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.

The two songs featured in this episode are Between Night N Music and Are You Ready? by B.I.G. If you like them, check out their official Twitter and you can also buy their music on iTunes.

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, you can also send us Skype voice mails. And leave a comment below telling the song you think represents the ultimate K-pop hit.