When the KPOP theme was suggestion, I had no Idea what it was – so had to do a google to work out what KPOP bullet journal ideas where and what KPOP was!
A brief History of KPOP
I found this great site which give a history of where KPOP comes from what it is:
South Korea: land of TV dramas, mukbang, celebrity StarCraft champions, and one of the world’s most vibrant and dominant pop music industries. Since modern Korean pop music took shape in the early 90’s, the Hallyu, or Korean culture wave, has been steadily building into a global phenomenon.
“In the 21st century, culture is power,” former (and now-incarcerated) South Korean President Park Geun-hye said in her inaugural address in 2013, referencing the growing worldwide domination of the Hallyu. Still, many North American music fans, if they think of South Korean music at all, think of “Gangnam Style,” and that’s about it.
When Korean music is mentioned in Western outlets, it’s often in judgment of the South Korean and Japanese systems of training their idols intensely from a young age. Only devoted K-fans and noraebang disciples really know the history and big names from the full spectrum of Korean pop history, and that’s a shame—K-pop history is every bit as vibrant, relevant, and entertaining as its more widespread Western counterpart.
The roots of Korean popular music can be traced all the way back to 1885, when a missionary named Henry Appenzeller began to teach American and British folk songs to schoolchildren, replacing the original English lyrics with Korean ones. These songs, known as changga, were collected and banned by the Japanese during their rule of Korea from 1910 to 1945, as the lyrics of many changga denounced Korea’s colonial oppressors.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of massively popular K-pop acts that could’ve made the cut for this primer, but we’d be here for days. Every week, the Gaon music chart is replete with new artists, debuting solo acts, and reunited idol groups… and that’s not even getting into the huge number of classic, now-defunct bands, so anyone interested in becoming a K-pop superfan has their work cut out for them.
The massive K-pop industry, which is supported by the South Korean government as a a valuable part of the Korean Wave and a soft power apparatus towards youth around the world, isn’t going away any time soon.
So who is the most popular KPOP band at the moment? I wanted to hear the music and see the faces! So The top 5 at the moment according to WikiPedia are:
- Wanna One
I had a look at them on the interwebs and their followings are MASSIVE it is insane! But listened to the music and while different from what I usually liked – I can totally see why its so popular! What I noticed about the KPOP inspired bullet journal layouts and spreads is that many of them are scrapbook style or messy style, and really focuses on celebrating the KPOP band!
Some really cool KPOP bujo stuff I found!
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