Fairlane is a devout Asian entertainment fan. On the side, she is a professional screenplay writer and author. As many genres were fused into what would eventually become K-pop, J-pop, and cantopop, boy band music has remained pristine. South Korea and Japan are not the only countries with a healthy idol and boy band industry.
S, and Korean boy bands are largely responsible for that. With male K-pop acts holding more concerts Stateside than ever before, and boy band BTS making their presence known in the American music market by breaking Billboard records, working with the Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki, and performing at the upcoming American Music Awards, the Korean invasion is most definitely here. Aimed less at Korean listeners and more at international audiences as a form of cultural export, many of the most experimental K-pop songs are crafted by international songwriters in collaboration with Korean teams. This push for a sound that is able to attract global listeners has resulted in pop confections that transcend genre limitations in an effort on the part of the songwriters to appeal to the most people possible. But with dedicated audiences living primarily in internet spaces, K-pop has spent the past decade struggling to gain momentum in the U. Several artists have even been able to get some radio play. But consistent mainstream American followings still proved elusive.
B TS arrive for their first ever UK shows by private jet. They have racked up two US No 1 albums and billions of global streams, and were recently invited to the UN as Unicef ambassadors, where their charismatic leader, RM, made a speech, in English, on self-acceptance. Milestones such as these are monumental for any artist, but in reaching them BTS — rappers Suga, RM and J-hope and vocalists Jimin, V, Jin and Jungkook — have changed the face of pop, as the first Korean group to reach the upper echelons of the western music industry. Ethereal-looking Jimin broke down at the end of the Citi Field show. Being inundated by all these emotions, it kind of got to me.