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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lost in Translation: The Reduced Role of Lyrics in K-pop 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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The developing  style of “chaebol idols”

The developing style of “chaebol idols”

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterNetizens are calling it as the maximum importantexplanation whyall and sundryneeds to grow to be an idol after they have gotcame upon the trending upward push in “chaebol idols.” 

A contemporaryfileprinted that a type of idols weremaking an investment their not easy earned profits and royalties into homes with the fashion being called as “chaebol idols.” Former TVXQ and JYJ’s Junsu, for example, owns a hotel and apartment, costing no less than 37.3 billion won. Some of the luxury complex he owns is in Jeju Island which boasts a romantic environment with its Tuscan vibe and seasonal out of doors swimming pool. It opened to the public back in 2014.

Aside from being a singer, musical actor and entertainer, Super Juniors Kyuhyun owns a guesthouse that in particular caters to foreigners and worldlovers in the guts of Seoul.

Other celebrities integrated Han Seungyeon and BoA, who either takeconstructions and villas in their own in the Cheongdamdong area.

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Korean-style vs Western-style makeup

6kstocksShare on FacebookShare on Twitter Even supposing Korea is referred to asone of the vitalbest markets for makeup, Korean makeup styling is ratherother from other puts in the world. 

In order to turn the broad differences in Korean-style and Western-style makeup, one netizen used Photoshop on a photo of a Western woman. In spite of being two aspects of the similar face, the variations in the varieties of the makeup made the girlseem to be two utterlyalternative people. The resulting composite photo stunned other netizens, causing a huge number of attention to the post online. A translation of the post and the entirefootagemay also bediscovered below:

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Actress Kang So-ra seemedgorgeous in many ways.

Beauty magCertain featured Kang So-ra as its August model.

The quilt of the magazine used to be taken in a mansion in France. Kang So-ra currentlyfinished the drama "Neighborhood Attorney Jo Deul-ho" and is taking a break.

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Korean Television Contestant’s Ahead of And After Pictures  Display How Diet, Style, And Grooming Can Become Your Image

Korean Television Contestant’s Ahead of And After Pictures Display How Diet, Style, And Grooming Can Become Your Image

18stocksShare on FacebookShare on Twitter A Korean famous person has been highlighted as a excellent example in how following a vitamin and converting your taste can alternate your outer appearance.

On a webnetwork board, former Superstar K2 and Best 6 contestant Kim Ji Soos drastic switchgot here into the spotlight. The primary photo unearths how he looked all over his audition for the preferredskilldisplay series. After a while has passed by, the subsequentpictures shares his new up to dateglance following a diet, and then, a transformationwell-liked alongside his facial hair shaved off.

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Image: Singer-songwriter Kim Ji Soo who prior to nowgave the impression on Mnet's Famous person K2 Image: Singer-songwriter Kim Ji Soo who formerlyseemed on Mnets Celeb K2

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Watch: Topp Dogg Cracks Every Other Up With Lyrics Lip Reading Game On Topp Dogg: All-Kill

Watch: Topp Dogg Cracks Every Other Up With Lyrics Lip Reading Game On Topp Dogg: All-Kill

Watch: Topp Dogg Cracks Each and every Other Up With Lyrics Lip Reading Game On “Topp Dogg: All-Kill”ilmare42 July 18, 2016 0 Watch: Topp Dogg Cracks Every one Other Up With Lyrics Lip Reading Game On “Topp Dogg: All-Kill” On July 18’s episode of “Topp Dogg: All-Kill,” the participants of Topp Dogg cant forestallguffawing equally they put their lip reading abilities to the test!

Topp Dogg is divided into the “Old” and “Young” groups this time around to take on a fan-submitted “Whisper Challenge.” The guys are partnered up, with one taking note of loud tunethru headphones as the opposite reads out short words from song lyrics.

The one with the headphones has to lip read to wager the lyrics, which is waymore straightforwardacknowledged than done. For example, Hansol gets frustrated when it’s his turn to read the lyrics, yet later he’s so bad at the receiving finish that Xero seems like he’s about to hit him. The tables turn back when B-Joo practically goes nuts looking to get Xero to guess Wonderful Baby, but best gets answers like Watashi and Bangtan Sonyeondan BTS.

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Min Hyo Rin Wittily Reacts To Lyrics About “Taeyang” In A Song

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Min Hyo Rin Wittily Reacts To Lyrics About Taeyang In A Songleonid July 16, 2016 0 Min Hyo Rin Wittily Reacts To Lyrics About Taeyang In A Song Actress Min Hyo Rin reacts to lyrics about Taeyang in a song played all over Sisters Slam Dunk.

On the July 15 episode of the KBS2 show, the forged sets out for a go back and forth to Namyangju.

As she drives, comic Kim Sook puts on the song Tactics to Steer transparent of the Sun through Rain. The levelcall of Min Hyo Rins boyfriend, Taeyang of BIGBANG, method sun in Korean.

As soon as the song plays, Min Hyo Rin breaks out into a dance, following the songs choreography.

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In the newly published stills, the 2 singers game matching couple outfits and reportedly cleared plates of Mexican food, U.S.-style barbecue, and ddeokbokki (rice cakes in a highly spiced sauce).

According to the producers, Eric Nam arranged this mukbang date because he sought after to let Solar enjoy food from around the arenathat can be unfamiliar.

As those who love to eat in general, the two stars once backblow their own horns why theyre an excellentfit for each and every other with their an identicalflavor in food.

This episode will air Saturday, July 16.

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Kong Hyo-jin looks sublime and flawless in her new style pictorial

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Kong Hyo-jin showed off her fashionableand stylish styles in her new model pictorial.

On July 14th, Kong Hyo-jin in collaboration with the shoes and accessory emblem that she has been a muse for released the hot 2016 Fall and Iciness season pictorial.

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Known to proportion a close brotherly bond, Eric Nam and Tablo were reportedly throwing around concepts for Erics comeback when Eric asked Tablo to pen the lyrics for his song. Tablo thankfully obliged, and Cant Assistance Myself used to be born.

Cant Support Myself tells the tale of a guy who cant involve his love and confesses to his lover. The song will first be printed on M!Countdown on July 14 and may officially drop on July 15 at nighttime KST by way of online music sites.

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