The South Korean military got a big boost in morale this week after the nation’s top girl band, Girls’ Generation, showed up for a quick song and dance.
A video of the performance, uploaded to YouTube, shows the soldiers sitting quietly, in perfect rows, until the girl band walks in the door. What follows is a melee of fist-pumping, disjointed chanting, cellphone photo-snapping, hat-waving and, of course, dancing.
The nine members of Girls’ Generation, or SNSD as they are called by fans, seem energized by all the adoration. Watch the video:
K-pop artists like Girls’ Generation often elicit such a response, both at home and, increasingly, abroad. The genre of music, long cherished across the Pacific Rim, first showed up on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2001, and since has seen collaborations with American artists Kanye West, Ludacris, the Jonas brothers and will.i.am.
But nowhere is the ardor as great as in South Korea. When K-pop star Rain departed for military service in October, a requirement for all Korean males before the age of 30, he was seen off by hundreds of weeping, cheering fans. If he’s lucky, Rain may get entertained by some of his female cohorts, even miles from home.
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