NOTE: This is an article of opinion, not fact, I don’t think K-Pop is HUGE in America or out of Asia, but I think it is slowly taking over. It’s an article written to start a friendly debate so if you disagree with what is written here then that’s fine, it’s all opinion!
According to Esther Oh, writer on CNNGo, the concept that Korean pop is expanding overseas is completely overblown. Apparently the idea is exaggerated and to some people that is a notion they agree with. I think that K-Pop is under estimated and that it’s growing very fast under the radar, especially in the last year.
Many look at Se7en and BoA‘s attempt to break the market of the US and think that the Hallyu wave is over. Some even look at JYJ‘s “The Beginning” as a disaster in the American market, despite the fact that Kanye West worked on the album. It’s hard to disagree; not many will say they were successful. Ironically enough Se7en then released “Digital Bounce” which in my mind is his best album ever, but that’s another story.
I agree that not every group should be filed under the name Hallyu Wave, but the wave is there and it is something we cannot ignore. The Wonder Girls may have been a support act for the Jonas Brothers, which to some is a big deal and to some it is offensive, but let’s not forget their Billboard success.
They even reached number 31 on the 2010 Hot Single Sales Chart with ‘Nobody,’ and “Nobody” was also the #1 song on Billboard’s year end chart for “Hot Singles Sales” in 2009. [Info via Soompi use n3ssa_chan]
Rain, well what can I tell you about Rain that you don’t already know? How can we tackle the argument of Rain not being a world wide star? Well, let me give you some examples and you can form your own opinion.
How about Rain winning TIME magazines “TIME 100” online poll….again. He also won in 2006 and 2007, and placed in second in 2008. Well, as TIME put it, “trouncing competitors from Barack Obama to Lady Gaga”.
Or how about this? (Note: When I watched this on TV I jumped around screaming in happiness.) Yes, Rain’s acting in Ninja Assassin got him the MTV America Movie Award for “Biggest Badass” beating out films Star Trek, Clash of the Titans and G.I. Joe. Is it me or did Jackie Chan look super happy that Rain won? (Side note, they’re friends in real life.)
I saw “Ninja Assassin” and Rain definitely was a bad ass, but okay that’s Hollywood. Could it be just the action fans voting? Well, to give this idea some kind of perspective, how about we use another example with Rain.
For those who are not familiar with the show, The Colbert Report is an American satire show on the Comedy Central channel, hosted by Stephen Colbert, which focuses on the latest news, specifically focusing on politics a lot. (Colbert once wanted to run for American president…..I am not kidding you.)
So when a man, who has a large audience and has enough respect and pull that he co-hosted a rally in Washington DC, mentions someone, surely they’re the hottest topic right? Be it Osama Bin Laden’s death or the strange obsession people have with Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” Colbert has his finger on the pulse. He only talks about what is relevant.
Wait….he talked about Rain? More than once? Oh yes, yes he did, and here is the proof. Go to about 4:50, the rest is about politics, it’s a serious show but Colbert can never be serious.