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Seoulbeats creates editorial content covering the latest news and opinion on South Korean music, film, pop culture and fashion.




PearShaped is Exeter's digital music magazine, ready with reviews and editorial content on  everything happening in the south west music scene.

Still from BTS 'Fake Love'

Where Art Meets Life: BTS Establish Their Identity with “Fake Love”

Seoulbeats • 21 May 2018

BTS may have debuted as underdogs, but in the run-up to the release of their third LP Love Yourself: Tear, it became clear that the record’s commercial success would not only be certain, but cement the band’s status as trailblazers for the mainstream globalisation of K-pop ...

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Crafting Cohesion

Seoulbeats • 16 April 2019

Each and every pictorial is greater than the sum of its parts. In the best snapshots, the clothes, colour scheme, beauty and backdrop unite to form the perfect picture. From the way Minho‘s black-and-white striped tee complements the monochrome beams of his cosy loft set ...

Jinjo Crew

Breakdance: The Movement Where K-pop and Hip Hop Collide

Seoulbeats • 26 December 2017

Breakdance was first founded in the 1970s by young African-American and Puerto Rican dancers at the Bronx parties held by DJ Kool Herc, one of hip hop’s founding fathers. As DJs lengthened the break beats on records, dancers began to experiment, drawing influence in equal part from James Brown ...

Umji GFriend Credit Cosmopolitan

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Looking Sharp

Seoulbeats • 26 March 2019

The suit has been a classy staple for decades – yet the ensembles in these photos diverge from the traditional, transforming suits into something different and daring. Actress Park Min-Young and GFriend’s Umji rock bold block shades of scarlet and orange, while Seventeen’s DK and Vernon ...

BTS at the 31st Golden Disk Awards

When the World Reacts: How BTS, JREKML, and BgA are Taking K-pop Worldwide

Seoulbeats • 10 October 2017

The internet gives us the autonomy to curate our own entertainment, and while this has enabled K-pop to build a global fanbase with immense clout on social media, this distance often makes it difficult for fans to find like-minded people. Thus, the reaction video has become a way for K-pop fans to reach ...

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Welcoming Winter

Seoulbeats • 30 October 2018

The leaves are falling, frost is crunching underfoot – and as winter paints the world in icy hues, our favourite celebrities wrap up to greet the new season, opting for loose-fitting, comfy knit pieces. While The Rose and Jeon Ji Hyun wear classic, cool tones to blend in on crisp days ...

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Side B: Epik High, Forever Following the Flow

Seoulbeats • 11 October 2018

This time last year, Epik High was gearing up to drop their much anticipated album We’ve Done Something Wonderful. Now just shy of their 15 year anniversary, the trio has parted ways with YG Entertainment, leaving the future of the group – and their ever-shifting sound – in question ...

GOT7 'Lullaby'. Credit_JYP Entertainment

Got7 Find Their Groove in "Lullaby"

 Seoulbeats • 24 September 2018

Got7 first arrived on the K-pop scene in 2014 as a scrappy band of boys next door. Since then, they’ve moved on from the stunt-heavy performances of “A” and ridden the angst and hip-hop stylings of “If You Do” and “Hard Carry” designed to ...


Akala Brings an Astounding Night of Music to Move

PearShaped • 15 October 2016

Akala means immovable. But the crowd at Exeter’s Move on Saturday were pumping their hands in time to the beat of the live drums, captivated by the rapper’s sold out show. I’d dare say that even the bouncers, usually bastions of static solemnity, were hyped and vibing ...


Electronic Earworms: Unravelling the Hype Behind EDM

PearShaped • 17 May 2017

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the Gobi Desert for the past year, you will have heard of The Chainsmokers. More specifically, you will have been unable to escape Closer, an infectious earworm of a track that held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks ...

Jay Park

Hip-hop in Asia: Appreciation or appropriation?

PearShaped • 8 March 2017

When we think of Hip-hop, we think of the place it began. In Southern Bronx in the 1970s, at house parties where DJs like Kool Herc, often acclaimed as the godfather of Hip-hop, would give rhyming speeches known as ‘toasting’ over funk beats. This proto-rapping can arguably be traced back ...

DJ Set

A View From The Top: Rockstar

PearShaped • 15 October 2017

Post Malone knew exactly what he was doing. The lazy, autotuned lyrical couplets ride a hypnotic track beat boosted by a bassline perfect for club remixes. The chorus, while mindless, is definitely an earworm. And the lyrics themselves, while drivel, offer the possibility of a mindless escape ...


There’s No ‘I’ In Team

PearShaped • 3 May 2017

Going solo is a rite of passage for many popstars. After building a fanbase and platform as part of a band, artists including Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake have all gone on to forge successful solo careers. Yet many more have fallen in their wake ...


Switching It Up: Why pop is not merely remixing the past, but forming the future of music

PearShaped • 31 May 2017

Pop music is essentially a catch-all term for any music enjoyed by the masses. The connotations are often negative – the assumption is that if music has been made simplistic enough to garner popular appeal, it must be derivative and lack substance ...


A New Direction

PearShaped • 12 April 2017

In today’s world of Snapchat stories and selfies, it’s possible for pop stars to offer fans a glimpse into the reality of their day to day lives. But while Twitter enables us to follow our favourite’s every waking moment, the sheen of Hollywood stars in the studio era has been replaced with Instagram filters ...

Missy Elliot

A Man’s World? Analysing the Role of Women in Hip-Hop

PearShaped • 22 March 2017

When you think of women in hip-hop today, one rapper comes to mind – Nicki Minaj. Yet just two decades prior, there were many: Missy Elliott, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Lauryn Hill are just a few of the female MCs who reigned throughout the 90s ... 

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