Sorry for taking so long but I finally managed to make the time to Post my translation of the Article on K-pop that was in last January/February’s issue of the dutch Magazine”Stars” The Original post about this article can be seen here: http://dutchshawols.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/k-pop-stars-in-dutch-magazine-stars/
The Photo’s were taken by: Ryanne
Please keep in mind that this translation is not 100% Literal. I have attempted to not only convey the meaning but also the “emotion” or style of writing.
K-pop, there’s no getting around it. In Asia and the USA Korean pop music is super popular, but in Europe this genre is almost exclusively known to a select group of trendsetters. The trendy and striking looks and the different music stiles make these Girl and Boybands a hot item. Watch out, because K-pop is about to rule the world!
Who? Tiara is a South Korean Girl group. Originally they consisted of five members, but after two of the girls left the group was expanded with four extra members. Tiara is now made up of Boram, Qri, Soyeon, Eunjung, Hyomin, Hwayoung and Jiyeon.
Known for? In 2009 this group came out with the soundtrack for the Korean film Cinderella Man. Their best known track is Bo Peep Bo Peep from their album Absolute First Album. Their song Cry,Cry at once reached 1st place in the Korean Hitlists on the day of its release.
Music? Tiara’s easy to listen to pop-songs are enjoyed by young and old alike.
Fashion? The girls like funky, playful and colorful. They present a cheery and bright look on stage! Therefore Tiara is had to place into one category. “We want to be a sort of Chameleon group and not be bound to one style. We constantly dress up; from cat to Indian outfits, we even dressed up as guys. The fans are sometimes a little startled, but we’re still always ourselves.”
- Every year one of the girls is appointed group leader.
- They have eight awards shining in their awards locker.
- In July 2011 the band opened its own café, named Café Page One. The aim is to open branches at no less than 500 (!) locations.
Who? Big Bang is a cool South Korean boy band formed in 2005, the group consists of five members: T.O.P., Taeyang, G-Dragon, Daesung and Seungri.
Music style? Smooth hip-hop with R&B influences.
Known for? G-Dragon and Taeyang received a contract with YG Entertainment at age 12. Underground rapper T.O.P. was also connected to this label. In 2005 they put their heads together and formed Big Bang together with Daesung and Seungri. In 2007 they released their first EP Always. They really became famous through their pop track Lies. Together with fellow K-pop band 2NE1 they promoted LG’s new Lollipop Phone with a song of the same name and they won an award at the last MTV Europe Music Awards for World Wide act.
Fashion? Their style is funky hip-hop mixed with casual wear. Fans from all over the world copy their looks. G-Dragon: “The Big Bang-members each have their own style.”
- At the end of 2007 several of the members were hospitalized because of over exhaustion. Luckily the hit-machine was back with full power within a short time.
- Big Bang’s fans are called VIP’s
- The band brought out a perfume in 2007 (BB Bud’s My First Fragrance), their autobiography Shouting To The World became a best seller in 2009 and the boys have worked together with brands like Fila, Baskin-Robbins and Nikon.