Korean Pop. I never understood the appeal, then Gangnam Style came out, garnering almost 1.5 billion views on YouTube and I was like, this is so ridiculous, it's good. And I participated in a spoof myself (I come into focus at 3:06).
It didn't last for me, though. I just wanted to know what they were saying so bad, and I wasn't committed enough to look up everything they were saying. They threw English words and phrases in the midst of their Asian that really didn't make sense...or maybe it does, I don't know. All you non-Korean K-pop lovers, do you really know what they're saying? Or are you just diggin' the beat? Their music videos, yes, are very cute with their coy smiles, their adorable winks, the strategic tracing every so often of their flawless faces, the tilting of their dainty heads...
And of course, when I was Hong Kong over the Christmas break, it turned out that my cousin's son was in love with Girls' Generation. And then, my younger sister revealed that she also loved Girls' Generation. There are nine of them. NINE. I mean, I can't even work with more than four people on a class project without the fear of losing my voice, imagine fighting eight other people to literally have your voice heard.
And this...talk about trying to get equal face time. I counted nine, then eleven, then ten. I don't know. So many elements to this song too. Goodness, I can't tell what they want me to think.
Update two hours after starting this post: Okay, okay. Forgive me, I've been a skeptic. While I've been writing this post, I've been listening to more and more and more and more and I have to say, I think I might be converted. Big Bang's "Fantastic Baby," the third time around, really catches on. Oh my, what a journey I've just been through.
I'd like to thank what pushed me to look into K-pop again. This video, or what I like to call Pitch Perfect's alternate ending: if Kimmy Jin would just be Beca's friend.
These days, you gots to be Asia. Embrace K-pop, my friends. Embrace it like I did.