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K-Pop Named among 20 Globe Sweeping Trends

2008/01/14 | 178 views | Permalink | Source

Forbes magazine has picked K-POP as one of 20 globe-sweeping trends.

In its Jan. 9th issue, the economic magazine selected cultural icons expected to receive further public attention, including Korean pop music which led the 'hallyu' Korean pop culture phenomenon in Asia for years. Singers Rain and Eun Ji-won were mentioned in the report.

The report said that while Western style boy bands have been the mainstream so far, K-POP's emergence is triggering new change.

Forbes cited Eun as an example, calling his style a "combination of indie band, Latin and hiphop". It also introduced singer cum actor Rain's Hollywood debut this year in the film 'Speed Racer' by the Wachowski brothers, famous for 'The Matrix'.

Other nominees on the Forbes' globe sweeping trend list were Bollywood aerobics, Louis Vuitton, Parkour and Tokyo's Harajyuku street.

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