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Inside the Private Pain Plaguing K-Pop

E! Online | 10/14/2019 | Staff
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But Jonghyun's death was hardly the first time the punishing pace of the K-pop machine had come under fire.

In addition to being expected to tour and crank out albums, sometimes in multiple languages (SHINee had also recorded in Japanese), the artists often appear on a never-ending stream of competition TV series in addition to doing talk shows, photo shoots and public appearances to keep the fans both sated and hungry for more.

Glut - Artists - Groups - Days - Star

But despite the seeming glut of artists and groups to remember (there are so many selca days), truly breaking through as a star remains an elusive conceptβ€”and standing out in South Korea's youth-obsessed culture can feel like an insurmountable challenge.

And then there's the appearance factor. "If a girl has a bad face and a good body, the problem can be fixed with plastic surgery," Kim Min-seok, a former...
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