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Lost in Translation: The Reduced Role of Lyrics in K-pop

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Music and lyrics are often synonymous, going hand in hand. Music is used to express emotions or tell stories, and oftentimes, these emotions or stories are told most easily through the lyrics of a song. While some may consider lyrics not as essential in music than the sound itself due to music being considered the universal language of the world, lyrics still add sentiments to songs and make music more relatable. Lyrics are a huge draw to some, especially for those looking for a connection, and as such, is usually a very important aspect in most forms of music.

However, in K-pop, lyrics have a relatively reduced role, and especially as of late, the importance of lyrics in K-pop has been dwindling. While this argument can be applied to most genres of dance music as there is more of a focus on sound and entertaining rather than meaning or informing, it seems to be especially evident in K-pop. Even balladswhich by definition are meant to tell storiesunder this genre are becoming less and less personal. This could be blamed on the artificiality of the genre, as the idols that rule it are carefully maintained by large companies whose main aim is to make money. With companies managing idols and making future hits for them, the idols themselves usually have little chance to apply themselves in the lyrics of their songs. But while this is a major factor in the unique lack of importance of lyrics in K-pop, it is not the only one.

One major factor in the minimal role lyrics have taken is K-pops focus on the global market. The genre is currently focused on riding the Hallyu wave, exporting their idols and their ridiculously catchy songs as products to be sold. As I said before, music is often considered the universal language being understood by everyone in the worldand with the entire world being K-pops very ambitious target, they focus very much on this language. There is definitely more focus on sound when producing K-pop songs as these sounds can be appreciated by everybody who is willing to take a listen.

Because honestly, why would producers want to put focus on the lyrics of the song when a good portion of the demographic theyre catering to have no understanding of the language the lyrics are wrote in? Theyd rather make a song whose sound appeals to the masses at first listen, rather than have lyrics whose true meaning wont be appreciated until its translated. And even if a work is translated, the fans reading the translations suffer a loss of cultural depth, rendering most cultural metaphors useless.

Take for example,Secrets Love is MOVE. The song features the line Girls are like reeds referencing that they are easily swayed to have a change of heart. Certain fans without the cultural context can be left unaware of this until they go out and research its meaning, but with a song like Love is MOVE, would a normal fan really go through all that effort?

But producers still need to create words for their artists to sing, and they still aim to be as globally pleasing as possible. To fulfill their needs, they either turn to universal onomatopoeias and made-up wordsa la bamratatata or boomshakalakaor the widely accessible English language. They rely on either of these to create hooks that the remainder of the song revolves around as they are able to appeal to the masses and prove to be the more memorable parts of a song.

But with the problem of using English and made-up words in songs is that the end product has a fairly large chance of making no sense. English is often butchered and misused grammatically, leading to some interesting phrasessuch as Super Juniors I naughty, naughty and B1A4s zoom zoom my heart like a rocket. And what makes it worse is that with most idols not fluent in English, pronunciation is often off, leading to some awkward moments such as Jaejoongs rhyming of fish with cash. Add made-up words resembling baby talk and needless to be said, the end product of the song often ends up muddled and confusing when not handled right.

And if an artist doesnt even know the meaning of their song, how are they supposed to properly sell it? f(x) had trouble figuring out what the lyrics of their very nonsensical songs meant. With the artists themselves confused about the meaning of their own songs, what hope is left for fans to understand them? Furthermore, while f(x)s songs were easy enough for them to portraybeing fun and nonsensicaldespite their lack of understanding, what if another idol couldnt understand their muddled up song? Their potential as performers wont be tapped into as they can routinely perform the song as they practiced, but they cant emote or bring something extra to the stage during their performances.

But most definitely, not all K-pop songs are muddled or confusing in meaning. K-pop does try to create scenarios or touch on deeper themes. But when K-pop does attempt to create and tell of a scenario, it often ends up an overused or general theme such as crushes, heart break, and the like since they are topics most can relate to. Furthermore, since idols are relatively young and spend most of their lives training rather than living their lives, these topics and feelings are easier for them to draw onstage or replicate from another artist who performed with a similar topic before. Also, countless concepts can be made to fit under these very universal themes, and with K-pop being the visual market that it is, a creative concept is crucial.

But while these universal topics are flexible and easily accessible for idols, its not entirely original or even personal for that matter. These topics can be very strong and effective if there is some depth behind it, but rarely do these lyrics go that far. While an idol may be telling about being heartbroken and looking sad onstage, there may be nothing personal or uniquely specific about the song they are singing. While one may be able to relate to the broad topic of heartbreak the lyrics speak of, the lyrics usually only really talk about the topic at the bare minimum, rarely deviating in going a bit further. And with countless songs talking about the same broad topic again and again, one can only take so much before things get stale.

Furthermore, as K-pop is a very visual aspect, music videos and concepts are often used to convey meaning to a song instead, a role lyrics usually play. For example, there is 2NE1s Ugly. While the MV does a great job in conveying the message that everybody feels ugly sometimes and one shouldnt feel bad about it, the lyrics dont do that well of a job. While the lyrics let 2NE1 be shown at a more relatable, versatile, and more vulnerable light, there is a pretty big difference in the message of the video and lyrics. While that difference might have added a bit of an intriguing irony to the single, it just shows how lyrics are being used as vehicles for music videos and concepts, when it most usually is the other way around.

And even then, some music videos and concepts deviate entirely from the song or lyrics, ironic considering both are really supposed to complement the song, not get complemented by it. The lyrics of T-aras Lovey Dovey center around loneliness, but one wouldnt know that judging from the very chipper feel of the song and its accompanying club MV. Furthermore, the ones in charge of concepts in Core Contents Media must have one heck of an imagination since I would never have thought to relate zombies with this song, and I still marvel how they were able to create that melodramatic drama MV to go with the song.

Also, there are the lyrics for SNSDs The Boys. It was marketed as girl power with their warrior-esque princess teasers, but the lyrics of the song only speak of girls further motivating boys. While looked under a certain context and analyzed, it could be interpreted as a girl power song, but honestly when looked at face value, the lyrics and their concept are a bit contradicting. All of this shows how little value lyrics have within K-pop as, like I said before, is less of a priority compared to concepts and music videos.

And all the the shallowness and the lack of clarity in the lyrics in K-pop can only end up being a turn off for a fan. A fan can only take so much songs talking of the same topics or nonsensical ones before getting tired of researching up translations altogether, generalizing all K-pop songs as meaningless and lacking in depth. And this is a shame as there some very blatant exceptions to this unfortunate trend, those who honestly do put effort into their lyrics, that a jaded fan is going to miss.

There are the likes of Brown Eyed Girls and Tablo, whose lyrics are full of meaning, personalty, and social commentary. Some of their pieces are absolute masterpieces full of depth and meaning, and I feel bad for anyone who missed out on their work due to generalizing all K-pop songs as meaningless. Most idols actually have at least one lyrical gem in their repertoire, with songs like SNSDs Deam Mom being examples. Also, fans may overlook pieces like Dana and Sundays One More Chance. The processed sound was a bit of a turn off, and at face value, the song and its lyrics seemed shallow. But as described by Fannie, One More Chance was actually a sarcastic parody of common female stereotypes in Korea.

But with such an environment with such nonsensical lyrics, what are up-and-coming lyricist supposed to do to handle this type of market? Idols becoming more and more involved with their album productions, wanting to be seen a genuine performers instead of manufactured idols, and one of the first things they contribute with is writing lyrics. But with such unspokenyet still unbrokenbarriers present in lyric writing, how are these future lyricists, who most likely want to share a personal story, supposed to write anything that personal? Idol rappers are starting to write their own raps in an attempt to gain value and relevance, but honestly, how is Yubin supposed to write a meaningful rap about telling you to Be My Baby?

In the end of the day, in an attempt to attract a more general, more international audience, K-pop ends up limiting itself when it comes to its lyrics. It limits idols potential as performers, discourages lyricists from expanding, and keeps people from finding the true lyrical gems out there in K-pop. In a market that is very as visually dependent as K-pop, its almost astonishing at how little meaning is behind all of it.

But Seoulmates, what do you think? Are you satisfied with the state that lyrics has taken in K-pop? Are you fine just looking at K-pop at face value, seeing it as a form of mindless entertainent with its mindless eye candy and impossibly catchy tunes? Or do wish that there was more depth behind it all? Leave your insight below!

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Who is the maximum efficient cloth wardrobe of the 17th Jeonju Global Movie Festival?

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The opening riteturned into hosted through Lee Jong-hyuk and Yoo Seon. Actors and actresses like Kim Dong-wan, Kwon Yul, Ahn Jae-hong, Jeon Hye-bin, Heo I-jae, Ryoo Hyeon-kyeong, Baek Seong-hyeon, Park Jeong-min-I and others were at the event.

TaeTiSeo And CNBLUE Joins KCON Los angeles Line-Up!

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TaeTiSeo And CNBLUE Joins KCON Los angeles Line-Up!

(Photo : KpopStarz) Website hosting their weekly #KCONLiveChat, it used to be announced that TaeTiSeo and CNBLUE will sign up for the KCON line-up for the Los Angeles dates.

Fans alike are guaranteed to look the synchronized and charismatic performances that might take position at the Prudential Middle and Staples Center this summer.

5/13 1PM EST KCON NY Combo/Platinum Tickets5/16 1PM EST KCON NY Unmarried Tickets6/3 1PM EST KCON LA Combo/Platinum Tickets6/6 1PM EST KCON LA Single Tickets For updates on KCON 2016, visitwww.kconusa.comand apply @KCONUSA on Twitter. Fanaticsalso are invited to register for the verbal exchange by the usage of #KCON16NY and #KCON16LA in their social media platforms.

Lee Min-ho's interview in China, "Not certain about enlisting date"

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About a Chinese fan who shaved her head to proportion the pain of having to serve his country, Lee Min-ho said, "I saw that on the scoop and I used to be touched. Not anything is explicit just about my National Service, but the fan shaved her head much previous so I believe by the time I go, her hair will grow back".

"As an actor, I'mthankfulto understandI could beready to exist supportive to somebody and others' lives. I wish to share more love in go back for the give a spice up to everyone's given me".

When he was asked if he was worried about his famewhilsthe is gone, he said, "If I compare myself to a book, there is the procedure of finishing up this e-book so there isn't any knowing to the ending, but I believe this page will be remembered forever. It all is dependent on me".

Three problems about Song Hye-kyo's symbol rights

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J. Estina supported the drama with 70 million won and now notone hundred million find it irresistible was to get started with known. J. Estina advised expanding the contract in December that year but Song Hye-kyo refused. Therefore, the contract was terminated in the next January and J. Estina had to attenuatethe quantity of cash being backed as it most effective had two months to advertise its products. Also, in keeping with J. Estina, Song Hye-kyo must solely have worn products from J. Estina but she went opposed to the contract and wore other pieces brought to her through her stylist. However, the professional PPL product agreed by J. Estina and Song Hye-kyo is a necklace that Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) gifts to Kang Mo-yeon. It was meant to be publishedat the3rd episode. The necklace was overly exposed in the camera.

Song Hye-kyo sued J. Estina for her image rights. J. Estina claimed this was morally disappointing then claimed that it has experienced more damage than excellent from the versionas a result of the tax evasion issue.

However, according to Song Hye-kyo, J. Estina has been asking to exploit Song Hye-kyo's images in branchshops in China and accountabilityunfastened stores when their contract was only limited to Korea. Song Hye-kyo agreed to this. But after fresh events, J. Estina attempted to make a deal of re-signing the brand contract or it's going todisclosethe volumeof injury it experienced thank you to the tax issue.

Dae-bak seems like Song Joong-ki when he was once young

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Lee Dong-gook's wife Lee Soo-jin posted an image on Instagram saying, "They glance alike. Here is my expectation two decades later. The happiness of waiting".

One facet of the image is of Song Joong-ki when he used to be young. Dae-bak and Song Joong-ki appearance alike from the eyes to mouth.

Sam Kim Unearths If He Regrets Now not Opting for YG Or JYP, And Why He Took Up The Guitar

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Sam Kim Unearths If He Regrets Now not  Opting for YG Or JYP, And Why He Took Up The Guitar

Sam Kim Unearths If He Regrets No longerOpting for YG Or JYP, And Why He Took Up The Guitaroppahogger April 28, 2016 0 Sam Kim makes his first appearance on his firm director’s tune program, KBS 2TV’s “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook.”

After coming 2d on “K-Pop Megastar Season 3, Sam Kim has signed an exclusive contract with Antenna Music, Yoo Hee Yeol’s agency. The MC asks if he has ever regretted his resolution on not choosing YG or JYP, he firmly answers: “Never.”

Yoo Hee Yeol also questions the explanation why he failed tosettle for songs written by skill of composers in the similar agency, like Jung Jae Hyung or Lucid Falls, and Sam Kim just trails off hilariously, “Because of the generation gap…” He later embarrasses Yoo Hee Yeol by exposing his director’s number of lyrics, “Mr. Yoo turns out to write the note ‘bed’ a lot.”

Video Added Korean drama 'Entertainers' episode 4

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"Entertainers" (2016) Directed by capacity of Hong Seong-chang, Lee Gwang-yeong Written by Yoo Yeong-ah Network : SBS With Ji Seong, Hyeri, Kang Min-hyuk, Chae Jeong-an, Jeon No-min, Jeong Man-sik,... 20 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00 Synopsis "Entertainers" depicts the tale of the those thatcollectedin combination to shape a track band. Broadcast beginning date in Korea : 2016/04/20

GOT7′s JB To Get preserve of Extra Scientific Examination, In some other country Concert Excursion Is also Affected

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GOT7′s JB To Get preserve of  Extra  Scientific Examination, In some other country Concert Excursion  Is also Affected

GOT7s JB To AcquireExtraScientific Examination, In a foreign country Concert ExcursionCould also be Affectedcrystalcove April 28, 2016 0 GOT7s leader, member JB, who is not ableto take part in his teams first concerts Fly In Seoul arising on April 29 and 30 because of a spinal disc injury, will also be unable to wait the abroad tour, dependent on his fitness diagnosis.

JB went to the sanatorium afterwards experiencing back pain throughout a concert practice session on April 27, and after it was once diagnosed that there has beena subject alongside his spinal disc, it becomemade up our minds that he would sit down out GOT7s M!Countdown functionality on April 28 and the Fly In Seoul concerts taking place April 29 and 30. He also wouldnt be attending the press convention for the concert going on April 30.

It is expected that JB will head back to the health center today, April 29 KST, or the following day for further examination., in keeping with local news outlet XSports news. Looking on what the doctors say, he plans to go throughotherremedies or a minor surgical procedure. It isnt most probably that JB will wantmain surgery.

GOT7′s Junior And TWICE’s Dahyun To Be Special MCs For This Week’s “Inkigayo”

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GOT7′s Junior And TWICE’s Dahyun To Be Special MCs For This Week’s “Inkigayo”

GOT7s Junior And TWICEs Dahyun To Be Special MCs For This Weeks Inkigayokminjungee April 28, 2016 0 On Might 1, fanaticscould bein a positionto peer GOT7s Junior and TWICEs Dahyun sing their own praises their talents equally special MCs for SBSs Inkigayo.

TWICEs Dahyun will be taking where of Kim Yoo Jung, who has officially departed from the show. Two times volition also have their Inkigayo comeback degree for their new song, Cheer Up, on this day.

Dahyun has already shown off her qualifications in this box when she was once a temporary, one-day MC for 3 Kings, in preference to EXIDs Hani, who became taking a hiatus at the time. She was commended for actively taking part and appearingjust right reactions right through the episode.

Song Joong-ki's issues of appeal

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Though it shouldappearinappropriate to acting, it played a section to make Song Joong-ki who he's today. He beganperforming at a later age but he was capable of finding his position so briefly because he is a fashion student like he has at all times been. He worked challenging and he consistently made the properselectionseach fourth dimensionthere has been a chance. He rose to stardom in the drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" then endured in "Deep-rooted Tree" as the more youthfuledition of Han Seok-Kyu's role.

Those around him attemptedto prevent him as a result of the small element but he was recognized for his performance. When he was in the motion picture "Penny Pinchers", an interviewer asked him, 'Isn't it standard for a celeb to play cool roles first sooner than degrading himself?' and he answered, 'That's one typical way of expanding one's spectrum. Or not it'sfoolish to observe the trend.' Song Joong-ki needs to be good-looking and talented at the similar time.

Song Joong-ki was noted for his nice looks at school but he did not get the key function at first. He did part-time jobs after college and strains of him from back in the day still remain today. He believed that 'not having skillmay also begrew to become into an opportunity.' He acquiredthe assistance of actor Lee Joon-hyeok throughout "A Werewolf Boy" and studied the movements of a wolf. Whilst in "Deep-rooted Tree", he tried to appreciate the King Lee Do by reading back in history.