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To a great friend.

My friend has his graduation ceremony today & this morning when I woke up I realised how much I appreciate him & thought I’d let him know.

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Although we have only known each other for a few months, I feel like you understand me more than most people I have known longer. I don’t have to make an effort when I’m around you because we just naturally have fun because you like me for who I am.

We have so much in common & we have only met each other this summer! And even when we have different thoughts & opinions, we accept it & move on without arguing.

We bonded in Seoul & although most people that we met in Seoul spent 24hrs with each other when they were there, they don’t see each other now. But thats not the case with us! I feel like we have become closer in London. If I don’t see you once a week it feels strange!

When I introduced you to a friend of mine & I told them that you are like a brother to me, I really meant it.

Tadiwa, I am truley proud of you for graduating & I want to say thank you for being so awesome! Although I wish I had met you sooner, I am glad we met in Korea because we now have the same hopes for our future! Can’t wait until we are back in Korea!! =D

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K-Pop success in Western Countries?

Recently I have been reading blog posts which discuss K-Pop & Western success. The main thing I noticed was that there are a lot of people who think K-Pop Artists need to release songs in English, in order to get successful in Western Countries. This blog post is going to be about why I think this shouldn’t happen.

The band I am going to use as my main example is… 빅 뱅 (BigBang)!

So BigBang were in America recently and there were many blog posts about BigBang becoming successful in Western Countries. While I was glad to read about BigBangs success, I had a problem, every blog post that I read suggested that BigBang should have an English album. Now, I must state that this is purely my opinion, and I am sure people will disagree. I think, if BigBang or any other K-Pop band started singing in English rather than Korean, it would be a disaster.

I think that K-pop works so well because it is sang in Korean! There is something enticing ad attractive about listening to people talking Korean and I believe that K-Pop is the best way to show how interesting, beautiful & sexy Korean Language is! Singing or Rapping in Korean is what sets K-Pop apart from mainstream music in Western countries. I completely understand that some people won’t listen to K-Pop because it is in Korean, but people who appreciate well made music that is catchy, will listen to any kind of music, regardless what language it is sang in.

Being someone who hangs around with a lot of people who don’t listen to K-Pop, I realised that they tend to think that K-Pop is cheesy and sounds like the type of songs you hear when you play dancing stage in an arcade. So when I showed them songs such as G-Dragons ‘One of a kind’ and a few songs by Jay Park, they were shocked that they sound like songs they would hear in western countries. Some of them even liked the songs so much that they downloaded a few! The point I’m getting to here is that, if K-Pop had more coverage in the press, people will know that it does not sound like the music you hear on Dance Dance Revolution! And they might be more open to listening to K-Pop.

Recently, Psy (Park Jae-sang) has had a lot of media coverage, but as a comical music act, he does not and cannot represent the whole of Korean music. It’s like saying that Taylor Swift can represent western music as a whole. There are several different genres within Korean music, as there is in western music. There is Hip-Hop, Indie, Rock, Pop, R’n’B & Jazz to name a few, the only difference is that they are sang in Korean, by Korean artists!

Now, I was originally going to make one big blog post about K-Pop, but it might not be easy on the eyes! This post is already a bit long so I am going to do a small series of follow up blog posts. The next one is going to be posted today.

Please stay tuned for ‘Why I listen to K-Pop’…

featuring BigBang!

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Update

Hello! It’s been a while. I am back with an update on why I haven’t been posting on here the past two weeks. 

I know I stated in one of my last posts that I will be posting more often and I would do a lot of posts about K-Pop in the run up to the BigBang concert on the 14th, but I have had some devastating news. On the 5th of November, I received a phone call form my aunt telling me that my mum is in hospital. I ran to the hospital not knowing what to expect. When I arrived, I found out that my mum had a condition called AVM, she had bleeding in her brain which is classed as a stroke. 

She had to have an operation on the 6th of November to remove a blood clot and release the bleeding in her brain. Alhamdulillah everything went well and she is now recovering. Yesterday she left ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and has been placed on the neuro ward.

It has been a stressful two weeks for me with assignments and deadlines in the same week that my mother was taken to hospital. As I am in my final year of university I can’t miss any lessons and to be honest, I didn’t want to because I knew my mum would want me to carry on going to uni. She wants me to do well so that was what made me determined to attend my lectures & seminars. 

Anyway, now my mum is recovering, I won’t say that I will be posting on here more because every time I say that, something comes up! But I now have a little bit more free time and I can actually think clearer. 

Tomorrow, I am going to a Korean Language meet up in London, and I will try to record some footage and maybe do an interview with a few of my Korean & non-Korean friends about K-Pop & K-Dramas! I personally like Korean Films more, but none of my friends seem to have the same interests! I was also hoping on going to the London Korean Film Festival, but as my mum was in hospital,it wasn’t possible for me to go to any of the film showings. But there is always next year!

So, please, give me ideas on what you would like my to write or talk about and I will be sure to cover it!