The Basics and some WarningsWhat is K-Pop?
K-Pop stands for Korean pop. "Pop" means "popular", so if you say, "I like pop music!" you are basically saying you like what is popular. Same thing! Except when you say, "I love K-Pop" , you're saying you like the Korean popular music. So, k-pop is the music that is popular in korea.
Who sings K-Pop?
People from korea. Duh!
What's the main differences between our Pop and K-Pop?
There are 3 main differences (comment if you know any more):
1. K-Pop is sung in Korean, A-pop (American pop) in English.
This is the first thing you need to realize when it comes to K-Pop. Sometimes, a k-pop singer may use English words in their songs occasionally, but there never is songs entirely in English. (There are some singers who do English covers of their songs, but that is so rare.) So don't be surprised if you don't understand what they are saying (unless if you are Korean, then no biggie!)
2. K-Pop music videos are a whole lot weirder and random than A-Pop songs.
-Ahem- Okay. Much more. Way more. If you are a noob and are faint of heart, I may advice you to skip MVs at first. AT FIRST. MVs are a huge part of the K-Pop experience.
3. Male Korean pop stars wear makeup.
Whoppin' loads of it! Some people are actually really bothered by this, (as I learned the hard way). So, if that actually bothers you, but right now you're sitting here like, "Ah! Makeup. Big deal! I can get over it." , picture this:
A guy with fake dyed white hair with black streaks in it is smoldering you with his thick black-eyeliner stare. He may also be wearing foundation and a bit of lipstick. Earrings dangle from his ears. (G-Dragon; "Coup D'Etat" MV)
Does that bother you?
If no, good. Then read on.
What are "MVs"?
"MVs" stand for "music videos". They are in the title of every official K-pop music video (and the fake ones, too).
The Side-effects of K-Pop
Believe it or not, listening to K-pop actually has side-effects. 2 different things can happen when you start listening to it...
Let's say you become a fan of Block B, for example. Here's side-effect 1:
You: *sees your crush/celeb crush* *falls to the ground* WAAAAAAAAH!!! Why doesn't he look like Zico!!!!??? I'll never get married! (becomes a nun)
OR Side-effect 2 (the one me and my sister got):
You: *sees older Asian guy on the street* ooh! An Asian! *sees young dweeby Asian boy* GAAH!!! He's so adorable!! Why haven't I noticed how cute Asians were before!!? (goes and marries Asian guy once old enough)
Some other minor side-effects (comment if I forgot any) include (note: not all these will happen to you, but they might) : listening to A-Pop music and finding it so incredibly lame, complaining about the lack of Asians in American books and movies, scouting all the movies/documentaries/any video ever you've seen to see if you can see Asians all the time (I do), or your heart doing a backflip whenever Asia is merely mentioned.
So, you have been warned. If you wish to take the path of K-popdom from which you may never return, then continue to Chapter 2.
If you do not wish you take the path of K-Popdom from which you may never return, then this is all you need to know. Though, I do think you are missing out greatly, cuz despite all the weird stuff (makeup, toilet humour, etc), K-pop songs really do have some sick beats!
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