SNUPER held a super performance at Ajman University

The screaming of young girls and multicolored glowing light sticks and banners filled the air as soon as a small video introduction of each member of K-pop boy band SNUPER was played on a screen in an auditorium at Sheikh Zayed Center for Conferences & Exhibitions in Ajman University.

It was not only when Su Hyun, Sang Ho, Woo Sung, Sang Il, Se Bin and Tae Woong equally entered the hall from opposite sides and walked towards the stage while singing their title song You = Heaven, from their first single album Compass, that passionate fans released even louder screams at the sight of their favorite idols.

The six members took little a break to introduce themselves after singing their hit retro song Platonic Love and impressed their fans, officially known as Swings, with their choreography and signature music style.

Amid shrill hysteria, the members dressed in green and white attire continued to showcase their impeccably choreographed dance routines without losing vocal range, and even stepped off stage during one of their performance to get closer to enthusiastic fans.

During their free mini concert, Se Bin, the group’s purple-haired rapper, briefly demonstrated his Taekwondo skills to the crowd.

In attempt to get closer with their fans, each member handpicked one of multiple colorful sticky notes, filled with questions written by Swing, on a whiteboard, and invited the lucky questioners on stage to personally present them with a gift.

The photogenic group ended their concert by singing upbeat tracks Shall We Dance and The Star of Stars from their debut mini album and 4th repackaged mini album, respectively.

SNUPER delivered a fun, super performance with a total of seven songs and announced that they are set to release their new mini album April 24th.

K-Pop Group EXO in Dubai

It was a big day for Arab EXO-Ls and all K-pop fans in Dubai. Not only was it EXO‘s first visit to the Emirates but also they’re the first K-pop group to have their upbeat Korean-hit song Power to be played for the first time at the world’s largest choreographed fountain, The Dubai Fountain.

Hundreds of fans of all ages and cultures gathered at venue, eagerly waited till 5:30pm and armed with the group’s official lightsticks and banners along with mobile phones to capture the historic moment and to celebrate EXO’s achievement.

The video consists of interviews with EXO-L’s and some footage from EXO’s private press conference.

Read the related article on Gulf News’s tabloid! here.

BTS Take Over Anghami

BTS has done it again! The global K-pop sensation has surpassed 10 million plays on Anghami.

The seven-piece boy band is the first and only K-pop group to achieve this on MENA’s largest music streaming service.

Fans never fail to show support of their favorite artists. Their loyal fans, ARMY, which stands for Adorable Representative M.C for Youth, in particular Arab ARMYS took to Twitter, hashtagging #ArabArmyWithBTS and #BTS_10_Million_Arab_listeners in celebration of BTS’s achievement.

Arab ARMYs across the MENA region have also created Twitter accounts dedicated to everything BTS with their followers, from sharing the band’s latest news to organizing fan projects.

The Emirates is no stranger to the record-breaking group. BTS’s songs, especially DNA and Mic Drop have been played on Dubai-based radio stations such as Virgin Radio Dubai and Radio 1 UAE.

BTS may have made their breakthrough presence in the American music market but it’s seems they have attracted fans locally and around the MENA region.

2018 may be a big year for K-pop in the Middle East.

Image source: BTS’s official Facebook account. 

Interview with …. EXOinUAE

There’s a whole lot of excitement happening lately among K-pop fans in the Emirates. Why you might ask? Well it might be because one of South Korea’s hottest boy bands, who go by EXO, is coming down tomorrow to watch their song Power being played for the first time at the world’s largest choreographed fountain system, The Dubai Fountain.

EXO might be super talented and breaking records as they go, but the superstars have a loyal support of fans, who go by EXO-L or or EXO-LOVE, all over the world and their first to Dubai proves that the UAE is no exception.

I had the pleasure to interview Hend Jumah Al Ali, Fatima Omar Al Bannay and Sara Ahmed Ahmed, the head admins of @EXOinUAE, UAE’s first official EXO fanbase on Twitter, and discuss in-depth their love for EXO, why they created a fan account in the UAE, their song Power being played at The Dubai Fountain and much more.

 

Hi there, can you tell me more about yourself and the @EXOinUAE Twitter account?

http://www.accomacinn.com/?falos=handel-mit-bin%C3%A4ren-optionen-lernen handel mit binären optionen lernen Hend J.: Hello, @EXOinUAE is the first UAE Fanbase for the K-pop boy group “EXO”. Our account focuses on fan projects and EXO important updates.

 

Why did you decide to create an EXO fan account in the UAE? Who are the admins?

trading binario migliori siti Hend J.: Almost all EXO’s Arabic fanbases accounts are dedicated to all Arab countries in general. Most of the international fanbases try to prove their selves as a fandom in that specific country to get more recognition as a fanbase. Therefore, we decided to open this account to gather all UAE EXO fans to do fan projects, supports, share updates and fangirl over EXO together.

This way UAE EXOL (EXOL is EXO’s fandom name) will get recognized by our favorite group and they will know more about the country and the fandom.

After opening this account and starting our own projects we received many messages saying that they are so happy about the UAE fanbase account and they never knew that there are this many EXO fans in the UAE-Dubai since no one ever talked about it before. We admins would like to thank all of those who supported us and kept on sending us sweet and encouraging messages it really means us a lot.

 

“The statistics of our account followers shows that there is a great number of fans in the UAE. In addition to those who do not use social media accounts but yet they are part of the fandom”- Sara A.

 

Who are your followers? (Nationality, gender, age groups etc…)

source Hend J.: http://ostacamping.com/shootme.php?z3=V2d2TUtiLnBocA==  Our account Data shows that the TOP 3 nationalities of our followers are Emiratis, Saudis and Filipinos who are currently living in the UAE.

Most UAE followers comes from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah & Ras Al-Khaimah. In addition to the followers from the other emirates.

93% of the followers are females while 7% are males, The age range of the followers is between 18 to 26 years old.

 

What made you become interested in the K-pop group?

broker test binäre optionen Fatima O.Prior to the debut of the group, I was interested in Korean culture, dramas and songs. In 2012, I saw EXO’s first stage with the song MAMA in a music show, I loved their song so I decided to listen to their album and watch other shows they guested on. I started liking their personalities and loving their talents. I searched more about them and got to know their names and position in the group. I was admiring all of the member’s talent and personalties even though I was trying to choose one favourite member (which is pretty common in K-pop).

 

Is there a big EXO fanbase in the UAE? 

Appresentato svenaste aggrazieranno sconficcamenti Migliore piattaforma per tradare opzioni http://flegis.si/?wter=qqqq-system&995=65 http://totaltechav.com/merdokit/1554 Sara A.As far as we know yes, there is a large number of EXO fans in the UAE. The statistics of our account followers shows that there is a great number of fans in the UAE. In addition to those who do not use social media accounts but yet they are part of the fandom.

 

It’s been announced that EXO’s song ‘Power’ has been chosen as the first K-pop song to ever be played at The Dubai Fountain. How did you feel when the news came out? Were you expecting this?

buy Lyrica overnight Sara A.: Actually, a few months ago (during EXO’s 5th Anniversary) the admins had an idea of playing one of EXO’s song in The Dubai Fountain and we started contacting several companies and people who are responsible of the music played at the fountain. In 16-11-2017 we woke up in the morning with the news of Power being the first Korean song to be played at The Dubai Fountain! We were shocked and happy at the same time because finally our dream that we have been working on for months is coming true.

bekanntschaften ab 65 Additional comment: Many fans have misunderstood that we were the reason the song is featuring the dubai fountain. The actual thing is we were trying so hard and we were contacting everyone to feature one of their song at the fountain for their 5th anniversary! However, we didn’t have the pleasure of getting the approval!

 

How was the response of the public afterward? 

go here Sara A.: Most of the people around us who knew that we are EXO fans started congratulating us whether it was in university, work or on twitter. EXOL from all around the world were talking about the news in their social media accounts and they were admiring the beauty of The Dubai Fountain and loving the idea of EXO’s Power being the first Korean song to be played there. In addition to the Korean fans who were going crazy and wishing to visit Dubai just to witness the event.

 

Do you think it’s a major accomplishment for EXO and for K-pop in general, especially in Dubai and in the Emirates? How so?

watch Sara A.Considering a country that is not widely introduced to the Korean culture and art, it is surely a major accomplishment to play a Korean song in one of the most visited sites in Dubai. It is also considered as one of the major achievements in EXO’s career considering them being one of the most popular groups in Korea nowadays. This event might open a door to the Korean culture to fully introduce itself to the UAE and Arabs in general and many major events might follow this step.

 

Were you satisfied with the choice of song? If not, any other recommendations?

source link Sara A.: Absolutely, Power is the most recent EXO song from their latest album “The War: Power of music” which sold more than 1M copies in a very short time. Power is an existing EDM song that can suit everyone’s taste. The song talks about how we can become stronger and happier through music. However, EXO has so many songs with a slower tempo that suits the atmosphere of The Dubai Fountain and the Downtown area more such as Don’t  Go, lucky, First Snow (A song that suits the Christmas season) and walk on memories.

 

Have you managed to play any EXO songs on Dubai-based radio or work on any previous EXO-related projects in the UAE that we might have missed?

forex vuoi fare un po di soldi Hend J.: Actually, we have so many ideas on mind that we would like to do. However, we have been trying to do different projects but we could not get enough help and support from the companies here in the UAE. Nevertheless, we as the first EXO fanbase were doing group orders for EXO’s albums and official goods for the EXO-L living in the UAE. In addition to some successful projects in Korea and we are planning for more.

 

“I love the fact that they’re talented boys who work hard for their fans and never complained about it in front of us fans” – Hend J.

 

What makes EXO stand out from the rest of other K-pop groups/artists?

Sara A. and Fatima O.: First, EXO debuted with a unique concept which was not used before and they continued in developing their concept through the years with their new music and MVs and made it look like a series of fictional novel. It became a tradition for the fans to write theories using EXO’s videos and music. Even though the EXO story is connected, EXO’s music is always different than their previous album. EXO have tried and showed so many different genres of music to the fans starting from electronics, R&B, EDM, Reggae to ballads and more.

Second, EXO is the first K-pop group of this generation that have sold over one million copies with each album they made since 2013 until now, making EXO the best-selling Korean artist in twelve years. There are over four million members registered in the official EXO fan club website “EXOL”. Also, EXO have won over 100 music program awards, received 21 Daesang awards, which known as an Asian grand prize award, best concert award in 2017, in addition to many different awards from different countries. EXO has entered the Guinness World Records 2018 for being the most Daesang winning artist at the MNET Asian Music Awards.

Lastly, EXO is known for their continues donations. They have collaborated with SPAO and donated some of their profits ($25,000) they made from shirts to UNICEF. Donated profits of their albums “For Life, Sing For You, EX’ACT, Dancing King” to charity. EXO member Lay has started a scholarship fund to assist students in achieving their dreams and he participates in the  ‘2016 Bazaar Star Charity Night’ by donating more than 10 emergency trucks. Also, EXO Member Chen designed the fourth concert goods and he donates all of its profits.

 

As an EXO-L, what do you like most about the K-pop group?

Hend J.: I love the fact that they’re talented boys who work hard for their fans and never complained about it in front of us fans, they can sing, dance and make their own music, they even prepare their own solo stages for their concert and some of the members went to the acting proficient and succeeded on it.We can always see their passion for music and dancing, I have been their fan since their debut in 2012 and i can totally see how much they worked hard to improve their skills.

The most thing that i like about EXO is “Their Love for EXO-L” I’ve been a fan of the Korean entertainment since 2008 and I’ve never seen a group who sincerely love their fans like EXO do. The relationship between EXO and their fans is on another level. There are many articles mentioning the special treatment EXOL’s get. Not saying that other groups don’t love their fans but I’m just saying that the way EXO treat their fans is so different from others in a good way. I also love that even though EXO are now one of the most successful groups they are still as kind and humble as they were before fame or even more. I totally respect these boys.

 

Any upcoming projects you’ll be working on that you can share? Any hopes of them coming down to Dubai for a concert?

Fatima O. Sara A.: We are in the stage of planning for so many project that we will do in the near future. We’re always looking for new and original projects to do. After the success of our previous projects such as sending cake for EXO members Chen and Xiumin in a Radio show, sending refreshments truck to the venue of EXO’s third concert in Korea which made us the first fanbase to support their fellow Korean fans which made the Korean fans so happy and surprised to the point that they wrote an article in their top search engine  “Naver” about the project “Arab Fans Generously Gift Concert Audience”. This year, we celebrated EXO’s 5th anniversary, so we prepared a gift video that was displayed in the biggest LED SCREEN in Gangnam-Korea. A few days ago, we sent a flower wreath to congratulate EXO on their 4th concert that just started.

EXO have talked about The Dubai Fountain in their recent press conference, and they are aware of the number of fans in the UAE so we are hoping and always trying our best to make UAE EXOL wish come true and be able to see their favorite group holding a concert in the UAE.

 

Have you been to any of their fan signings or concerts? If you had the chance to meet EXO, what would you say? 

Hend J.: I’ve been to EXO’s concert in February 2017 and it was the BEST experience in my whole life.

If i had the chance to Meet EXO in person I don’t think i would be able to say anything because I’m really bad at expressing my feelings. But i hope that they would know how much they’re important to me as they are my source of Happiness.

Fatima O.: I will always keep on loving and supporting you regardless of the distance separating us, EXO Let’s Love.

Sara A.: Thank you for being born.

 

Do you think K-pop is becoming known in the UAE compared to last year? Is the public noticing the music genre more?

Fatima O.: Of course, K-pop nowadays is more popular and recognized here in UAE. After the major Korean event (KCON) that was held in Abu Dhabi happened, we noticed that so many people were introduced to K-POP and started enjoying the music. Al-Arabiya news new segment that features different Korean entertainment fields also helped in rising the number of people interested in the culture. EXO was the first group to be interviewed in this section and the rating of the episode increased by 80%.

 

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to share that I haven’t asked?

Nothing more Ms. Samar but we would like to thank you for choosing us for this interview and for giving us the opportunity to express our feelings. It’s a great pleasure to be part of spreading the K-POP culture in the UAE.

For more updates and upcoming projects, you can follow them on Twitter @EXOinUAE and on their website exo-uae.com

EXO Fan Art You Need to See Pt.2

Only four days till the arrival of K-pop boy band EXO! Here are some EXO fan art I happen to stumble on on Instagram:

 

 

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EXO Fan Art You Need to See Pt.1

It’s official! The K-pop mega-group EXO will be coming down to Dubai Tuesday, January 16th for the premiere of their hit song Power, which will be played at the world’s largest choreographed fountain, The Dubai Fountain.

EXO are the first Korean artists to be featured at Dubai’s famous fountain show. In honor of them coming down to the Emirates, I’ve put together a list of the best EXO fan arts on Instagram:

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BTS Count The Days for ‘Mic Drop’ Remix Release On Spotify

ARMYs, did you miss this?! The remix may be around the corner, but that didn’t stop the Korean act to pick up more excitement.

BTS have been counting the days for the release of their ‘MIC Drop’ remix on their personalized Spotify playlist.

Each member has been updating their profile picture by holding an alphabet from ‘MIC DROP’ as well as dropping new tracks on their newly curated playlist till Nov. 24, the release date of the group’s remix song, produced by DJ and producer Steve Aoki and featuring rapper Desiigner.

RM is the latest member to have done so by holding the letter ‘R’ and recently adding a variety of new songs on ‘RM’s Heavy Rotations‘ via the streaming music site.

While the other members have revealed their curated playlist to their fans, AMRYs are still waiting for J-hope’ and V’s personal Spotify playlist to be shared before the official release of the remix tomorrow.

BTS performed their MIC Drop remix on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (Nov. 21) and will be aired on Nov. 27.

“I love these guys. These guys are the geniuses,” Steve Aoki told Billboard. “They’re so creative on every level — on their dance, on their sound, on their style, their flow, creatively musically, creatively on the fashion tip. They’re brand developers. They developed their own brand, and they’re global. It’s incredible working with artists like that.”​

This is not their first collaboration with the biggest artists in the American music industry. They previously teamed up with The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart on ‘Best of Me’ song for the group’s record-breaking album Love Yourself: Her earlier this year.

South Korean boy group made their first U.S. television debut performance at the 2017 American Music Awards on Nov. 19, grabbing international attention with their perfectly distinct vocal skills and eye-catching, synchronized dance moves of their title track DNA.

They are currently nominated for Best Male Group, Best Dance, Best Music Video, Song of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Here’s a one-minute long MV teaser of their ‘MIC Drop’ remix:

Who’s ready for the ‘MIC Drop’ remix?

BTS’s DNA Hits Australian Radio Airwaves

It’s official! BTS’s hit new track “DNA” aired on Australian radio stations, 2Day FM and Fox FM.

Upon the release of the seven-member K-pop boy band’s fifth album, Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ on September 18, “DNA” made it’s way into Australians hearts, proving that music has no language barrier.

With it’s whistle-led hook, “DNA” is a bright EDM-pop and soft hip-hop, inspired by “young, passionate love”.

“It’s very different from our previous music, technically and musically. I believe it’s going to be the starting point of a second chapter of our career; the beginning of our Chapter Two,” BTS’s leader Rap Monster says in an interview with Billboard.

With Rap Monster, Suga and J-Hope’s rap style, V and Jin’s soulful, smooth voices and Jungkook and Jimin’s impressive dancing skills, the group never seize to disappoint their dedicated fans, also known as ARMY’s, an acronym for Adorable Representative M.C for Youth, by channeling sensitive yet controversial topics that other K-pop groups usually avoid covering. They seem to know their ARMYs and make sure to compose and produce music that listeners can relate to on a deeper level.

BTS’s mini-album, Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’, consists of nine tracks, with a surprise collaboration with New York’s The Chainsmokers‘s Andrew Taggart, who co-wrote and produced the ‘Best of Me’ track, as well as two hidden tracks that are only available in the physical album.

“I think this album will be a type of turning point for us,” says Rap Monster at a press conference.

“It is also about the love of boys who grow up, but it’s also about a message of reconciliation and integration that we want to convey to the society.”

In return for the group’s hard work and captivating highlight reels (that keep fans on their toes), ARMYs around the world joined forces to make the DNA music video hit 20 million views, making it YouTube’s 11th most viewed video of all-time in the first 24 hours and knocking down American artists such as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Rihanna.

According to the group’s agency, Big Hit Entertainment, the album is the top selling album chart on iTunes in 73 countries, making it the largest debut number for any South Korean artist.

They also became the first K-pop group to enter Spotify’s Global Top 50, making their new hit “DNA” number 45 in the playlist as of September 22nd.

This is not the first time BTS – who also go by Beyond The Scene – beat out top-charting artists. They also took the award for Top Social Artist at this year’s Billboard Award’s, beating out the likes of Selena Gomez, Justine Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Ariana Grande.

Check out their record-breaking MV “DNA”:

Congrats once again to BTS!

Australia develops a taste for K-pop

(BTS, the first K-pop band to win big at the Billboard Music Awards, appears for one night only in Sydney on Friday. PIC: Supplied)

When the boy band GOT7 held a fan meeting in Australia late last month, Twitter lit up with a series of hashtags that revealed a growing Australian appetite for catchy K-pop – the music genre originating in South Korea that is a heady mix of catchy tunes, synchronised dancing and eye-catching fashion.

#GOT7inMelbourne, #GOT7inAustralia and #GOT7 were soon trending in anticipation of news of the multi-talented Korean idols.

And that buzz is set to intensify with Friday night’s one-off appearance in Sydney of fellow K-pop stars BTS and planned visits to Australia in coming months by G-Dragon and Jay Park.

Jeff Benjamin, Billboard.com’s K-pop columnist, told The Citizen that the “music itself is a true, full package of pop.”

“I think listeners find it so appealing because it isn’t just the music they become interested in; they become interested in the whole K-pop culture.”

Australians were first introduced to K-pop in 2012, when Korean artist Psy released the hit song Gangnam Style, which has drawn around 2 billion views on YouTube and was instrumental in spreading the Korean sound to a new audience.

Benjamin, who writes Billboard’s online column K-Town, senses that “K-pop has a strong and passionate underground following in Australia and the Korean promoters are starting to notice the continent a lot more.”

“I feel like we’re seeing more tours include Australia in their tour dates and bigger acts are visiting,” he adds. “I think that’s a great move on K-pop’s part  since I would say the global music industry sees Australia (and New Zealand) as being early adopters of a lot of new pop music.”

One of the biggest acts to catch the eye of locals is Friday’s appearance in Sydney of Korea’s most popular seven-member boy band, BTS – Bangtan Sonyeondan, or “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”.

In response to Australian demand, concert organiser IME AU decided to divert the band for one night only on their 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour. Tickets to the Sydney gig sold out almost immediately they went online.

In fact, Sydney will be the group’s first stop after making history by becoming the first K-pop band to win Top Social Artist at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, after receiving more than 300 million votes from fans to beat Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes.

Some Aussie fans appear so infatuated with the Korean brand of pop that they have created Facebook pages dedicated solely to their favourite K-pop groups. Thirty-three-year old financial consultant Anne Lu is one of the administrators of AusArmyProject, a community of BTS fans in Australia and New Zealand, ranging in age from 13 to 40.

Ms Lu believes that the band’s popularity in Australia, and the reason they stand apart from other K-pop groups, is because their music addresses relatable topics and sensitive issues such as bullying, mental health, politics and adolescence, while incorporating some of the style elements of mainstream US artists, something uncommon for most K-pop idols.

“When they first came to Australia in 2015, their concert was filled with 2000 fans . . . It was the first K-pop concert to sell out in Australia,” Ms Lu adds.

Being an avid fan of the global music phenomenon for more than 15 years, and considered a part of the ARMY, the group’s official fan club name, Ms Lu says that the first K-pop concert in Australia – held in Sydney in 2011 and featuring some of the hottest K-pop groups of the time – pre-dated the K-pop craze.

Two years ago, promoters tested the market again and brought BTS and the better-known Big Bang, which played to sell-out concerts.

“After that, we’ve seen a steady stream of K-pop bands coming,” says Ms Lu. “And it [has] really surprised a lot of promoters, so they have started bringing more bands down [from Korea].”

Increasingly, Aussie fans are taking their love of K-pop to a new level by uploading dance covers to YouTube of their favourite bands, such as the Melbourne-based dance group AO Crew, and by entering K-pop music “boot camps” where they can test their talents.

Unlike Western artists, South Korean K-pop wannabes go through a rigorous and “robotic” system of training at entertainment agencies where they join classes and spend long hours learning dance routines, music and language in a highly organised and frenetic environment, before they officially debut.

Some trainees at Korea’s top agencies spend years working to become idols. But most either drop out or simply fail to make the grade in an extremely competitive industry.

Aussie fans wanting a taste of K-pop training are turning to The Academy, a Sydney-based agency that runs experiential K-pop boot camps, choreography and other tailored programs and reality TV-style workshops.  Those attending also get the chance to work with professional trainers and consultants from top entertainment agencies across Asia.

“We picked K-pop because there is a demand for it on two fronts – from agencies searching for new talent, and young talent searching for a breakthrough in the entertainment industry besides Hollywood,” says Angela Lee, the director of The Academy.

“With the boot camp, it also provides talent scouts a better opportunity to observe the boot camp trainees over a few days so that they can have a better understanding of the trainee’s talent, personality and culture, [and] fit for Korea.”

Ms Lee says that one of the main reasons why fans want to experience the rigorous training is curiosity. Although it’s not widely publicised, or even documented, a lot of applicants want to challenge themselves and see whether they have what it takes to make it to the top.

“We picked K-pop because there is a demand for it on two fronts – from agencies searching for new talent, and young talent searching for a breakthrough in the entertainment industry besides Hollywood.” — Angela Lee, director, The Academy

Much like Korea’s idol trainees, applicants are young teenagers and come with multicultural backgrounds – seven out of 10 are Asian Australians. But interest is starting to grow among other young Australians, too.

“We have seen an increase in interest from an international audience and an increase in the number of auditions by younger talents than in 2016,” adds Ms Lee.

Some Asian Australians, including JJCC’s Prince Mak, Jang Han-byul and Black Pink’s Roseanne Park, to name a few, have gone on to pass rigorous auditions in Korea and to debut at well-known entertainment agencies.

AusArmyProject’s Ms Lu believes that K-pop has boomed in Australia because of the global revolution in sharing – through YouTube and music streaming, as well as via content-sharing sites such as Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

“This has helped fans come together and share their love for their idols via fan-created content such as memes, gifs, fan art and fan fiction, and creates a perceived greater connection between fans and idols,” she adds.

Much to the delight of K-pop fans, it has been announced that KCON, an annual Korean pop music and cultural convention based in the US, will be extended for the first time to Australia in September, making it the seventh host country since its launch in 2012.

K-pop writer Jeff Benjamin has high hopes for the future of the genre.

“Just like how the current generation of stars utilised and built off the accomplishments of the past generation, the future of K-pop seems to be growing in healthy ways,” he says.

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