Why don’t you hear Kpop on the radio in Canada?

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With the strong fan bases and dedicated following Kpop artists receive from fans all over the world, some Canadian Kpop fans may wonder why they don’t hear more of their favourite Korean artists played on Canadian radio. After some research and asking around, here are some of the barriers that makes it hard for Kpop to find its place on Canadian radio stations.

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In general, Canadian pop music stations don’t have a large number of songs in their rotations. Adding a new song means bumping another song that is already a solid hit. This problem is made further complicated by The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and their Canadian Content (CanCon) rule.

CanCon are a set of requirements derived from the Broadcasting Act of Canada, in order to help Canadian artists thrive. These rules say that Canadian radio and television broadcasters must play a certain percentage…

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BTS: What their success means for Kpop in the West

Korea-Canada Blog

Kpop acts becoming successful in the West isn’t a completely new phenomenon. I remember when I was younger, my mom showing me SNSD’s “The Boys” and then several years later, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became a huge hit. Many Kpop acts, unknown to the general public, have also generated a huge foreign following in North America and the UK. The latest Korean group to be breaking boundaries in the West is BTS also known as Bangtan Boys.


Coming from a small company, Bighit Entertainment, the boys have had a long road to the status of international fame they claim today. The seven member boy group (members Jin, Suga, RM, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook) debuted on June 12, 2013 with their song “No More Dream”. Since their debut the group of boys have racked up a long list of awards and accomplishments. Most notably a handful of Daesangs, 2 Billboard Top…

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