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Soul in SeoulAfrican American Popular Music and K-pop$
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Crystal S. Anderson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830098

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830098.001.0001

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“A Song Calling for You”

“A Song Calling for You”

Korean Pop Groups

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(p.43) 2 “A Song Calling for You”
Source:
(p.iii) Soul in Seoul
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Crystal S. Anderson

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496830098.003.0002

Korean pop groups cite the R&B tradition by emulating R&B musical and vocal elements in catchy pop songs and enhance the tradition through Korean music strategies that infuse multiple genres with R&B elements. Korean pop groups emulate the R&B tradition by citing elements of funk, club, and urban R&B. Moreover, Korean and African American producers infuse K-pop with different varieties of R&B. These artists also enhance the R&B tradition by mixing pop genres with R&B within individual songs and over the course of their careers. In music videos, they cite the choreography and styles of African American performance in ways that provide alternatives to Asian stereotypes. This intertextuality is driven by promotions that focus on image and music quality; strategies that mirror those employed by Black American music producers. The combination of dynamic image and quality music production fuels K-pop’s cultural work and global crossover, thereby making it part of a global R&B tradition.

Keywords:   Pop groups, Cultural work, Global crossover, Black music producers, Music production

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