BH Podcast 4 – What makes a K-pop hit?
What is it that makes a hit K-pop song?
It’s a question many have posed but no one has ever come up with a satisfactory answer.
In order to find out the answer we went straight to the source: the composers. We spoke to Erik Lewander (f(x) – Rum Pum Pum Pum, Girls’ Generation – I Got A Boy) and Caesar and Loui (Super Junior-M – Swing, VIXX – Hyde) who are all from Swedish publishing company The Kennel. We also had the chance to talk to Anna, Nermin and Ronny from Dsign Music (Girls’ Generation – Genie, EXO – Love Me Right) as well as the fantastic Will Simms (Girls’ Generation – I Got A Boy, EXO – Wolf).
We also caught up with Jakob Dorof, a Seoul based music journalist who writes about K-pop for a living. He’s interviewed a number of idols including SHINee and 4Minute and also has a very in-depth blog which tackles the history of K-pop song-by-song called K-Pendium.
Did we manage to answer to this question? You’ll have to listen and find out.
If you have any questions or suggestions, we now have a Kakaotalk! Our ID is beyondhallyu so send us your voice messages! You can also get in contact via Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, you can also send us Skype voice mails. And leave a comment below telling the song you think represents the ultimate K-pop hit.