Trot version of ‘Frozen’ a hitThe soundtrack to Disney’s latest hit “Frozen” has been a big seller in Korea, inspiring numerous covers of its big single “Let It Go.” But one version is raising eyebrows for its unique interpretation - a trot-style cover.
Park Hyun-bin is a popular 32-year-old singer who specializes in trot, also known as ppongjjak, the music style associated more with older people and taxi cabs. He scored a surprise hit when his retro version of “Let It Go” was linked to by the Twitter feed of the popular music program “Trot X.”
Prior to Park’s cover, many Korean female singers had gone viral online with their versions of the song, including Ailee, Lee Hae-ri, Lee Yu-bi and Dia.
The original version of the song was sung by popular musical actress Idina Menzel, who plays Elsa the Snow Queen in the movie.
The “Frozen” soundtrack recently topped the Billboard album chart, the first time an animated film soundtrack has done so in 19 years since “Pocahontas” in 1995.
The Menzel version of “Let It Go” has topped many online music charts, such as Bugs, Mnet and Melon. The official Korean version was sung by Hyo-lyn of the Korean girl group Sistar.
By Jin Eun-soo