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Saturday, December 5, 2015

The 'American dream' takes on a new meaning to K-Pop stars


Article: Singers endlessly chase after the 'American dream'

Source: Sports Donga via Naver

Article talks about how Korean singers are once again amping up their attempts at American advancements, mentioning how many contracts were signed with American agencies many years ago but actual debuts never happened. Uptown rapper Maniac recently met with Snoop Dogg and Far East Movement's Stampede, Dean came out with "I'm Not Sorry" and 'Put My Hands on You', CL's preparing her own solo with SB Project, Brave Brothers is working with rapper YG, etc.

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1. [+490, -85] With the way YG media plays, anyone who didn't know better would think that they've already conquered all of North America and are holding world tours ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ How about you fix your artists' pronunciations in the time you're releasing media play nobody even believes ㅋㅋㅋ

2. [+255, -5] Foreigners view K-Pop as nothing more than colorful music videos with a focus on dance. They say that there's no soul in the music and the plastic visuals are too overpowering... If we want to actually advance in America, English lyrics are a must.

3. [+195, -15] I don't think we'll have another popular star in America like Psy again

4. [+66, -2] Once you get the American advancement disease, there's no cure

5. [+48, -1] Media play only works in a small country like ours, America is way too big for that stuff to ever work

6. [+47, -3] Korean artists aren't successful in America because they try to appeal with American style music. It's like having a Korean chef go to America to be recognized for his pasta dishes. Why was Psy popular? Because he was unique... they watched him because some fat Asian man was doing a funny dance while singing.

7. [+41, -2] Times have changed, and with advancements like smartphones, people all over the world can watch videos and listen to music. Psy utilized that by promoting in Korea but still opening the opportunity for his music videos to get international recognition through platforms like YouTube. If you have a great song and good content, foreigners will care enough on their own. Stop trying to leave the country to find success there. If they like what they hear, they'll come to you. Please focus more on music quality and content development instead. All of the music being released lately are obviously meant to be flash in the pan hits with provocative content.

8. [+26, -1] I'd rather Korean artists stopped trying to advance there. Just because they're popular in Korea doesn't mean they'll be popular there too. There's only so much you can do with these immature looking idols, all you really need is good music and talent and foreigners will be calling you on their own. I laughed out loud seeing CL's immature attempt.

9. [+31, -9] CL's in an awkward position. To call her a rapper, there are already way better rappers than her in America. And to call her a vocal... I'd say is better in that regards but she's not that extremely good at vocals either. Even in her 'Hello B*tches' video, her backdancers stole the spotlight from her because they were better than her.

10. [+19, -2] People seem to think the American market is so easy ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Just because you're successful in Korea does not guarantee you success in America. Just be grateful that you're popular at all in Korea, it's not like our public knows any better.

11. [+20, -6] Foreigners acknowledge Ailee as one of Korea's best vocalists but even Ailee denied working with Sony Music and continues to work in Korea, showing that even for someone like her, the American dream is a huge wall. I normally put down idols all the time but watching her stage reminded me of Beyonce. The only problem is that kids like Ailee are a dime a dozen in America. You need something unique about you to stand out. I don't think CL has what it takes either.

12. [+12, -0] Go to any back alley in the streets of New York. There are dozens of kids like CL out there in America.

13. [+11, -0] I always hear about news of Korean artists advancing into America but I never see them on the top 50 on YouTube or Billboard. Just be like Psy... only go if the American public actually wants you there.

14. [+8, -0] Psy was successful because America doesn't have an artist like him

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