Nickelodeon’s new show Make It Pop is a musical sitcom that features three boarding school teens who start a band called XOIQ. Its plot might seem twee, but the network touts it as something a little more unique: It’s a “music sitcom with a K-pop twist and EDM beats,” starring three Asian-American actresses — including Korean-American singer Megan Lee, who spent more than a year working with a Korean record label after she was discovered on YouTube.

(Nickelodeon denied requests to interview the show’s producers, one of whom is Nick Cannon.)

With its “saccharine energy” and mix of EDM music, it’s only loosely based on K-pop’s style, the New York Times’ John Caramanica writes.

“It’s almost amazing that it’s not genuine K-pop,” Euny Hong, the author of The Birth Of Korean Cool, tells me. The typical K-pop sounds have techno beats and are often accompanied by futuristic videos in which the band members — sometimes an enormous gaggle of women or men — dance in perfect sync.

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