Adding Up The American Influences In K-Pop
A major indicator of how the genre has been able to cross into other cultures — ones extremely different from the Korean heritage — comes in the music itself. K-pop is a combination of different genres popular Western music. Everything from electro-pop to R&B to piano ballads to hip-hop to soul music can be heard in K-pop hits. But a major specialty of K-pop is in its ability to blend these into hybrid, pop confections completely in their own league.
Sound intimidating? Get an introduction to K-pop with five popular songs broken down to make any music fan understand the different elements at work. These artists, producers and songwriters obviously don't jack the different sounds; there are just similarities that K-pop and Western fans can bond over in order to better understand each other's musical language, even when their actual languages differ. K-pop expert Jeff Benjamin does the math.
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