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Top 10 Songs of 2012 – Asian Invasion Host Elise

Elise’s Top 10 Korean Songs of 2012

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Psy – “강남 스타일 / Gangnam Style”

I have a love/hate relationship with this song and the phenomenon that has surrounded it this past year. I’m excited that a K-pop song has gone mainstream, but I’m disappointed it was this song and video. K-pop is so much more than some goofy guy in sunglasses doing a ridiculous dance. Not to mention that it’s really painful to continually hear “Gang-nam” mispronounced when it’s not even hard to pronounce.

For years, many different K-pop groups and solo artists have actively been trying to break into the American market (and therefore the global market), but have not quite succeeded. While international superstar singer/actor/dancer Rain made it onto the Colbert Report, and the Wonder Girls — whose “Nobody” was the #1 song in Asia in 2011 — even toured briefly with the Jonas Brothers; the American market is the largest and hardest to break in to in the world. Very talented groups like Big Bang and 2NE1 are able to sell out arenas in the US, but mainstream American culture is oblivious to music sung in any language but English (with the exception of a few Spanish phrases tossed in).

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Spartan Sportswrap 12/10/12

Alex has his first guest of the semester Josh Mansour on again. Josh discusses Laveon Bell and the MSU football team as well as other Spartan Sports. David Zuckerman assists and discusses the Detroit Lions as well as other Michigan Sports.

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MSU Today 12/7/12

MSU President Lou Anna Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with University Research Corridor Executive Director Jeff Mason.  Kirk Heinze talks with Spartan alumnus and Grand Traverse Pie Company co-founder Mike Busley about buying locally for the holidays and beyond.  And Kirk breaks down Governor Snyder’s recent message on energy and the environment with renewable energy advocate Mark Pischea.  And MSU Sports Medicine’s Dr. Jeff Kovan offers his winter fitness tips.

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Spartan Sportswrap 12/3/12

Alex goes solo for the first part of the show this week as he discusses the Detroit Lions recent 35/33 loss as well as some post season baseball moves the Tigers may be making. David returns for the second half of the show and brings news of the MSU hockey team as well as Spartan Basketball happenings.

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Exposure 11/1/11

This week on Impact Exposure get your local music fix. Hear interviews and features with Michigan artist Frontier Ruckus, Chris Bathgate and the Rainbow Seekers, of Joe Hertler and the Rainbow seekers. Also, MSU professor John Waller talks about his research on the dancing plague and Emanuele Berry shares a feature on ballroom dancing at MSU.

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