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Korean boy band B.A.P. scores big with video filmed at train station, other Detroit locales

August 20, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 20--Detroit is the gritty setting for a new music video by a popular Korean boy band.

The six-member dance-pop outfit B.A.P. was here in late July for the filming of "Badman," the title track from the group's new EP.

Among the featured landmarks are Detroit's iconic fist statue, the abandoned Michigan Central Station and the old Michigan Theater -- the converted parking garage that will look familiar to many music fans via its role in Eminem's "8 Mile."

The clip has already racked up nearly 1.6 million YouTube views since its Aug. 5 release.

B.A.P. is a fast-rising newcomer in the world of K-Pop, the massively popular Asian genre that spawned last year's big border-busting hit "Gangnam Style" by Psy.

With its riot-squad sequences and tough Detroit scenery, "Badman" aims for a decidedly more edgy feel than Psy's colorful novelty tune.

"I wrote 'Badman' after I saw the news," the group's Bang Yongguk said in a press release. "I thought it was unfortunate that you always hear about criminals every time you turn on the news making society feel scary and unsafe. I wanted to bring awareness."

Still, B.A.P.'s hearthrob imagery and big dance scenes make it a project clearly aimed for the hearts of young female fans -- indeed, the group's EP bowed at No. 3 this week on the Korean pop charts.

Video: B.A.P -- Badman M/V

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