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Disclaimer: I’m no political expert, in any way, shape or form. I am merely a music journalist, a huge fan of the audial arts, someone who truly believes in the power of K-Pop.


Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that North Korea will host their first K-Pop concerts in 13 years—160 South Koreans will make their way to Pyongyang, North Korea, starting March 31 and returning home April 3. K-Pop girl group and personal faves Red Velvet are among the invited, as well as legacy performers like Cho Yong-pil and Lee Sun-hee. Pretty cool, right?

Right! Considering the gigs were organized by both South and North Korean representatives after talks between delegations at the truce border village of Panmunjom, K-Pop is literally promoting peace.


What is especially interesting (well, especially interesting to me) is that Yoon Sang, a singer and producer, said the following about the event:

“While we’re on the stage, I believe it will be difficult to portray personal feelings towards denuclearization. Our first task will be to instill the same awe in North Korean audiences as we do our South Korean ones and make sure nothing is awkward.”


It’s...certainly unique world choice, but what if K-Pop Idols talk the North Korean into denuclearization? A girl can dream, right? There’s gotta be fan fiction written about this somewhere...

Senior Writer, Jezebel. And now for something completely different: My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out July 21.

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