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K-pop often gets pegged as a manufactured medium, leading certain music aficionados to sidestep the genre as a whole. While there’s some truth to that assessment, the South Korean music industry is littered with hidden gems aside from the most popular singles. The thing about K-pop is that it’s a multimedia operation where the visuals are just as important as the sound. The sensory overload of promoting on music shows -- which place extra emphasis on the choreography, cinematography and fashion -- is part of what makes K-pop so addictive. But we decided to look at the deep cuts that are, for the most part, divorced from the visuals. We tried to limit each chosen artist to one track, but t... Full story

4 January