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"With the help of one video, albeit a video in which he pretends he is a dancing jockey, PSY has become the most successful export in Korean pop (K-pop) history."
Um, I assume they mean: most successful export to US/UK? Would probably be nice to specify that, because he sure as hell isn't Korea's #1 pop export or anywhere vaguely close to that position. And were talking in terms of media coverage. Apart from he wasn't actually 'exported'. And it's a one-song thing.
"Among the biggest K-pop acts are all male group BIGBANG and girl bands 2NE1 and Girls’ Generation."
Why do so many westerners seem to think that 2NE1 are on a comparable popularity level to the others mentioned. They're not even close. They have some collaborations with high profile western acts, and they have quite a few western fans. Still nowhere close to being one of the biggest. Did YG pay them for this article, or just ignorant?
"‘To say that PSY is representative of the rest of K-pop is a bit like saying that LMFAO are the band who best depict Western pop music,’ said Robert Leedham, pop editor at music website Drowned in Sound.
‘The likes of 2NE1 and BIGBANG certainly have a taste for high-energy theatrics but they don't reek of the same novelty value.’"
.....Oh. Did YG pay DiS for this comment too? Mention two acts and both of them YG? Seriously, 2NE1 and Big Bang are NO MORE REPRESENTATIVE of k-pop than Psy is. There's perhaps a little more in common in the way they operate but still. PSY is YG, Big Bang is YG, 2NE1 is YG. You compare three acts, all out of the same company with pretty much the same fanbase. It makes absolutely no sense, sorry.
Big Bang and 2NE1 is Western music in Korean. I have no problem with people liking that, but to say those groups are representative of k-pop is laughable. They're the LEAST representative of k-pop out of all the vaguely major ones.
"Josh Webb, music writer at WhatCulture.com, said the big breakthrough for K-pop – if it comes – is more likely to stem from female artists.
‘If you purely look at the Korean Gaon chart, it's the girls that are running the show this year,’ he said.
‘K-Pop veterans Girls’ Generation, T-ara, Sistar, f(x) and my personal favourites 2NE1 have all had number ones this year."
Well yes, that's because hardly any boy groups have released albums / EPs! And the Gaon Chart is always split. Girl groups completely dominate digital sales, and boy groups completely dominate physical sales. The digital chart is a better judge of potential popularity in the west though for sure. And I agree that boy groups don't really stand a chance. Just dodgy reasoning.
I hope it's pronounced 'egg'.
Serious question: Have you got a blog? If not, maybe you should start one - it sounds like there aren't many people writing knowledgeably about this. You could do a kind of K-Pop For Dummies guide, for people who are new to it...