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.
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