B.A.P on Their Popularity in Europe: “There’s an Appeal in Our Unique Style”
Among the different K-Pop idol groups, B.A.P is especially popular in Europe. The group was recently asked why they think that is.
On March 9, at the press conference for “B.A.P Live on Earth Seoul 2014,” member Daehyun said, “I think there’s an appeal in our unique style, and I think people like our masculine and powerful performances.”
B.A.P’s agency TS Entertainment said, “As B.A.P hasn’t been to Europe yet, it’s hard to tell, but there’s definitely a highly positive response to the group there. We should be able to get an idea of their popularity during this world tour.” For this year’s world tour, B.A.P will be visiting America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia for a total of 20 concerts. In Europe they have decided on visits to Germany and France, and they will be adding other European countries to their itinerary at a later date.
B.A.P has achieved some impressive feats in Europe, placing in the top 10 of the iTunes Hip-Hop Album Charts for various European countries. In July of 2012, the group’s first mini album “No Mercy” was second in the Norway/Finland iTunes Hip-Hop Album Chart. In February of 2013, with their second mini album “One Shot,” the group placed second in Sweden, third in Norway/Finland, eighth in Greece, and ninth in Germany. Moreover, B.A.P won 4 awards at Germany’s Remarkable Awards last year, and up until this past February, B.A.P maintained a spot in the top 10 of Germany’s K-Pop chart for 25 months with “One Shot.”
On their upcoming international performances, B.A.P leader Bang Yong Guk said, “We haven’t even completed half of the goals that we had when we debuted. Now, rather than specific goals, we’re putting more importance in our own development and growth as a team. We’re taking it one step at a time. Ever since our debut, our dream was to meet with our fans from around the world as artists. We want our music and our message to be known to the world.”