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South Korean embassies and consulates have also organized K-pop concerts outside the country, The history of Korean popular music can be traced back to 1885 when an American missionary, Henry Appenzeller, began teaching American and British folk songs at a school.
These songs were called changga in Korean, and they were typically based on a popular Western melody sung with Korean lyrics.
The first talent contest for rock bands in Seoul was organized in 1968. Some Korean singers gained international popularity. The Kim Sisters, Yoon Bok-hee and Patti Kim were the first singers to debut in such countries as Vietnam and United States.
The Kim Sisters became the first Korean group to release an album in the United States, performing in Las Vegas and appearing several times on Ed Sullivan's TV show.
The more modern form of the genre emerged with one of the earliest K-pop groups, Seo Taiji and Boys, forming in 1992.
Their experimentation with different styles and genres of music and integration of foreign musical elements helped reshape and modernize South Korea's contemporary music scene.
To choreograph a dance for a song requires the writers to take the tempo into account.
The South Korean government has acknowledged benefits to the country's export sector as a result of the Korean Wave (it was estimated in 2011 that a US0 increase in the export of cultural products resulted in a US2 increase in exports of other consumer goods including food, clothes, cosmetics and IT products Government initiatives to expand the popularity of K-pop are mostly undertaken by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which is responsible for the worldwide establishment of Korean Cultural Centers.
An example of a Korean song with a large proportion of English lyrics is Kara’s "Jumping," which was released at the same time in both Korea and Japan to much success.
However, the use of English has not guaranteed the popularity of K-pop in the North American market.