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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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Soul in Seoul

Crystal S. Anderson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter uses Korean indie groups to reveal the diversity of music under the K-pop umbrella and the ramifications of such diversity for music aesthetics, authenticity, and globalization. Placing K-pop within a global R&B tradition highlights K-pop as a diverse style of music largely informed by African American popular music. It reveals the extent to which Black popular music has informed K-pop. Technology enables fans to access a wide array of K-pop, foster fan communities, and act as critics and arbiters of taste. K-pop’s place in a global R&B tradition also reveals the diversity of global influences, challenging the focus on a generalized West and United States that obscures the impact of African American culture.

Keywords:   Korean indie groups, Music aesthetics, Authenticity, Globalization, Global R&B tradition

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