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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

Comparative Discourse on J-pop and K-pop: Hybridity in Contemporary Local Music

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2020, v.60 no.1, pp.40-70
https://doi.org/10.25024/kj.2020.60.1.40
(Simon Fraser Univ.)
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Abstract

Due to the close but complicated relationship between the Japanese and Korean music industries, J-pop and K-pop have several significant commonalities and differences. By analyzing the transformation of K-pop in tandem with Japanese influences through a convergence of political economy in terms of historical approach and textual analysis, this paper identifies several key elements involved in the growth of K-pop. It does not attempt to determine the major reasons for the success of K-pop, and/or the failure (or low degree of popularity) of J-pop in global markets. Instead, it comparatively discusses several major features—including idol production systems, copyright issues, and hybridity—of these two popular music genres, thereby mapping out J-pop’s influences and the remnants of such influences in the K-pop sphere, as well as the ways in which K-pop has become a model for J-pop. It aims to investigate the contemporary cultural stages and transition of popular music in Korea occurring within the unfolding logic of cultural globalization, known as hybridization.

keywords
K-pop J-pop hybridity comparative discourse idol system globalization popular music

Korea Journal