The disturbing truth behind K-Pop music
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Then there are the kind of middling incidents. One star decided to go solo and this resulted in a petition for him to commit suicide which got 3, signatures before being taken down. One member of a girl band started dating another famous guy and was sent an envelope with razor blades and a death threat. But then there are the times anti-fan really tried to hurt people. One boy band member was given a drink by what he thought was a fan, then gave the drink to his mother, who was hospitalized and had her stomach pumped because the drink was poisoned.
Another was given a drink with glue in it and started vomiting blood. Real fans are insane Getty Images When you become a K-Pop star you're expected to look the part, nail your complicated dance routines, and be perfect in every aspect of your life. And if your fans see you slip just a little bit, they'll probably go crazy. According to Australian Broadcasting Corporationthe group TVXQ had fans tapping their phone lines so they could hear the calls of their idols, and some even broke into their apartments so they could "kiss them in their sleep.
Then there are the really extreme "private fans" known as Sasaeng. These people go as far as installing cameras in their idols' homes and sending them love letters written in menstrual blood.
They have also left urine and poop in the homes of stars they like. Pausing for a minute to let you get those images out of your head. And they aren't afraid to get violent. The Sasaeng have been known to attack stars they don't feel are paying them enough attention, or other fans that got too much affection from their idols. But not everyone thinks they're crazy.
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You can now get a specific taxi service in South Korea that will chase your favorite star at speeds of mph, putting everyone involved plus innocent bystanders at risk. The hours are nuts Shutterstock You'd think that the work hours of a pop star are better than, say, those of a lawyer. Isn't it part of the whole "being famous" package that, yeah, you have to work nights but at least you get to sleep in? Maybe in some countries but not when you sign your soul over to become a K-Pop star. Say goodbye to sleep for the next decade.
According to Seoul Beatsyou can forget money or fancy cars because sleep is a pop star's greatest luxury. SBS Pop Asia says that an average workday can be 20 hours, leaving just a few hours for sleep.
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That might be possible to pull off once or twice in a row, but this is all day every day. And in between those precious few hours you constantly have a camera in your face, so you better be peppy and look gorgeous.
That's probably why being hospitalized for exhaustion is just par for the course when you're a K-Pop star. Krystal, of f xhas fainted on screen so many times it's almost become a kind of trademark.
At one point she was doing a gig and passed out with the mic still in her hand, because that is professionalism. KpopStarz reports that one over-worked individual, SHINee's Minho, finally got some time off and fell asleep at a friend's house -— for 48 hours. Yeah, he was so tired he didn't wake up for two days, and it wasn't even in his own bed.
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You're forced onto crazy diets and weight checks Shutterstock In K-Pop both guys and girls need to be thin thin thin, which encourages extreme diets in order to lose weight in a couple of weeks or even just in a few days. And these aren't just rumors. Hello K-Pop says that many stars have actually admitted to doing insane things just to lose some pounds or kilograms, since this is South Korea.
One of the favorites seems to be pick a low-fat, low-calorie food and just eat that all the time. There's the watermelon diet, the lettuce diet, and the cucumber diet.
They don't need much explanation.
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You take the food from the name and only eat that until you're happy with the number on the scale. Then there's the paper cup diet. Apparently one girl group, Nine Muses, is "well-known" for this one. You take a tiny paper cup and fill it with whatever you want, as long as it is healthy. The songwriting is farmed out to people whose job it is to shit sugary gold.
The casting call goes out and the groups are formed based on looks alone. Dancing can be taught; singing can be dubbed or auto-tuned.
The look of the music — especially for the girls — is sexed-up, but in reality K-pop is as conservative as it gets. It dares not offend anyone, and in the process proves itself to be the unoriginal, uninspired, corporate produced SHIT that it is.
Koreans are actually incredibly creative people with enough collective angst to produce thousands of Kurt Cobains. There are punk bands in the city I live in; I personally know several dedicated and fucking soulful musicians who will never see the light of day here.
Real music is rebellion. Till today, it is among the most watched videos on YouTube. PSY That was way back in Korean pop has since reached staggering heights of popularity. Her, peaked to No. Tear has sold a million copies since its release on May 18 this year.
In fact, the band BTS is having a significant effect on the stock market as well, reported news portal Business Korea. Korean boy band BTS making it to the No.
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A Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism was established in with a specific department for promoting globalisation of K-pop and has been allotted substantial funds.
Since the s, many stateof-the-art auditoriums have come up. Research and development of hologram technology prominently used by K-pop and promotion of K-pop tourism too have picked up since. Changdong in north-western Seoul is being developed as a major cultural destination for K-pop tourism.
The first phase of the project saw the completion of Platform 61 last year that has been constructed from 61 colourful shipping containers. Some K pop groups have already used it for recording videos.
Hannah Waitt, cofounder and CEO of moon-ROK, a premier English source that provides fans with up-to-date and reliable information on their favourite K-pop artists, says: The South Korean government too is playing its part — it has set up language institutes in 50 countries.
The thriving cultural economy has also boosted increase in export of related goods. Korean stars are driving consumer trends in a big way. Fashion, food and even plastic surgery are followed by the diehard fans. The beauty industry has seen the biggest growth.