The Rise of K-Pop

韓國流行音樂如何征服全球

 

精英翻譯社轉自https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0062/348722/web/

 

From The Kim Sisters to BTS, this is the story of how K-pop took over the world.

從金氏姊妹花到防彈少年團,這是韓國流行樂如何攻占全球的故事。

 

K-pop is a worldwide sensation. From LA to Taipei to Europe to Australia and beyond, Korean pop music is on the radio and taking over streaming services. But if you think K-pop is a recent development, think again. This is a trend that’s been building for decades.

韓國流行樂令全球為之轟動。從洛杉磯到臺北、歐洲、澳洲以及更多國家,韓國流行樂都在電臺放送並攻陷了音樂串流服務。不過如果你認為韓國流行樂是近期的發展,那就再想一遍吧。這是一個已經醞釀了數十年的潮流。

 

Our story begins with The Kim Sisters, the first South Korean group to make it big overseas. The sisters were Sue, Aija, and Mia. In the 1950s, as a way to support their family, the girls sang American songs in Seoul nightclubs to American soldiers. American producer Tom Ball saw them in 1958 and knew he had to bring them to the US.

故事得從金氏姊妹花說起,她們是第一個在海外大放異彩的南韓團體。三姊妹分別為金淑子、金愛子以及金明子。在1950年代,這些女孩在首爾的夜店唱美國歌曲給美國大兵們聽,以此作為養家活口的方式。美國籍製作人湯姆‧伯爾在1958年看見她們時就知道他得把她們帶到美國來。

 

In 1959, the sisters arrived in the US and started performing in Las Vegas. They found success in nightclubs and even sang on national television. In 1962, they covered a song by The Coasters called “Charlie Brown.” It reached number seven on the Billboard singles chart. With that, The Kim Sisters were the first huge Asian singing success in the US. Little did the ladies know they had started what would become a huge trend.

1959年,這三姊妹抵達美國並開始在拉斯維加斯演出。她們在夜店的演出很成功,甚至還在全國電視節目上獻唱。1962年,她們翻唱了一首貿易船組合(編按:美國藍調∕搖滾樂團)的歌曲《查理‧布朗》。這首歌登上了告示牌單曲榜第七名。金氏姊妹花藉此成為首支在美國獲得巨大成功的亞洲歌唱團體。這些小姐們並不知道她們引發了一股後來會蔚為流行的潮流。

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