A political battle between Japan and South Korea has spilled into the art world, with the abrupt closing of an exhibit with a statue symbolizing women forced into sexual slavery.
The fans who devote their time to interpreting lyrics, tweets and interviews for listeners who don’t speak Korean are hard-working, passionate and unpaid.
“Are all the singers on television music programs twins?” new broadcast guidelines asked. Critics compared them to the censorship handed down during the country’s dictatorship.
By making their relationship public, HyunA and E’Dawn breached an unspoken rule in the closely managed world of South Korean pop music.
The North Korean leader attended a concert by South Korean musicians in Pyongyang on Sunday. After watching one group perform, he called the event a “gift for Pyongyang citizens.”
“I am ready to take all punishment, including legal responsibilities for my crimes,” said Lee Youn-taek, a theater director accused of sexual harassment.
Musicians played K-pop, Mozart, Josh Groban and other popular hymns. For some in the audience, it was their first time seeing North Koreans.
Since the last Games in South Korea, the ecstatic version of pop music has become the country’s prime export. Listen to 10 songs that tell the story of the genre’s evolution.
A ferry will transport a 140-member arts delegation from North to South for the Olympics, after Seoul agreed to suspend a ban on North Korean ships.