Author: Kelcey Lorenzo

K-POP KORNER: “Make It Pop” or Make it Stop?

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – The Korean Wave, or Hallyu, will be crashing over mainstream American television through Nickelodeon’s new TV musical comedy, “Make It Pop.” The television network and co-producers Nick Canon and Thomas W. Lynch describe the show as “a comedic, music-infused daily strip about three unique girls who come together to start their own K-Pop-inspired band.” Megan Lee, YouTube sensation and Korean solo singer who debuted in 2014, will be playing one of the leads in the series. Her character, Sun Hi, is an aspiring pop star and a master of social media. Although the show appears...

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K-Pop Korner: Bad Weather “Rains” on Eric Nam’s First U.S Tour

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – Atlanta-born K-Pop solo artist and YouTube sensation Eric Nam recently announced that his first U.S. tour would have to be put on pause. The one-week showcase tour was supposed to kick off on February 20th in New York, continue on to Atlanta and Dallas, and finish in Los Angeles. Boa, member of girl group Spica, was also scheduled to perform alongside Nam as a special guest for the American concerts. On the 18th, just two days before the first leg of the tour, Nam regretfully posted on his various social media accounts that the tour...

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K-Pop Korner: Web Dramas – The Next Big Hit (or Miss)

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – Korean entertainment companies are always looking for the newest and freshest way to market and promote their idol-singers through means other than just the group’s music. Idols can be seen guest starring on variety and radio shows, endorsing products and companies, and modeling in magazine pictorials. 2013 saw the rise of mobile dramas (programs that are only available through premium mobile services), such as B2ST’s Kikwang in “20’s Twenty-Years-Old” and Infinite’s Sungyeol and 4Minute’s Jihyun in “Love Potential.” It appears that the newest method is web dramas – programs that are available through online video...

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K-POP KORNER: You’re Nothing Without Your Fans

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – EXID, a girl group that debuted in 2012, won their first weekly music show award four months after releasing and promoting their song “Up&Down.” Back in August 2014, EXID released their music video and single for “Up&Down.” The song failed to gain the attention of the general public and the girls ended their original round of promotions without any music show awards (which are usually awarded to the highest charted songs of the week). Three months later, a fan taken video (fancam) of member Hani performing the song went viral. The fancam gathered a few...

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K-POP KORNER: Homosexual Slurs Do Not Make You a Tough Cookie

KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – Block B’s Zico has recently come under fire after the release of his official solo debut music video “Tough Cookie” on November 6th. In the video, the rapper uses a homosexual slur and is seen wearing a jacket with a Confederate flag. The music video is also being criticized for misappropriation of African American culture as well as demoralizing women. Many Korean fans praised Zico for his rapping, saying it puts him in “another class” of idol rappers, and tried to justify his use of the word “faggot.”  One Korean fan commented, “I was born and...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the influential Pacific Century Institute.

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