South Korean pop music known as ‘K-Pop’, is flourishing around the world, finding new fans across Asia, Europe and the US. But is there also a dark side of the increasingly popular industry?
With attractive artists, catchy tunes and polished dance moves, K-Pop is the number one draw-card for tourists to South Korea and generates tens of millions of export dollars.
But punishing schedules and contracts, plus links to prostitution and corruption have revealed a dark side to the industry. Meanwhile critics claim K-Pop is too manufactured to create mega-international stars or to sustain its future.