|aK-pop idols :|bpopular culture and the emergence of the Korean music industry /|cDal Yong Jin and Hark Joon Lee.
|aLanham, Maryland :|bLexington Books,|c2019.
|ax, 207 pages :|billustrations ;|c23 cm
|aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 191-195) and index.
|aEmergence of K-pop. Emergence of K-Pop as transnational popular culture ; K-pop in the twenty-first century ; Idol-formation reality shows as K-pop's new star system --Entertainment houses and training idol groups. A secret door finally opened: assistant director and trainees united ; Sweat and tears in the studios ; The shadows in spartan training and the pre-debut ; A country girl who dreams of becoming an idol star ; The long road to stardom -- Borders between becoming stars and disappearing. Competition, sorrow, and love ; Tears, idols, and K-pop ; Going overseas and a few stars.
|a"Converging theory and practice, this book provides a unique analysis of Korean youth's attempts to become global celebrities within the growing K-pop phenomenon, which is rapidly becoming part of global media systems and culture. K-pop has become one of the most popular cultural forms in the global music markets, despite having a relatively new global presence. Its recent spread around the world suggests that K-pop exists as a local-based genre of music in global markets, including Western markets. Unlike other existing books on K-pop, which mainly focus solely on academic analyses or industrial perspectives, K-Pop Idols: Popular Culture and the Emergence of Korean Music Industry combines theory with industry and musical aesthetics. Following the idol group Nine Muses through a year-long chronicle, the authors portray the everyday lives of young girls relentlessly pursuing happiness, satisfaction, and the achievement of their dreams in the K-pop world."--Publisher's description.
|aPopular music|zKorea (South)|xHistory and criticism.