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Albums, Anniversaries, And Music Trends To Watch In 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Matthew Perpetua, editor of Buzzfeed Music, previews some of the music to look forward to in the coming year.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Listeners' Choice Edition

Saturday, December 29, 2012

On this week’s Political Gabfest episode of Gabfest Radio, we asked listeners to send us their most vexing moral or ethical dilemmas, and the panelists debate their favorites. Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, listeners left us voicemails about overlooked cultural topics, and the hosts tackle as many as they can.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: First Time, Long Time Edition

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner respond to questions from listeners on a wide range of topics, including the Psy hit "Gangnam Style," what defines a great acting performance, and their favorite high school coming-of-age movies

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

John Seabrook writes about the Korean pop-music industry.

Monday, October 01, 2012

John Seabrook writes about the Korean pop-music industry.

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'Gangnam Style': The K-Pop Hit That Could

Friday, September 28, 2012

It's been a big week for the Korean pop sensation Psy. His viral hit, "Gangnam Style," moved up to claim the second spot on the Billboard Hot 100. His larger-than-life YouTube video hit 300 million views. And, he earned a Guinness World Record for the most YouTube "likes" that the site has ever seen (currently more than 3 million).

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Transportation Nation

Korean Gangnam Rap Vid -- NYC Subway Remix Style

Monday, September 17, 2012

How to know you're a transit nut: your first impression upon seeing the video for the Korean pop song/brain worm known as "Gangnam Style" is "wow, the Seoul subway sure looks clean."

The song -- by the rapper known as PSY -- was highlighted this weekend on both NPR and Saturday Night Live. It has become the first Korean pop song to top the U.S. iTunes chart, in no small part because of the absurdly lavish dance scenes scattered around city settings, including a love scene in the sparklingly clean Seoul subway system. But now it has really arrived: a parody of the video, partially set in the New York City subway, is making the internet rounds.

But back to first impressions: what do you think? We haven't ridden the subway in Seoul -- although we watch with great interest its creative ad campaigns. In this comparison of New York's 1 train and a Seoul subway car, we don't think the #1 fares too badly.

Guess which subway car belongs to NYC.

Side note: we feel confident predicting that the original "Gangnam Style" video will spawn the hot Halloween costume this year. You heard it here first.

That, or the Danish "cool bus driver" from the most heroic public transit ad ever.

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K-Pop Finds A Breakout Hit

Thursday, August 30, 2012

If you like Korea, horses, and pretty girls, we've got a video for you. If you don't, well, we've still got a video for you: Psy is a chunky but loose-limbed singer/rapper/dancer from Seoul, and his song "Gangnam Style" has been a juggernaut in the world of K-Pop, as the Korean pop music scene is known, for much of the summer.

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