I don’t listen to radio much over here…with iTunes and a large digital music collection and without a car, there really isn’t much reason/opportunity for me to. But that doesn’t mean I don’t hear pop music in Singapore…a few stores here, some of the cab drivers, and the fast food restaurants keep their audio tuned to local stations. Which generally means I still hear mostly American pop music I already know.
But from the moment I got here, there was a local song that was constantly assaulting me until I finally gave in and learned to love it, in a kitschy sort of way.
I present to you the music video for that earworm of a song (for the older generation…earworm–song that gets stuck in your head) “Nobody” by the Wonder Girls. They are a Korean pop girl group, and song is played in both Korean and English around here. The video also demonstrates (far better than I could explain) what Asian humor can often look like (the actual song starts around 2:30, but it’s worth a full watch). And yes, the song is available on American iTunes, so you may have already heard it.