K-Pop, BTS, and the Translators Who Helped It Become Global

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Meet the K-Pop Translators

It all started when I (Tiffany. Brock is an innocent bystander here) heard a song pop up on my Spotify playlist that caused me to do a double take for two reasons: 1) It was incredibly catchy and 2) it was in Korean, and I had no idea what they were saying.

Never one to leave a mysterious Pop song uninvestigated, I hopped over to YouTube and clicked on a video called, “Blood, Sweat, and Tears”. Mind. Blown.

This was my introduction to K-Pop, the group known as BTS, and their fan base known as ARMY.

So, what is  K-Pop, and why should we be paying attention to it? In this episode, I sit down with my friend, Melanie, and discuss BTS’ entrance into the US Top 40 music charts, the 90’s, and how today’s fans are using social media to fuel a global movement.

We also have the pleasure of talking with Mary from BTS Translations -  a 40 member, non-profit, fan-run organization dedicated to translating BTS content. With over 1.2M followers, they've been featured in a Billboard article about their role in the globalization of K-Pop.


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