From what I can remember J-Pop that was dominating airwaves in Asia, and now it seems that there's a gradual shift to K-Pop. (I don't live there so could you tell me if my random hypothesis is accurate? :XD)
Originally Posted by phio_chan
IIRC the reason why Gangnam Style became a hit was because K-Pop fans were sharing it on social networking sites so the fandom was there, but it took a while for K-Pop to become "mainstream".
Quite possible. You know, it strangely coincidental with what I watched a while ago. I was watching K-Pop Dance Cover Contest. The contest is specifically intended for non-Korean fans to participate in a dance competition with movements from popular and favorite Korean movie videos; Gangnam Style included, of course. I only managed to watch few: from USA to Brazil to Thailand. This shows that K-Pop -- Hallyu Wave -- is really spreading throughout the world very fast. So the answer is yes. Although I remember talking with Sai and how he disliked Gangnam Style (lol), I bet many others find it entertaining.
It depends on the artist for me. If I'm listening to an fun, mindless pop, I take preference on the beat; if I'm listening to a mellow ballad, then I pay more attention to the lyrics.
For me personally lyrics doesn't matter; I'm looking for an oustanding musical arrangement regardless of words used. But with internet translations are easy, and Korean lyrics are also wonderful when translated. <3
I think there's a starting point with Hyuna from 4Minute who appeared in the music video. She was singing the spin-off version so newbies who can't get enough of Gangnam Style can see what she or her band has to offer.
The question is probably whether Gangnam Style is enough for these "newbie" to dive deeper into K-Pop. I know K-Pop mostly from K-drama I watched, then checking the songs released by the singers/artists singing in the soundtrack. That's why I'm not really updated with bands or solo singer; I didn't even know PSY previously.
Hmm, I didn't know that. :huh: I guess with the influx of more well-known artists, he's pretty low key in Korea.
Originally Posted by naruto-niichan
Yeah, the music has beats you'd normally find on the radio, but the the horseback riding dance move is pretty unique.
I agree with you Asa, the choreography is what made the difference. Neither the music nor his voice is anything out of the ordinary so it's this dance that made it so popular.
I knew that the lyrics were commenting on a certain lifestyle but was unfamiliar with the part I bolded... everything makes sense now! :gwah I love how things seem disjointed until the little bits and pieces are really put together.
I'm very curious how much people actually know that PSY is parodying the new generation of rich south korean children who don't have to work and enjoy their life in the high society. Gangnam is a district in Seoul (capital of SK) most known for it's luxurious establishment, the place where the rich and famous koreans usually go to. If you know all that you realize that his dance actually symbolises the young sons and daughters of rich famous koreans acting all high and mighty even though they never did anything to get all that money.
And it's even more funny to see all the people dancing it even though they know nothing about the background :XD
PSY signed on with an American record label that manages Justin Bieber so he may not be gone entirely. I guess we'll have to wait a few months to see if his popularity has benefitted other artists.
To be on topic, I don't believe it will give K-Pop a permanent boost, it's more of a "short" wave PSY's song created. I wouldn't mind if I'm mistaken because I believe J and K-Pop deserves more attention but at this point I believe the chances are rather slim =/