The globalization of postcolonial pop music: putting the success of the K-pop industries into theoretical perspectives

Paul Lopes, Ingyu Oh, Lynn Pyun

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Abstract

It is uncontested that the unexpected rise of K-pop in the last decades has been no less than impressive. Korea has become the 7th largest music market in the world, and K-pop idol groups routinely are ranked on Billboard charts despite originating from a postcolonial country. However, there is dearth of scholarship theoretically and empirically to explain this phenomenon. This collection aimed to address this gap through investigating how and why the K-pop industry has achieved its present status. The eight articles included in the special issue deal with this question from various perspectives: the nature of the music itself, (gender) diversity in its fandom, and innovative strategies employed by the leading firms. Together, we believe that our collection paints a comprehensive picture of K-pop and its success, advancing our collective understanding of innovation management, cultural industries and the global pop music in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1243-1250
Number of pages8
JournalAsia Pacific Business Review
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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Keywords

  • K-pop
  • South Korea
  • business model
  • fandom
  • globalization
  • innovation
  • postcolonial pop music
  • symbolic capital

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