SISTAR

Now, let me introduce you to one of my favourite girls group “SISTAR“. SISTAR is a four members girl group consisting of Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou, and Dasom that debuted in June, 2010 under Starship Entertainment. The group main genres are K-pop, pop, dance-pop, and R&B.

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Since their debut, SISTAR remained very underrated and often did not received the recognition for their hard-works in producing good musics, mainly because the spotlights were often on the more popular girl groups such as Kara and Girl’s Generation. However, in 2012 the group has risen to prominence as they released their first mini album “Alone“, containing six tracks with the title track called Alone(the album cover can be seen at the left side). Alone has quickly gained massive popularity and received much supports and praises from fellow producers and idols. Just within hours after its release on April 12, the title track Alone achieved an All-Kill, placing first place on live music charts, on various real-time music charts such as Melon, Mnet, Soribada, Bugs, Olleh Music and more. At the same time, its Alone’s MV has also gain more than 500,000 views in less than a day. Check out the MV below.

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The song “Alone” became a viral in Korea and the girls have finally been recognised as one of the top girl groups in Korea. With Alone still topping the music charts, they took no break and returned with another mini album “Loving U” in the summer. The title track Loving U has also achieved an All-Kill on various music charts such as Melon, Mnet, Soribada, Cyworld, and more. Check out their MV below

At the end of 2012, SISTAR was still one of the most talked about girl groups in Korea. The girls went on and achieved many awards at end-of-the-year music awards and nominations, including Album of the Year, Best Female Group, Digital Records, and many more. The full list of awards are listed below.

26th Golden Disk Awards Digital Bonsang (“So Cool”) Won
21st Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Won
Mnet 20’s Choice Awards 20’s sexiest Performance Won
Style Icon Awards Top 10 “Teen Style Icons” Won
14th Mnet Asian Music Awards
Song of the Year (“Alone“) Nominated
Best Female Group Won
Best Dance Performance – Female Group Nominated
Artist of The Year Nominated
Korean Cultural Entertainment Awards Best Female Vocalist Nominated
4th Melon Music Awards 2012 Top 10 Won
Album of the Year Nominated
Global Star Award Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards Choice Award Won
Soompi Gayo Awards
Top 10 Artists (#5) Won
Top 50 Songs – #2 (“Loving U”) Won
Top Female Group – Silver Won
Netizen Awards – Album of the Year (Loving U) Won

Introduction to K-Pop

     K-pop is basically an abbreviation for Korean Pop or Korean Popular Music consisting of different types of genre, from electronic to r&b, originating in South Korea. Because of its growing popularity, not only K-pop is a type of music, but it also has grown into a viral and popular subculture among teenagers and young adults throughout Asia. Moreover, K-pop has now even spread outside of Korea to America, Europe, and even Africa, thanks to the modern technology and social media, and most notably to the success of PSY’s Gangnam Style.psy-gangnam-style-dance

      People all over the world now enjoy K-pop as well as the culture of Korea, fashion, and style of Korean idol groups and singers, even though they don’t necessarily understand the words (lyrics). Mostly importantly, K-pop has formed many lifelong friendships among the fans and fan-clubs, consisting of people from diverse background and culture that sometimes do not even speak the same language, of different idol groups. It is really fascinating how people from different areas around the world come and form friendships because of something they do not even understand.

Now, let’s get into the industry of K-pop music. There are many management agencies in K-pop industry such as Cube Entertainment, Starship Entertainment, and many more; however, the big three agencies are SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and YG Entertainment. Below are the big name idol groups from each companies.

SM: TVXQ, Super Junior, Girl’s Generation, Shinee, f(x), BoA, and Exo

JYP: 2pm, 2am, Wonder Girls, Miss A, and Rain

YG: Psy, Big Bang, 2NE1, and Se7en

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JYJ’s Jaejoong

As I started following K-pop, I began learning and reading about their stories of becoming idols. Some stories even gave me teary eyes. One of the many things about K-pop that has respect is that the idols started training at young age for many years before debuting as idols. Some idols started training as early as 7 years old and trained for 11 years before debuting (Big Bang’s G-Dragon). JYJ’s member, Jaejoong, left his family when he was only fifteen to go and pursue his dreams in Seoul. He participated in an SM audition and was allowed to begin taking classes under the company. However, he had to pay for his own classes and, without his family’s support, he had to take many hardworking jobs such as working at a restaurant, construction work, and delivering newspapers. He then used his earned money to pay for his lessons first before using them on his food and clothing. If you are interested in reading more about the road to K-pop, feel free to click on the link below.

http://seoulbeats.com/2012/02/the-road-to-k-pop-stardom-training/