K-Pop sucks dick
It's just like American Pop but with Koreans and even trying to be more outrageous...it sucks
K-Pop vs AKB48/Morning Musume would be a more fair comparison for K-Pop
K-Pop wins here cuz atleast they don't sexualize 13 year old girls
was it like this back in the 90s in North America/World with the Spice Girls/Backstreet boys/NSYNC? cos i loved them...until i grew out of it....but really those songs are the best to sing along to haha...
It certainly was
Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys sucked.They're among the worst "musicians" America has to offer...right up there with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga
They are/were the definition of Commercialism
Don't forget Madonna and Britney Spears
MJ is one of the few artists I can think that was ridiculously Commercialized but provided Amazing Quality Music
In fact I feel J-pop back then when it just started becoming popular was similar to K-pop now
The late Izumi Sakai started out in the '90s and she still was better than most J-Vocalists nowadays
And then there's people like for example X-Japan,Buck-Tick,Color the great Nujabes and Underrated People(I feel they are...dunno) like Field of View,Hironobu Kageyama,Masami Okui,Megumi Hayashibara,Doom etc. can't remember all of them
If anything I think J-Pop(or rather Japanese Music in general) was better then and less commercialized...and many Japanese Artists have been pessimistic about the Japanese Music industry lately
'80s and '90s was probably J-Music at it's peak in general
In the 2000s i feel it started to get mainstream cuz of Anime getting popular in the West and kinda declined...still it wasn't bad and it isn't bad now it's pretty good but playing it very safe but atleast they never went full retard like American Music did in the 2000s which they have not been able to recover from that and I doubt they recover soon
Still struggle to find myself excited for new Japanese Musicians...
I'm no gonna read any of those replies cos they are so long and I so don't care about this discussion. LOL
1.- 90% no.
2.- Serious business. Shit music just like almost all the pop music in the world in this decade.
Jpop: From AKB48 to YUI, with one million variatios in the middle.
K-pop: I can only think of boy and girl groups dancing erotically.
4.- As far as I know, It's mainly a producer doing business. Kids get shit to buy, girls get attention, producers get money. Awesome. The ones who lose: Artists. lol
5a.- It's the reflection of the society, fast paced and shallow.
5b.- Probably will stay, as the society keeps getting more and more stupid.
6.- Quality-wise probably yes, I don't know any new pop singers with the level that Namie Amuro or Utada Hikaru had 5 years ago.
7.- They really don't sell THAT much in Japan anyway, do they?
8.- In Japan I would like to see less kids posing in bikini and more kids focusing on making music. I would also like to see YUI quiting Sony and starting her own label. LOL
In korea... anything that is not the same formula repeated over and over... where are the BoA' and the Younhas!!
Man you hit the nail in the head...100% correct
Now Japanese Music is going downhill too...as if America going full retard by late '90s wasn't enough damage to Music enough
Music is going downhill really fast just like the Film Industry...cuz greedy scumbags only care about money nowadays
First the Film Industry,Now the Music one...I hope the Video Game Industry doesn't get ruined too..cuz man that will be a depressing world...devoid of quality enteretainment :(
EDIT:Also for K-Pop I don't think it'll never be that popular internationally let alone crack the Western Market.The whole Gangam Style shit is just a fad that will soon be over...like Myspace.I mean think about it...only reason Gangnam Style got the most views in youtube ever is cuz people wanted to see the video reach a Billion Views and beat Justin F*****'s (no need to be rude now)
Highest Viewed Vid
Typical Americans won't care about K-Pop if Koreans decide to go to America...and they will utterly fail...just like BoA did
Only Asian who had potential to do something in America was Utada...but she tried too hard to please the mainstream and she failed.If she did her own thing she might have atleast gotten a large cult following.I mean her first (English)Album "Precious" makes "Exodus" and "This is the One" look like dogshit