Lady Gaga’s got nothin’ on this: KPOP 101
Once upon a time in a far away land called Denial, I listened to Korean pop (better-known as Kpop).
Yep. Slap that judgement on me, I bloody well deserve it. To be fair, I went into it kicking and screaming, before my eyes turned glassy from the buffet of hot, chiseled men and ears turned deaf from auto-tune. I truly question myself nowadays when I accidentally come across a new boyband/girlband – what the heck was I thinking? I’ve come to the conclusion that I wasn’t.
Kpop is slowly (yet, disturbingly surely) taking over the world. Some of it has already seeped into non-Asian shores, what with Rain making various stops in the States for his comeback tour, Lee Byung Hun as the kick-ass ninja dude in G.I. Joe, Jeremy Scott practically salivating for 2NE1 and – right here in Ozzie land – the 2011 KPOP Music Fest in Sydney.
This, dear readers, is called the Hallyu Wave. And it’s gonna take over your iTunes by storm whether you like it or not.
To make things simpler, this post will come in two parts, in an attempt to make you understand a) why it’s becoming so popular b) why I don’t like it even after spending nearly a year obsessed with it and c) why I won’t judge you even if you start to find yourself liking it.