God of Music

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A minus’ hand that fails every singer he put his hands on, Kang Yoon.

He meets his death after being chased by loan sharks, losing his beloved sister and his everyday life.

However, with those 10 years earned through coincidence…

In his new life, he will walk the path to the best planner.

3rd rate or 1st rate, through his hands, they will become legends!!

Associated Names
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GoM
음악의 신
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Recommendations
God of Cooking (13)
Top Management (12)
I’m Really a Superstar (6)
Game Market 1983 (4)
God’s Song (4)
I’m in Hollywood (4)

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07/20/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c103
07/03/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c102
06/27/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c101
05/21/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c99-100
04/23/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c97-98
03/28/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c96
03/26/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c95
03/20/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c93-94
03/14/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c92
03/08/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c87-91
03/04/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c84-86
02/26/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c81-83
01/31/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c80
01/15/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c78-79
12/27/17 Chamber’s Cleanup... c76-77
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PiCrazy31415
New PiCrazy31415 rated it
July 24, 2018
Status: c103
It's been a while since I read one of those rebirth/second chance novels, and God of Music definitely didn't disappoint. The MC is sufficiently calm, smart, and OP, though there's a lack of apparent romance. Honestly, I'm not sure if having more romance would be better for the story, but the harem tag is definitely pretty misleading. I'm a fan of his sis-con relationship with his sister, and she seems to be a genius helpful for his career, which is admirable. Sigh. Would like to keep reading, but I can't... more>> seem to find raws to translate through Bing translate. Ai. Looks like sticking to Chinese novels is the way to go. Should I get into IRAS then? <<less
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Draeghe
Draeghe rated it
July 12, 2016
Status: c44
It's a 'time travel to the past' type of novel.

A guy who utterly failed as a music planner goes back in time 10 years. The introduction/premise of the story is rather simple and merely used as a quick set up to start the real story. A 'planner' is the person in charge of leading a 'singer'/'idol' to succes, by various means. It's basically a manager.

Aside from having pre-knowledge, which he uses to his advantage succesfully right from the start, the Main Character (KangYoon) also gained a useful ability to judge... more>> a persons singing in the form of a 'halo' above the singer, that is either showing grey (for bad singing) or white (for good singing).

This cheat-like ability sounds simple, but it puts him ahead into the game by a large margin. Under the spoiler tag is a further explanation of his ability, but not necessary to read.

Spoiler

It seems like the white/grey light will also show up during other types of performances, such as dancing. It helps KangYoon judge whether a performance is good or not. This helps during recording, dance practice etc. And it helps him show the part where it goes wrong, cause it turns grey then assisting him in noticing what to do or say.

KangYoon's ability further 'evolves' later on during the novel. He can see more types of lights and other difference makers that weren't initially shown.

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The story so far is very promising. I personally always enjoy any type of 'music story'. It feels similar to other reincarnation/time lapse story's, as the MC is obviously building towards an epic standing in society. (It's a little bit similar to "I’m Really a Superstar" in that aspect)

The main difference is that the Main Character is the 'behind the scenes' man. He 'lifts up' others and slowly gets well-known due to this ability. He maintains a hardworking attitude and is not strolling through life just because he has a 'cheat' ability.

As an added aspect in the story, the MC also dotes on his sister, who's ill (she requires dialysis). The parts with his sister feel a bit like an interlude, a way to pass time, but also as a way to give the MC an added goal on what to do in life (cure his sister/improve her health).

So far I'm enjoying the read, so I'm just giving it a solid 5 for starters. The writing isn't bad and the story is easy to follow. There's no overly complicated parts anywhere. And it appears to be translated well. My rating is partly influenced due to the music link, I admit.

I want to know where the story will lead to and if it'll stay an interesting read. <<less
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nightcoredux
nightcoredux rated it
July 18, 2016
Status: v1c11
So far this story is amazing the MC is a music genius who knows how to use his powers easily and perfectly. He gots that past failure experience which knows what not to do, and he's a good judge of character, and I think it's sweet how he treats his sister :). I can't wait for the romance to kick in. Ugh I want more !!
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icecream
icecream rated it
August 7, 2016
Status: c21
It's really interesting. The MC has the cheat of knowledge for the future. However he doesn't just easily choose to manage people who were assured success based on the future, he actually takes some risk and select to manage different people if that means they are better than the originals. So It's really refreshing to the story and adds unpredictability for the future!
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
October 1, 2016
Status: c46
I'm a sucker for rebirth/time-travel/2nd chance type story, and I like this one. It's a cursory exploration about the Korean pop industry and if you're familiar with their culture and drama, you'll see bits and pieces of the typical in here: a sick sister, jealous rivals, star-struck trainees, troublesome talents, the difficult training process etc...

Each arc throws a situation that involves a problematic talent (usually rookies) at the MC and he solves it with his ability to visually see a talent's output and thus making them popular by tweaking them... more>> accordingly. The MC is almost vanilla, a blank slate with little or no outward personality and seemingly tries his best to get along with everyone. Then he moves on, leaving those new stars in his debt and in awe of his judgment.

Each chapter has the feel of a 15 minute web drama. It decent and almost slice-of-life like as there isn't a main plot as yet. Characters are developed but not really fleshed out enough for a reader to care too much about, a problem that is compounded by the author's own inconsistent naming.

It's ok, can be better. It's still something that I would read. <<less
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NaM
NaM rated it
September 20, 2016
Status: c43
A more serious "im really a superstar" type of novel. And more likeable than "coder Lee Yongho"..

A very slice of life Rebirth type story. Where a MC really! REALLY is trying to redo his life, without him being stray/distracted away from his goal. While in his way, correcting not only his past life mistakes but also others, while not inflicting major bad stuffs to his enemies. In short his very humane. And just like those story characters I also look up to him and find the guy really cool.

I like... more>> how the world is like setting his life into higher difficulty every next mission but I cant help but think that if he continue how he does things. He might collapse from overworking and im already anticipating that and im not liking it..

4.5 rounded up so 5/5 <<less
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Tomah
Tomah rated it
June 9, 2018
Status: c98
God of Music is one of those stories that make me hate the conventions and expectations surrounding web novels. To be perfectly clear, it's an okay novel that I would recommend if you enjoy stories where the main character blasts through everyday life thanks to time traveling, transmigration, reincarnation and/or supernatural aid. But at the same time... it's just okay, when it could have been much better with fewer web novel shenanigans.

Let's start from the beginning. The novel follows Kang Yoon, a failed and unlucky planner in the music industry... more>> who ends up traveling ten years into the past after his accidental death. Armed with experience, foresight and a mysterious ability to "see" and evaluate music, his goals are to produce superstars and give a better life to his sick younger sister.

The highlight of God of Music is its portrayal of the Korean entertainment industry. The author clearly has a passion for the subject and uses many characters and arcs to show the readers different aspects of the industry: the behind-the-scenes work, the struggles of newbies hoping to debut, the problems faced by veterans, etc. This is the difference between an author with a story to tell and an author writing for the sake of writing (or money), and it's also why I'm disappointed. After all, I can enjoy a mediocre story for what it is, but it pains me to see a potentially good story ruined by poor decisions.

One of the main problems here is the pacing. Web novel readers are used to neck-breaking speeds where arcs quickly come and go, each featuring brand new characters and places, but this might not work too well for character-driven stories. How are we supposed to care about the people the main character meets if they only get the bare minimum backstory and development before the story moves on to something completely different? Time skips and random dialogue scenes don't replace proper character development, no matter how much you tell us about their progress; you have to show it throughout the narrative.

Another thing that ruins the characters is the juvenile "romance" that feels completely out of place. Now, romance in the entertainment industry, specially in countries such as South Korea and Japan, can definitely lead to interesting and complicated stories... but only if the author doesn't handle it in the laziest way possible, with a dense main character who can't understand or deal with these things in a mature way (despite mentally being a middle-aged man who should be very experienced in dealing with people and issues in the industry) and female characters that become defined by their attraction and lose all of their personality and likability.

Speaking of characters, Kang Yoon himself is a wasted opportunity. With ten years of failure, the man should have many stories to tell, mistakes to learn from, inner demons to deal with. Instead, his experiences are rendered meaningless as soon as he steps into the past as your typical Mr. Perfect, solving every problem, seeing through everyone (except for girls half his age who are attracted to him) and being fazed by nothing. To be fair, he's not particularly bad; it's just that, once again, the author chose the lazy way when he had a much more interesting character than Generic Web Novel Protagonist #184270.

Despite all of its problems, God of Music does its job as an entertaining story with interesting depictions of the South Korean entertainment industry in different points of time. Fans of K-Pop might have a particularly good time with this. Still, it's clear there's a much better story buried underneath, and I think it's a shame that we instead got a dumbed-down version that fits web novel clichés. <<less
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MondoX
MondoX rated it
August 30, 2017
Status: c52
God of Music (GoM) is like Top Management (TM), but better. I enjoy TM, but GoM is a little bit funnier than TM, with more interesting characters. From all the Korean novels that I have read, I did not think that GoM would be my favorite, this includes a lot that are in the top rankings in this site. There are many characters that I like in the story and I hope that they succeed because of the mc's help. Also, I like how the author does not completely forget... more>> about the side characters, especially the little sister. If you enjoy slice-of-life (not my favorite genre), this story is definitely for those people. This web-novel is making me want to learn how to read Korean. <<less
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DahAnnaKushina
DahAnnaKushina rated it
July 25, 2016
Status: --
Hmmm... been a while since I've done a review, and all the ones I tried to do and didn't post were all whiny and immature...

Let's do an actual review of a book which is alright!

Now I sound like a childish TV show, which is mostly just repetitive indoctrination...

... more>> Well, whatever! This is... God of Music!

Now, I've purposely avoided doing reviews on the books such as "God of cooking" or "God of crime". Simply because they were just focusing on things such as... well cooking and being able to cheat.

Now this I found more unique, and here are a few things:

-The protagonist does die and get a second chance like all others, but this time it's different, as he doesn't have the gaming window, instead he has the idea of seeing different lights in either white or grey, of course the intensity of it is most definitely the concern as well, but the idea that it's more believable has gotten to me.

It's more believable because of synesthesia! The condition when senses are mixed together, in this case he can see sound. Now while this certainly won't explain the second chance part it's better than just gaining abilities at random.

-The protagonist has an issue, something which is close to him. Now, it may be odd, but consider it: When has a protagonist who has had nothing wrong with him in his life, ever been interesting? The answer is most likely no. He has a sister with a renal disease, and she constantly has to partake in dialysis to stay alive, and he's late to to work consistently because of it! It's the idea that the main protagonist has a weakness. Of course, at any point the disease may be a bit too much to handle, and add to the story if done right, but until then we have this.

-The perspective is quite a relief as it's not defelopong the strengths of the protagonist like in "I'm really a Superstar." Or "God of Cooking." He is in fact developing other characters, it's like the coach in "Ace the Diamond." He can see potential and personally knows beforehand if someone has made it big or not. I am frankly relieved that there's a perspective like this, however it may not suit everyone's taste, so give it a try and if you still don't like it... well, screw off.

Finally:

Okay, so the chapters have decent lengths, and the translation quality, which I have never even considered before is good as well, and this book itself has quite the potential.

However... I'm pretty sure some form of plot armour will come in eventually, but if the book is written well, we'll see none!

Spoiler

Also, who else was expecting JooAh to completely rebel about KangYoon's new assignment?

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killjase
killjase rated it
April 17, 2018
Status: c40
Honestly horrified about 4.6-star rating this novel has. Is the trend to vote any novel that is not trash and at least mediocre to 5 stars?

I will start with what I liked about this novel and that part is the MC's interaction with his sister. These are the only moments when the characters feel like real people and without this part, I would drop the score to 2 stars.

As you see, I didn't include concept about time travel to past to fix mistakes in what I liked because, honestly, such... more>> a thing has been done plenty of time, and in this case is executed poorly. The problem isn't the concept itself, but that the character instead of only gaining future prediction and halo of "is this singer sh*t or not", but also has made him 1000 year old sage that has the ability to turn people's hearts with few sentences, basically reworking whole personality traits in a few day. I can deal with it if it's one or two instances, but, honestly, the character seems omnipotent and the un-surety about future can be solved by spouting some nonsense that any real person wouldn't even consider, but for novel's characters are revelations from a greater deity. The suspense is driven out by chapter 15, not to mention that there is no reason for the character who according to novel went on 10-year bad luck and decisions streak to become this good, even at parts that has nothing to do with future or performance.

This obviously leads to 2-dimensional characters, as the character growth is to a ridiculous level for ridiculous reasons.

I think that this all stems from how short this novel is and how fast paced it is. There are plenty of monthly time-skips where nothing major has happened and where the author should have included character development, but instead is left empty and thus this all feel like in rush.

Example: MC's gets a singer, the singer has a problem, MC fixes the problem in 1-2 chapters, the singer performs like Angel, MC gets recognition, MC forget such singer has existed and goes to next one. This formula in itself doesn't have a problem. The problem stems from only giving each of these points 1 or 2 chapters to get going.

MC is like - "Here, you need to sing higher." once and every problem a singer could ever have is fixed just like that.

I tried to hold on because I read Top management, I'm really a superstar and was interested in this genre of the entertainment industry, but it just doesn't hold a candle to those 2. Top management has amazing characterization and makes me feel, I'm actually reading about people with real problems. While I'm really a superstar give me a power fantasy of face-smacking god, while at the same time, it introduces multiple literature and music works in great detail and changing the stage from time to time (radio, tv, martial arts, etc.), thus keeping it fresh and educational (but it does have less good of character development than Top management).

I have to mention translation quality. I read the KobatoChanDaiSuki version and I'm not impressed. Don't get me wrong, it's not horrible, but it's average. Multiple places still have original Korean terms and don't even dare to tell me that you can't find English equivalent word to that phrase, because I know it is possible and it's what differs a good translator from mediocre. Also, it might be editors (or authors) fault, but I had a hard time to differ which character was speaking when multiple characters spoke to each other and the general tone of the conversation. This is probably authors fault more than editors or translators, as you can only work with what is given. This is why we have we have mood explanations in some part of conversational dialogues. "I'd like to slap you, " - He said jokingly. Context matters. <<less
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Mezhanos
Mezhanos rated it
March 4, 2018
Status: c86
For me this story stands out for one reason, and that is how the MC uses his ability. He's not trying to hide it and be mediocore. Nor is he trying to flaunt his his ability and make enemies of everyone. He does what his superiors ask of him to the best of his ability and not more. He uses his ability to further his career but keeping in mind that, if he doesn't have the experience and intellect to make good decisions his ability is useless. To that end,... more>> he even started studying anew just so that he can broaden his horizons. In my eyes this is what draws me to this story with such an overdone premise. The only gripe I have with this story is the amount of characters introduced with similar names that confuse you if you aren't careful. But all in all it's a very nice story <<less
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lebin
lebin rated it
September 4, 2016
Status: --
When I first read the summary, it sounded like it would be a similar story to Top Management. However, this would be similar to the comparison of King of the Battlefield and Reincarnator, in which the two have similar origins in the plot, yet branch off as the story line progresses. Plot-wise, it is solid, with no blatant flaws. Whatever obstacles that the protagonist faces tends to be swept away, not through brute force, but rather logic and thorough preparation beforehand. A strong point, in my opinion, would be... more>> the character development and interactions as you can see that the characters themselves tend to be dynamic rather than flat and static ones that eventually make a good story turn stale and/or repetitive. Not to mention, exploration of the Korean entertainment industry is not that common at the moment, with only 2 other stories at the top of my head right now that fall under this genre. Suffice to say, this story has potential. Although the only negative would be that there is not enough chapters to my liking :P <<less
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SilverBullet888
SilverBullet888 rated it
September 1, 2016
Status: c33
I love this novel. It's interesting and different from the usual battle genre. I always look forward to new chapters and how the story will develop, as well as rooting for certain characters to get through a situation, or laughing due to the antics that happen. The characters are all very life like and real, and the premise is very interesting. This is a must read.
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LuckyGamer95
LuckyGamer95 rated it
October 2, 2017
Status: c59
This is an excellent read to pass time with. If you liked Top Management then you will enjoy this novel as well. The plot and characters are well written and as a reader, one can follow along easily. The novel does have a "back to the past to change for the better" cliche, but it does not ruin the story as a whole. The protagonist is not an all powerful individual that can create miracles whenever he wants, but must work hard to achieve the goals he desires. The plot... more>> consists of an individual that obtains a second chance to become a planner who will make singers and actors successful. He does retain the knowledge from before the time -slip but he doesn't gain any abilities. I would give the translations 5 stars and the translator and editors definitely deserve an award for their work. I highly recommend this novel. Hope you like it as much as I do. <<less
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Francine21
Francine21 rated it
October 1, 2016
Status: c44
I do love very much this novel because I find novel related to entertainment world very interessing like True Star, I'm Really a Superstar. But this one is really different because the MC is not hot-blooded like Zhang Ye or pushed by his entourage like Tang Feng, he is much more headstrong and hardworking. His will to overcome his past life drove him to be totally dedicated to his work and take a unique approach to handle his missions. So for those who will like to take a little break... more>> of wuxia and xianxia novel, I recommand it. <<less
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kirindas
kirindas rated it
September 4, 2016
Status: c36
A great novel! It uses the standard going back to the past setting, but despite that the MC is incredibly hard working. He shoulders the bulk of the work to set up pop stars for success. I think he has a great character and love how meticulous his plans are.
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Plus how he cuts down bossy, greedy superiors with facts and detailed reports is quite satisfying.

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One of my new top favorite stories~ 5/5
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shuiko
shuiko rated it
July 24, 2016
Status: c12
Lets keep this short and sweet. Surprisingly its good, fun elements, some fluff that makes you enjoy the characters, and interesting take on how the kpop idol scene is.

However it's one of those series that needs more content to really hook people so I advise waiting.
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Trent
Trent rated it
July 13, 2016
Status: c52
It's a fun story, and is highly similar to related series. The biggest thing that prevents it from deserving five stars is that its MC, having fallen underneath a cookie cutter, lacks appeal. He's filled a checklist of MC characteristics: he's hardworking, uses knowledge of the future, has ridiculous amounts of luck, gains a special ability, and is especially protective of his sick sister. But who is he beyond that? The novel flounders with its perspective. After the first couple of chapters, readers don't know what the MC's thinking, and... more>> can only watch his motions as we're force-fed that he's a generic good guy. The other characters are shaping up to be more interesting than him.

Still, no less than four stars. Nearly everything else is good, and the pacing is phenomenal: the MC accomplishes more, in an unrushed, believable manner, than any other MC I can think of in a similar number of chapters. <<less
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MyRAMEN
MyRAMEN rated it
July 19, 2018
Status: c103
One of the best books about celeb/media out there and the bestmusic industry novel. The romance is good too, and the MCs power is very unique. His sister Heyoon draws reader's empithy toward the MC too, making you feel like they arefamily drawing u n closer, The book is a bit funny too and side chars are awesome. But why is the updates on translation so frkn slowwww
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Krazyguy75
Krazyguy75 rated it
May 4, 2018
Status: --
I didn't read much of this, but it was a disappointing start. I read this after Top Management, and this just pales in comparison to that. The main character breezed through all the obstacles so far, is never stressed, and everyone magically agrees with him. There just isn't a feeling of resistance.

Everything goes too perfectly for him. Moreover, it just doesn't feel like an industry.

Overall, I recommend Top Management and not this.
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BlancFrost
BlancFrost rated it
July 11, 2017
Status: c52
I really enjoyed reading this novel. Not just because of the MC being able to be so successful in using his ability to perfect and help the singers that he is responsible for. But for the overall good-guy image he has going on for him. All females seem to fall for him but he doesn't encourage those thoughts (or even think about pursuing from what we see so far.)

Not many complexities in this novel, it is recommended to those who want to read about a MC who pretty much... more>> has smooth sailing throughout the novel so far. <<less
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