culture started making worldwide headlines and has impacted the sector a lot. This didn’t only happen in Korea but also in the United States, Germany, and other countries. Popular culture has broken several barriers, but it is not without its backlash. As a result, it is the ideal space for a writer to explore.

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I Guess I Can Do It With a Literal Broken Heart

As the Eras Tour resumes today, one ELLE editor shares how a song from Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department had an unexpected connection to his health.

The other week, I felt like Taylor Swift.

No, I haven’t been in the recording studio writing an album, touring the globe, or raking in dough. I wasn’t shimmering in a body suit or performing to millions of fans. I didn’t break Spotify records with The Tortured Poets Department. Instead, I filled the holes in my busy week by listening and dancing to “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart” over and over again, claiming the track as my own.

Whenever I’m in a rotten head space, I lose myself to the music. Whether there are people around or not, I dream of flouncing around a dance floor on my wedding day or performing in front of a stadium to thousands of fans. It’s therapy, the light at the end of my day, and often, what I look forward to the most: a 10 P.M. dance break.

This past December, when I was in Los Angeles for our annual Women in Hollywood event, I ended one particularly stressful day with a tango. I strutted through my hotel room in my black, tiny underwear and took a few minutes to perform my greatest living room hits, culminating with “Breathless,” by the Corrs.

I started dancing, hitting each body roll and ass shake, giving the performance of a lifetime. Then, at the end of the song, I pumped my hand into the sky like I was holding a microphone. A sharp pain shot across my chest and body. Within a matter of seconds, my tour came to an end. I was on my bed, almost immobile and worried about what I had just done. The pain slowly subsided. I drifted off to sleep and hoped the next day would bring healing.

The following morning, I thought all was fixed. I went to a boxing class, hit a punch, and the pain came right back. I convinced myself I was having a heart attack. I looked up the symptoms on WebMD, talked with some coworkers, and then thought it was all over. I tracked down the nearest hospital, called my family, and tried to talk it through with a provider on the phone. After my anxiety came down, and I got some professional advice, I realized it was most likely a pull. I decided to power through. I could still move.

I went through the rest of that week in Los Angeles assisting with our event with a dull pain in my chest. When I got back to New York, my primary care provider confirmed my suspicions: I had pulled a muscle. It would take some time to heal. He still wanted to run an electrocardiogram (EKG) to be safe.

After being hooked up to the machine as if I were a science experiment, my doctor came back. He recommended I see a cardiologist as soon as possible. I had pulled my chest, but something else was, in fact, wrong.

Six doctor’s appointments, two weeks on a heart monitor, and an ultrasound later, I was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW). Essentially, I have an extra pathway in my heart where signals sometimes travel. My resting heart rate can skyrocket to 200 beats per minute. When not treated properly, WPW can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in children and young adults.

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Every doctor I saw asked if I felt this high heart rate. I commented that I did, but I thought it was normal. I’d feel a heftier heart rate when I had anxiety or was listening to fast-paced music. I’d quickly lose my breath while running or feel pressure in my chest at my weekly Barry’s classes. I had convinced myself that was something everyone experienced. They told me it was not. Some patients don’t catch this condition until they’re elderly; apparently I was lucky I caught it now. We could fix it with a simple surgery, an ablation, which had a 96 percent success rate. I said yes to the procedure, and we got a date on the calendar.

The night before the surgery, I couldn’t help but play a mental supercut of the moments in my life that had made me pause, moments that made me, in reference to the song that caused me to catch the problem, breathless. I thought about the gorgeous weddings I’d attended. I thought about hearing the overture of Merrily We Roll Along played by a full orchestra for the first time. I thought about kissing a beautiful boy with cherry lips under a disco ball. I thought about the devastating end of The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai and when Parvati, Cirie, Amanda, and Natalie convinced Erik to give up individual immunity on Survivor . I thought about a recent meet cute and my first bite of the crab rangoon pizza at Fong’s in Des Moines, Iowa. I thought about my night at MetLife Stadium at Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour. I thought about seeing my dad cry when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. I thought about my mom caucusing in 2016 to support her politically active son and the year I won my family’s annual Christmas board game competition. I thought about the first time seeing my name on the masthead or in a byline in ELLE Magazine. I thought about my roommate Alex, who helped me through every doctor’s appointment and was slated to go with me to the surgery the following day. I thought about my other friends who offered to take care of me, too. I thought about every single person I loved.

And then, I had the surgery. It seemed to go well. I scheduled a follow-up.

Just a few days before The Tortured Poets Department dropped, I went into my doctor for the final A-OK. I had felt better, and I was convinced the surgery worked. He told me it did not. It would take a second surgery to fix. I was in the 4 percent.

I may not be performing in front of millions of fans, but Taylor’s ability to create music that’s relatable while speaking about her extraordinary situations is unmatched. To learn that even the world’s biggest pop star has powered through her own private battles made me feel more connected to her. Many of my colleagues and friends, each carrying on with their own silent struggles, have commented how this song has been their recent anthem, and it’s become a standout topic on social media.

To learn that even the world’s biggest pop star has powered through her own private battles made me feel more connected to her.”

We shuffle along to the beats of many drums. We are sometimes asked for more and we do it, all while haunted by paralyzing thoughts, yearning for a break and sleep. Internally we are miserable, but we peddle forward. It’s a side effect of the human condition. Of course, we need to take time for ourselves too, but I have gotten through my most challenging moments, terrifying times, and biggest heartbreaks by picking myself up and forcing myself to get back out there. And I’m sure I’m not alone.

I have to remind myself often that little Sam would be in awe of me right now. He would be astounded by all I’m accomplishing and the shows I’ve attended. Little Sam would love my unabashed queerness and my recent body confidence. But he wouldn’t be able to handle my very full plate: health complications, boy problems, and a sometimes challenging (but also rewarding) career. I’m sure little Taylor would feel the same way about big Taylor right now too.

So yes, I guess I can really do it with a literal broken heart. Taylor and I have that in common. I have my second surgery in late May. Hopefully, in June, Taylor’s song will remind me of a time when I was stronger than I had ever been before.

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K-pop reviews and discussion with just a hint of bias…, song review: aespa – supernova.

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Some of my all-time favorite pop songs are built on samples, but the track must stand on its own merits. Supernova feels more indebted to SM Entertainment’s sonic legacy than a simple cut-and-paste instrumental flourish. Much of the track unfolds like 2021’s Next Level on steroids, pulsing along scuzzy electro synth as aespa throw down boast after boast. This sing-talk threatens to underwhelm, but it’s smartly forged into hooks as catchy as the song’s melodic highlights.

Supernova really gets going when we hit its chorus. This refrain is simple and repetitive, but the production gives it such momentum. It feels like we’re speeding along a neon-hued metropolis. A climactic dance breakdown brings the song’s Planet Rock sample full force before we segue into Supernova ‘s only real vocal showcase. These ad-libs could have gone even bigger and bolder, but I’m still very charmed by the track’s sense of grandeur and unflagging energy.

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9/10 for aespa track 😮

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imo out of all the currently active 4th gen ggs, no one touches aespa and ive in terms of music, apart from the active ones ofc we have loona, gwsn, etc.

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oh nick you ate this review up

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Maybe its just me but I wish the pre-chorus felt like a pre-chorus? I didnt expect to go into the chorus so abruptly and fast. I do like so many parts of the song but some parts’ transitions sound rough to my ears. Maybe ill get used to it though. Also apparently this is one of the 2 titles this album (correct me if im wrong)

It is, the second one (“Armageddon”) will be released on the 27th with the full album.

Oh yeah, I did have that same reaction for the pre-chorus. I think the song could’ve benefited more from a proper pre-chorus and maybe keep the energy going after the second chorus. I was thinking the song could’ve gone to a dance break after the second chorus to give more energy before taking a break.

Nonetheless, this is still a strong track and a style I’m not complaining about.

what a weird track but I rlly love it

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wow didn’t expect you to give this a 9 although I enjoyed the song a lot as well! can’t wait for the album and “Armageddon” since it’s supposed to be even better.

Kinda wish the hooks were stronger, but the PRODUCTION, god damn! That was stellar! It reminds me a bit of f(x)’s NU ABO (or their earlier sounds), but more chaotic.

My rating at first listen was 8.5 (7, 10, 9, 8), but it grew to a 8.75 (8, 10, 9, 8). But still wish the hooks were stronger and more melodic (but still an earworm nevertheless).

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Oh nice callback to Nu ABO, Makes sense. I do envision Supernova to fit in that 2010-2013 timeline for SM music (especially if Supernova wasn’t created for current listeners)

This is 100% the fastest an aespa song has gotten stuck in my head. I’d say this is even top 2 in their overall singles ranking

Contrary to most of you, I found it sort of underwhelming. The verses and the prechorus are strong, the chorus and that dancebreak are quite a killjoy. I expected much more energy from the track.

As to why, I’m putting this on Eurovision shoes: it feels like it could be an alternative choice for Nutsa Buzaladze from Georgia, or Raiven from Slovenia – but wouldn’t qualify.

I LOVE it! I never expected it to be amazing from the snippet we got from the highlight medley but man they really proved me wrong. It’s so catchy and very cyberpunk-esque. Even the MV is gorgeous!

I cannot wait to see if their title track keeps the quality up.

Man SM’s really stepping it up with their releases this year; like first RIIZE’s Impossible (which is now a contender for my SOTY) + their album tracks, and now aespa’s Supernova. It makes me curious about what everyone else in this company will bring moving forward.

I rarely give SM props for their musical direction these days because of the damage they did to boy group music in the form of NCT’s neosound. However with WISH, Impossible, and Supernova I think SM is back on track finally. Those three releases defied my expectations and are quite transcendental for SM’s sound itself. I mean we live in the post-Yoo Youngjin era now, so for SM to quickly reemerge after their most fundamental producer left them and to actually see some of classic SM songwriting at play, its just the perfect combination.

Supernova reminds me of early 2010s SMP and recalls the likes of BoA’s Hurricane Venus. The great thing is that they are also borrowing styles popular today, like the girl crush thingy and it actually feels immaculate and “slay”. This is how we should continue what works and actually focus on melodies and engaging songwriting. IMO, nothing really lacks in the song even the pre-chorus is well done and reminds me of 2010s electropop i.e. Lady Gaga. I just hope SM continues to stray away from that neosound and into this emerging in-house style which is “post-LSM/YYJ sound”.

Omg! Hurricane Venus, that’s such an apt comparison. I was wondering why I had a sense of familiarity with the song, and you perfectly clicked it! Both songs are amazing!

Imo the neosound is completely fine by me, when done by SM and NCT, and maybe a few others who..copied it well. That’s what was the whole problem with it-a certain style and sound was presented, and everyone wanted it and claimed it, making outrageous and unlistenable amalgamations of it, to the point of oversaturating every corner of boy groups music with it. NCT was just doing it’s own thing.

I’m not much of an Aespa enjoyer, loved Hold on thight tho. But, when I heard that “Incoming” at 0:25 I already knew what’s going on🫡🫡. They really did it. The madlads really did it this time.

*tight* smh

aespa songs are mostly a miss for me on the first listen, but this one was an instant HIT. the production is amazing, the chorus is catchy, even the sing-talk verses are fun! it’s kinda like the sister of ISTJ by NCT DREAM which is also a Kenzie song. I’m pretty sure Dem Jointz was responsible for the sample in the dance break so I have to give it to him for that one.

Well-produced and has a point of view and a style and high polish.

For me, there is nothing wrong with it per se, but its a little too fried for my ears. The vocal, the gritty sliding bass line. Maybe it would work better in the car or on the patio, but on my earbuds those sounds are just drilling into my head.

On an unrelated note, the cicadas have emerged, a rare double brood. My neck of the woods is on the edge of the historical geographical distribution, so I don’t have them near home-school-work. But a park a short drive away does.

They don’t sound like a hissing-buzzing-zipper like we got in this song. More like the electronic hum of a million electric vehicles seemingly everywhere and yet nowhere somewhere in the forest.

Still haven’t heard them where I live, but can’t wait tho-that sound is so calming

a replayable aespa song

i am a huge aespa fan but was p lost when drama came out last year. was also skeptical of this when i heard it in the highlight medley especially with the sample in the foreground (the same one in twerkulator lol) but luckily i LOVE this. the melody is continuously moving to a runway beat that i appreciate and isn’t hindered by a rap / break until the bridge. i think the sample just being limited to the bridge was a good move, lets the polish of the song breathe when it returns to the last chorus. really crossing my fingers that armageddon is in the same vein (glitchy, maximalist pop with strong melodies)

This is so them. I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did but I’m glad this delivered, considering my weariness of prereleases. Hopefully the tt will be even better.

Wow I really expected a much lower score. I like the song, but songs like this usually don’t seem to be well received here. The lack of singing and the “noisiness” had me expecting a C or lower. Well, it’s nice to see an A- instead!

reminds me more than a lil bit of pinnochio/hot summer by fx (which is a great thing btw)

I don’t really hear the big deal. I’ll have to stick with it and see if it start to get it. I instantly loved the others mentioned (e.g. Next Level, Hold On Tight, f(x)’s Nu Abo), but this one underwhelmed on first listen. Maybe I’ll amend my opinion later, if it grows on me;)

Does Aespa really credit Afrika Bambaataa for the sample? Because that sample was actually made by Kraftwerk in 1977. This was the days before sampling, so Afrika Bambaataa just re-played it note-by-note; so it seems to me, Kraftwerk are the ones who should be credited.

How is this a 9? Absolutely dreadful song, lmao.

wow The First girl group song to reach a 9 this year

Not sure if you’ve seen the music video or not, but towards the end there’s this really unnerving bit that reminds me of Eternity. I’m sure we all remember that..

Yeah, I noticed that too. Super weird and off-putting 😬

I really like the fact that, just like you said, the song is capable of standing on it own. The sample is there and does its work, but it doesn’t feel like the heart of the track.

I find really interesting how K-pop is now actually sampling and giving credit to it. I think NewJeans will also be doing that with “Supernatural,” sampling Pharrel Williams.

As per this aespa release, it might need a couple listens from me because just like Next Level, I am not completly loving the song after the first listen. But all in all, solid track, and it really sounds like the follow-up Spicy should’ve had, instead of Better Things or Drama.

The last thing I want to mention is the way they presented their ad-libs at the end. It kind of felt like they were holding back or their voices were sort of “behind” in the mix, which is super strange for aespa. They’re always good for some big vocal moments at the end of their main tracks, so I totally agree with what you said on the review.

NINE??!? i felt like this was just a collage of hooks, and only one of them slightly memorable. Shocked to see such a high grade, and curious to see if Supernova will grow on me.

Wow, I really like the second part of the bridge (2:06). I wish the rest of the song was as good.

I’m sure that it’ll grow on me but seriously when are we going to get anything as good as “Spicy”, “Hold on Tight” or “Girls” again?

(Also this is off topic, but Nick, where’s our review of Vanessa Williams’s “Legs”?)

It’ll be in the global round-up this weekend! 😂

I’m glad we’re back to tracks that feel like Aespa again! Their last tracks were good, don’t get me wrong (I am very easy to please and I enjoy sing-talk), but they didn’t feel as much like Aespa compared to stuff like Next Level and Savage. If their second track Armageddon is anywhere near as good as this, then this album might wind up being one of the best releases of this year. Can’t wait to sit down and listen to the B-Sides too, because it sounds like there’s going to be some gems in there based on the highlight medley.

I rarely like this type of K-pop song, but Supernova was love at first listen. I knew it was something in the production that sounded pleasantly familiar, but my musical knowledge only took me as far as 2010s pop (Gaga, Christina Aguillera). Thank you for the Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock reference.

This song feels very… right on the point in this era. Seriously I don’t know how to say that, but I could imagine if this song is released on 2019 and definitely not everyone is ready for those maximalist fully-packed production (plus the uncanny MV edit ending). I do feel like a modern-ish future nostalgic (not Dua’s album) style from the music and all the SM’s teaser did bring up a lot of feeling deep inside me which made me feel weird, but modern and powerful in the same time.

As mentioned on some comments above, I would definitely look forward on SM releases this year, as most of my favorite song did come from SM too!

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    Come Back To Me is a pre-release for his upcoming album and makes sense as an enlistment-era track. Unmoored from its music video, the song is a lengthy six-and-a-half minute slow burn. It's sad to say, but you could fit three TikTok- ready pop songs into this time frame. Come Back To Me doesn't sound like a "single" or "comeback ...

  4. Song Review: TXT

    Song Review: TXT - Run Away. It's been a long road to TXT's first comeback. Originally scheduled for August, Run Away (9와 4분의 3 승강장에서 너를 기다려) arrives after two postponements, increasing anticipation for where the group's music would go next. TXT has been pitched as a lighter, more pop-informed version of agency ...

  5. 'BTS taught me that I am worthy': readers on why they love the K-pop

    All I really wanted was a simple, comfortable life so my kids have a solid foundation. BTS taught me that I am enough; that I am worthy just by being myself. I think what sets BTS apart from other ...

  6. Kpop Essay Examples

    Rock Music Essays. Definition: K-pop, short for Korean popular music, is a popular genre of music originating from South Korea. History: The genre started with The Kim Sisters in the 1950s. K-pop was represented by H.O.T in the early days, and it was mostly fanatical, flashy, and showed the rebellious psychology of young people in the emotional ...

  7. Why I Love K-pop: a Personal Perspective

    A Diverse Musical Palette. One of the main reasons why I love K-Pop is the genre's diversity in musical styles and genres. K-Pop is known for its ability to seamlessly blend various genres, such as pop, hip-hop, R&B, electronic, and even rock, creating a dynamic and ever-evolving sound. This eclectic musical palette means that there is always ...

  8. The Literary Life of K-pop Lyrics

    Eating hot tears. Do those stars know my heart, my dreams. When I'm sad I want to close my eyes. And listen for the fragrance of home. The speaker in "Dream" probably left their home deep in the country and now lives a life among concrete buildings, holding onto their dreams as they endure a meaningless daily grind.

  9. Song Review: Treasure

    Song Review: Treasure - I Love You. For better or worse, YG Entertainment has spawned its own sub-genre. We'll call it "Teddysound.". It involves high octane verses underlined by aggressive electronic beats, a second verse rap switch-up, a hollow, chant-like chorus and a tacked-on, anthemic finale. At this point, it's unwise to expect ...

  10. Kpop Essays: Samples & Topics

    Essay Topics. K-pop, also known as Korean pop music, has taken the world by storm in recent years. With its catchy tunes, vibrant choreography, and charismatic performers, it has captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. Therefore we will discuss some K-pop essay topics, ideas, and tips for writing a K-pop college essay.

  11. (PDF) K-pop as a Social Movement: Case Study of BTS and ...

    Abstract. This study investigates K-pop and K-pop fandom as an ongoing social movement. With popular South Korean group BTS as a case study, I examine how their fans join together and use ...

  12. Essay On K-pop: Best Topics And Tips For Choosing

    Conclusion: recap the main points of your article here and leave a call to action. 2. Research The Topic. The next thing to do after deciding on the topic is to spend time researching Korean pop ...

  13. (PDF) The Research on the Influence of KPOP (Korean Popular Music

    a. [email protected]. *corresponding author. Abstract: With the continuous development of KPOP culture, the influence of fans has. gradually been valued by everyone. Since many KPOP fans are ...

  14. The Bias List // K-Pop Reviews & Discussion

    A K-pop act's title track isn't always the best song on their album, even if it's the one most people will hear. Sometimes, b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve. K-pop's early summer continues with the …

  15. Essay about Kpop and Its Popularity

    The Emergence of K-pop. Korean pop history can be traced back to idol groups who debuted during the 90s (Vincent 2019). One of the first well-known groups was Seo Taiji and Boys. Their debut of melded Western-style pop music with lyrics in Korean went above and beyond the cultural norms in popular culture at the time (Vincent 2019).

  16. Comment a kpop song and I'll rate & review it : r/kpopthoughts

    Comment a kpop song and I'll rate & review it. Games. Rate and review, take in mind that it's just harmless fun. I'm not the biggest fan of ost like ballads so they'll probably get a lower score. Don't be surprised if I answer quickly, It's easier to give an opinion on songs I've listened to before. 1 Share.

  17. Connecting to Taylor Swift's "I Can Do It With a Broken Heart"

    I Guess I Can Do It With a Literal Broken Heart. As the Eras Tour resumes today, one ELLE editor shares how a song from Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department had an unexpected connection ...

  18. Song Review: ENHYPEN

    But as a song itself, it feels quite dull. At just under three minutes, Fatal Trouble is also robbed of the chance to blossom into its full potential. A song like this calls for a dramatic climax, but the guys simply trudge along the same limp arrangement. The chorus offers some drama, but even here the sluggish production counteracts its ...

  19. The Sin movie review: Korean horror starring Kim Yoon-hye is stylish

    Korean horror film The Sin, by Han Dong-seok, sees the shooting of an experimental movie break down when a series of bizarre events occur. The film shows glimpses of promise but is ultimately ...

  20. Song Review: ZEROBASEONE

    Song Review: ZEROBASEONE - Feel The Pop. ZEROBASEONE's jubilant Sweat premiered a few weeks too early to fully capitalize on the summer season, but offered a taste of the upbeat energy the group would pursue on their new album. Title track Feel The Pop retains an upbeat sense of joy, but tempers the intensity by returning to the muted ...

  21. Song Review: aespa

    As K-pop's global popularity has increased, so has the use of samples from pop music history. A decade ago, the idea of sampling a Western pop song felt pretty rare, but there have been a number of recent hits built upon hooks from decades past. aespa's pre-release Supernova samples Afrika Bambaataa's 1982 classic Planet Rock, a milestone blend of hip-hop and dance elements.