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  1. It's not about the music – because musically he just collected himself some elements of Western music (especially teen bands).

    The main difference is the subculture that has emerged around the genre – nyashnye performers, dances, visual, own terminology, elements of reality shows. It is precisely because of this that k-pop stands out as a separate topic.

  2. In addition to the previous answers, k-pop is of the highest quality: 1. perfect images and behavior of the participants, for the most part everything is as modest and cute as possible – they do not have the vulgarity and swagger that we are already used to in our and Western performers. 2. Beautiful voices and dances – all members of k-pop groups sing and dance well, and k-pop dances are always different from dancing to Western dance music. 3. Fan engagement – all k-pop artists are very active in promoting themselves on the Internet, posting recordings of performances or moments from real life, organizing all sorts of fan meetings, responding to comments on social networks, thanking fans for their love and support, fans in turn thank the artists for everything they do for them, giving their favorite idols gifts, arranging flash mobs and buying tons of merch.4 And probably the most important difference between k-pop songs and all others is the songs themselves, their semantic content, the sensations they cause when listening – that feeling when you want to smile, spread your arms and fly up! The feeling that you are not alone in this world, that you are loved and always supported. How to describe and imagine the feeling when after a hard day you want to lie down, not to think about anything, not to move and not to be touched by anyone, but after listening to a few songs, a smile appears on your face and lightness, and as if a second wind opens. Songs that are understandable without translation – they are felt in the heart, because they contain a part of the artist's soul)) listening to Western songs for more than 20 years, I very rarely wanted to know their translation or learn more about the artist, they did not cling, as if they were dead and empty, they did not have the light that Koreans have. Listening to Korean songs, I WANT to know what they sing about, I want it so much that I started learning Korean myself, and I plan to start learning Japanese, because there are also a huge number of great songs in Japanese)) Most Korean artists (k-pop and k-rock) sing about always believing in yourself, don't give up, go to your dream, don't give up, no matter how hard it is – go ahead, help each other, sing about being not alone in this world. They sing about love, and about the kind that lasts for a lifetime, about parting, and they sing as if this is the tragedy of a lifetime and they will never meet such love again. They sing about friendship and betrayal, about problems and their solutions, about family. You listen to some songs like a psychologist's consultation. Many of these songs are written by the band members themselves, and the guys put a piece of their soul into them, which makes them especially valuable and attractive.
    Remember the phrase from the USSR – “The song helps us build and live”? It can be fully attributed to Korean music! K-pop and K-rock really helps people live and enjoy life. Russian modern songs only help to lie down and die of despair.

  3. There are two fundamental differences between K-pop and the rest of pop music. The first is the COMPLETE elimination of the role of the individual in music. There is a certain set of standards regarding song themes, performers 'stage images, band members' line-up and roles, and so on; these standards are enforced not only within a particular label – but also within the entire Korean pop industry. Any fan can remember – they will see in any team the leader of the group, the soul of the company, the rapper, vocalist, junior member and, to choose from, any other of the standard set of archetypes on stage and in life. The theme of the lyrics, again, is subordinated to the mood of the target audience(young girls/boys, depending on the composition of the group), the lyrics and music themselves are written by third-party people, which, however, is true for almost all pop music. So why all of the above? But here's the thing – the role of a musician-performer, instead of a Creator with a capital letter who puts his own soul and worldview into music, is replaced by the role of a fuel cell that is charged into one of the impersonal commercial music kits. And God forbid he will not cope, or somehow get out of the role-yesterday's celebrity drowns in hay, contracts are torn up with her and they refuse to cooperate. Even if it's a slander or a very dubious incident from many years ago, such as an alleged bullying of someone at school. And idol schools are a kind of” centrifuge “where” uranium rods “are made for”reactor” groups. At the end of the training, the label selects the most” enriched ” rods, and fills them with the next future leader of the charts.

    The second fundamental difference from other pop music is the PR model. All absolutely idols are perfect girls/guys both externally and morally. The maximum that they allow themselves on camera is all sorts of innocent pranks. Compare this with American superstars, who often look extravagant, talk about all sorts of mental disorders and admit to using pharmaceuticals, alcohol and substances. Good boys and girls, as it turned out, bring more money than bad ones.

    I didn't mention the life under the hood, because even though it's been made absolute in Korea, it's not unique to K-pop. Justin Bieber, in the era of his greatest popularity, lived much the same way. Well, about musical talents – although the approach to creativity described above does not involve the artists themselves in songwriting(they can participate, but not everyone is allowed to do this, and any contribution is censored), and auto – tune and recorded vocals are very actively used during recording and concerts(plywood-but in the second case, you can understand that most artists are mostly dancers), for the most part, k-pop artists still know how to sing – unlike our and American stars, who in general. Although this skill is quite relative – the comparison is not with colleagues, but with rock stars like Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury, Rob Halford and Ronnie Dio, no idol pulls. However, this is not required of them – to each his own.

  4. Small bouncing Korean tits. In Europe, tits are bigger and they don't have the same ballistic properties due to their size. You might think that there is a more meaningful answer here, but pop is a template and the difference in the template is only in tits.

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