Western Superstars Jump On The Korean Wave
Some of the Western World's biggest names in the industry collaborated with some of K-pop's biggest names this year. Girls' Generation saw EDM genius Steve Aoki remix their hit single "Mr. Taxi" and hitmakers The Cataracs and Dev created a half-English, half-Japanese dubstep version of "Bad Girl." Snoop Dogg also lent several bars for a remix of "The Boys" which appeared on their Interscope-backed album of the same name. The Wonder Girls have a new English single "Like Money" that features Akon. 2NE1 found fans in will.i.am who confirmed he is featuring the group on his new solo disc as well as in The Wanted member Jay McGuinness who called them talented (amongst other adjectives) on Twitter. Nelly Furtado showed herself to be a K-pop fan revealing that she had hoped to feature BIGBANG member T.O.P. on her single "Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)." Far East Movement released a remix of their Justin Bieber-assisted single "Live My Life" with veteran hip-hop acts Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae.
IU's Huge Comeback Sets K-Pop Chart Record
IU can be likened to a Korean version of Taylor Swift: she's adorable, she's a talented singer/songwriter/composer, and music fans of all ages love her. It's no wonder that her late 2011 comeback single "You and I" was a runaway success. The orchestral pop number combined classic production with a modern 808 beat that perfectly accompanied IU's sweet vocal approach. The track went on to top the K-Pop Hot 100 for five weeks -- a record unmatched so far.