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How Popular is Kpop in Korea?

January 9, 2013

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Legitimately good question here: a lot of people associate Korea with Kpop, and are interested in Korea because of Kpop. But how popular is Kpop in Korea itself, from the general public’s perspective?

So, let’s start off by saying that Kpop is popular to Kpop fans…that might sound pretty obvious, but the die hard dedicated fans are SO SUPER DUPER dedicated that it makes the whole of Korea seem like it is filled with dedicated fans. You can hear the shouting in the audience as they sing along with the song with their own special fan song during the pauses in the song (seriously: who even plans something like that? That’s dedicated hard work), and you can see the big lineups and soldout crowds for concerts. But that’s among the fan community. How prevalent, though, is Kpop to the general, non Kpop-Crazed crowd.

After all, not everyone is a screaming fangirl. Not sure if you noticed, but those screaming fangirls are mostly highschool and elementary school students, not really college kids, or working men, or mothers of three, or grandmothers and grandfathers. To the uninitiated, general public in Korea, Kpop is something that they’re more than likely aware of and very exposed to, but it’s not something that’s all too prevalent in their lives. A lot of people that we speak to our age aren’t really that into Kpop, and we’re talking about both foreigners and Koreans. They can’t name all of the members of Girls’ Generation; they haven’t seen B.A.P’s latest video; they don’t have a bunch of 2NE1 merch in their apartments.

They’ve HEARD a lot of Kpop, though, that’s for sure, but it’s more than likely unwillingly. Like we mentioned in the video, if you’re walking down a busy public area where there are lots of shops, you will undoubtedly hear buttloads of Kpop songs everywhere. Stores have speakers pointing outwards to the public, and you will hear lots of music when you’re walking. Question to those of you familiar with Korean law: aren’t there any noise pollution laws or anything? We’re not just talking about the music being played outside of stores: we’re also talking about those godawful election trucks (WHICH THANK GOD ARE DONE WITH NOW THAT ELECTIONS ARE OVER!). Anyhow, the point of this isn’t to complain about the noise. We’re just saying that you hear a lot of Kpop and definitely experience a lot of it in your lives, even if you’re not particularly a fan of it yourself.

Incoming Martina rant!
A mini-rant about foreigners living in Korea who absolutely loathe kpop: we often hear the complaint that Kpop is all that they hear blasting everywhere they go and that Korea doesn’t make “real” or “good” music, in which I would say, if kpop is not your thing, maybe you should try checking out the Korean indie scene in Hongdae before you brand Korea as only producing Kpop music. Or…check out our Sunday K-Indie segments *glitter screen with a rainbow*. Whenever we check out a local club to see new indie bands, we see a maximum of eight foreigners in the crowd (and that’s a really really good night). Most kpop hating foreigners don’t seem to be expanding their Korean music horizon, they’re just hating on the kpop genre and making no effort to step outside their personal music comfort bubble. This is obviously not all foreigners in Korea, thank goodness, but there just seems to be a type of anger towards kpop. If you don’t like kpop, just be like, “yeah, it doesn’t really do it for me” but people rant and foam at the mouth about how much they hate it. Did JYP sneak into your house at night, tea bag you, and post the pictures to facebook? Did 2NE1 take a huge dump in your coffee? Did Big Bang personally hack into your ipod and add their music? Did Super Junior because I naughty naughty with your mother? SRSLY. What’s with all the anger people! It’s MUSIC! Just MUSIC! People even leave sassy remarks complaining about how we ONLY make videos about their most hated thing in the world, Kpop. Really? Out of five videos a week, THREE are NOTHING to do with Kpop! But nope, Kpop is the devil.

Martina Rant Out

The point I’m getting at, is that if a Korean person went to Toronto to live for a year and they complained that Canadian music consists only of Justin Beiber, Macklemore, Maroon5, Chris Brown, and Taylor Swift…I’d be like, “but did you check out the bands playing on Queen Street?” Yes, ladies and gentleman, the most popular songs will be blasted in the mall or at major retail chains, while the smaller indie shops will play whatever music they damn right feel like. It’s the same for small indie chains in Korea. That’s where we hear indie music, both Korean and international! A couple days ago we were eating chicken at a funky little shop in Hongdae and we heard Sigur Rós, Radiohead, Groove Armada being blasted! Blew our minds.

That was followed up by a coffee shop with a really adorable Korean girl working behind the counter blasting “Guess who’s back in the m*therf*ckin house with a fat d*ck for your m*therf*ckin mouth”. Perhaps she personally loves Snoop Dogg’s “Ain’t No Fun” but she seemed quite taken aback by Simon thrusting around the coffee shop singing along happily. Yes, he knows all the words to that song. Oooooh my.

So, yeah! I hope that kinda answers the question. We can’t really say what’s the actual percentage of people in Korea that like Kpop. All we can say is that we hear Kpop everywhere as do most everyone else who goes outside of their own homes, but we definitely barely know anyone who’s an actual fan of the genre. I’m sure they exist: we just don’t have the best of luck in finding many people with similar tastes to ours :( Except you Angelina! You’re the best! Group hug!

Side note: umm…we’ll just put this link here at the bottom, if anyone wants to click it. We don’t think we have much of a chance of winning since we’re up against YouTube giants, but let’s David the sh*t out of them! Get it? David…and..Goliath…cough…

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  1. K-pop is exactly what it says in its name – popular music in Korea. It’s like pop music on this side; the most popular music tha will be played in malls and stuff, but more than likely, people prefer other kinds of music, and it may generate a lot of haters, or at least people who are annoyed by it. It’s like Justin Bieber, One Direction, etc. on this side.

    3 years ago
  2. T-ara is the best !!!….

    3 years ago
  3. When I was 16 (a long ass time ago) I was SUPER into Jpop. Especially Visual Kei. So I got myself a Japanese pen pal and while I would go “DO YOU LISTEN TO DIR EN GREY AND L’ARC EN CIEL!?” he was like “DO YOU LISTEN TO AEROSMITH AND METALICA!?” He basically told me that they don’t really buy their own music because it was to expensive (it was expensive in SF Japan Town. We laid down $30 for a L’Arc CD). American/Western music was cheaper than JPop.

    I miss pen pals.

    3 years ago
  4. Hey! I’m a film student, specifically studying Cinema and Media (media being anything from the cultural significance of lightbulbs to how the internet functions)- and the fact that YouTube is probably the sole reason why Kpop is so marketable to the international audience is actually very intriguing. Perhaps not many people have thought about it, but Kpop would not be where it is today without YouTube- and for EatYourKimchi, you guys are right at the centre, using YouTube as a crowdsourcing-social networking- industry device to reach global audiences! Sorry if this doesn’t quite make sense- more-or-less I’m super impressed and awed on how you, Simon and Martina, are able to be involved in something so large and have such an awesome, heart-felt, and creative influence on Kpop culture. You guys are positive influence, so thank you!

    3 years ago
  5. About clubs~ I was so SHOCKED when I first went to a club in Korea and the very first song I heard there was… A POLISH SONG! Ha! Not any Polish song but a DISCO POLO song. xD It’s like a really, really bad village pop? To me it’s the most embarrassing kind of music we were able to invent. ^^’
    And also about the whole “rookie of the year”, half year ago I was surprised by it also. I was in Korea this summer and I talked with my Korean friends… on the second day we were out eating something and BAP played on the radio. And they didn’t know who it was. xD And I was like WOW! How come you don’t know? o.o They didn’t know EXO either. xD But they started telling me about Busker Busker and that I should listen to them~ ^^ So yeah, Busker Busker is huge in Korea and I wasn’t surprised by MAMA results.
    Best wishes from Poland!!! :D

    3 years ago
  6. Well I thought that answer will be just ike yours. Few of my friends are listening to foreigner music such as Adele than K-Pop, although they like songs such as 2NE1 – I am the best. I have to listen to K-Pop not knowing that it is called that way xD Firstly I’ve listened to metal and rock, then because of my interests in Japanese culture I started listening to J-Pop and J-rock aaaaand because of anime I came to listening BoA and Younha and my first album that I listened knowing it is K-Pop was Se7en’s 3rd album to which I am addicted until now (apparently I ordered it from Gmarket few days ago at last :D). Just because I like the music. I like the melodies and the beat, but i also do not listen to all Kpop artists simply because they do not match to my music taste.

    I’m from Poland and, it’s a lot to explain but, most people here (basing on what I read on the Internet or listened to people from my surroundings) are like “You’re listening to crap and you don’t have great music taste if you don’t listen to this, that and them”.

    And it is not only K-Pop but generally POPish music. I mean… WTF? If I don’t listen to underground Polish/English/German bands whose music is, as for me of course, nearly the same so I am a crap or something? Can’t I have my own rank of favourites? UUUUHHHH! When I shared Nickelback ( Love them! Canadian rock bands ROCKZ *O*) someone aknowledge me for listening to good music. It is sad but most of my friends are not tolerant or I can’t really explain that Asian point of view about men with make-ups or holding hands is not guy but just cultural. C’mmon… So I don’t talk about music with people that cannot uderstand other points of view than their own, which is quite sad : Going back to what you sad about music in country each person live in. Aaaaannndddd i don’t really listen to Polish songs, actually I have one discography of Patrycja Markowska on my laptop and this is all. I just find Polish music as all the artist are within the same melody for 15 years. It’s so boring… After the video I googled TOP 10 Polish songs and I liked two artists from TOP 10 this one called in English “Frosty” XDD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJQhDu25Xvw) and Ewelina Lisowska (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb-I8Uxzmgk) and I really liked those two artists but well that’s it. I prefer Kelly Clarkson :<

    If there's anyone else that knows canadian or country music please share the names that aren't on wikipedia :DDD

    3 years ago
  7. regarding the shorty awards: I think I feel more passionate about EYK than any kpop group haha, I’m sure people would be interested in voting for you! you should make a video about the best/funniest/most common reasons people give for voting for you, just imagining simon reading them out loud in his nasty voice makes me giggle XD

    3 years ago
  8. Mel

    Do Korean men and woman find foreigners attractive? Or are most of them attracted to what they are familiar with? If a woman or man were to travel to Korea would Koreans find them attractive or do they tend to stick to their already set standards of beauty, behavior and personalities?

    3 years ago
  9. I don’t normally do this sort of thing.. my love of kPop is odd enough that I generally don’t shove it in people’s faces (I don’t deny it, I just don’t make a big deal of it either) — but for you guise … vote tweeted. <3

    3 years ago
  10. I have (had? we haven’t written in a while xD) a Korean penpal and I remember when EXO came out I was freaking out all the time like omg EXO’s awesome blah blah. So I mentioned it to her, told her how I stayed up really late to watch their interviews and things like that. She responded with “I never heard of them before” ;~; Whenever I run across young Koreans who recently moved to the US, the only group they ever want to talk about is DBSK xD

    3 years ago
  11. Interesting.

    3 years ago
  12. EA

    Nice video. This has been my experience in Korea as well; most of my coworkers and even some of my students are surprised that I know so much about K-Pop. It’s… kind of embarrassing, honestly, because they assume the reason I came to Korea in the first place was JUST because of K-Pop, when K-Pop was just the initial thing that made me want to learn more about Korea. (I mean… people in North America don’t know much about Korea besides the ~Bad Korea~ and a lot of Koreans don’t seem to realize that because they’re all WOOOOOO KOREAAAAAAAA.)

    So, yeah. I try to keep my K-Pop shit on the DL, although I do have a calendar of one of the members of EXO-M on my desk, haha.

    Also, K-Indie is great and I’ve been looking to check out some more bands. I like Neon Bunny and Donawhale. :)

    3 years ago
  13. I never thought of it that way before! I was actually one of those that assume everyone in Korea likes Kpop, so it makes more sense when looked at through a Western perspective… and makes me kind of sad that I don’t listen to more American music. By the Way: Martina, I am also a Justin Bieber fan! I think my favorite song from him is the one he did with Jaden Smith for the Karate Kid remake, Never Say Never! :D

    3 years ago
  14. People just like to complain period. It’s like how I love thrift shopping (it’s kind of an addiction) but the majority of thrift shops are run by Christian non profit organizations. So their stores literally blast Christian music. Now I’m not religious, so songs about God and Jesus aren’t something I want to listen to for the two hours I might spend hunting in their store. So instead of letting it annoy me, I simply bring my earbuds along so I can listen to whatever I’m feeling at that moment. Problem solved, no energy wasted on all that negativity.

    3 years ago
  15. Even here in the states they play Kpop in Korean stores! I love going to this one Korean grocery store because the produce is cheap and I get some “asian foods” cheap (aka I don’t have to pay 12$ for 4 oz of sesame oil, but instead get a giant tub instead) Anywho, always playing kpop- and always keeping up with the new releases too! Seriously! It like your kpop weekly updates happen and BAM! Playing in the store. I wonder if some of the fascination with Kpop is sort of like a Korean pride thing?

    On a side note of younger people only listening to kpop, about 10+ years ago when I first was listening to kpop, I was talking to my one Aunt who is actually a North Korean (or rather her parents were runaways from North Korea from the war) She was shocked to find out I liked some of the Korean groups. She was a big Baby V.O.X and NRG fan. She would always go on about how all the other Korean women her age would tell her she was too old for that. That said I think Korean entertainment is trying more to keep old idols and market them for older people. For example almost all the members of Baby V.O.X are now acting, and I think Kan Mi Youn’s new career is marketed differently that say G-Dragon. She does a lot of drama OSTs, and her dance music is a lot more techno and could be played in a dance club.

    3 years ago
  16. I heard the camel toe song in Uniqlo the other day lol

    3 years ago
  17. Finished the video, and saw the preview for last weeks video. Even though I knew what it was and have seen it already, I STILL thought it said “Western vs Korean Hipster”. I was intrigued haha.

    3 years ago
  18. That sounds like peoples’ relationship to pop music in North America as well. I know a Rihanna song or a Justin Bieber song when I hear it, but I don’t own any Rihanna songs or Justin Bieber songs. I know there is a band called One Direction, and that it is very popular with the young ones. I have no idea who the members of the band are (though I have ascertained that one of them is dating Taylor Swift, and that is apparently a big deal). Speaking of Taylor Swift, I always sing along to her songs in the car on my way to work, but again, I don’t actually own any of her music. I just think the older you get, the more specific your music tastes become, and you’re only willing to spend money on what you’re fairly certain you’ll want to listen to again 2 years down the road.

    3 years ago
  19. wow great TLDR. I really liked your comparisons of how Kpop is similar to what Top 40’s would be like in other countries. I’m so curious now as to which groups that are popular overseas, aren’t so much well known in Korea.. hmm curiouser and curiouser.. obviously you can’t tell me cuz you’ll be murdered by hardcore fans haha

    3 years ago
  20. 822

    I was wondering if you could make a video discussing some of the memorable fan interactions you have had over the past few years. When was the first time someone recognized you on the street? Can you think of a time a fan has surprised you? Have you ever seen a k-pop star that you were a fan of on the streets? Have you ever been surprised that a k-pop idol knows you?

    3 years ago
  21. here is my question. I know that most indie clubs are in Hongdae but where specifically, which ones are better, and where can i get a reliable schedule of bands playing around?

    3 years ago
  22. Loved Martina’s rant! hahaha JYP tea bagging! WTH!
    Kpop seems to be a lot like pop music in other countries. Sure people know about it, but most of the time its going to be the kids in middle school and high school who are listening to it the most. Kpop is also a really well marketed, so as an international audience, sometimes I think we forget that not everyone knows about it like we do. We are actively looking at new Rookie groups and what songs our biases released, but if you asked me what was popular in my country at the moment, I’d have a hard time listing even the popular ones. When I first got into Kpop, we had a Korean exchange student and although he knew about Kpop and liked a few of the songs, he laughed at me for knowing more about the genre than he did XD

    3 years ago
    • Because I naughty naughty your mother lol.

      Ugh I with we had a Korean exchange student (or Japanese). Kind of weird, I went to ba hick school in the middle of nowherr but yet we had exchange students from France, Netherlands, Germany, China (didn’t know they did that), and I’m forgetting a couple I think… and that was just my grade. Two Germans I think.

      Seriously tho, hick school, like we have “drive your tractor to school day” every year and tons of ppl look forward to it lol. Corn was one of our finalists for class flower too! Lol I voted for only non-country song that made finalists for class song… it lost.

      3 years ago
      • Wow that is pretty impressive! We had like 3 exchange students in the whole school!
        Love the description of your school! I’ve only ever lived in cities, so I reckon driving your tractor to school would be so awesome! What was your class song?

        3 years ago
        • You’re school wasn’t big? Our high school (grade 7 to 10) had about 400 students when I graduated, and I think there was about 60 or 70 in my class. Granted they shut down the school a year after we left, but still.
          hahaha 15 mph? Ok yeah, I’d be bored after like 10 minutes and never make it to school lol

          3 years ago
        • Yeah, that makes a bit of a difference. There were 4 high schools in our area, so the schools end up being smaller.

          3 years ago
        • The concert is on the 16th of February, but everyone is concerned that Block B won’t be there because of their issues at the moment. Also, I don’t think they’ve sold enough tickets, but it hasn’t been cancelled so I’m still hopeful!
          ‘rivals’ lol Sounds intense. Sure we didn’t like the other high schools around us, but I wouldn’t call us rivals.
          Our class was similar to yours, mostly because we were just a small grade, you had at least one class with everyone. So everyone was friendly and we didn’t have many cliques. There were a few like the druggies and guys who played sport, but other than that everyone was friends.

          3 years ago
        • Yeah rivals moreso for sports but we pretty much hate their guts. My cousin went to the other school that’s our rival so I didn’t associate w/ him much during sporting events lol.

          Yeah not thinkin Block B will be there lol, that kind of throws a wrench in things, wonder if they’ll replace them.

          3 years ago
        • Lol just because they went to another school? It was kind of like that here, but the local prep teams were made up of kids from all of the school. So they had to train together and that pretty much got rid of any school rivalry, because they were friends outside of school lol

          *coughNU’ESTcough* hahaha 1/2 of pledis will already be there XD but it is starting to be a little short notice to get another group and they still haven’t announced who the last group is meant to be. IDK, just have to wait and see.

          3 years ago
  23. I have also heard a Wonder Girls song a few times in an american bar of all things up in Dongducheon

    3 years ago
  24. Korean wedding. I remember that you wanted to tell us about korea wedding after going to one of the Buskar Buska member weddings. So could you tell us about that.

    3 years ago
    • Interesting question!

      3 years ago
    • Yeah I would be interested too! I am getting married so wedding crap is always on my mind, and learning what people in other countries do.

      3 years ago
  25. Actually, if you’re looking for a Kpop club, there’s on in Itaewon! My dad and I passed it on our way to All That Jazz, a super cool jazz club in Itaewon. (You should check it out, the jazz trio they had was awesome~)

    3 years ago
    • yes thats where not inchon *forehead slap* I knew it was somewhere around there and yes all that jazz is awesome but get there early as it gets crowded fast

      3 years ago
  26. I am seriously not surprised at this at all. It reminds me of when I was younger and into anime hardcore and when I told my Japanese profs about liking it they were like oh, ok, that’s nice but weird. Being an otaku ( which was the word that western anime fans appropriated at the time I was into anime like 10 years ago ) in Japan is actually not a good thing. It’s like being an obsessive nerd who collects all sorts of anime accoutrement and doesn’t know how to interact with normal people.

    I finally matured into realizing that being interested in Japanese culture may be a cool thing to do in the western world, but you have to be careful how you come off too Japanese people when you are interested in it. I have no idea how it is now though since I have not been as into that scene like I used to be, but here in my country that just started up an anime/ pop culture convention and the sort that go to those things are the teenagers and guys in their 20s and 30s who are huge Bleach or Naruto fans.

    Thus why I tread carefully with Kpop and Korean stuff. I may like it but I would never assume that every Korean person likes it. Just like I am from the Caribbean but am not necessarily into Reggae or Calypso.

    3 years ago
    • just wondering but are you from Barbados? ?My mom is from there.

      3 years ago
    • I hate the term Otaku and cannot understand why people want to anchor themselves to that term. But I’m old and from a time when you simply didn’t call yourself that because it was so bad.

      3 years ago
    • Yeah, I’m friends with some international students from South Korea and I didn’t mention that I listen to K-pop cause I didn’t know how they’d react. One of the girls listens to it though and asked me if I did so we have awesome conversations now, lol. But still, obsessive k-poppers kind of scare me *coughlikeoneofmyfriendsfromhighschoolcough*

      3 years ago
    • Heh, have you seen the the SNL skits making fun of American J-pop fans? It’s supposed to be two college students with a cable access show that they have to have supervised by their Japanese studies professor. They’re super obsessed with Japanese pop culture, but to the dismay of their professor, don’t realize that they’re actually being ignorant. It’s pretty funny.

      3 years ago
  27. Kes

    My question: how have things changed since you first came to Korea? It’s a fast-moving country, in the internet age, relatively recently developed…I know that when I was getting ready to come here I was told a lot of things that seem to be untrue now. For instance I’ve seen lots of women’s fashion with bared shoulders, it’s easy to find deodorant, it’s easy to find tampons….

    What have you guys noticed change, and is there anything you think that’s changing now or will change soon? (that’s not a broad question at all, huh? XD)

    3 years ago
  28. I love Martina’s rant – JYP teabagging you in the middle of the night?! I LOL’ed XD

    3 years ago
  29. I don’t love Justin Bieber…. But Somebody To Love and Beauty & The Beat are just too damn catchy! Ahhhh!

    And yeah… I don’t wanna sound like I’m dissing the popular internationally well-known groups but I heard that Koreans themselves know who the good artistes actually are, besides the few giant names. Through Running Man, I’ve known so many other artistes such as Taru/The Breeze/Deli Spice and I’ve grown to appreciate another aspect of Korean music so much more!

    3 years ago
  30. That’s true only songs I heard in clubs last half year I heard 2ne1 I love you and I’m the best, Big Bang Fantastic baby all kind of Gangnam Style remixes and Roly Poly maybe once xD but my korean friend told me there is a kpop club somewhere in hongdae if I remember correctly. I once was in so called kpop club in wangsimni but it was super small and they remixed the songs so badly it was hard to tell wether it was kpop or not ><
    I remember people telling me I know everything about kpop when I was talking about rookie groups from this year like Nu'Est (very unpopular nobody new them in fact @@) BAP also almost nobody but I saw them in some shops in the TVs and heard Hajimah few times. EXO I saw them on some small poster of some comsetic brand ( and on DBSK concert as they were sitting in front of me lol but that's a different story) XD
    However as Simon and Martina said Kpop is everywhere~~ Lee Sungi's new song was popular, Miss A- I dont need a man, I heard it all time and K will one also kkk

    3 years ago
  31. I completely agree with this. Not everyone loves Kpop here but they are aware of it as its like the mainstream music being played. Often my co-teachers are asking me what bands are popular and/or who a certain person is the students (mostly with the girls) are gushing over. When I did my introduction answer my students were surprised when I said I knew Kpop and had even been to a few events in North America.

    Now when it comes to what groups are popular, it is mostly the newer groups. EXO isn`t actually all that popular, BAP is much more popular at least in the Middle School girl demographic. Sure there are still the hardcore VIP fans, a few ELFS and even SHINee is popular in my school, but BAP and B1A4 are the bands girls are marking up either desks with and doodling in class while they pretend to listen to me.

    As for the boys, Girl`s Generation still rains supreme. Other than that the rest is a mix bag…

    3 years ago
  32. I’ve experienced that with my Korean class when we had exchange students visiting to help us~ Most of them only knew of groups but didn’t really listen to them.

    I think at the end of the day it all just depends on the individual~ *shrugs* I mean I live in Australia but I don’t follow my own country’s music scene… I know it there but I just don’t really follow it… Its the same anywhere else~ Just people’s personal taste =) Kpop just ended up being interesting to me~ ^^

    And omg yes to Martina’s rant! HIGHFIVE! lol

    3 years ago
  33. me too :( I went to vote earlier but then I was like..oh…you need twitter :/
    I can’t get twitter otherwise I will do nothing with my life!!!!!

    3 years ago
  34. “Did Super Junior because I naughty naughty with your mother?” hahahaha, I’m sorry I can’t stop laughing. This is why I love you Martina hehe ^___^

    Anyway I have a question which kind of links onto this one, kind of…
    Do Kpop fans in korea (the really dedicated ones who are so dedicated that they make up fan chants of which, as a fellow fan girl I greatly admire :P) listen to their bias’ and favourite idol’s Japanese or Chinese albums and singles etc??

    I know that you guys don’t review Japanese pv’s by Korean groups anymore because you said that you don’t hear them in Korea – does that mean that the fans wouldn’t know about their songs in another language.
    I guess that would make sense because, unlike me, they understand the Korean songs and don’t understand the Japanese ones so why would they listen to them? As for me, I don’t understand either language so it really doesn’t matter haha. Also often Japanese singles are translated to Korean and added to the next korean album, so I just wondered….

    It would be a real shame, I think if they don’t because, well for example, Tick Tack is probably my favourite music video from UKISS ever and one of my favourite songs too!! I know there is a korean version but I can’t listen to it because the english lyrics, “tonight we gonna party,” totally changes the eerie but epic-ly awesome feel of “to lie, I shall be here.” (even though that really doesn’t make sense) Also, Japanese songs usually have a different sort of vibe to them – they are more heavily influenced by J-pop or J-rock – and I feel like it adds an extra kind of diversity and interest to the artists. Like FT ISLAND’s jap songs, they are so j-rock sounding, probably influenced mainly by ONE OK ROCK, which is really nice for FT Island because they love them so much. And its nice for primadonna’s too because it shows a different side to the flower band. Just thinking that the Korean pri’s don’t know about all the many jap album’s saddens me.

    well, sorry this ended up being long….it’s a bad habit of mine….

    3 years ago
  35. That was such a good question!! i’ve always had in mind that probably not all koreans like kpop but this makes it more clearer to me now x)

    3 years ago
  36. Honestly, you should put the link-thingy to vote on the top of the post. I almost didn’t see it :O
    If I think about how dedicated people are with voting on KMM, I’d like to see the power of nastiness with voting ^_^

    3 years ago
  37. Damn, I’ve always wanted to ask this question, but not Kpop but the indie music in Korea. How is it popular? How strong is its presence? Is it strong enough to have a little bit of effect on the general Kpop scene?

    3 years ago
  38. its the same with Sunny Hill, really popular within Korea, but its not as well known for international fans.

    3 years ago
  39. Do Koreans dislike facial hair? Because most male idols do not have one :)

    3 years ago
    • Most Korean girls don’t like facial hair. And they are the majorities of customers. So mowed it will be. And if you want to work for the Koporate, no facial hair, no tatooes, wear dark colored suit and ties. No casual Fridays either.

      Strangely back in the olden days, cutting ANY bodily hair was taboo b/c it was something your parents gave you. If saw Rooftop Prince, three stooges cry b/c they had to cut their hair to fit into modern society.

      3 years ago
      • oh. i thought they kept their hair long because it is a symbol of honor or something like that. at least that’s what i read somewhere when i searched about it.

        3 years ago
    • I know that in Chinese culture, clean-shaven boys are generally more desirable, so it may extend to Korean culture, too.

      3 years ago
    • I know my one friend ended up marrying a Japanese guy (I know different countries! But I wouldn’t be surprised if the views are somewhat similar) At one point he made a big fuss because he had to go back to Japan. He had to shave his beard because he was sure he would never get hired for any job otherwise. The way he described it seemed a little going to an interview in a dirty t-shirt, it shows that you are “lazy” and not interested in “hygiene” or your appearance.

      That said, I can think of quite a few Japanese actors and rock idols (no pop idols, though maybe for a role in a drama) who have some beards or mustaches. BUT none for Korea. I really can’t think of any that aren’t little wispy staches or something like that. By western standards, I haven’t seen a Korean celeb going past the “my first mustache phase”, nothing even close to what Toshiro Mifune or Hiroyuki Sanada have grown.

      And from my knowledge, I think Japanese are known for their “thick” facial hair in Korea. Just some two cents in there.

      3 years ago
    • Kes

      Everyone says that MBLAQ’s GO got more handsome when he shaved his ‘stache. I thought he was super fly then and is boring now. :P

      3 years ago
    • I would rather say that it just doesn’t grow, not because they don’t like it, they just don’t have facial hair. Or at least my asian bf doesn’t have xD

      3 years ago
      • Kes

        I think on average Asians are less hirsute, but it varies from person to person. ^^

        I know Super Junior Ryeowook and Sungmin were talking about facial hair–Sungmin shaves I think once a week, and Wookie has to shave twice a day. XD

        3 years ago
      • Seriously? What I know is, every men after puberty WILL have facial hair. It’s either he gets rid of it every single day or he has made a surgery. Facial hair growing is nature for men, as far as i know.

        3 years ago
      • well, GD actually shaves regularly and it’s true that G.O admitted it was hard for him to grow his moustache. so i guess it’s kinda different with everyone but the asian gene in general or maybe korean guys in general don’t grow thick or visible facial hair i guess. there is epik high’s mithra, tiger jk and dumbfoundead though so maybe as they get older their facial hair will grow on thicker.

        3 years ago
      • Or it just looks goofy when it does grow, as I’ve seen on all of my Asian guy friends. They look so goofy with their wispy little mustaches.

        3 years ago
        • Hey- not true with all of them! Have you seen Lee Kwang Soo with facial hair? He looks so damn hot with facial hair- I’d say he looks better with facial hair than without. And what about several notable actors who have grown facial hair for historical roles? OMG OMG OMG- seriously, so hot!!!!!

          3 years ago
        • And that guy from Ailee’s “Heaven” MV has a decent facial hair too.

          3 years ago
  40. Oh Gawd! I could picture in my head Simon, in his dothraki man body, air humping while singing Snoop Dogg. Anywoo! Is it true that Snoop change his name to Snoop Lion?!?

    3 years ago