Saturday, October 28, 2017

Best K-Pop Idol Songs of 2007-2017, and an Announcement

Yes, I know I've been really bad with my list of 50 Most Influential K-pop Artists. What began as a result of a drunken rager at a noraebang in 2010 has grown into one of the most frequently cited sources for Korean pop music history, except seven years later, I still have six more artists to go. As an apology, I give you something awesome.



It is the 120 best K-pop idol songs from the last ten years, selected by music critic Youngdae Kim. Kim is a man who knows what he's talking about. He was the moderator for the online group that first introduced hip hop to Korea in the early 1990s, and he also wrote the defining book on the history of Korean hip hop. (Here is my post on Korean hip hop that borrows his analysis.) The video is in four parts, and I provided the English subtitles for Parts 3 and 4.

And now, an announcement! TK is very excited to announce that he's been working with Youngdae Kim for the past year to write a book on K-pop history. Although not exactly the same, the book will be an expanded version of this blog's 50 Most Influential K-pop Artists series, but with Kim's more expert insight. The manuscript is progressing smoothly, and we are shooting for the book to be ready by late next year.

Hopefully this will make up for the fact that I've been slow with the "50 Most Influential" list. In the meantime, keep an eye out for more collaboration projects like this one.

Got a question or a comment for the Korean? Email away at askakorean@gmail.com.

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  2. This is amazing news TK! I can’t wait to get the book. Keep up the great work. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read one of your posts and marveled at how well you hit the nail on the head, or gotten a unique insight. I don’t comment often, but I really enjoy this blog.

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  4. I thought you might have been holding off on the top five to release them as part of a book's promotional rollout. Seemed like the kind of topic that would translate into an interesting book.

    So... ARE you holding off on the top five to release them as part of the book's promotional rollout?

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