Korean Pop Machine, Running on Innocence and Hair Gel
|photo by Chad Batka for the New York Times|
By JON CARAMANICA
Published: October 24, 2011
Think of the work required to make just one Justin Bieber. The production, the management, the vocal training, the choreography, the swagger coaching — all that effort to create one teen-pop star in a country that’s still starving for them. South Korea has no such drought, thanks to several companies that specialize in manufacturing a steady stream of teenage idols, in groups of various configurations. One of the longest-running of these companies is SM Entertainment, which on Sunday night hosted SM Town Live, a sold-out showcase at Madison Square Garden for several of its acts, any one of which any American reality-TV talent show or major-label A&R department worth its salt would be thrilled to have discovered.
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KPOP on New York Times.
This is so wonderful, I can't even.
And yes, that's Super Junior there in the picture - appearing in the site for the whole write-up.
That's a simple thing.
But it means a lot to me.
I just can't help but be proud for what my boys have become outside their country. We're not claiming the success, nor are we trying to find grace on the fact that SMTown lightsticks were actually BLUE that night; but you see, it just feel better that the fans who attended - themselves - are saying that most attendees are ELF.
The article said that it was SHINEe's night though. And I would not complain because I love these kids a lot too. <3
But with the immaculate KRY being mentioned as one of the highlights, can you tell me why I should not spazz?