The ‘K’ in ‘K-Pop’ is for Kruel

South Korea's sugary, £18m pop industry is not as sweet as it seems, the Beeb reveals.

07.07.11

Words by: Charlie Jones

This fascinating BBC News feature exposes the dark hidden side of the most sugar-coated brand of music there is, claiming that “some of K-Pop’s biggest success stories were built on the back of so-called slave contracts, which tied its trainee-stars into long exclusive deals, with little control or financial reward.” Despite being Asia’s biggest musical export, it seems that K-Pop stars receive are more than a bit short-changed.

Go to the BBC to read the full story.