Hey peoples-I know I took long to write back about k-pop being a Fad. First off, let me define the word Fad.
Fad is an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, esp. one that is short-lived; a crazed. The K-pop movement has spread widely (international) in a short span of time intensely fast. Now I understand fans of K-pop might bash me for saying K-pop is a fad, but if you read the definition of fad, you would see that all the evidence relates to K-pop. People share a high enthusiasm for the music and the idols who create it but, this genre is not different from any other genre, especially since some people define K-pop as a culture more than a segment of music in the Korean culture. Korean Pop music-also known as, Pop music (mainstream cultural genre.) Let me make this this clear-ALL culture have pop as a GENRE. Pop can intertwine or collaborate as they say in the music world with other genres, such as, classical, folk, R&B,Hip-Hop, which seems to be the main genre that Korean pop idols collaborate or incorporate in their music, as well as ballads. But remember that POP is a separate genre, that should not be defined as any other genre unless you are defining it as a POP Culture, which POP music is not, but offend get mixed up with. So tell me why people think it's okay to say group who make hip-hop music or rock bands or even movie stars are apart of this K-pop Movement? Is it just a common mistake that doesn't get much thought-maybe. I get the Hullyu Movement is a Korean cultural spread, but Korea is not K-pop, or is it? Korean idols do seem to be in every part of the Korean cultural. Posters everywhere, clothing brand "lines" Fashion slash every type of Magazine, variety "a varieties of shows," they are MC's, they are commercials of all kind even Ramen noodles, sneakers and liquor (Soju), actors and actresses, models, they are everywhere and involved in EVERYTHING. Since Korean pop seems to be the dominate genre in Korea, I will define it as the Korea culture-my view, my opinion-period. Let me show you a couple of examples-
These people are the true definition of how K-pop has defined the Korean's culture. These people are everywhere, on just about everything-just hype like G-Druggin on cranberry juice. Super Junior also known as real old man try'in to be young and relevant is like a 16 member group-I think Half of the group is targeted to the Chinese K-pop lovers, and they-well mostly, all speak Chinese. Girl Generation is a 9 member girl-group with Korean girls, Korean-American girl (s) and a Japanese girl with a hype as a devil's child fan base called-Sones. Then there is IU, Korea's national little miss cutey pie. In other word IU means " I own You," which she kinda of does, stealing so many Korea of all ages heart, she truly is Korea little sister, but the girl isn't little, she's older than me and I just turned 20 Honestly, I like IU, she is a excellent singer and a good dancer. She has stayed true to herself and the type of character she portrays in her music career, as other artist has tired to change and reinvent themselves to sometimes-the extreme. I like people who stand on a study ground, they are grounded in their character and they know who they are and what's best for their life. Some people just don't have that ability to stand on their own and be their self=ves, those the kind off people I don't like. But hey, whatever. If you think I am wrong-that's because you're too hype to realize the truth. I am not going to make this article into a novel, so I'll fast forward to 2012-2013. All the old idols are back-WHAT! Yeah that's what I thought. Even Shinhwa-a 6 member group of man all in their thirties, early to mid-thirties. Since I guess it's okay for 30 years old to be in a group with younger member *cough, cough* Khali, and the the whole Brown-eyes girls slash 2ne1. Now, Lee Hyori, Shinhwa, the dude from H.O.T, is back. Why? That's what fad is, when this run out of style, the old becomes new and the new become a fad. The new is all the new groups agency are pumping out everyday-I can't even keep count or even know their names, slash even care so much to the point that i can't remember their name, songs, faces, they just become overwhelming, same (no individuality, no originality, fast pace, and short lived). Even Crayon Pop gets on my nerves now, I like their first two songs but now I feel that they are just ape-ing on those two Songs popularity-doing the most.This is what Korea pop is becoming and I saw it coming, because this is the stages a fad goes through, before people start realizing that the special, unique quality that interested them, drew them in, kept them alive, entertained, gave them a pass time and a conversation and even more an identity, is just like every thing else, it's not as special as people make it out to be. That is where delusional fans come in, which happens in every country, continent, and culture, so off-course Korea is no exception. Here are all the examples and then I will go on to write a few sentences and move on to something else. I'm writing in the night , after work and i am tired.
Madame Lee Hyori-This is Hyori in her Fin-K days which I didn't even know existed. Seriously who is this group and -who cares? Anyways, Here is one of their music and then Hyori in her Prime and then Hyori trying to still relevant in 2013 with her "long awaited comeback."
All I'm going to say is like Rihanna or Miley Cyrus she is a good performance artist, with the get-up and attitude to match, but she is not a legend, not as an artist of music, she is just a entertainer. There is a difference, a artist has all rights and full involvement in there work and how they want to create and project it to their viewer, they are in all aspects of what they create and what defines their image. Entertainers are made-they are product of their agency and fan base. Their identity is a concept that constantly changes to please the masses. They can, but do not have to be fully involved in what they are required to project or perform. Their songs, outfits, persona, and appearance might be a creation of one or more individuals, who are hired to make sure they stay in the public consciousness and sub-consciousness. They create catchy, or "shocking" production for the sake of pure entertainment, they do not need a great or exceptional voice, because it can be fix in the recording studio on a machine and they might or may not need to know how to dance. They are performers-money makers. That is what I categorize Lee Hyori as. Now mind you, I might be wrong, considering I am not close to her, and know what goes on in her agency, but this is my outsider's perception of her.
This is a clip of those who don't know who Rihanna is:
If you think K-pop is much more tamed than that, that's because Korea and the United States have different standards, but if Korea music agency's could, they would make it exactly the same. They already having explicit music videos and lyrics seep through, especially now that YouTube exist. Here are a few examples: Girls day, Hyuna, Nine Muse, Riana. There is really a thin line. Pop music is pop music, no matter what country, even if one country controls their artist more than the other.
Now if you're wondering why I'm only showing girl examples, "as if they were victims," then i have to say, it's mainly girls, in any country, that has to take up the explicit, sexy role, especially in music and music video, so off-course they would be my major examples. I could go on articles after articles, showing you examples of "Too Sexed-up" music video, but that would be doing too much. But I will show you two other music videos of male singers., Bang Yong Guk and Xia A.K.A Junsu. GD and Top does some "shocking," and I quote music videos but nothing actually shocking. These two music videos have some rated R content in them, but not as much as girls or girl-group videos, which have-Tons!
Eventhough these artist are trying all day, everyday to push the evevople to what Korean pop music really defines itselve as, actual singers like, Aliee, IU, Boa, Lee Hi, K-will, Roy Kim, and Jang Yoon-Jung are right beside them.
"Although both Roy and Jung have gone on to become solo artist after Kpop Star, this is one of three song they performed together that I love, the second was Creep."
Korean music as a whole is NOT a fad, but K-pop is a genre (a section) of the Korean music industry that is highly famed and globally known. This genre and style resembles the same aspect of other Asian countries, like Japan and China, and definitely closely resembles western music, like the United States or some parts of Europe. The individualism the the music had when it first started and became noticed is seemly slowly fading. There is a blurred line to what Korean pop music is and how it differs to other pop cultural music. Which new groups and artist being pumped out daily, with difficult and more ridiculous names, as well as set on rewind, sound the same music and concepts, it's becoming tasteless. Yet, K-pop won't fad away, Fads don't die-off so easily, they just lose their taste and get a bit boring and routinely-to the point where you start looking for something else to feed you. Korean music has many great artist, videos and artistic qualities, and if they keep searching for artist who know themselves and are not so hungry for instant fame, who would do anything for that cash money, young money, then they can continue to hold their place in their international and home-based, as a specific "special" type of music.
PS: Pour it up, pour it up, pour it up or shut-up
'Cause card money and Dollar bills-they don't matter
Work honey, don't act funny
just know what matter
"Yeah, I just made that up in point two seconds,-tell how you feel XD"