‘The King: Eternal Monarch’ Becomes Highest Rated Weekend Drama to Premiere

Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun’s latest Korean drama, The King Eternal Monarch, premiered yesterday, April 17, with an overwhelming response making it the highest-rated weekend drama in its first episode. In Nielsen Korea’s ratings, the drama recorded 11.4% and 12.9% average viewership ratings for its first two episodes on Friday night. The first episode also premiered on Netflix and Korean drama fans have … Continue reading ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’ Becomes Highest Rated Weekend Drama to Premiere

‘Itaewon Class’ Review: A Korean Drama Disguised as an Arthouse Film

Saeroyi (played by Park Seo-jun), the idealistic protagonist in this Korean drama, painted me a picture of Utopia. The ideal world and the moral values which were instilled in him by his picture-perfect father drives his purpose in life. His idealism achieved success in a political business world. Saeroyi, the Idealistic Lead At a young age, Saeroyi was faced with a circumstance that challenged his … Continue reading ‘Itaewon Class’ Review: A Korean Drama Disguised as an Arthouse Film

Fritz, the K-Pop Senior Behind The Patbingsoo

Way before K-pop reached its peak as a worldwide phenomenon, there were already a few people who have devoured the genre. People from outside of Korea who have been fans of K-Pop since 2007 or earlier are now called K-pop seniors. This week, we are featuring one of the people who celebrated the K-pop craze with me during its earlier days, and he’s here to … Continue reading Fritz, the K-Pop Senior Behind The Patbingsoo

Spotify’s Data Proves that K-Pop is Dominating the World

K-Pop is gaining more and more recognition and 2020 marks its global dominance. When I blogged about K-Pop being “cool,” I missed out on some statistics. I reported in a qualitative view of the genre’s dominance. This time, with the help of Spotify, let’s take a look at K-pop’s status via quantitative data. In 2014, Spotify first introduced the playlist, K-POP Daebak which features the … Continue reading Spotify’s Data Proves that K-Pop is Dominating the World

It’s 2020. Who Still Thinks K-Pop is Cheap? The History and Evolution of Korean Pop

Cheap, that is pertaining to taste, like in film or music. In Filipino terms, it means “buki,” “baduy,” or something that has “no class” or something that’s of “bad taste.” I recall a conversation with a friend in 2012 regarding K-pop, and how she is so annoyed by her little sister’s qualms on the now-defunct boy group 2pm. She can’t grasp how this genre has … Continue reading It’s 2020. Who Still Thinks K-Pop is Cheap? The History and Evolution of Korean Pop