• The Rise of R&B in Korean Music

    June 16, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    The Land of the Morning Calm is swept up in an R&B frenzy. With the recent comeback of the veteran R&B/urban duo Fly to the Sky, Taeyang's second full-length album, solo artist Zion. T's inexplicable popularity and the highly anticipated release of up and coming artist Crush's debut album, R&B is slowly wriggling its way into music chart positions that have long been dominated by dance-pop, ballad, and quasi-hip hop groups. It really is as

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  • WBW: My Top 20 Old School K-pop Songs

    December 11, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    It's a sad day here in Way Back Wednesday land as today is my final column on a subject I hold very near and dear to my heart: old school K-pop. I've been writing this column for nearly two years and it's been an absolute pleasure because I never get tired talking about the subject. Unfortunately, the rest of my life doesn't agree with me and I won't be able to write on a regular basis anymore. So like all good things, my run with the column is c

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  • WBW: 10 Cool Old School Album Covers

    October 9, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Before the Internet allowed us to download our favorite songs onto magical music machines from the comfort of our homes, K-pop fans used have to run to their local Morning Glory / Korean music / book / Sanrio products store and peruse the latest offerings from their favorite groups. With so many choices and without being able to actually hear the songs (yeah... "teasers" didn't exist), very often the final decision on what to buy came down to who

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  • WBW: 10 Concerts I Wish I Could Have Seen

    September 25, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    I wrote a little blurb in the Confessions of an Uncle Fan column yesterday about how dedicated international fans are when their favorite groups are visiting their country. That's one of the things that I missed as a K-pop fan back in the late 1990's because international tours or concerts basically didn't exist, especially if you didn't happen to live in LA or New York (H.O.T. did visit Washington, DC back in 1997 but even that was in a high sch

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  • WBW: Korean-American Style

    February 20, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    One of the big stories on allkpop last week was the news that 'Birth of a Great Star' contestant Megan Lee was signing with Kim Tae Woo's label Soul Shop Entertainment. For those who may not know, Megan is a bright YouTube star who hails from, in her own words, "happy and sunny California". She follows a long list of contestants on K-pop audition shows who are either from or have spent time in the United States, including Roy Kim, John Park,

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  • Way Back Wednesday: Thanksgiving Reunions

    November 22, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    I know it's called Way Back Wednesday but I wanted this weeks WBW to be focused on a great Holiday. Today is Thanksgiving for those of us in the U.S.A. and it also marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. I love Thanksgiving and the four F's related to it: Family, Friends, Food, and Football. I love the weather from this time of year and taking time off from work and enjoying a weekend as I relax and really give thanks for what I hav

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  • Way Back Wednesday: Best and Not So Best English Group Names

    September 26, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. - Shakespeare JYP Entertainment recently revealed the name of the its new female duo featuring 'Kpop Star' winner Park Ji Min as '15&' (pronounced Fifteen And). At first look, it feels more like the name of a New York City restaurant than a K-pop group but more than that, it's another English name as noted in the teaser video which spells it out for the viewer

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  • Way Back Wednesday: Kings of Korean R&B, Solid

    May 9, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    Way back in 1993, the pop music in Korea began going through a transformation as it began to incorporate some of the styles and sounds found in American music. Rap, Hip-hop and, and R&B began making its way into the Korean music industry and the result was music that fused these new styles with a Korean twist. One of the groups at the forefront of this transformation was Solid. Solid was and still is to this day one of the most influential gr

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  • miss A does the "rabbit dance" on '1000 Songs Challenge'

    April 1, 2012 @ 10:36 am

      The four ladies of miss A recently performed the "rabbit dance" (aka shuffle dance), while passionately singing along to "Like an Indian Doll". miss A guested on the April 1st episode of SBS's '1000 Songs Challenge' along with other appearances by Kim Sung Soo, Hong Suk Chun, Park Il Joon, Han Hye Jin, Lee Young Beom, Hong Jin Young, Sun Woo Yong, and Sul Woon Do. The cast members were each divided into five teams and sang variou

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  • Way Back Wednesday: Spring Fling

    March 21, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    It's spring fever...You don't quite know what it is you so want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" --Mark Twain Spring is in the air and here in New York City, like the lyrics in Big Bang's "Blue", a mild winter has been followed up by some early warm weather. Since spring has officially arrived, we here at Way Back Wednesday thought it would be a good opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some

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