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Why Don't Idol Groups Work In America?
In Japan and Korea, idols are a huge deal. The fandoms surrounding idols and idol groups are massive, with a ton of merch, lingo, events, etc surrounding the entertainers. So why isn't that happening in America? The UK tried it out with One Direction and we have a few girl groups like Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, but for the most part the classic pop group ensemble faded away in the early 2000s. Here are a few reasons why it might not work: I'm not saying either opinion is correct - just stating how the general public views celebrities in America vs Korea/Japan. I'm not an expert on either so please share your opinions as well! 1. The Concept of Being An Idol Sure, celebrities in the US know that they are role models, but do they really take this as their job?! In Japan and Korea, a single slip up can mean public humiliation (such as when an AKB48 member had a boyfriend - she had to shave her head as an apology) while in America celebrities insist on their personal rights to do whatever they want. In their opinion, just because you're a celebrity doesn't mean you aren't allowed a personal life. They should be able to be in the lime light but also have a lot of personal life that shouldn't be judged by the public, In Japan/Korea, every aspect of an entertainers life is analyzed and people know that is just part of the job. You must be a model citizen at all times and any bad behaviour (whether its on or off camera) is bad for your company, your career, and your fans. 2. Company Loyalty In America, we know the big companies like Warner, Sony, etc, but we rarely pay attention to what label each artist is on. And even if they're on the same label they don't really work together so its hard for fans to be loyal to one company. The closest I think we can get to that is waaay back with Motown Records or more recently the bands that came out on Fueled By Ramen. Smaller hip hop labels still keep this group style too! We could actually see the connection the artists had on those labels and could support the label as well as the artists. Now in Korea, we all know that companies are a big deal. YG Family, JYP, Cube, SM, etc. They do things together like concerts, Christmas songs, etc. We are able to anticipate the company's new project or collaboration. It's easier for the fans to get hyped over multiple groups at once. 3. Pre-Packaged In America, bands are usually put together by the band members. Whether they start in a garage or they put up flyers to find members, it is the band that forms first, then the label that signs them. In Korea and Japan however, we have a TON of trainees all hoping to be perfectly placed in a group. Think of the show Produce! Perfect example of prepackaging :) One Direction is an example of that happening where the boys were somewhat put together by a label, but musical and personality differences got in the way :/ 4. Training Idols train a LOT. Sure, in America entertainers practice, train, get vocal lessons, learn new instruments, get prepped for interviews etc but they are not forced to practice for 12 hours a day. Living in dorms without cell phones or internet, being forced to learn languages, dances, public speaking, etc - its totally normal in the idol world. Because of this, idols should be pretty prepared for anything. I'm not so sure American entertainers would be up for this style of training. Can you think of other reasons why the "idol" style of the music industry doesn't work in America?
I Can't Deal With Fandoms {The 5th GAON Chart Kpop Awards'}
So I'm just making this card for the people who missed this award show, I started watching it at 6:00am for me. Somehow my body knew this award show was on and woke me up. I catched the last half of the performances but I couldn't help but be disgusted by the live chat beside the video. There was so much negativity, I literally couldn't even bear to look at the chat. But before I get into that, I want to show you guys who performed and what rewards they received. B.A.P "Wild, Young & Free" First of all the intro was so good I almost fell out of my bed. So B.A.P of course performed this song and killed it. They all looked good esepecially Youngjae's contacts and Himchan's hair. They won the "Hot Trend Of The Year" award along with Baek Ah Yeon. Red Velvet "Automatic" and "Ice Cream Cake" I'm so glad Red Velvet performed both of these songs because they are both of my favorite songs by them besides "Dumb Dumb". They did a great job with the performance. They won the "Hot Performance Of They Year"award. Zion.T "Yanghwa Bridge" I'm so glad he performed this song because I can't get enough of it, it is so good. His voice is just perfect both live and recorded, you can't even tell the difference. He won the "Discovery Of The Year R&B Award". Mad Clown "Fire" and "Sour Grapes" He won the "Artist of Year" during January. AOA Cream "Heart Attack" and "I'm Jelly Bean" They won the "World Rookie Of They Year Award" *this is the time where I started watching* IKON "My Type" and "Dumb And Dumber" Aside from the 15 dabs Bobby did in this live performance this performance was alright. The background music was a little to fast for them and they struggled to catch up but they did good overall. They won the "Artist of The Year" for September and "New Artist Of The Year" along with GFriend. SEVENTEEN "Mansae" and "Shining Diamond" Seventeen surprise me with this performance, it was unique they way they introduce themselves and really worked for them. They won the "World Rookie Of The Year" along with AOA. Taeyon "I" My girl Taeyeon did great with this performance and it was so beautiful too. She won the "Artist Of The Year" for October Zico "Boys And Girls" Of course this bias wrecker had to perform as well and "Boys And Girls" are one of my favoirite songs by him. He won the "Artist Of The Year" for November Vixx "Chained Up" I got so happy when I saw N's sassines in this live performance. The remix of this song is always good and Ravi just destroyed my life like always. His shirt didn't come off in this performance which is kind of bittersweet but thier performance was still great. Which might explained why they won the "Hot Performance Award of The Year". This is where the fandoms wars start to erupt in the live chat, So in each block will be some comments other fans said about their group or other groups....WARNING YOU MAY GET MAD AT SOME OF THESE COMMENTS!! BTS "I Need You" and "Dope" BTS killed their performance and they look so good in their classy suits. They won the "K-Pop World Hallyu Star Award". I was partially glad when BTS performed because I thought that would stop the wave of BTS comments but instead it made it worse with fans saying "That wasn't long enough", "BTS needed more time", and they also made insulted the other performers as well. I got so tired of seeing BTS in the comment section that I just started to ignore the live chat. EXO "Exodus", "Call Me Baby" and "Love Me Right" EXO left a path of destruction that killed me and my ears. It was so good although I think they could've had better mics because we could barely hear them. They won the "Artist Of The Year(album)" for the first, second and fourth quarter and the "Fan Vote Popularity Award". Sehun also recieved the award "Weibo Star Award". Now EXO fans were totally inappropriate with comments like... -"This is boring, Big Bang is winning all the awards" -"They(Big Bang) look like beggers on stage." And many others that were horrible. Big Bang "Bae Bae", "Bang Bang Bang" and "We Like 2 Party" Big Bang killed it but is that really something new...They all look so good and happy and of course Seungri had to do another Sehun moment with a member of Super Junior. I'm so glad they were enjoying themselves. They won the "Artist Of The Year" for May, June, July and August. They also won the "YinYueTai Most Influential Group in Asia Award". But the sad part about this is that their fans in the live chat were arguing with other people. They were the worst in the live chat. Comments included stuff like.... -"Exo has no quality on their work" -"Exo rappers can't rap worth nothing" -They even said that EXO had the worst live performance. Again this is not all the negative comments I saw in the chat. Besides the negative comments that I saw during the show everything was awesome and I will continue to watch this award show the next time it comes on. If you want to see all the awards that were presented just click this link here Did You Guys Watch The Award Show? 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[Learn Korean Phrases with K-Pop!] Meoributeo bakkeutkkaji (머리부터 발끝까지). Sound Familiar?
HELLO HELLO Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!1 Yes-everyone's super pumped up about the MOBB songs release, and my favorite song from the whole album is... *drum roll plz*... "MOHM". Literally- the beat is so sick and I just... I love it so much. So if you haven't watched it, I'll put the link for the MV right here! --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlJHZJ8EqeA So now that you've watched it (or knows it already... haha), I'm pretty sure the pre-chorus is stuck in your head. Easy-to understand, 80% English pre-chorus. "I’m talkin’ about your 몸 Talkin’ about your 다리 Talkin’ about your lips Talkin’ about your 머리부터 발끝까지 OH I’m talkin’ about your 몸 Talkin’ about your everything 근데 넌 어딨어" And here's the thing I want to point out to you in this card today... "머리부터 발끝까지" (Meoributeo bakkeutkkaji). I'm 150% sure y'all have heard this before, because believe it or not, it's in every song you know (not really true, but). So here it is! A HUGE list of songs that contain this phrase... and if you haven't known already, it means "from your head to your toes" Mmmm... sexy. First Up: iKON: My Type So I didn't know this until I read the lyrics!!! Pretty interesting. You can hear the phrase at 0:23. "머리부터 발끝까지 다" NEXT: BTS: War of Hormone WELL I DIDN'T KNOW THIS EITHER I THOUGHT I'VE LISTENED TO THIS ENOUGH THOUGH V says it the first time; you can listen to the phrase at 1:46. "머리부터 발끝까지 최고 최고" JYP: Who's Your Mama? This one was obvious from context... But believe it or not, It's Jessi who says it! You can hear the phrase at 2:55. "Ya, 머리부터 발끝까지 Got it eatrom my mama" NCT 127: Another World It's a hidden song in their album, but it's still amazing af. You can hear the phrase at 2:33. Taeyong says it! GUGUDAN: Wonderland This one's pretty obvious: it's in the chorus! You can listen to this phrase at 1:20. "머리부터 발끝까지 모든 걸" UP10TION: Catch Me You can listen to this phrase at 0:40. "머리부터 발끝까지 갖고 싶어 미칠 걸" (Jinhoo) BTS (again): Dope I'm guessing BTS loves this phrase... hmm... I didn't notice it because it was so fast....oh my You can listen to this phrase at 1:12. Suga raps this part... "Ok 우린 머리부터 발끝까지 전부 다" B.I.G.: Hello OMG please support this group! It's so underrated!!! Anyway I didn't notice this either! And I listen to it so much... *sob* You can listen to this phrase at 1:51. J-Hoon sings this part! "건민은 Hip style 머리부터 발끝까지" Ladies' Code: Pretty Pretty OK I REALIZED THIS You can listen to this phrase at 0:55. Sojung sang this part! "(예뻐 예뻐) 머리부터 발끝까지" *sighs I love her voice* VIXX: On & On WHAT OK He starts rapping at 2:17. Let's see if you can hear it... he's like rapping and then that part's just like a;sldkfja;srjweidjkv;zxjksdlafja Ravi raps this part! "머리부터 발끝까지 전부 다 가져 ah" SNSD: I Got a Boy Truthfully I didn't realize this Yuri says this part at 0:44. "어머! 또 얘 좀 보라고 머리부터 발끝까지 스타일이 바뀌었어" BTOB: Wow HEY I KNEW THIS HEY THIS WAS MY FIRST KPOP SONG BTW HEY I LOVE ILHOON AND HEY THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I FOUND THIS PHRASE LIKE 3 YEARS AGO LOL WHO DOESN'T LIKE THEM LOL Hyunsik says it at 2:08 "머리부터 발끝까지 Hot한 너와 단둘이" ((I finally found the song I've been looking for with the phrase in it... YESSS)) 4MINUTE: Hot Issue Ok tbh this is kind of making me feel sensitive... You can hear this phrase at 0:25. "머리부터 발끝까지 Hot Issue ho!" HYUNA: Ice Ice One of my favorite songs from her A+ album... hehe You can hear this phrase at 0:49. Yook Ji Dam raps this part. "지금 우린 머리부터 발끝까지 빨개요" Boy's Republic: The Real One All time fave... You can hear this part at 1:04. Sunwoo sings this part "네 머리부터 네 발끝까지" And lastly but not least... MINO: MOOOOOHM Love love love. 1:08. "I’m talkin’ about your 몸 Talkin’ about your 다리 Talkin’ about your lips Talkin’ about your 머리부터 발끝까지 OH I’m talkin’ about your 몸 Talkin’ about your everything 근데 넌 어딨어" Congratz for getting through! Hopefully you met some new bands or new songs that you didn't know of before... if you know any other songs that have this phrase in it, make sure to comment! I'm talking bout your 머리부터 발끝까지 OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!