2014 in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Meh

2014 was quite the roller coaster year in K-pop. Here, I present Ahjummas Anon’s year in review.

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You may wonder why some popular or chart-dominating songs are curiously absent from my top picks. The only reason I can give is that my choices are completely and 100% subjective, based purely on my own opinions. Does that make this post biased? Hell yeah, it does. I’m not even trying to front like it isn’t. I am not claiming to represent anyone else’s opinions but my own. I did solicit suggestions from friends and twitter followers, but all of my commentary is my own honest opinion. Obviously, as with any opinion piece, you’re welcome to disagree, but popularity or chart position was never a factor in any of my picks. If it’s a popularity contest you seek, I suggest fan-voted year-end lists instead.

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White Artists Doing Asian Pop: Racist or Not?

So lately the blogosphere has lit up with talk of white pop artists trying their hand at Asian pop music. In particular, I’m going to talk about these two:

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Sexy is as Sexy Does: A Reprise

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Recently, I finally wrote a post on a topic that had been on my mind for a while: gender and sexuality in K-pop. The post was largely inspired by the slew of sexy girl group concepts that have come out lately. In it, I attempted to articulate why I believe the fan community (at least online) reacts the way it does to sexy concepts in girl group videos vs. boy groups (and also what a “sexy concept” means for a girl group vs. a boy group). I had thought the “sexy concept” craze peaked with AoA’s “Miniskirt” (which recently got the group their first music show #1) but it turns out I was wrong. This video came out.

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WASSUP – “WASSUP” or “No” – “Just No.”

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Warning: The following recap contains lots of pictures!

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