If you know "Baby Shark", you also know it will likely get stuck in your head. The South Korean tune about a familiy of sharks is now the fifth most-viewed YouTube video of all time, with 3.9 billion hits.
Stars of the South Korean music genre have massive fan followings around the world. But K-pop's industry pressures and social media take a heavy toll on its so-called idols, as a series of recent deaths reveals.
With its perfectly stylized bands, South Korean pop is conquering the world. Though its largely an internet phenomenon, German fans are also finding real-life hobbies related to their passion.
The recent death of a K-pop star and TV celebrity, Goo Hara, has reignited a debate about the abuse, exploitation and online bullying faced by those in the country's notoriously competitive show business industry.
Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon were jailed for assaulting drunk, unconscious women. The high-profile case highlighted once again the dark side of South Korea's entertainment industry after a series of sex scandals.
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