Understanding the K-Pop explosion

November 28, 2012

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The K-Pop group Infinite.

 

South Korean pop star PSY has topped the YouTube charts with his video Gangam Style.  He’s taken over Just Bieber’s record with more than 810 million views. The artist is a product of South Korea’s K-pop scene, a musical genre that’s a mix of dance, electropop, hip hop and rock. It’s also a growing subculture around the world and gaining popularity here in the U.S.  Morning Shift host Tony Sarabia explains how the music got started and why it’s become such a global phenomenon. 

Featured tracks:

1 Gangnam Style - PSY

2 Butterfly - Super Junior

3 Lonely - 2NE

4 R.E.A.L - Wonder Girls