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21:06 CST :: 2/26/2017

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Something I've wondered for a while, is why the hell are Kpop songs so obsessed with having English words/phrases in the song? I don't really see it with any other type of music, but it's present in almost every Kpop song that I've heard.

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23:17 CST :: 2/26/2017

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You must not listen to much J-Pop then. No, but you're right that it seems prevalent in the current iteration of K-Pop. This likely has much to do with that music scene drawing distinct influence from genres that have flourished in English-speaking countries, such as EDM, Trap, Crunk, and R&B. With those influences comes a desire for the tracks to cross over into a more worldwide consciousness, particularly the US where a good third of buying music market is. One of the easiest ways to pull that off is to include English phrases in the music and the titles, in order to make it feel more familiar and safe.

This does, by the way, pay off: just this past year, major albums by BTS, BIGBANG, and EXO all did rather well in the American market selling several thousand copies and netting millions of streams, and they all do this sort of thing. In fact, a K-Pop act that wasn't Psy (CL, formerly of 2NE1) pulled off a hit on the Hot 100 with Lifted, a track that, while having her style, was performed in English, which no doubt played a part in it getting on the chart. Similarly, the only other Korean song to hit the Hot 100 that wasn't from Psy was Wonder Girls' Nobody, which debuted thanks to the English version's release and promotion through live performances of that version on English media outlets.

Hopefully that helps to explain it!


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11:29 CST :: 2/27/2017

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Yeah, it does seem to be a fairly recent thing. It's pretty rare in kpops from older Pump mixes, but in newer mixes, almost every Kpop has some English in it.

I did see BIGBANG listed as a choice for "favorite international artist" in Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards, for what it's worth.


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Quote (BlueballFragginCrunch @ 02:48 CST :: 12/11/2007)
and now children let's bat attention to your mother wher I accidentally combed my hair with a toothbrush. that's right my children for I am the jesus to annhilate your m other frog. christy chexios and a peas full of morning.


Quote (Kuhazan @ 11:06 CST :: 1/12/2009)
The only virus a machine can get is from Beethoven.

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