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Year 2012: Year of the 12 Directors

Year 2012: Year of the 12 Directors

It was a great year to meet directors on a monthly basis. Every Thursday evening, I would come to the London Korean Cultural Centre to enjoy watching the films. Films are shown by the selected Korean directors. Some are classics. Some are modern. Yet, there is a bit of everything for audiences, including myself, to […]

The Year that was 2012: Comebacks and Rookie Overdose

The Year that was 2012: Comebacks and Rookie Overdose

In this final look back at 2012, I analyse the comebacks and rookie Kpop groups that got me talking this year. 2012 saw a plethora of comebacks from the big hitters in the Kpop world. We saw some returning from a difficult 2011 and others presenting a new sound under new management. There was also […]

The Year that was 2012: Scandals Galore

The Year that was 2012: Scandals Galore

In this third article I will be looking at the scandals that occurred within the Kpop world and the impact they had on netizens and me. Who doesn’t love a bit of gossip, gossip makes the celebrity world go round. In fact most of the so called ‘rumours’ we hear or see are created by […]

The Year that was 2012: When Indie came to Town

The Year that was 2012: When Indie came to Town

In this second article of my 2012 review I will be looking at a group that stood out of the crowd for its simplicity and gained critical success and asking could it be the turning point for alternative acts in the industry. Busker Busker, three guys with a single mission: make music that is simple […]

The Year that was 2012: That man named Psy

The Year that was 2012: That man named Psy

So the end of 2012 is near and what a year it has been. Not only did we see Korean filmmakers get critical acclaim at respected festivals, we also saw the world domination of that man called Psy. In the Kpop world, it saw the emergence of rookie groups that didn’t seem so rookie and […]

The Kimchibilly sounds of The Rock Tigers

The Kimchibilly sounds of The Rock Tigers

Rockabilly, the sound of 1950’s Americana. With its Teddy Boys, sassy girls and strong and rhythmic bass lines it swept America influencing fashion and making heartthrobs of its musicians. Rockabilly didn’t die when the musical soundscape of a generation changed, it is alive and well. This time, it’s been given an eastern twist. Ladies and […]

Going global or just media hype?

“Block B set to perform with Alexandra Burke” “Seungri takes a picture with Ashton Kutcher” “Ian Somerholder from Vampire Diaries Tweets Miss A’s Suzy” Judging by the headlines you would assume that K-pop has managed to take over the world. It never fails to amaze me just how much being seen with an international celebrity […]

Hallyu is doing more harm than good for Korea’s image

Hallyu is doing more harm than good for Korea’s image

This year has seen a growth in interest in the ‘Hallyu’ or ‘Korean Wave’ linked with K-pop and K-dramas. I’m surprised that the Korean government hasn’t sought to trademark the letter K as this is intrinsically linked with the spread of Korean pop culture. However this growth and spread of pop culture has led to […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club