A single has earned an “all-kill” if it reaches #1 on all nine of South Korea’s major real-time charts: Bugs, Cyworld, Daum, Melon, Mnet, Monkey3, Naver Music, Olleh, and Soribada.
A song would then achieve a “perfect all-kill” if it tops all major real-time music charts plus the Instiz weekly chart.
As of this posting, there are seven songs that achieved perfect all-kill status in 2013, with “The Red Shoes” by IU being the latest.
2. FAN SERVICE
Originally used in manga and anime fandoms, fan service refers to the lengths KPop artists would do to titillate their fans. Showing off their chocolate abs is a good example, but having their male co-singer carress all over is a step up.
(N.B.: The guy-on-guy skinship among male KPop celebrities deserves another Buzzfeed article.)
Performing in drag and wearing animal costumes are other examples of fan service.
Look at it as how college basketball fans chant during offense and defense.
Established artists also perform in guerilla concerts, albeit a bit more elaborate. Here’s PSY performing on the streets of Seoul’s Hongdae District in 2010.
5. HOT ISSUE
This is not about stocks trading. Hot issue has to do with a person or incident that is highly-discussed both online and off.
One of the many hot issues that are burning the KPop scene is CL of 2NE1 appearing naked in their music video for “Missing You”.
The road to becoming an idol is never easy, as only one of 10,000 trainees is likely to debut, and that is even half the battle.
The documentary “9 Muses of Star Empire” is an eye-opener that follows the rocky beginnings of idol group 9 Muses. Their debut song performed miserably in the charts, some members quit and got replaced, and the pressure to become popular was constant.
You can watch a short version of the docu here.
7. LOVE CALL
Popular idols receive love calls, either from companies to become their commercial models or from fellow artists to collaborate on a new song.
Word on the street is that Taeyang of BIGBANG has received love calls from American record companies for a possible solo career in the US.
Crayon Pop is not only popular because of its out-of-the-box concepts, but also because of its dedicated uncle fan base.
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