Over the course of five years beginning in 2008, Korean music — especially K-Pop — was a genre that was slowly but steadily breaking into the mainstream. Among K-Pop fans, the one moment that gave their preferred genre recognition in markets outside of South Korea was easily the song “Nobody” by Wonder Girls. So Nyeo Shi Dae (also known as SNSD or by their more recognizable name, Girls’ Generation) would eventually follow with their song “The Boys.” These days, K-Pop has been pigeon holed as niche and preference.


Despite that, K-Pop music does make major waves in music every once in awhile, as proven through numerous. For example, Girls’ Generation is one of the more popular groups known internationally. Therefore, it was news when SM Entertainment released Jessica Jung from them. Now the music video for an extremely popular song over there ended up getting banned from being played in the country.


For those who aren’t familiar, that bit of K-Pop news is unique because it is centered on the comeback track for Dal Shabet titled “Joker.” Apparently, “Joker” has been banned from being aired in South Korean and despite the fact that the reason is of a sexual nature, you will probably not be able to guess exactly what in particular proved to be too much for the country.




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The band Dalshabet is certainly feeling the squeeze. Musicians these days for the most part can’t afford to lose an entire nation. The video may seem tame by American standards, but it pushed the envelope too far in the more conservative South Korea. That is not to say South Korean is like a Muslim country. They allow A LOT in their music videos.


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Despite the video not being allowed to be played in its home country, it has managed to rack up nearly 4 million views on YouTube. Dalshabet probably wishes their video could be shown in South Korea, but they have to be pleased at its success around the world.

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Now the reason the video got banned is something you wouldn’t know unless you were familiar with the genre. So for those who don’t follow K-Pop (or any Korean groups), it should be noted that there was a crucial switch in style when the K-Pop group, Miss A, came on the scene.

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Miss A is famous for pouring on large amounts of sexuality into their music videos, something other K-Pop groups took notice of. Eventually, the other music groups would follow in trying to one-up each other without crossing any lines and getting banned from the country.

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Apparently, Dal Shabet crossed that line in “Joker,” which can be seen in the video above. I guess the line is a PG-13 over there, because I remember watching a Rihanna video where there are naked women and people getting brutally murdered. Maybe Americans are just sick and it’s not just other countries being too uptight. Regardless I thoroughly enjoyed that video.

[H/T:blog.pairade.com]

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