[REVIEW/BOOK] Get insights to the Korean Music Revolution with K-POP Now!


A genre that most of you and I are familiar with, K-Pop is undoubtedly gaining much attention and popularity over the years – not only in South Korea, but also across other regions of the world.

Today, with different music styles and funky concepts, K-Pop is no longer viewed as just a musical genre, but has subsequently grew into a subculture among the youths – we tried to dress like our favorite idols, synchronize dance in groups, or even attend Korean lessons to brush up the foreign language.


That said, have you ever wondered about the beginnings of K-Pop and its revolution? In K-Pop Now!, a newly released book by Mark James Russell, you’ll not only find the profiles of all the current K-Pop artists and their hits, but also take an insider’s look at how these popular artists have made it to the top.

The author, Mark James Russell, has been living in Korea since 1996 and has covered Korean pop culture for publications like the New York TimesBillboard and Newsweek. His 2008 book, Pop Goes Korea, looked at how Korea became a pop culture powerhouse.


Not to mention, there is also an exclusive section covering ‘What is K-Pop?‘, featuring full page interviews with YouTube sensations EatYourKimchi, and hot favourite stars like Kevin from ZE:A, as well as Brian Joo from Fly to the Sky.

In this book, find out where are some of Seoul’s hippest hot spots and hangouts, get all the information you need about your favourite boy groups, girl groups & solo artists, and take a look at the K-Pop idols of tomorrow. You’ll be able to find features on some of the biggest names in K-Pop, such as Big Bang, Super Junior, B.A.P, CN BLUE, 2PM, INFINITE, EXO, SHINee, SISTAR, Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, f(x), Miss A, SECRET, Psy, BoA, IU, Jay Park, and many more!


Want to get your hands on one of these books too? K-Pop Now! will be available for purchase starting from 27 January 2014 at all major bookstores in Singapore such as Kinokuniya, MPH, Times Bookshop and Popular. The bookstores in Singapore are also the FIRST to be stocking this book!

If you’re a K-Pop lover, I’d highly recommend this book to you as I love how its contents provide a fresh perspective on the musical genre. K-Pop today, and K-Pop before ‘Gangnam Style‘, ‘Gee‘, ‘Sorry Sorry‘, ‘Bar Bar Bar‘, etc – Find out how K-Pop has changed and grew over the years, and why the Hallyu wave doesn’t stop here.

More information about K-Pop Now!:

  • Paperback, 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Retail price: S$20 (b/f GST)
  • Available at all major bookstores in Singapore

Stay tuned and watch this space as we will be holding contests for you to bring home one of these books too!

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