November and December 2023 Directory
Links to all of the latest episodes and articles!
17 Carat K-Pop will be on a semi-hiatus for the next couple of weeks, but here is what you can expect in your podcast feed and inbox in the meantime:
A couple of minisodes I made at the end of 2023 and have not yet released!
Continuous lists of new music recommendations if you’re a paying subscriber!
Some new interviews!
Possibly some surprise bonus posts!
My “23 Day” End-of-Year Project
My “Best of 2023” Episodes & Articles
Best Non-K-Pop Releases of 2023: Fifty different artists from the worlds of J-pop, C-pop, T-pop, and P-pop who released the most interesting, creative, and/or overall excellent music in 2023!
Best Songs of 2023: A guide to the best songs of the year from Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Thai artists!
Check out the corresponding article here!
Best Albums of 2023: A fast-paced guide to over 100 of 2023’s best albums released by Korean, Japanese, and Chinese artists!
Best K-Pop Music Videos of 2023: The best music videos released by Korean artists in 2023, a list revealed in the form of a guessing game!
More of 17 Carat K-Pop
ORANGE BLOOD Album Guide: I decode all of ENHYPEN’s ORANGE BLOOD pre-release material: the concept trailer and other video teasers, the pictures, and even the tracklist! From the context behind some key words to the details from ENHYPEN’s live shows that reappear in the teaser videos, this is my in-depth look at how ENHYPEN’s newest era picks up where the last one leaves off - and adds intriguing plot twists!
ROCK-STAR Celebration!: My thoughts and theories about everything related to Stray Kids’ new album and corresponding videos: what the clown characters represent, how different parts of the multiverse influence each other, what to make of the “SKZFLIX” and “LALALALA” video endings, how new Stray Kids songs relate to older ones, and so much more!
The Star Seekers: The Ultimate Guide: A comprehensive overview of TXT’s Webtoon: a guide to the characters and themes, an episode-by-episode summary, and a look at the many nods to TXT’s music videos that are present throughout the series!
Phantom of the BOPera: HYBE and MBC’s olive-branch moment, BLACKPINK’s visit to Buckingham Palace, interesting data about how English language in K-pop songs has changed, FIFTY FIFTY updates, SEVENTEEN’s UNESCO Youth Forum speeches, and even more of the latest K-pop news!
Gyubin Interview: Artist-to-watch Gyubin addresses her “super rookie” label, shares why she admires IU, explains why she’s content with not clearly defining her musical style, and more!
K-Pop Year in Review: After revisiting my 2023 predictions, I recap both the year in K-pop headlines and in episodes of this podcast, while adding new commentary and story updates!
First: revisiting 2023 predictions!
Starting around the 23-minute mark: a summary of 2023’s 17 Carat K-Pop episodes!
Starting around the 36-minute mark: a fast-paced recap of all the major headlines in the world of K-pop this past year!
“STAY Tuned,” Ep. 17: I cover a WIDE range of news stories related to the music industry, starting with recent (separate) lawsuits involving Genius and the team behind Internet Archive. Around the 17-minute mark is a brief guide to the past, present, and future of music streaming. Spotify’s heated departure from Uruguay is discussed starting around the 23-minute mark, followed by an explainer about recent Harry Styles demo “leaks” and the scramble to buy them. Lastly, around the 33-minute mark is a lightning round of other music-related news, with stories about everything from Grimes to gum!
Best New Music: November 2023: My ranking and review of the best new releases from K-pop, J-pop, and C-pop artists!
Best New Music: October 2023: My ranking and review of the best new releases from K-pop, J-pop, T-pop, and C-pop artists!
Catch up on older 17 Carat K-Pop episodes here!
Pras Michel, AI, and an Unusual Trial: As strange as Fugees member Pras Michel’s corruption trial was, featuring everything from a fugitive accomplice to Leonardo DiCaprio’s testimony, the news that came out after the verdict was even stranger: Pras Michel’s lawyer used artificial intelligence to draft his closing argument. In addition to this, Pras’s motion for a retrial includes damning descriptions of his former lawyer’s behavior that range from a preoccupation with legal troubles of his own to showing extreme ignorance towards basic legal statutes. Pras further argues that his defense was weak enough that he deserves a new trial because his lawyer has a financial interest in the AI company whose program he used, a clear conflict of interest. This episode digs into the contents of both Pras’s superseding indictment and motion for a retrial. Together, they tell two surprising stories, one about a years-long illegal lobbying effort spanning multiple presidential administrations and one about a lawyer who was in over his head, took ideas from AI, and raised questions about whether AI can or should be relied on at all in the legal realm.
Catch up on past episodes of Enthusiasts here!
“Best of November” Honorable Mentions (paywalled)
Sources and Further Reading
The Department of Justice’s announcement of the Pras Michel 2023 verdict
Pras Michel’s motion for a new trial
The rising costs of fandom life
“Live Nation Entertainment Announces Support for a Fair Ticketing Act”
The Bruce Springsteen fanzine that shut down in protest over ticket prices
The lawsuit music companies filed against Internet Archive
The RIAA’s mid-year revenue report
A UK inquiry into the economics of streaming
“Universal Music Declares War on Streaming Noise”
Spotify’s initial plan to phase out its service in Uruguay…
… and the backtracking
Proof that not everyone who owns vinyl records owns a record player!
A study on audio authenticity evaluation
A “bungled” Auckland K-pop festival
Information about the proposed “FIFTY FIFTY Act”
TikTok’s music competition show
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