Kwaak Je Yup

For Kwaak Je Yup's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Fan loyalty brings 2PM ups and downs

Jun 21, 2012

Fan loyalty brings 2PM ups and downs

Dancing boy bands are a common feature in K-pop, but when it comes to fan loyalty, 2PM has few rivals. Catchy dance-pop singles produced by their agency’s head producer JYP, intricate choreography that often takes a cue from acrobatics, handsome faces with slick hairstyles ...

Rockers CN Blue stand out amid dancey K-pop

Apr 26, 2012

Rockers CN Blue stand out amid dancey K-pop

Since its 2009 debut in South Korea, CN Blue has been a bastion of rock in a music scene dominated by danceable electro-pop. The band’s lasting success has comforted some about the continuing mainstream appeal of rock, while detractors accuse it of peddling innocuous ...