There has been a lot of hype around Hallyu Wave, especially with a lot of Korean acts trying to cross-over in various ways, whether it be through an album release, concert tour and/or both. And while it’s very interesting to keep up with what SM, YG, JYP and other big entertainment companies are attempting to do, we cannot deny that the spread of the Hallyu Wave has been primarily one-sided.
Although there are those one or two foreign members in every group that try to represent some sort of international flare in K-pop, one cannot deny that these foreign members are just an extension of the Korean entertainment system. Yes, they may speak another language and they may have other appeals, but to make it, it appears that how well you assimilate to the Korean entertainment system and its shenanigans are crucial in determining the members’ success.
However, it appears that some are attempting mix in the international flavor within the Hallyu Wave by actually training non-Koreans to become a Korean pop star. The training system in Korea has been praised and criticized (depending on who you talk to), so I’m interested in seeing what kind of impact the Hallyu Training Service called “HITSNY” will make in the industry.
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