"Featuring quirky horse-riding dance moves and an infectious electronic beat, an unlikely music video and its leading man made history in 2012. In December of that year, ""Gangnam Style"" reached one billion hits on YouTube the most views ever. Seemingly overnight, the South Korean pop star behind the hit Psy (Park Jae-sang) became a household name.
But Psy is just part of the story. Other South Korean pop sensations such as Girls' Generation, 2NE1, and BigBang are part of a global sensation called Hallyu, or the Korean Wave. South Korean bands are performing to sold out arenas all over the world, and fans can't get enough of South Korean music, films, television, food, and manhwa (cartoons).
K-Pop: Korea's Musical Explosion traces the journey of South Korean pop music, from the early influences of American rock 'n' roll in the 1950s to the success of a tiger-eyed sensation called Rain, who wowed American audiences in the early 2000s. Discover how this Korean Justin Timberlake, and those who came after him, rose through South Korea s star-making system through grueling hard work to seduce international audiences with their tight choreographies, irresistible beats, outrageous outfits, and exciting stage shows. You'll become part of the K-Pop fandom world too!"
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Stuart A. Kallen has written more than two hundred fifty nonfiction books for children and young adults over the past twenty years. His books have covered countless aspects of human history, culture, and science from the building of the pyramids to the music of the twenty-first century. Kallen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist in San Diego, California.From School Library Journal:
Gr 4–8—Popular music has always been a part of the cultural landscape, from the Beatles, the Jackson Five, and, more currently, One Direction. K-Pop, or Korean Pop, has been a staple in South Korea since the 1960s, but with the arrival of Psy and his "Gangnam Style" video in 2012, it has seen worldwide success and been introduced more prominently into the Western world. This highly accessible text focuses on K-Pop from the 1960s to the modern day, highlighting some of the biggest artists and most influential record labels. Much like K-Pop's fast-paced, bubblegum style, the book is filled with an explosion of colorful photographs that gives readers a glamorized view of the life of a K-Pop artist. Each chapter ends with a mini discography featuring the most popular songs of the artists introduced in the chapter. The addition of a selected bibliography featuring several websites and blogs makes this book a great tool for students wanting to do a report on a fresh and exciting topic. An appealing addition for readers who wish to know more about artists like Psy, Girls' Generation, 2NE1, and Rain.—Krishna Grady, Darien Library, CT
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