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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Physical albums see a 20% increase in sales compared to last year


Article: Physical albums are back... 20% increase compared to last year... 80s/90s singers comebacks renew interest in albums

Source:
Herald News via Naver

1. [+112, -5] There's something about owning albums that makes you feel content

2. [+80, -6] It's fun collecting good albums one by one~

3. [+67, -5] Digital songs are definitely easier to listen to but physical albums allow you to focus on every individual song in it aside from the title tracks which is why it's worth owning it.

4. [+62, -5] There's a different type of contentment that comes with buying albums than digital songs... It satisfies an analog part of you that digital things can't.

5. [+41, -16] Everything's digital purely for the sake of ease.. CD players are too big to carry around compared to cellphones or USBs. Unless they make CDs the size of a nail or give it to the storage space of a USB, the physical album market will continue to drop.

6. [+18, -1] Albums tell a full story and it's an expression of what the singer wants to tell you. There's a rhythm and flow to all of the songs that combine into one big piece. At least that's the reason why I buy albums.

7. [+14, -0] Instead of criticizing idol fans for obsessing over idols and buying their albums, we should all be purchasing the albums of our favorite singers too. Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is actually right. The reason Lee Sun Hee, Park Hyo Shin, and Im Chang Jung are losing rank wise to idols is because their albums aren't selling.

8. [+15, -1] There's definitely a fun to collecting albums... I hope the rate of purchase continues to go up.

9. [+15, -1] The older artists definitely spend more effort on their physical albums so they're high quality and worth owning. You can tell Lee Seung Hwan spent a lot of money on his album quality.

10. [+15, -3] The album market needs to grow even further for our music industry as a whole to grow... Japan has the #2 music market in the world and are close contenders for #1 because they have a huge market for physical albums. Korea's digital market isn't even doing that well either.

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225 comments:

  1. I definitely still buy CDs. There's something about being able to hold the actual album and owning a physical copy of it.

    And for K-Pop albums... There are the photobooks too.

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  2. I liek my oppars' pictures & the posters I can put up on my wall :3 I liek looking at the stack of non-standard sized albums on my shelf and just running my hands through them /my precious/

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  3. 1. [+112, -5] There's something about owning albums that makes you feel content
    1000 agree

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  4. Tbh one of my favorite feelings ever is going through the albums of my favorite group- I have been buying them since debut, so just touching them is a special memory for me that just downloading them doesn't give.

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  5. I clicked this expecting this to be about companies buying their own artists' albums.

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  6. Owning a physical album just has a charm of its own.

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  7. kpop albums are a lot better than other albums since it has interesting designs and photobooks

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  8. most of the times I don't even play the kpop CDs I bought.
    I guess I just love to ... collect them.

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  9. Physical albums have very high quality pics and top notch design. Just opening them is a fun experience. And they smell good XD

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  10. Photobooks and posters are definitely a reason why I love buying kpop albums, it feels like I'm getting something more than just music.

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  11. 7. [+14, -0] Instead of criticizing idol fans for obsessing over idols and buying their albums, we should all be purchasing the albums of our favorite singers too. Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is actually right. The reason Lee Sun Hee, Park Hyo Shin, and Im Chang Jung are losing rank wise to idols is because their albums aren't selling.



    ta round of applause please

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  12. Owning a physical album is like buying a book to me, it's something I can touch and I get to see the hard work that went into the album. I do buy digital albums, but it's another feeling to physically have it.

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  13. I love collecting albums XD

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  14. 7. [+14, -0] Instead of criticizing idol fans for obsessing over idols and buying their albums, we should all be purchasing the albums of our favorite singers too. Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is actually right. The reason Lee Sun Hee, Park Hyo Shin, and Im Chang Jung are losing rank wise to idols is because their albums aren't selling.



    THE MOST ACCURATE COMMENT OF THIS ARTICLE

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  15. [+14, -0] Instead of criticizing idol fans for obsessing over idols and buying their albums, we should all be purchasing the albums of our favorite singers too. Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is actually right. The reason Lee Sun Hee, Park Hyo Shin, and Im Chang Jung are losing rank wise to idols is because their albums aren't selling.

    PREACH!

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  16. Also the photocards! :D

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  17. physical albums are great because in the future you can look back and remember all the times you've spazzed over a group, and the memories of waiting for the album to get released and the flipping through the picture book.

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  18. I am collecting the photocards so well, i like to buy kpop album. I even bought 30 albums of SJM Swing to get the pc lol. Believe me, the feeling when you open the album and see which pc you get is really exciting.

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  19. Thought I was the only one still collecting books >.< people always give me whole kindle speech but nothing beats holding the book

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  20. Just reminded the old era back then, cassettes and cds , nahhh physical album wont die ok

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  21. I don't read ebooks, it's not the same feeling for me. I'd rather go to the book store and buy an actual book.

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  22. I loves buying CDs of my fav group but I dont really playing it lol. I prefer listening on cellphone and ipod, also purchase the songs from itunes than playing the CD manually.

    But having the album makes me feel complete as a fan.

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  23. I like to buy physical albums, even though its not as tangible as downloading them there is just something charming about being able to hold the album in my hand

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  24. I agree, I buy cds even though I already have the mp3s just 'cause it's nicer to have em in my hands.

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  25. Aside from owning the physical albums and having them sit prettily on my shelf for me to look at every day, I think there's also the experience aspect of buying physical albums (if you bought it at a store). Like for example, I'm an ELF and I'll always remember that day when I drove over an hour to Koreantown to buy my first SJ album. And also all those moments of anxiety as I open albums to see if I got my bias photo card. I'll always remember the first time I bought a SJ album with a photo card and I got my bias out of ten members. That moment of happiness is just so memorable :3

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  26. I have to order mine, but it's such a great feeling when it's finally delivered to your house. I got excited when my SNSD album came in the mail lol I don't get this excited when I download it.

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  27. the smell of books somehow gives me more intense emotions while reading haha

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  28. omg yes! it's like growing up with your favorite group when you look at your album collection that started a few years ago. sometimes I look at mine and think like "oh so this was from when I was still in high school" or like "this was from the summer after high school" etc etc :3

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  29. Buying the physical album makes me feel quite happy, most of the time to support the artist I love and to just build my collection :)
    LOL I dont even play them (CDs) out of fear it might get scratched!

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  30. I don't usually buy music (I download A LOT of music, I'd probably be bankrupt if I bought it all), but I do buy some albums

    I really like the physical albums ^_^ they just feel good to hold :)

    http://trulymargaretmary.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SoGood.gif

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  31. Collecting it one by one just bring nostalgia as i have seen my bias kept going strong and mature from their debut era.. I am just proud of them..

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  32. I still have B2K & Bow Wow posters from when I was in middle and high school lol It really is something to go through my old things and look at what I used to collect when I was younger.

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  33. I buy physical because I like blasting it through my car speakers (with the windows rolled up of course).

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  34. I started ordering mine this year cuz Koreantown rips me off haha, they overcharge and don't give me the free posters. I still prefer buying in store though but nowadays, it's about coming home & checking the mail and getting disappointed for like almost a month and then FINALLY there'll come the day when the album arrives and my whole day would be made haha. I got sooo excited last week when my SJ album came ;;;;;;;; it was in the morning so I literally jumped out of bed

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  35. I bought Exo's Growl album.. Best decision of my life mah gawd them picture >~<

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  36. Haha I jumped off the couch when I saw it was Fed Ex. I got so happy when I saw the poster and album. It's so exciting, like a Christmas present or something lol

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  37. buy album got poster & photobook(?)...

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  38. Owning a physical album is always such a different feeling than owning a digital copy.

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  39. Collecting it one by one just bring nostalgia as i have seen my bias kept going strong and mature from their debut era.. I am just proud of them.. Am waiting for big bang to comeback..

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  40. DeeD Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄ƷApril 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Personally I have to really really really love the album and the artist to purchase an album set. Otherwise, I just buy individual songs from iTunes. So far, only 2 kpop acts have made me spend money on their albums, JYJ and BTS. I'll throw them my hard earned money.

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  41. the random photocardssss ......

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  42. i still buy CDs... for personal collection of course... especially from the groups that i like... some of them are still wrapped...

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  43. I agree, there's just something about owning an album, especially one from a group that I love very much, that makes me really content. I only buy albums for EXO and VIXX because those are the two I REALLY want to actually try and support.
    I don't even really stick the actual CD in my laptop or anything.
    Besides, K-Pop albums are better, and are actually worth the money. For almost the same money (or a little more) than a typical album, you can get a SUPER interesting designed album package, a photobook, a photocard, and the actual CD (and sometimes the actual poster).

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  44. I buy the albums because it's a physical item that I can hold and that can be kept for a long time :). Something about buying intangible goods doesn't give the same feeling as buying physical items haha.

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  45. 5. [+41, -16] Everything's digital purely for the sake of ease.. CD
    players are too big to carry around compared to cellphones or USBs.
    Unless they make CDs the size of a nail or give it to the storage space
    of a USB, the physical album market will continue to drop.

    But the digital files can suck up the memory too. So, for me, If it was my favorite artist, I buy both the digital and physical as long as I can afford it so I won't have any regret if I have to delete or lost the digital files.

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  46. I guess I'm the only one that never buys CD's, bought only one Kpop CD and it sits in my drawer and collects dust, I'd rather put the money to concerts.

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  47. 1. [+112, -5] There's something about owning albums that makes you feel content

    2. [+80, -6] It's fun collecting good albums one by one~



    this is so true for me ^^ i love being able to look at my albums, and korean albums are really nicely made

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  48. I don't know about that, some of those photo books are cheap in quality.

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  49. Did you know that most of the art is designed by the idols themselves? I'm so proud of my talented biases!

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  50. same same!! like i'll *cough* illegally *cough* download the album so listen to but i'll still buy the physical albums because it's really nice to own them for some reason

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  51. THOSE PICTURES, MAN, THOSE PICTURES. I took a photo of the Sehun one and made it my lockscreen photo (I'm in a phase, leave me alone). But the way I had to position it (to make sure his face wasn't blocked out by the date and time) makes me look like I'm basically pulling down his pants everytime I unlock my phone... I'm conflicted, haha.

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  52. this makes me happy. I was worried sales would continue to decline and everything would become digital. where's the fun in that?

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  53. Did they steal that from Japan? As a Jap, I would be terribly disappointed.

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  54. I kept the pictures but that cd hit the can as soon as I got home.

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  55. i love owning physical books, ebooks just can't compare.

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  56. Reading the comments... I guess I'm the minority who doesn't care enough to buy physical albums.

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  57. true, i love photobook!! sometimes i buy more than one cds if i find photobook is interesting..hahahah

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  58. Same, haha. I just convert the YouTube video to audio and download it. But then I just get the physical album as well. It feels really nice to own them.

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  59. I haven't owned a physical album or any merchandise from ANY group that i love but now that I know more (online wise lol) I have finally bought the MBLAQ Broken album (which looks beautiful btw and sounds amazing) then it turns out they were No.9 World Albums on the Billboard charts...yeah....physical albums have DEFINITELY increased....i can't wait for my album to arrive ^^ apparently you get poster and photobook. It'll be my first kpop merchandise experience xD hahaha how late am i!

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  60. Well it's easier to fake cd sells that way. Who really was here for IGAB last year or WYN this year?

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  61. You're not the only one.

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  62. I currently own 31 albums and i have never opened any of them. They are all on the shelf as if they are decoration. I just love collecting them.

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  63. yeah i was shocked when i bought my sister the lorde cd online and it came and it was so plain D: like it had cost around the same as many of my kpop cds but the quality was just way below (album wise, i'm not talking about music wise.. tho i'm not a fan of lorde lol)

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  64. Was the album good?

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  65. i love my albums and the photo book in it i even kiss my taeyeon photos

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  66. Please, I rip those songs str8 from youtube. Buy?! I don't think SO!

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  67. my fangirl life: download new song illogical, after download it on itunes then order physical album lol . But i just buy physical album of B2ST, TM, and Apink :))

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  68. I'm with you, I only have ONE album(gift from pen pal) but never open it. My money often goes to digital and sometimes concert.

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  69. I don't do either. I buy a best album as soon as they start to flop. Those are the best songs anyway.

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  70. I haven't bought a physical album in over 10 years.

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  71. All western albums are like that though and kpop knows that wouldn't sell well so they add other stuff to increase sales since it's already a competitive industry to begin with.

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  72. And the scrolling?! Ugh, gagggggggg

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  73. "Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is actually right." but most are not even doing it for the reason of the album being quality, just for the purpose of getting their oppars high in number. physical albums sales are going down everywhere. digital market is just more convenient. but i agree that buying an album and having a physical collection is satisfying... well somewhat. my kpop cd collection is only on the shelf collecting dust and i cant play it cause don't have a cd player...

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  74. i'm just happy to own the cds.. unwrapped them to take the pictures of the photobooks, postcards, cds.. then wrapped them again...

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  75. It's definitely working, though. Stick more effort in the package, sell for the same price, fans will definitely buy. I don't think I'd ever buy a Western album, it's just so unsatisfying after K-pop albums, haha.

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  76. Maybe they aren't selling because they're basic? Those entertainers were idols once, so let's not get beside ourselves.

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  77. I think Lorde got away with it because she's "different". Why use gimmicks when you're a soulful old-looking white girl with an asian boyfriend?

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  78. Cuz I don't need or care to.

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  79. I AGREE!!! <3


    http://37.media.tumblr.com/ed4580dcc2b6f825a9cc0ae520b99b89/tumblr_n3l0mwTEmA1rz6rqfo1_1280.jpg

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  80. So Teenage Dream was kpop? I guess so because when I scratched the boob part on the cover, it smelled like cheese.

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  81. It's HARD to get into Apop OR Jpop after being exposed to Kpop. It's like it was geared for young people.

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  82. I use youtube as my playlist maker.

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  83. I've just received my mr mr and pink tape album. Well I prefer to buy physical album than donwload the song

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  84. Don't they have machines that create the CDs?

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  85. I feel the same way, but not about books.

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  86. Your sarcasm level is off the charts right now.
    I never said that K-pop was a matured act, either? I just said it was Western music as a whole was uninteresting to me after this whole ordeal.

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  87. Is it bad if I buy the physical albums and don't even play the CD itself? I have the digital versions of them for the listening part. But It really gives me that sense of contentment with having to own a good quality album.

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  88. The only reason I buy album is only for future memories tbh. When I got older/ out of fandom stuff and one day tried to look at the albums I wonder how I would feel. Like I wonder if I would feel nostalgic, or happy, or sad, or maybe feeling stupid for wasting my teenage years into something like this lol

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  89. Ikr, who knew they were talented!

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  90. Probably a combination of all those feelings, to be honest.

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  91. I agreed though.

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  92. lol!I thought I was the only one!!

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  93. no i just used lordes cd as an example, all american albums are like that. just a hard little clear plastic case with a piece of paper with the album cover on it.

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  94. http://dilettwat.typepad.com/.a/6a017d3f6e48be970c017ee8f76bb2970d-800wi

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  95. Did a hole burn in your wall when you found out they're gonna be on LHH?

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  96. I mean your second sentence.

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  97. Honestly, when I see the numbers of albums group sell, I go "really? that's it?"
    70k is so low to me but apparently that's good lol. It really sheds light on this industry because then I go back to looking at Billboard and Oricon

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  98. same but.... your..... icon........

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  99. I know, if you say, "This group sold 150K albums, that's so much" it'll sound so sad. But the fact of the matter is, that's how small this industry is.

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  100. yeah. those hard plastic cases.... uggh so disappointing. It's like they're stuck in that era of albums.. early 2000s? i dunno.

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  101. Oh. But it's kinda true though.

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  102. Come to think of it, buying physical album also makes you really appreciate the design and all the crews that were involved in the album. Cause in physical album, you can read their names while in digital album, people don't even bother of it.

    The digital can offer the ease but if the income from physical album is so promising. I kinda miss the day when musicians can sell million copies of their album. And they don't really have to perform live so often so that they can maintain their quality once they performing.

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  103. Yeah? What's wrong wif my icon?

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  104. Koreans don't buy music like that. I'm glad they're being realistic though.

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  105. all the dick jokes and that icon i can't. i'm done. i'm logging out omg.

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  106. Ok but why would you buy those CDs in particular?

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  107. any audiophiles/enthusiasts here that buy kpop cds? how loud/hot are they? one reason i dont buy cds is im afraid they're too loud because the digital version of the songs i tend to listen to are kinda loud and usually heavily compressed.

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  108. Ikr, only two people responded to this.

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  109. I love collecting physical albums. Especially K-Pop album 'cuz the packaging and photobooks are always worth the money.

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  110. I love K-hip hop photo books.

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  111. haha true. I mean they gave me entertainment and I love them alot but still, the amount of time I spent on them when I could have done more stuff for my school work and get better grades would probably makes me cry in the future

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  112. Yeah, I'm prepared for the amount of facepalming I'm going to do in the next 10 years when I think of all the time I've spent paying attention to these people. But, it'll still be a good memory, and they definitely gave me a good time in various ways: songs, dance, personality (character or not)

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  113. Kpop CDs are especially fun to have because of the unique design (for some), the photocards, the photobooks, etc.

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  114. I've never really bothered buying albums in the US because the typical jewel case packaging was boring and buying them on iTunes usually came with a digital version of the tiny lyric book anyway. In contrast, K-pop physical albums are much more creative and interesting. I love owning them and flipping through the thick photobooks. Even for albums I can't afford, I still watch unboxing videos to see what they look like.

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  115. I always thought I was a weirdo in kpop for actually buying the music and the albums and collecting the photocards hahaha. It's nice to see all your albums and merch sitting on your shelf!

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  116. I think for Kpop albums it's different. I mean just look at f(x)'s Pink Tape album. Not only are you buying the music and the photobook, you're also getting the quality packaging. Stuff like that makes for nice packaging.


    On a side note, the more albums we buy, the less expensive concerts will be...

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  117. pink tape was a pretty solid album. i cant say anything about the snsd one
    and maybe she liked both albums and thats why they bought it?

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  118. #Justice4Japman86

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  119. yeaah~ the feeling of having those albums stacked neatly on a shelf and looking through them when you feel like it. I don't put up the posters from albums I get tho. I keep 'em all in a canister 'cause I don't like the walls of my room getting all crowded with posters. I have a cork board with my bias telling me what I need to accomplish tho. hehe.

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  120. 1. [+112, -5] There's something about owning albums that makes you feel content



    Agree. I hold every single Bigbang albums I have as precious. I still think having it physically feels different than just having it downloaded digitally. but yeah to each his own. :)

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  121. i love PinK Tape

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  122. What I love about Kpop albums or special edition albums is there packaging. They're so unique and creative and you actually have something to look at, while listening to the songs. Unlike ordinary jewel cases.

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  123. Beyonce made me want to own her new album.

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  124. I have too many illegally downloaded albums....-_- I only have some snsd albums,some 4minute albums and G.na and super junior,the rest of them are singers from the US that I bought more than 2 years ago lol

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  125. ughhh absolutely amazing! Music QUALITY perfect! lol But of course it depends on what style of music you like. This time around they did a really nice R&B style, reminds me of the good ole 90s hip hop/R&B sooo nice (those were my days so i fell in love with the album) then you read the lyrics and it's heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. i'm not sure what else you were looking for in an answer haha xD

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  126. 7. [+14, -0] Instead of criticizing idol fans for obsessing over idols
    and buying their albums, we should all be purchasing the albums of our
    favorite singers too. Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is
    actually right. The reason Lee Sun Hee, Park Hyo Shin, and Im Chang Jung
    are losing rank wise to idols is because their albums aren't selling.

    the reason idol fans buy their oppar album sometime not because their oppar album are good but because they think they are part of fandom contribute to oppar success, they can get handsome oppar photobooks and poster also so they can meet oppar at fansign events...while non-idol fans buy the album of their favorite singer didn't think like that but only because they loved quality of the album/songs...

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  127. I know exactly what you're saying there ;) i'm a multifandom person. i'll admit i like a lot of groups but I've fallen out of the fandoms and don't really have "oppars" lol the only group i stay with is MBLAQ because they really do put out quality albums their non-title songs are amazing especially with the album they just released. They were no 9 on World Albums in the Billboard Charts for a good reason ^^

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  128. [+14, -0] Instead of criticizing idol fans for obsessing over idols and buying their albums, we should all be purchasing the albums of our favorite singers too. Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is actually right. The reason Lee Sun Hee, Park Hyo Shin, and Im Chang Jung are losing rank wise to idols is because their albums aren't selling.



    thumbs up

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  129. at least idol fans actually support the group, i dont see how it's a bad thing

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  130. I used to think that, but the Korean music industry really isn't that big so 70k is good.

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  131. I only bought it digitally, haven't been able to purchase the physical album :(

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  132. Pink Tape is a very good album, one of the best of 2013 plus look at the packaging.
    SNSD's mini album is actually really good, I bought it.

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  133. And here I am, too poor to buy a kpop album...Shame on me...u_u

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  134. Same here, I love the bonuses and they are usually equal to or even cheaper than standard western releases. I can't fault the quality of any of the kpop albums I've owned

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  135. its not bad thing, it just idol fans are sometimes blind love they buy extras copies of their favorites oppar album, even if the songs is good or not they didn't care for the oppar sake they will do anything...

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  136. i get your point! i just think that it's a whole different story all in all, especially "they didn't care for the oppar sake they will do anything...". i dont see how bulk/buying albums equals to that as it describes sasaeng behavior more and its really far from the topic

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  137. In Australia there was a "no1" album that sold less than 3k copies in a week....so in comparison to that Korea's charts aren't that bad lol

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  138. I'm pretty sure you didn't download the album when it came out and just listened to it two weeks after release when you got the physical copy ;)

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  139. there is this inner joy n happiness you get collecting albums.

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  140. sorry,it is out of topic.I saw lots of white foreign white girls in K pop MV.Iam caucasian myself.I really don't like it when white girls are their main models.Korean girls are so beautiful,use them instead, promote your own country's beauty rather then import other girls.Sorry if it offends you but not Iam not in favour of this.Most of the Korean girls are already so insecure these type of kpop mv do nothing but to harm their self esteem.

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  141. sehun in growl album is just ... dayuuumm boy *fans self*


    and no, don't reposition it, let it be

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  142. That's awesome how korea focuses on the artists' whole body of work through albums rather than just revolving all their interest on chart-topping, largest common denominator singles that Americans have mostly been focusing on

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  143. I actually prefer buying physical albums than purchasing just the digital songs. I grew up in the 90s through the big boy band craze and remember the feelings of opening the cd looking through the cd booklet reading the lyrics, the thanks messages, spazzing over the photos... I get those same feelings when I buy my Kpop albums. Seeing all those things scanned an uploaded online just isnt the same, in fact, it annoys me lol I am just old school when it comes to this.

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  144. I used to have over 200 CDs in my collection. When I moved, they were too much for me to carry around, so I put them all in CD binders and threw away the cases. And these were normal CD cases, too. The K-Pop cases are completely random and don't fit on any shelves. They're too much of a hassle to deal with.

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  145. not only that but the chances of you losing it are far less too right? When I hear about people dropping their computers and losing all their data.... I shudder...

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  146. 7. [+14, -0] Instead of criticizing idol fans for obsessing over idols
    and buying their albums, we should all be purchasing the albums of our
    favorite singers too. Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is
    actually right. The reason Lee Sun Hee, Park Hyo Shin, and Im Chang Jung
    are losing rank wise to idols is because their albums aren't selling.
    Preach!

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  147. If you're trolling, just ignore.

    While I get that this is your opinion, it'll be better without that condescending tone.

    The whole point of k-idol is selling imagery and visuals alongside the music, therefore nothing is wrong with fan buying for photobook or meeting their faves. Plus, taste is subjective. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean others have to follow.

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  148. you can get better quality audio off CDs though. I always rip mine to FLAC format

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  149. well i dont really like buy albums bcs it is waste my money
    and i never listen to it so it will be useless
    yes i always want the photobooks but someone will scan it
    i only have 2 albums and both of them are gifts :D

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  150. this. rip it once and never use it again. I'm scared of accidental scratching.

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  151. i started to collect book like 2,3 years ago.. only buy books from authors that i like tho.. same like cds.. i buy cds of my favourite groups..

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  152. Westlife's albums were the first foreigner singer's album that i bought. I still save it, i thought if you really like all of songs in a certain album it is right to buy it. Because when i you save the digital ones, what if your devices broke? My friend's ipod broke and she cried because all of her collection saved there. If you save physical albums in a right way, you still could play it until ten years or more.

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  153. I agreed. My own "Mr. Mr." album has arrived last week. I haven't played it yet. But I swear, All the songs are so good. Candy to my ears. Goodbye is so good to be a side track IMO.

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  154. I mostly only buy full albums to get all my money's worth. Not only does it have more songs, better packaging, and more 'freebies', it's the same price as minis and singles (or a few bucks more). [UNLESS THE MINI IS REALLY GOOD CUZ LIKE HOLYLARD MIRACLES IN DECEMBER IS HEAVEN]

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  155. I actually agree LOL XD. I love the factory smell of it XD.

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  156. Yeah me neither. I don't have that kind of money. :<

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  157. I will choose digital actually. well you can download all the songs and not only focus on title song.For physical album I just don't feel anything now. Last time I was those kind who want cd over digital I know the feeling when you are holding physical album but now I just feel that they are taking up space.. I don't like to paste poster on the wall, for the album picture sorry but fans will upload it once they get the album. don't really have those mysterious feel like last time.



    7. [+14, -0] Instead of criticizing idol fans for obsessing over idols and buying their albums, we should all be purchasing the albums of our favorite singers too. Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is actually right. The reason Lee Sun Hee, Park Hyo Shin, and Im Chang Jung are losing rank wise to idols is because their albums aren't selling.

    I criticise those idol fans who buy a lot when they are not working themselves. Most of the fans are students, most of them are not working and keep asking money from their parent or lie to their parents just to buy album and let their idol win. There are already cases where kid shouting at their parents because they don't give them money to buy albums that they have already bought. I am ok if they use their saving or salary to buy same album as long as they are fine with it. But not when they keep asking for money and shout at their parent for that

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  158. Mah man, just leave it ;3You need a daily does of his fine face every time you turn on your phone~ (Pulling down is pants is an extra ahaha :D)

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  159. pls I read more than 100 pages in less than an hour with my real books, but it takes me at least four hours to read 100 pages on my ipad. real books give me feels so I read really fast with them. books are great :(

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  160. I only stan idols who contribute a lot in the songs themselves. Like composing, writing the lyrics, etc. To own the physical copy of the work of someone whom I so admire feels amazing. Sure the photobook and photocards are a plus, but supporting their music comes first to me. Though if I have extra money I do splurge on albums I want mainly for the photobook, like Infinite's New Challenge. I'm not an Inspirit but I stan Hoya and he looks so handsome in those pictures *^*

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  161. 1. [+112, -5] There's something about owning albums that makes you feel content



    YUP. it does actually. :))))

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  162. haha the growl album holds a special place in my heart. going to some random cd store in myongdong to stand in line for a few hours unable to understand everything being said around me to try and get into a fansign... good memories :') even when i dont like exo anymore i think i'll be able to look back on that fondly

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  163. its fun collecting cd..to make sure i listen to the cd instead of keep it in a box.. i put the cd in my car.. just the cd.. the case and photobook in my room :D i listen to the cd in my car.. yeah!!

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  164. But they're so expensive damn, it especially hurts when you're a fan of a lot of groups (why are beast exo and infinite coming back at the same time jfc) and all those repackages too orz i'm jealous of people who can afford albums ㅠ-ㅠ

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  165. I buy cds because of the package, the photocard and the photobook and since i cant buy the digital i prefer buying the cd rather than downloading it illegaly

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  166. U did not get tonight one?

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  167. I'm waitting for my "play" album AKMU!! =D waitting fro taeyang,d aesunga nd bigbang comeback to get the too!

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  168. I love buying CDs esp. kpop ones cuz most packages r unique and specially designed (eg Metal case in The Boys) and theyre really worth collecting. I also love the feeling of physically holding music in ur hand and each album tells a story!!

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  169. i never bought kpop albums. mainly because they're so expensive. i really want to buy them but i'm a school student and i don't have money to buy all those albums. plus, my parents wouldn't let me buy them. i once bought an album (my sister and i shared money to buy it lmao) and that is the only album i have. i'm so jealous of my friends who can buy their idols' merchandise and albums. they even buy photobooks from fansites, y'know fansites make money by making photobooks and they have a lot of nice pictures and my friends buy them :/

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  170. wow thanks for generalizing "oppars and their fangirls" ! of course if there is a photobook it's the only reason why fans buy a physical album... we are so superficial indeed. thanks for enlightening me. until now i thought it was because i prefered the warmest aspect of a physical album combined with the possibility to support my group better financially since they took a lot of time and efforts to release a full album. what an idiot i am when i could have just bought the digital version with almost nothing for them to earn at the end. really, thank you !

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  171. Yep me too! i download and bought the digital ones and buy the physical CD if i really liked the artists / the album

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  172. wow thanks for generalizing "oppars and their fangirls" ! of course if there is a photobook it's the only reason why fans buy a physical album... we are so superficial indeed. thanks for enlightening me. until now i thought it was because i prefered the warmest aspect of a physical album combined with the possibility to support my group better financially since it took them a lot of time and efforts to release a full album. what an idiot i am when i could have just bought the digital version with almost nothing for them to earn at the end. really, thank you !

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  173. i still bought my favorite artists CD (K-pop or non K-pop). As for K-pop CDs i've never been lucky to get my bias photocard lol

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  174. i'm over the phase of buying every single physical copy of my favourite group's albums..... i prefer to buy songs digitally now. because i'm lazy to transfer the songs from album to my iphone, and even if i like some of the pictures from album jacket, i can get HQ scans off the internet lol it's only collecting dusts on my shelves now.

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  175. Only buy suju album.. Hahah to increase the sales and I feel proud owning my favorite idol's album. It's showing my support for them

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  176. Honestly a big part of this increase is because of EXO's album sales. Like them or not, they took up 6 of the Top 10 spots on Gaon's 2013 album chart. Fucking insane sales potential.


    Obviously there were tons of other great albums released last year too but the final year-end chart is kinda eye-widening.

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  177. tbh only for memories

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  178. The price of my fav Japanese artists physical single cost the same with kpop's physical album. Damn, even sometimes more expensive. (and i think it's because almost everything in japan is more expensive than in SK).

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  179. I like collecting physical album, maybe just like how people one generation older than me like collecting vinyl.

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  180. I want to get the copy but it run out of stock then..

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  181. "Physical albums see a 20% increase in sales compared to last year"


    2013 was last year right?

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  182. The reason why the physical album is increasing is due to senior artist comeback.. like lee sun hee, lee seung hwan, lam chang jung and others... their fan are genuine

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  183. why are their fans the only genuine ones? do you think idol fans are fake lmao would they spend their money on albums if they dont like the group enough?

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  184. Jenizz | pinkcrownApril 21, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    The packaging is so so unique and beautiful... hope they don't stop...

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  185. I buy the physical albums and then just put the songs from them on my phone. Then i have the album both physically and digitally and only bought the album once.

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  186. i always buy physical artist/song i really like.

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  187. You might be right, just seems weird they are using "last year" when we are only 4 months into this year. I guess the article is likely comparing the 4 month periods of 2013 and 2014.

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  188. What an odd post. How can you random say that most fans do those things to get albums....you don't know, do you know people who shout at their parents to get them albums?
    Who are these people you are talking about & generalising them by saying most fans is just silly

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  189. But sometimes they go overboard haha reminded me of this http://netizenbuzz.blogspot.com/2013/05/lol-pros-and-cons-of-big-bang-cds.html

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  190. I use phone apps since I broke my computer-phone connector.

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  191. I buy K-Pop CDs and my mother and I listen to them together xD

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  192. I have yet to see someone in my country owning a kindle or some book reader like that. No one lectures me about books (apart from going into hibernation while I read them). But I find it easier to read a book rather than a computer screen.

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  193. Wait, who out of them was an idol once? I didn't realise any of them were idols. .-.

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  194. "7. [+14, -0] Instead of criticizing idol fans for obsessing over idols and buying their albums, we should all be purchasing the albums of our favorite singers too. Idol fans are not wrong, what they're doing is actually right. The reason Lee Sun Hee, Park Hyo Shin, and Im Chang Jung are losing rank wise to idols is because their albums aren't selling."


    Finally someone said it. It's not our fault that we support the idols and they don't support their ballad singers... We're not sabotaging the album sales of ballad singers, people just aren't buying them.

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