Thousands of Korean children dream of becoming household names like rapper Psy, whose 2012 “Gangnam Style” video was a global YouTube hit, often putting up with punishing schedules in the hope of one day making it big in the music industry. A recent survey of pre-teens showed that 21 percent of respondents wanted to be K-pop (Korean pop) stars when they grow up, the most popular career choice.

By Reuters

Members of South Korean girl group GFriend watch a recording of their stage performance during a dress rehearsal for “The Show” in Seoul, Jan. 20.
(Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)