QUOTE (KochiGachi @ Jun 12 2011, 09:42 AM)
Which K-pop are you're referring to? K-pop teen idol groups have invaded K-pop scenes, K-pop is much more than just teeny idol groups.
Most foreigners don't know about other K-pops other than these teen idol groups, and yes they lacks true artistic creativity because they don't make their own songs and dance choreography, all made by their agencies who paid other artists working with them.
Also, producers are the major stack holders of these K-pop idol groups.
By K-pop, I'm referring to Korean pop groups like H.O.T., fin.K.L, DBSK, SNSD, etc. I'm not using it as a catch-all term for every pop singer in Korea, and nowadays, I doubt anyone uses it in that fashion.
And I don't believe that you have to write your own songs or choreograph your own dances in order to be an artist. That's like saying that Luciano Pavarotti wasn't an artist because he didn't compose his own arias.
However, K-pop is highly manufactured and musically conservative (even regressive), and is akin to the Disney-manufactured pop factory in the U.S. I'm not saying that this is entirely a bad thing. Is it bad for artistic development in Korea. Perhaps. But it also promotes Korea as a source of international pop culture, which is a good thing since Korea has long been overshadowed by the Korean War and that nutter in North Korea. Besides, Korean films give the country a lot of artistic credibility, so what if its music is a little too sugary?