Foreign Composers to K-Pop! Why?

Foreign Composers to K-Pop! Why?

Via

K-Pop, SHINee, NUEST, f(x), SNSD, TaeTiSeo, Super Junior, EXO

Foreign Composers to K-Pop! Why?

'Foreign Composers are coming!'

Thomas Troelsen, Willem Laseroms, Brandon Fraley...Who are these names? Actually, they are the composers of SHINee, f(x), SNSD unit TaeTiSeo's this year big hit songs.

Major K-Pop agency SM Entertainment has announced new albums of SHINee, New group EXO-K, SNSD's TaeTiSeo, f(x), Super Junior this year. Among these groups, only EXO-K's title song "Mama" was produced by Yoo Youngjin and other songs such as SHINee's "Sherlock," TaeTiSeo's "Twinkle," f(x)'s "Electric Shock," Super Junior's "Sexy, Free & Single" are all produced by foreign composers.

Foreign Composers to K-Pop! Why?

Foreign composers are going rampage in the entertainment world. It's not just SM Entertainment. Son Dambi, After School's agency Pledis also got its new group NU'EST's debut song "Face" from a foreign composer, and many other agencies are currently co-operating or contacting foreign composers. What would be the reason for K-Pop agencies to desperately seeking foreign composers?

How are agencies getting songs from the foreign composer?

Before we look at why foreign composers are popular in K-Pop, we first need to see how their songs are going into K-Pop world.

Firstly, foreign composers from Sony, Universal, Warner Music and other foreign music publishing company are often selling songs to Korea. An associate said "publishing companies consider selling their composers songs as a big part of their business. It's a chance for them to sell songs and advertise their composers."

Another route is to attending International Music exposition Midem in Cannes, France and directly contacting potential foreign composers and songs. An associate from an agency currently working with a foreign song said "I'm attending Midem and other international music expositions every year to find potential foreign composers and songs." SM Entertainment has been co-operating with foreign composers since group H.O.T. and S.E.S. and currently working with over 450 foreign composers. SM Entertainment is not only attending Midem, but also holding its own festival to invite foreign composers.

SM Entertainment said "Last year when we had SM Town concert in Paris, France, we held a conference with hundreds of European composers. Also, we hold 'Lighting Camp' where we introduce music styles and artists of SM's taste to foreign composers. Because K-Pop is famous globally, many foreign composers are coming to give our artists songs."

Recently, not only via agency's email, but also through Facebook and Twitter, foreign composers are contacting K-Pop agencies, hoping to work with them. The associate also said "Not only from U.S., but also from Netherland, England, and other European composers are contacting us often. In many cases they send us songs as well, but we always seriously consider if we can apply Korean feeling into."

Limitation in Korean market, financial benefit, K-Pop boom

Regarding foreign composers boom, an entertainment associate analyzed it as "a solution to develop many kinds of route to collect songs." There are limit on composers who can write a hit song and number of songs they can produce, so agencies look for foreign composers to fill the gap. An associate said "it's almost impossible to get a song from well-known composers" and "certain composers are working with certain agencies' artists as teams so it makes us harder to get songs from them. So we turned ourselves to foreign composers."

Financial benefit is also a big factor as well. Famous composers usually take a contract per an album. An entertainment associate said agencies pay about 35,000 ~45,000 dollar per a mini album. Even if the agency knows a composer personally, it costs about 9,000 dollar per a song. But for foreign composers, it costs usually 3000~7000 dollar.

There is an opinion saying that it's because of Korean Wave. An associate from an agency that has a close relationship with global market said "as K-Pop became popular, foreign composers consider working with Korean artists as an opportunity to appeal themselves to not only Asia, but Europe, South America and other places."

There is an opinion saying that it's more of a progress of the music market uniting as one. An associate explained that "publishing companies not only selling their composers' songs, but also selling Korean composers' songs to foreign countries. Not only songs but choreography as well. You know recently famous idol groups worked with Beyonce's choreography? It's all part of the progress. Boundaries among markets are slowly fading off."

Population of Seoul Dwindling

Via Twitter
Population of Seoul Dwindling
The number of registered residents of Seoul will decline by 50,000 every year to fewer than 10 million by 2017, the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs said Sunday. Seoul”s population stood at 10. ... Read more

MONSTA X featured on "DeokspatchX" Ep. 2

Via Twitter
MONSTA X featured on "DeokspatchX" Ep. 2


On the first episode of “DeokspatchX” featuring rookie boy group MONSTA X, the members were asked to complete embarrassing challenges like on MBC”s “Infinity Challenge.”. ... Read more

SBS" "Running Man" drops bonus video featuring Lee Kwang Soo

Via Twitter
SBS" "Running Man" drops bonus video featuring Lee Kwang Soo


On May 22nd, SBS” “Running Man” uploaded a bonus clip featuring their surprise home visit to Lee Kwang Soo.

On the May 17th episode of “Running Man” and it was a live broadcast, Yoo Jae Suk and Ji Suk Jin consummated their prank on Lee Kwang Soo, who was so surprised by the trick as he was caught watching his adult videos.. ... Read more

BIGBANG’s T.O.P"s solo clip for "LOSER"

Via Twitter
BIGBANG’s T.O.P"s solo clip for "LOSER"


BIGBANG revealed the solo clip of T.O.P for “Loser.”

On the clip, T.O.P is seen having intimate scene with a woman that didn”t last when T.O.P”s character became mad after the woman peeked through the white cloth which covers T.O.P”s hidden belongings.. ... Read more

BoA and Sungkyu’s comeback albums reach Billboard

Via Twitter
BoA and Sungkyu’s comeback albums reach Billboard


BoA and INFINITE‘s Sungkyu landed on U.S. Billboard“s World Albums chart.
Debuting on 6th spot is BoA”s 8th Korean album “Kiss My Lips” and on 8th rank is Sungkyu’s 2nd mini album “27“.

BoA”s “Kiss My Lips” is for her 15th anniversary in the KPop industry, while Sungkyu”s “27” gave him his first ever solo win. 
written by: loveluytakyo@dkpopnews.net SOURCE: Newsen READ MORE. ... Read more