Yoo Hee Yeol Shares Thoughts About Music Charts Affecting Listeners’ Perceptions
During the June 3 episode of KBS2’s “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook,” MC Yoo Hee Yeol explains what he believes is, and should be, the true essence of music.
During the broadcast, f(x)’s Luna, who was one of the guests, reveals that she worries a lot about how to continue happily making music. She confesses that she can’t understand why a singer, like herself, must get so stressed because of singing and music.
Yoo Hee Yeol, after listening to her concerns, starts off by saying that while normally he sticks to emceeing, there are a few things he wants to address regarding this matter.
He says, “At some point, both the people involved in music and the public’s standards of criteria when talking about music have become more business-orientated.” He points out that after music charts started to have a significant influence, “there appears to be more people who think that if a song doesn’t place on the charts, that means that the song isn’t good enough, or even bad. This phenomenon seems to have gotten worse recently.”
The musician argues, “Of course, music is an industry, because it is a business. However, what’s more important is the fact that to some, music is a source of strength and encouragement and to others, is even a language in itself. It’s their story.”
He ends by encouraging Luna to not lose sight of her goals, explaining, “The process of figuring out why you make music is difficult. If you have doubt about the reasons why, that just means this is the start [for you]. There will be times when you lose sight of your path, but all you have to do is return.”
What are your thoughts on his statements? Do you agree with him?