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May 13, 2014

About K-POP

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 6:15 am


Class # 87, Group # 4, 김현정, 유수영, 이예림, 조아현


– Meanwhile : [ADV] In the time between two things happening, or while something else is happening
– in earnest : If something begins to happen in earnest, it really starts to happen in a serious way.
– sensational : [ADJ] done in a way that is intended to shock people
– foothold : [NAUN] a safe position from which you can make more progress, for example in business.
– consecutively : [ADJ] consecutive events, numbers, or periods of time come one after the other


Hello, everyone. We are Group4 and our presentation is about “K- POP”. K-pop is korean popular music. Though many people know k-pop and love it these days, K-pop lead the trend from 1980’s. So, we will introduce K-pop’s history.
In 1980-1989, This period can be called he start of ‘idols’. This period’s popular singers are ‘소방차’, ‘심신’, ‘박남정’, ‘철이와 미애’, ‘나미’, ‘김완선’, and so on. Popular song of Sobangcha is ‘ Yesterday night story’. Maybe there are peoplewho don’t know this song’s name. But People sing along the chorus, if people listen to the song. Sobangcha is called 1980’s best dancing group by the public.Meanwhile, Namjung Park is famous for ‘ㄱㄴ dance’. ㄱㄴ dance is when a hand is moved around chin drawing ㄱㄴ. Break dance, Doorwalk are also famous. Wansun Kim is most famous women singer. she gets lovecall from abroad and advances first to Japan. Winning singing awards for five years consecutively, she is called Korean madonna.[1] Like this, 1980’s singer are idol’s beginning. So later singers could gain a foothold because of them.
In 1990-1999, in earnest, we called that singer ‘IDOL’. For example, representatively, ‘H.O.T’, ‘GOD’, and ‘Sechs Kies’. They are all rivals.Girls group representatively, original fairy ‘FIN.K.L’, and their rival ‘S.E.S’. A sharp popular song. Activation of the market due to the record industryalso became vitalization. and that they are even now been leading.
In 2000-2009, the singers who debuted of that time are famous k-pop singers now from all over the world. (e.g. Wondergirls, Girls Generation(SNSD), 2NE1, Kara, 4minute, F(x), TVXQ, Super Junior, BigBang, Ft-island, SHINee, 2PM, Rain, Seven, BOA) The singers are very popular in Korea so, they show their performance in Asia and they are famous in the world included USA and Europe. It is the start of K-pop’s popularity in the world. Then now, We will show you the two groups that lead the singers in 2000’s. First, we introduce TVXQ. They debuted in 2004. Debut song is ‘HUG’. Their debut have been successful and they made many hit songs. So, they was teens idol after ‘H.O.T’. This popularity was appeared not only in Korea but also in Asia. But they were separated before they are popular in other countries.[2]
Second, we will introduce Wondergirls. They debuted in 2007. Debut song is ‘Irony’ but this song was not a hit song. But the next song ‘Tell Me’ was sensational song in Korea. This song is popular with its dance. So, many Koreans danced and took that videos with the song ‘Tell Me’ and uploaded on the Internet sites. This is the start of the ‘K-pop cover dance’(Someone danced the same dance of the famous k-pop singer). And then Wondergirls became popular in USA so, they showed their performances in many places in the USA. Then, many groups were introduced in many countries easier after that two groups had experienced difficulties for introducing themselves abroad.[3]
In 2010-2014, representative idol is BEAST, B1A4, IU, SISTAR, Girl’s Day, Secret,
Rainbow, Apink, MISS A, EXO, INFINITE, AOA, MVBLAQ, Block B, BTOB, VIXX, Crayon Pop and so on. Suji and IU are rivals for title “national little sister” of the title rival.
Hereby, we looked at K-pop’s history from 1980’s to 2010’s. But it lack that you know entire K-pop history. Still there are many singer and song that we don’t introduce. In future, K-pop will be more and more various and global. we can anticipate later advanced K-pop.


[4] 김완선
[5] 동방신기

Discussion Question
1. What groups do you think are rivals at this time?
2. When do you think the word ‘IDOL’ began to be used a lot?
3. Do you agree about the popularity of K-pop in the world? why? or why not?


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