After a year of dance, rap, and singing lessons, the group’s debut album, (1999) was released."Over the course of our career, we did interviews, radio shows, game shows, music shows, concerts, festivals, all that stuff.spent a solid twelve hours at K-Con, an event for K-Pop fans featuring musical guests, panel discussions on things like Korean music and fashion, a number of merchant booths, and over 10,000 ticket holders, according to MNet.
K-Pop, in case you haven’t been paying attention, is a particularly catchy and calculating strain of Korean popular music that somehow manages to simultaneously sound like just about every contemporary musical genre, a conflation of the various strains of electronic dance music — mostly trance, electro, and dubstep — arranged in conventional pop song structure.
In addition to taking off in Asia in a big way, K-Pop has found some popularity in the United States, more as a subculture than as a bona fide phenomenon in the west.
"K-Pop is not just a song or a genre, it's an entire culture," explained Martina.
"You're really getting involved in a community of people.
This allows the company to break the band down into sub-units targeting different markets, including Super Junior-M (Mandopop, Mandarin pop music), Super Junior-T (trot music, a form of Korean popular music dating back to the early 1900s), and something called Super Junior-Happy. As a child she and her sister were in a band called T. Born and raised in a small town outside of Dallas, Lee’s family moved to Korea when she was in the eighth grade.
It was soon after arriving that she was approached on the street in the neighborhood of Apgujeong (where Psy’s "Gangnam Style" video was shot] by a talent agent.In the United States, even the most cynical music industry professionals I have met seem to think, on some level, that music is magic and that there is an ineffable "something" that must happen for an act to make it big.Lee Soo-man has done away with that quaint notion entirely.He is also the creator of something he calls Culture Technology, or CT.This might be one of the most extreme systems of pre-packaging pop bands yet (a tradition that includes such fine acts as The Monkees, Sex Pistols, and New Edition).And at this event at least, they’re almost always teenage girls.