Three years later, South Korea debuted its first "idol" group, the boy band H. T., followed in 1997 by its first major girl group, S. To be sure, many of its vapid songs are intentionally light on lyrics — catchiness is king.
Besides, K-pop isn’t the only musical genre fraught with sexist content.
Fresh-faced ingénues can decline, but unless they work for YG Entertainment — which forbids its girl groups from going under the knife — opting out of surgery is tantamount to opting out of the industry.
As Patricia Marx of the New Yorker puts it, Korean pop culture “shapes not only what music you should listen to but what you should look like while listening to it,” adding that nose jobs and double-eyelid surgeries are now common high school graduation presents in Korea.
The two of them got close after going on together,” the company revealed in a statement on Wednesday (June 28).It'll be hard to meet up sometimes- their schedule is always full and when it's not, then your schedule might not be free.The relationship might seem to be only existing through the phone screen- the only way to communicate when you can't meet up. Western musical influence first hit Korea in the late 1800s, but K-pop wasn’t born until the release of the 1992 song “Nan Arayo” (I Know) by Seo Taiji and Boys, which floored audiences with its catchy swingbeat and use of rap lyrics. From then until the early 2000s, the nascent genre entered the Japanese and Southeast Asian markets. Export sales shot from 1 million in 2005 to .5 billion in 2007. The K-pop empire is now perhaps the country's biggest export, yet the product it peddles, dripping with bubblegum imagery and witless refrains, is all too often incredibly sexist. In fact, according to geotagged Twitter data, K-pop is killing it in Tokyo, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, and it’s caught on in Saudi Arabia and Poland, too. Though wildly entertaining, the genre serves as saccharine testimony to the ways in which young Korean ladies, despite being among the world’s most educated, are objectified, vilified and legally enslaved by a multibillion dollar industry that manufactures outrageous profit from their exploitation. But female artists suffer heavy double standards, especially when it comes to pay and the way their personal lives are judged. Entertainment reported sales of .6 million, but in only two years, sales rose to 0 million — the same year “Gangnam Style” became the first You Tube video to reach 1 billion views.
This month, the how-dare-they-date alarm sounded over Twice’s Mina and GOT7’s Bam Bam in light of a leaked photo.