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My response to Yang Hyun Suk’s “The idol-fad is over”

30 Sep

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 Complete BIAS List (Top 20)

20 Jun

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!

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and now we have come to the time of the unveiling of MY COMPLETE BIAS LIST!

#1: BIGBANG

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

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#2: Super Junior

Super Junior! The Last Man Standing!

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Bias member: Siwon & Heechul | Favourite song: Sorry Sorry

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#3: EXO

EXO tteona oneul bame!

Bias member: Kai♥♥♥♥♥ | Favourite song: MAMA

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This Week’s Kpop Music Monday is… Wonder Girls – Like This

12 Jun

This week, Simon and Martina reviewed Wonder Girls’ music video for ‘Like This’!

See what awesome-ness Simon and Martina got up to in this latest KMM!

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This week, the Showdown is between  ‘Wonder Girls – Like This’ and ‘B1A4 – Beautiful Target’, you can watch the Beautiful Target MV here:

To vote for the next Kpop Music Mondays go to the EatYourKimchi website and vote on the kpop charts!

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Please leave a comment below! 😀

Wonder Girls release Dance Version of ‘Like This’ [HD]

5 Jun

Wonder Girls have released footage of a dance practice version of ‘Like This so you can learn the dance.

You can actually really appreciate the dance in this video; it looks like a lot of fun!

You can watch it here!

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Tell what you think in the comments below!

Wonder Girls – Like This [MV]

2 Jun

Make sure to support the Wonder Girls on their comeback!

I’m really excited to see more of the Wonder Girls ~ I absolutely love this song ~ it reminds me of a Beyonce.

It seems like the Wonder Girls are trying to create another dance like the ‘Tell Me’ revolution. Lol.

Check out the music video here!!

Tell me what you think in the commnents below. Like this song more than Big Bang’s Monster?? OOH!

My Bias List

1 Jun

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!

#1: BIGBANG

Big Bang are forever my #1, even if other groups debut and seem like absolute perfection (EXO). Big Bang might not be the best dancers in kpop as a group, or even the best singers in kpop as a group, but there is so much to love in Big Bang. They are definitely unlike any other group in kpop ~ in the WORLD even. Their music is unlike anything I’ve ever heard; it is of such high quality, and that it what Big Bang is known for; their amazing music (thanks to our GD). Even though their music style has completely changed over the years from ‘LaLaLa’ to ‘Fantastic Baby’, when all their voices come together you know that it’s a Big Bang song. Daesung is one the most powerful singers in Korea, Taeyang is one of the ‘dancing kings’ in k-pop, GD is one of the best producers in the world, and Seungri is just an amazing all around entertainer – on stage and in variety. …There’s so much more I could say to express my love for this amazing group ~ they’re just AWESOME OK! xD

Member bias: T.O.P

You probably saw that one coming…LOL. Where do I start with TOPuu ~ he’s my all time favourite rapper in the whole entire world. I love him!

From the very start, when I first saw Big Bang in their ‘Lies’ MV, TOP caught eye automatically, my attention carried on being on him since then and he’s been my absolute favourite rapper ever since. On top of being my favourite rapper, he is also in my top 3 favourite actors along with Rain and Lee Byung Hun ♥

One thing that I love about him is that he is a real rapper he’s not manufactured in the slightest. This man is also truly a POET I tell you. There are many instances where he’ll go into the studio, write down whatever is on his mind and then record it the very same day. When I look at the English translations for his songs they are written like poetry. I swear! This man is a genius!

There is so much that I love about TOP; his peircing gaze, his voice, his height lol, his humour, the way he thinks. He’s such a real genuine person with all his fame all over the world and I love him for it. ♥ 최승현 사랑해  ~~BOOM SHAKALAKA!

Favourite song:  ‘Lies’

*sighs* Aah! The song that got me into k-pop. I’m not joking, I freakin owe my life to this song. ‘Lies’ totally changed my life around. I mean, I was a Wonder Girls fan before I heard this song, but I never did look into kpop while being a WG fan, and then one day I came across ‘Lies’ through an AMV I watched and I straight away fell inlove with the song, looked more into Big Big, found out about the ‘WonderBang’ period and I was from there on obsessed with kpop.

I really do love this song. And I love how it’s one of Big Bang’s biggest hits. And T.O.P’s finger dance (?) in his rap is AWESOME! I can’t listen to the song without doing that dance (unless I’m in public lol).

So uh… because I’ve written quite a lot on just my #1 in the list, Big Bang, I think I will the leave rest of the list to another post and try and say less lol. Unless you want to read more…? From now, I will leave you with some Big Bang pictures and alsp with the question: Who is the top 5 in your bias list? Bias group – bias members – favourite song.

Leave your answers in the comments below. I would LOVE to read your bias lists so  please tell me, arraseo?

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Big Bang – Lies MV

 Big Bang – Lies (acoustic @ M-SOUND PLEX)

GD&TOP – Haru Haru (acoustic @ SBS KJE’s Chocolate)

next on the bias list:

#2 Super Junior

#3 EXO

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Jo Kwon’s Adult Computer Accessories revealed

20 Mar

Ballad group 2am were the main guest stars on a recent episode of KBS2’s Star Life Theatre that was broadcast on March 19th.

In this episode, 2am‘s dorm was revealed and the most shocking part of this dorm tour was when Jo Kwon‘s room was shown. Jo Kwon showed the cameras around his room saying, “I’ve been using the bed the Wonder Girls used in the past. It’s the best G.O.D members used to use in the past. My fans felt bad and they actually gifted me a new bed.”

Jo Kwon however, was totally caught off guard when at one point, he hid his computer mouse pad with his hand. The crew persuaded him to show what he revealed a mouse pad that was a picture of an anime girl, silicone added in the breast to make them raise out of the picture for a wrist rest!

Jo Kwon defended himself saying it was a present from a Japanese fan, but it didn’t end there; Jo Kwon computer screen had a photo of a woman lying in a sexy position. Seeing this, Jo Kwon turned off his computer saying, “Please pretend you didn’t see it. I’m a guy, too.”

There was a mixed reaction from Korean netizens, but overall the situation seems quite comical.

You can see the whole episode in here.