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The cafeteria serves home-style Korean fare and boutique coffee until late in the night.
And of course, there are those practice spaces built for students who are recruited from all over (including America), all of whom are major investments immersed in a specialized curriculum of dance, voice, composition, and foreign language, meant to prepare each trainee for a career not just at home in Korea, but across continents.
The smell of ketchup and fried animal fat is thick in the air, fumes spiraling out from a ring of kiosks serving Korean sausages and lollipops of battered pork.
To the left, check your cameras and recording devices — none are allowed inside the arena.
Any barrier that language might provide has also been bulldozed.
Verses are delivered in Korean, choruses in graphic-tee English, for maximum impact, a refraction of time-tested formulas, made all the more vivid in practice. “They’re systematic,” says Yvonne Yuen, VP of international marketing for Universal Music’s Southeast Asian office in Hong Kong.
Thousands of houses just like this one carpet Seoul’s hilly northern half, most of them dwarfed by the skyscraping residential towers that line the Han River and virtually every major avenue in the city like teeth.
This one, though, functions as the primary residence for as many as 30 young “trainees” signed to YG Entertainment, one of three major management companies headquartered here in South Korea’s capital.
I’m not sure that other countries or other music labels have that patience.
Charles Armstrong of Columbia’s Center for Korean Research, “is that Koreans were the most Americanized.
They understood the idioms of popular culture and music and dance.
Right now, Korean pop music — K-pop, if you’re pressed for time — is enjoying an increasingly global moment. Entertainment showcase in Paris sold out last summer, French fans demanded a second by organizing a flash mob in front of the Louvre, replete with K-pop choreography.
In the past year, various K-pop idols have filled arenas from São Paolo to Singapore, London to Los Angeles. In August of 2011, Billboard announced its K-pop Hot 100 Chart and, not long after this story goes to print, nine-member girl group and S. standard-bearers Girls’ Generation will parade their caffeinated choruses before David Letterman and Kelly Ripa.