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Women Can’t Sing in Iran: One Artist’s Struggle to Be Heard

Fatemeh Hosseinzadeh, Living Life Fearless – 4 April 2021 Samaneh Mahmoudi (Naria) is an up-and-coming singer in Iran who, by law, cannot sing solo because of her gender. Samenah talks about the struggles growing up as a budding singer in a house where her parents urged her to be quiet so the neighbours wouldn’t hear. “Despite…

The ‘BTS law’: are K-pop stars serving a new kind of army?

Eunice Wu, Palatinate – 14 January 2021 In a culturally progressive move, the South Korean government have passed a new law named the ‘BTS Law’, meaning K-Pop entertainers can postpone their compulsory military service. This new law comes into effect after the culture minister stressed the contribution of such performers to the Korean economy and…

K-pop fans question the importance of the K

Yoon So-Yeon, Korea JoongAng Daily – 26 January 2021 Just as the popularity of K-Pop has transcended across borders, a few Korean fans have instead turned inward and conservative over the industry that has boosted South Korea’s economy massively. Despite this, others say it’s important to accept the global success of Korean idols as “the…

The death of K-pop

David Tizzard, The Korea Times – 24 January 2021 In comparison to the dazzling lights of K-Pop concerts and the bright colours on their social media feeds, this article on The Korea Times by David Tizzard is a somewhat more sombre account of the industry’s global achievements. Tizzard uses the theme of changing trends to…

The Korean Wave: From PSY to BTS -The Impact of K-Pop on the South Korean Economy

Paulina Sajnach, University of Stirling – 22/01/2021 South Korean pop music, commonly referred to as ‘K-Pop’, has become a worldwide phenomenon which has boosted the South Korean economy immensely. The live stage performances, music videos and the music itself is crafted with meticulous care and detail.  Over the years, numerous South Korean musicians have gained…