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music: Wonder Girls August 18, 2009

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These days, it seems like everyone has become familiar with the South Korean girl band “Wonder Girls”. Their debut happened about the time I began listening to K-pop, so they’ve been a mainstay of my Korean musical selection since the beginning. There is just something fun and catchy about their songs, I can’t be ashamed to admit I listen to them a lot (they’re topping my last.fm charts).

What you might not know is that the Wonder Girls are currently touring North America, opening for the Jonas Brothers. Last month, they were featured on FOX’s Wendy William’s show singing their English version of “Nobody”. According to their website, they’ve been doing numerous promotions, even attending the Teen Choice Awards. It is certainly going to be interesting to watch them try and break into the American market. They’re not the first Asian artists to try, but their fans seem to be really behind them (on the official site is a link to a poll for “Artist of the Month – September” and they’re winning with 89% of the votes currently).

If you’re looking to try them out for the first time, I recommend the music video for their song “Nobody” (English or Korean version). It’s slightly comical, but also pulls in the “Mo-town” influence they were going for. My personal favourite song choices are “So Hot” and “Saying I Love You”.

-> Wonder Girls Official (English) Site
-> Wonder Girls Official Youtube Channel
-> Wonder Girls @ last.fm

music: Son Dam Bi September 3, 2008

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When I began to explore K-pop this summer, one of the first artists I encountered was Son Dam Bi. She’s the up and coming artist in South Korea, famous for the dancing skills she honed while training in America. In the past year, Son Dam Bi has released one single and one mini-album, both with strong track sets. While the song ‘Bad Boy’ is catchy, I find ‘Cry Eye’ to be the stronger compilation; neither are bad listens though. I’m less sure about her newer ballad releases, but hopefully she can live up to such a strong debut. If you like RnB inspired pop music, or are just new to the Korean music scene, I recommend listening to Son Dam Bi. I found her music to be a good gateway into the Kpop genre, as it’s not a huge jump from the style of Jpop singers like Namie Amuro.

Related Links:
-> watch Bad Boy PV at dailymotion
-> last.fm artist information page