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Unoriginal Kpop: Is This a Bad Thing?

Okay, disclaimer time.

This is another one of my cards that doesn't really have a point. More like its something I was thinking about while I was getting dressed and I wanted to talk about with you guys to get more input. I am NOT trying to put down any groups or praise others. This is just a general thing I wonder about with the music industry as a WHOLE (you can pick any genre you like, but I know most about kpop^^)

With that out of the way, here's my discussion topic lol:


I was planning to write a card about MVP and their debut song which I think had elements of Teen Top, BTS, and even Seventeen in it. When I thought about the response to this card I figured someone might say "ugh stop comparing them to other groups" (though on Vingle people would probably be much nicer haha)

But that got me thinking...for a debut, especially a debut from a label with no other big names:

Is it so BAD to have a not-super-original debut track?


Check out their MV here:
Personally I think its a JAM AND A HALF and I love it (the choreo is awesome!) but, is it mindblowing original and a style unlike anything we've ever seen? No! But is that a problem? I dont think so :)

There are a few debuts that were definitely unlike others and really blew everyone out of the water, and that's why they stood out so much.

For example:

But even groups that we think of as really experimental and trend setting now, they played it pretty safe in their debuts.

Look at VIXX for example. Here's their debut:

Superhero is super normal Kpop with their outfits, set, and song being pretty trendy for the time. It's still a great track but they definitely weren't trying to break any molds at the time.

Now look at Fantasy:

This is really unique and they're totally pushing the boundaries of Kpop (honestly it sounds like it popped out of some supernatural creepy Broadway musical) But again, this was after they grew as a group, got their name out, and grew a strong fanbase. They started pushing it with their crazy contacts in On and On which blasted them to fame (such a good concept omg) but they stayed pretty calm with their music until their first win :)

Personally, I think that groups debuting with a track that fits the trends of the time is no problem, since they need to play it safe to make sure their first track does well.


If their first track doesn't succeed because its too ~out there~ then they risk losing money and not getting the chance to have another high-quality comeback.

So here's where I want your opinion: Do you think groups should play it safe and just make trendy music for their debut or would you prefer the risk of a brand new kind of sound?


Or: is it so bad that groups sort of sound similar?

Even when groups sound similar I think the members give each group a different flavor and if you look at any other genre there are plenty of examples of this. I don't have a problem with it as long as concepts aren't copied completely.

And at the end of this, I hope you guys listen to MVP because seriously I can't get it out of my head and they can sing live which is so refreshing for a rookie group with strong vocals and choreo :)

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For some reason I'm only reminded of LC9's mama beat
6 months ago·Reply
I think it is okay to play it safe. Since like most of the comments before have said, the rookie groups are barely trying to get themselves known. If they go to far out where the music is not accepted then it becomes hard for them to make a strong comeback.
6 months ago·Reply
I can honestly tell you that it's not just with Kpop, it tends to happen in all genres. With music there are only a certain amount of mixtures you can make, while that number maybe a huge number with the amount of songs and different artists out in the world its not surprising for it to happen. If an artist notices that a group of people like a certain sound or number of beats per minute other artist are going to follow suit. While it may make music sound similar to another its not a bad thing because through lyrics and execution of the song it can make it entirely different from another. Who knows there could be songs produced and published on the same day on opposite sides of the world that sound almost identical to one another. I apologize for how long this post was and I do need to mention a disclaimer that I am not an expert in music, just very passionate about it and most of this is based off of assumptions and things I've noticed while listening to several different music genres and playing instruments.
6 months ago·Reply
I don't mind if it too similar it just means you get to hear that song again in a different style
6 months ago·Reply
Exactly!! That makes so much sense. No group will ever be completely original. But they can get pretty close. Still, that doesn't mean that every group has to perfectly be different everytime, especially when they're a new group just trying to at least get noticed by the public. Of course, it's not good to always be mimicking others styles and be doing the same thing over and over again, like, you do need to take risks with your music. But I'm glad you brang this up cause it is (for some reason...) a big issue in the music industry and lots of people get really butt hurt about it. Like you, I get their points, but still. And also, I'll be sure to check out this new group ^-^
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