K-pop is hugely popular worldwide, and boy band BTS’s “Dynamite” was virtually inescapable in 2020. And yet, the genre is hard to find on American radio. Despite K-pop’s takeoff online in the US and all over the globe, radio DJs still find most of it too risky to play for a Top 40 audience. Aja Romano, a culture writer at Vox, explains why.
Read Aja’s story about K-pop and American radio here.
While you’re at it, check out Aja’s BTS explainer.
And they made a K-pop playlist! Check it out on Spotify.
Also, Explained has a Netflix episode on K-Pop!
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Host: Emily Stewart (@emilystewartm)
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