Switched On Pop | What BTS's "Boy With Love" ft. Halsey Can Teach Us About K-pop
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Switched On Pop
Published 02 July 2019
BTS & Halsey

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

How should we listen to K-pop?

This music has become a global phenomenon, charting on the Billboard Hot 100, taking over social media feeds, and touring the world. In particular, the group BTS has captured the ears of millions, building an Army of fans along the way.

As uninitiated listeners, the language and culture barrier left Nate and Charlie uncertain about how to approach listening to, let alone breaking down their music. So they sought out the support of Dr Suk-Young Kim, Professor of Critical Studies and the Director of the Center for Performance Studies at UCLA, and KCON's Vanessa Augsbach.

Dr. Kim's research on K-pop helps to expand our ears and understand the genre's history and aesthetics, while Augsbach helps us better appreciate the fandom. Applying their insights, we listen to "Boy With Luv" as a first foray into the wonders of K-pop.

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