12 Concepts and Styles in K-Pop

12 Concepts and Styles in K-Pop

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K-Pop (Korean Pop music) has been recognized and grown in global attention. Although the name suggests just pop music, K-pop encompasses every genre. In K-Pop, most artists are called "idols" because of how devoted fans are to their favorite musicians. Although the music and people are different, many K-Pop groups and idols share similar concepts and styles.


1. Blonde Hair

The style that most idols go through is dying their hair blonde. As most Asians have black or dark brown hair, blonde hair is hard to pull off. When an idol is found to match in blonde hair, the idol is acknowledged as beautiful or handsome. As South Korea is a country that puts a lot of emphasis on beauty, this style can boost the popularity of a star.


2. School Uniforms

Usually during the debut or early years of an idol's career, the school uniform look is used to bring out the youthfulness in the artists or create a pure and innocent concept. This concept usually attracts student or young fans.


3. Funny Concepts

Not many idols use this concept. However, many artists have gained immense popularity with funny costumes, dances or music videos. In the case of Crayon Pop's Bar Bar Bar single, the combination of helmets, synchronized jumping dance and unusual outfits changed their status from little-known to a nationally-known girl group. Their video was even showed on The Ellen Show for its uniqueness.


4. Retro/Vintage Concepts

These concepts and styles arouse nostalgia of past eras and decades. Brought back with a modern twist, the retro feel is found in artists' fashion, music or dances.


5. Party Concept

This concept is frequently adopted in the summer when students are on break because the weather is nice. These songs become the number one song heard in clubs or festivals. The songs are meant to be danced to and boost energy in the listeners.


6. The Athletic Concept

This concept incorporates the uniforms of athletes and is used to show off a healthy look. As many musicians are performance-based, a large focus is put on the outfits and beauty. These outfits usually trend among the youth or generate a lot of interest.


7. The Band Concept

This concept is used to bring out the musicality of the artists and prove that they are worthy of being called "musicians." Idols have a negative stigma of being untalented to be considered a musician or artist. Through recent shows broadcasting the versatility and wide range of vocals of idols, self-written compositions and instrument use, this stigma has died down.


8. Gender Swap Concepts

This concept is either used for comedy purposes, perform songs of an opposite gender artist or group or for fashion. Ren of Nu'est gained large interest for matching the feminine concept. Many females have commented, "He's prettier than me." He is shown in the first picture below.


9. Suits Concept

This concept is used by both female and male stars. This style displays sophistication and formality.


10. Fantasy Concepts

This concept is used for music videos, fashion and the performance of a song. From werewolves to robots, the concepts are used to make key dance moves and bring in more fans.


11. Military, Police or Sailor Uniforms

This style is modeled to imitate the polished clean look and emphasize the synchronization of the dances of idols.


12. The Hanbok Concept

The hanbok is Korean traditional clothing. This outfit is usually worn on holidays, weddings and at other formal events. This look is heavily praised and gathers tons of interest because the light make-up is applied for these outfits and emphasizes natural beauty.

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No, this will not do. Even after he kidnapped her and brought her here, she still forgave him. What is it going to take for me to win her hand? She was more beautiful than I remembered. She would make a worthy queen to be at my side. No Archer, stop thinking like that. I only want the throne; I couldn't care less about the girl. The feelings I'd had for her had disappeared a long time ago. They walked out, holding hands for goodness sake! Why does he have to be so good? How am I supposed to compete with that? My mind drifted back to the scintillating way she moved. The blush that had filled her cheeks when I had pressed my lips to the soft skin of her hands. I sighed in exasperation. I began to feel things I hadn't in years, stirring beneath the surface. That girl was going to be my downfall. I could feel it. I thought back to the day she had been sent to the mortal world.

She smiled as she pulled me into her bed chambers. She had kissed me as if it were going to be the last chance she'd ever have. Her smile fell. I knew then that something was wrong.

"Talya, what is it?"

"They're sending me away; they're going to take my memories. I won't know who you are anymore."

"What? They can't do that! No, I won't let them. I.. I love you, Talya," I'd never said those words to her. I'd been so afraid, and now I was going to lose her.

"I love you too, Archer. I'll remember you, one way or another. I will remember you, and I will come back to you. I have to go now," she kissed me again.

"No, please don't go. I can't; I can't do this without you."

"Yes, you can. You have to. Please stay strong for me. Stay strong for us. I will be back for you."

She placed both hands on the sides of my face. I pulled her tightly to my chest, hugging her tightly. I could feel her breathing shallow. Her shoulders shook with sobs as she broke away. I held out my hand. I brushed my fingertips against hers. She then turned and walked out of the room. I had failed her. I wasn't strong enough to carry our love alone.

All of the anguish from that day came bubbling up, my throat tightened. No, that wasn't me anymore. I'd purposely hardened my heart over the years. Otherwise, the sorrow would have overwhelmed me. I had lost the only girl I'd ever loved. Now she was back and didn't even remember me. How could I have been so stupid? Thinking she would keep her promise. I slammed the side of my fist against the wall in frustration. I paced back and forth through the throne room.

The way Talya had reacted to me brought back a lot of memories. I'm sure she thought she'd hid it well, but I'd always been able to read her better than most. She had that same strong will. This mortal version was feistier than she had been before. If possible, it made me love her more.

Why am I doing this to myself? She isn't who she used to be. She doesn't remember who I am. There is no point in wasting my time on these petty feelings. Love is beneath me now. I'm a different person.

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