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Jan 23, 2015

Hot in Asia: The Road To K-Pop Stardom

Hot in Asia: The Road To K-Pop Stardom

Thousands of Korean children dream of becoming household names like rapper Psy, whose 2012 "Gangnam Style" video was a global YouTube hit, often putting up with punishing schedules in the hope of one day making it big in the music industry. K-pop is the rage in Asia, especially in China and Japan, and the industry is eyeing new audiences in the West.

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Kim Si-yoon puts on her makeup as she arrives with her mother to take part in a dance class late at night at DEF Dance Skool in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Si-yoon takes part in a dance class at DEF Dance Skool in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Si-yoon plays the piano during a lesson in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Si-yoon attends a private English lesson in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Si-yoon and Yoo Ga-eul take part in a singing lesson at DEF Dance Skool in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Si-yoon and Yoo Ga-eul look at a smart phone as they take a short break at DEF Dance Skool in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Si-yoon and Yoo Ga-eul take a selfie at a restaurant in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Si-yoon and Yoo Ga-eul dance in front of their mothers at a playground in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Yoo Ga-eul plays in a playground in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A video clip shows Kim Si-yoon performing when she was four years old at her house in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Si-yoon plays a toy guitar at her house in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Kim Si-yoon and her mother pray before dinner at their house in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Jang Ha-jin who was a trainee at S.M, Entertainment, picks out a book at a university library in Daejeon KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Jang Ha-jin, who was a trainee at S.M. Entertainment, performs in an empty practice room at a university in Daejeon KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Members from South Korean girl group GFriend receive a makeover in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Various cosmetics are laid out at a beauty salon in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Members of South Korean girl group GFriend rehearse for their debut in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Members of South Korean girl group GFriend rehearse in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Members of South Korean girl group Gfriend rehearse in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Members of South Korean girl group GFriend perform during a dress rehearsal for The Show in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Members of South Korean girl group GFriend watch a recording of their stage performance during a dress rehearsal for The Show in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Members of South Korean girl group GFriend perform during "The Show" in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Members of South Korean girl group GFriend perform during "The Show" in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Fans of South Korean girl group GFriend react as GFriend perform during "The Show" in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Members of South Korean girl group GFriend take a 'selfie' after their performance in "The Show" in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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A member of South Korean girl group GFriend signs her autograph on their album as they rest before "The Show" in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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Members of South Korean girl group GFriend leave a studio after "The Show" in Seoul KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

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