Girls’ Generation’s comeback show aired today on MBC at 11:15PM KST, incase you missed it, here it is!
Girls’ Generation’s comeback show aired today on MBC at 11:15PM KST, incase you missed it, here it is!
CEO of YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun Suk was interviewed recently and in one portion of the interview he said that the “idol fad” is over. Ofcourse this has given kpop fans a lot to think about and made me want to write a post responding to what YG said. I think, it’s best that you read the article if you have not done so already before you read my response. 🙂
When reading this article, my greatest confusion was over the word “fad” lol. Either Yang Hyun Suk actually did say this or it was put in the translation. What I think he meant by this is that the idol “era” is over, or idols being the centre of success in the music industry is over. Idols are the most successful and carry the hallyu wave strongly than ever today. But is this all over?
Yang Hyun Suk is the CEO of one of the big three Korean entertainment companies so in one way he should know what’s going on, but I have to say that I disagree with him. Not just because I’m biased towards idols and want their popularity to only get bigger and bigger, but because I am seeing the results myself of how the hallyu wave is spreading through the force of idols.
In the interview, YG mentioned the market has moved on to artists like Psy and Busker Busker. The whole crazy revolution of Psy and his song ‘Gangnam Style’ is mindblowing. That it is not only at the top end of the charts in the US but also is seeing the same results in the UK (where I live). And the UK is a country that although has many kinds of people living here, is not very open minded and aware of the rest of the world lol. Yes, Psy is considered to be kpop, but he is not your typical kpop; he’s not in a pretty boy -boy band, he’s not in his 20s and known for his chocolate abs (haha) he is however someone that has gained success and caused a storm in his home country just for being different; just for being him. As you can see here from his video below, Psy isn’t making any huge efforts to make it big in the US as he already has a huge fanbase supporting him. J
The thing about Gangnam Style though is that it does not represent the be all and end all of idols and that the world is wanting something new. The song’s success reminds me of the other non-English songs that got to the top of the charts in the US and UK; such as: Las Ketchup by Asereje, Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone. Both these songs were absolutely huge, everyone played them at every party, everyone was dancing along and attempting to sing them, and when the hype died down we never heard from these groups again (atleast those outside their home countries never heard from them again). I think the exact same thing will happen with Gangnam Style. I actually made a comment on allkpop’s article saying this:
I really hope it’s not over 😦 I think Psy success with Gangnam style was just an example of a one time thing. He got lucky. It’s not like the US is gonna be wanting loads of albums from him. It doesn’t mean no one wants rookies. The kpop industry has definitely changed but not in the way that all rookies do not stand a chance anymore. It has only grown. And their success goes not only beyond Korea but beyond Asia as well.
Well that’s basically my opinion on the whole idea of the idol market being past its end. It’s not.
And someone actually made a good point in response to the article:
There is evidence happening to support that the idol market is not at its end. It is growing and new groups are coming out bringing something new to offer.
I was actually quite shocked and had to re-read the sentence a few times to make sure I actually read right when I saw that the interviewer asked YG, “It seems there weren’t many idol groups that performed well in the first half of the year. Why do you think that is?” …Er, hello? Are you kidding me? B.A.P? EXO? The leaders of the Big 3 have continuously agreed that rookies who have been debuting the past two years or so have just been getting more and more talented when it came to dancing and singing and even acting. For the interviewer to say that there weren’t many idols groups that performed well in the first half of the year is crazy! Groups like that who I mentioned before were continuously praised for their image of seeming like idols that have been around for some time. Meaning their talent is like that of a group with a lot of stage performance experience and the same sort of skills. I think the thing that made EXO and B.A.P gain popularity so quickly is their concept that made them stand out and their mind-blowing talent. The rapping of Bang and Zelo; the amazing notes of D.O. and Chen; and Kai… kpop’s new dancing machine.
It also kind of annoys me how people say that kpop is not the same anymore or it is dead now. Did you think that when you first got into kpop that in ten years time groups like TVXQ, Super Junior, and Big Bang would still be all young and cute and dancing around all energetically on stage? The whole music industry is a continuously changing face. Kpop 5 years ago wasn’t the same as it was 5 years before that, and will not be the same is as it is today 5 years later than now. We can’t just have SNSD, Big Bang, Super Junior, TVXQ, FT Island, Wonder Girls, SHINee, 2PM, etc being our only kpop groups and not having any more groups debuting after that. I mean, don’t get me wrong I totally think there are way too many groups debuting at one time. In 2010/2011 there was a continuous influx of new girl groups (I remember once they were even considering making a movie out of the rookie girl group revolution lol); this year is the year of boy groups. But the thing is that some of these groups are actually good and a lot of them do not get the attention that they deserve because the majority of people (including me) are thinking: “Argh, another group’s debuted today that I will not pay any attention to.” And if those very talented groups debuted just a few years earlier they would have got so many attention like they were the shiny new toy in the kpop industry.
I’m sure that the hip hop fans miss what hip hop used to be in the 90s and such, and rock fans miss all those songs from years ago that they used to listen to, but kpop is still as awesome as it used to be (trust me!!) it has just changed, grown, stretched and become more international. From Fin.K.L and S.E.S to SNSD and Wonder Girls to A Pink and Ace of Angels. From H.O.T and Shinhwa to Super Junior and Big Bang to 2PM and SHINee to EXO, Nu’est, B.A.P, BtoB, VIXX, 100% (:D) haha! There are lots of idol groups debuting and more to come but there actually are some groups that are different, stand out amongst the crowd and deserve more of our support. This must be the hardest era of kpop to be successful in for a rookie group.
The fact is that kpop is growing in size shows that the idol “fad” is NOT over and is only appealing to more areas of music and the world. The different generations of kpop are vital to appeal to whoever wants to listen to kpop in that time. I look forward to what kpop has to offer in the coming years and hope to say as a firm supporter of kpop. And YG… I don’t know mayn. I’m looking forward to your SuPearls tho. Lol 😀
Well thanks for reading up til here, I know I can go on and on just to explain my point kekeke
YG photo credit: ohkpop
My Bias List..
KPOP Terminology: “Bias”: the favourite group a kpop fan has or the favourite member of said group the kpop fan has 🙂
This is a concept that kpoppers get very excited when talking about it. The list of top favourite groups and their biases from those groups. This subject is something that I find very interesting when hearing about others’ bias lists and I always have fun sharing mine on the internet in some form. I’ve never done it in full though, so as someone who loves a wide spectrum of k-pop groups, my bias list is long but I will only explain my absolute top groups that I follow the most and love the most and get me excited the most! The rest I will include in a less detailed form.
My bias list will include my fav groups (from most favourite to least favourite); my bias in that group and my favourite song from that group.
So… here we go!
and now we have come to the time of the unveiling of MY COMPLETE BIAS LIST!
Niga saranghaji, Sorry I’m a bad boy | Geurae charari tteona jal gayo, You’re a good girl
it’s BIGBANG yo!!
Bias member: T.O.P | Favourite song: Lies
#2: Super Junior
Super Junior! The Last Man Standing!
Bias member: Siwon & Heechul | Favourite song: Sorry Sorry
EXO tteona oneul bame!
Bias member: Kai♥♥♥♥♥ | Favourite song: MAMA
😀 😀 😀 Continue reading
Yes! That’s right! I will be making some changes… but have no fear ~ they will be AWESOME!
When I first set up wowkpop I had all these ideas for it, that it was going to be quite personal so I could be interract and talk with my followers but it turned out that that wasn’t the case. I had a few Op-Ed’s but most of the news I would put up, I tried to keep completely unbiased ~ like I was writing a proper news article.
It was actually during my haitus that I figured that all my blog posts mainly consisted of was kpop news ~ I thought with other sites like allkpop, soompi, hellokpop,omgkpop, blah blah blah… WHY would they come here for their kpop news? I figured that if I wanted wowkpop to do well, I had to make it different. Posting up kpop news like other sites just wouldn’t do, plus I am not interested in EVERY SINGLE kpop group under the eastern sun and I think my biases were showing anyway, especially since they were promoting around the time I was operating wowkpop.
But NOW… I know the direction that wowkpop will take. From now on, there will be all Op-Eds instead of kpop news on every idol. And still have no fear because it will be awesome. And because they are my opinion, I will be fangirling A LOT (i need this) lol ~ and because I will be fangirling a lot, I will obviously be talking about my biases, but don’t worry cuz they are mostly your biases TOO seeing as I like almost all the kpop groups ~ seriously! Here are some of my faves:
BIGBANG; Super Junior; EXO; SHINee; Girls Generation; f(x); TVXQ; MBLAQ; Rain; IU; Jay Park; Lee Hyori; 4minute; T-ara; Infinite; U-Kiss; Rania; 2NE1; loads more…
So as you can see, I have lot of kpop biases 🙂 As you can see by the tags I’m really into BIGBANG (my forever #1 ~ VIPs FTW) and EXO right now but there will be a range of Op-Eds. I already have a few planned and have been thinking a lot about them so PLEASE look forward to my interesting opinions and CRAZY FANGIRL RANTS.
~Mrs Sasmi Jong In Kim ❤
(credit: i do not own any of the images used in this post)
!!!be sure to follow my twitter for random outbursts of fangirling throughout the day lol xD!!!
pwetty pwease ~leave a comment… 🙂
Dating rumours have sparked up again and again with Girls’ Generation‘s Jessica. Continue reading
A photo of Girls’ Generation‘s Yuri at an opening event for a department store was uploaded on to an online community site and quickly became a hot topic.
In the photo, even though Yuri was wearing a loose-fiiting shirt, her figure could still clearly be seen. It was Yuri’s legs that caught netizens’ attention.
Fans commented, “Her beauty is really stunning”, “Her legs are so pretty”, “Her body is perfect even without Photoshop”, and “This is the definition of golden ratio”.
On March 30th, Girls Generation‘s Yuri was officially announced to be the model for famous Korean cosmetic brand: Mamonde. This means Yuri and Super Junior‘s Siwon will both be the company’s facial representatives.
Mamonde’s producer, Amore Pacific said they put Yuri in to add a fresh energy to the brand. They said, “Yuri’s exceptional talent and popularity transcending gender and all ages make her the perfect model to represent Mamonde, a brand that’s gaining popularity not just in Korea but also China.”
Amore Pacific went on to say, “By adding Yuri, who has a clean and energetic image, we believe Mamonde’s image as a global brand will only be enhanced, especially with the help of Choi Siwon, who has been working as our first official male model since last year.”
Yuri has released a statement to express her gratitude of being the main model for the brand, “I’m happy to be the main model for Korea’s main cosmetic brand that I’ve been a long-time fan of. Please look forward to the many charms I’ll come up with Mamonde.”
It was just last year that Siwon had a 21-day skin repair tutorial series through Mamonde’s official YouTube channel. You watch the first video here:
The rest of the series can be watched here.
Two photos surfaced recently on the internet entitled: ‘Jessica put on a little weight while talking a break from work, looks good.” One of the photos was taken at a recent SNSD concert in Malaysia, the other was from KBS2’s ‘Wild Romance’.
Because Jessica looked a lot thinner in the ‘Wild Romance‘ photo than than the concert photo, netizens continued to speculate that Jessica had had plastic surgery since filming ‘Wild Romance’.
Jessica”s agency, SM Entertainment decided to clear the rumours up once and for all and stated, “She definitely did not have plastic surgery.” They also said that during Jessica’s filming of ‘Wild Romance’, she had a very busy schedule and therefore became very thin; but now Jessica is a lot better and has had some rest so she has put on weight.
There is always the constant rumours of plastic surgery in K-pop. Do you think SM’s statement will put the netizens at rest.
picture credit: kpopstarz.com
Having released the movie poster and and the first teaser already releases, now SM has released the second teaser for the exciting movie. The teaser shows footage of members of SMTOWN working hard in rehearsal and hanging out backstage at Madison Square as a big talented family. Many artists appear in the teaser including: SHINee; SNSD; f(x); BoA; Super Junior; TVXQ and Kangta.
The movie looks absolutely awesome and I can’t until it is released in May.
Check out the 2nd teaser below!