K-Pop Stars Make Music for Marilyn

Almost 70 years after she sang for US troops in Korea, Marilyn has entered the world of K-Pop, NME reports. Two South Korean boy-band stars – NCT’s Taeyong, and EXO’s Baekhyun collaborated on a track named ‘Monroe,’ released in May. While the lyrics are typical of recent Marilyn-inspired cuts – focusing on her glamorous image and not much else – its jazzy inflections are quite evocative of her heyday, with vintage audio from Marilyn’s 1956 Los Angeles airport press conference – as she returned from a year’s sabbatical in New York – also featured (see here.)

“The jazz-inspired pop song pays homage to and honours the late pop culture icon Marilyn Monroe. On the track, the duo compare the love and beauty of their partner to the Hollywood star, while making references to luxury brands like Tiffany & Co. and Burberry.

Yeah, give me the, give me the sign / Oughta be your cigarettes / So give me your, give me your time / All I have left is time and time so / You’re a gold diamond Tiffany or white gold rose / You are my Marilyn Monroe,’ Taeyong sings, as translated by Genius.

Taeyong released ‘Monroe’ on his SoundCloud account, which he opened in March with the release of a self-composed song called ‘Dark Cloud’. The singer also wrote the lyrics to ‘Monroe’, which he co-composed with producer SQUAR.”