Latest video from Super Junior.
The companies are also very $$$ driven. They release mostly EPs (Mini albums) with 1-2 'hits' and are sure to re-issue the album with a new track. Per year, each band is likely to release 2 EPs and then 2 more re-issues plus various singles. These practices differs from the most of the rest of the world, esp the western artistes. If they do that, they will be accused of exploiting fans and their $$$.
If you want to listen to more serious music, then you'll be better off with rock/metal/jazz etc. K-pop is more like listen for fun. For me, K-pop is a break from the heavier stuff I listen to like metal/rock. One thing is for sure, they sure have some nice dance moves and so, K-pop is more 'visual' and they rely on music shows on TV to promote their songs. Quite different from western pop/rock where radio is still the traditional way for promos. This comes back to your question, more members dancing on stage can cater to a wider range of viewers and their varied and diverse tastes.
Sometimes, I really wonder if they're really singing or just lip-syning on stage. The music is like played on the sound system and they just sing or pretend to sing. Many of the performances are identical, near perfect. Too perfect in fact. Performences have to be varied and 'imperfect'; sort of different from the album version. At times, with so many members on stage, they all look like glam up back-up dancers. These days, I'm more forgiving, just make do with such performances. In the past, without a band backing them up, I would not have listen to the music. That said, I still will not pay to go to any of their concerts because I prefer the artistes to be really performing, eg playing the instruments and singing, just like most rock/metal bands do. And not listening to the sound system and the artiste just add/layed in his/her vocals. Alamak! Just like karaoke! BTW, I'm not bashing K-pop. I still like K-pop but these are my observations and preferences.
There is a new K-pop girl band called Miss A and their 1st single is quite a good song. Got a good bass line. Song is Good girl bad girl.
Last edited by afbug; 6th August 2010 at 06:12 AM.
hey! guess we're quite similar. usually queensryche/maiden/pantera/metallica and classic rock comes up on my playlist and k-pop's just for fun. metal/music from the 80's is so much different from the music these days. i rarely get on the local radio, get my fixes from online classic rock stations .
btw imho, linkin park sold their souls. used to listen to them, stopped when they released collision course. the experimentation was too much for me.
so that if one leaves the group, there are still 12 others for fangirls to squeal about (:One thing i dun understand about K-pop is why there are so many members in a group? eg SNSD, Superjunior,... Its almost like a choir line-up or a football team.
Last edited by leowyien; 6th August 2010 at 10:12 PM.
I listen to most types of metal, a bit here and there but can't stand the lo-fi quality of black metal and the slowness of pure doom metal. Doom metal is the 1 form of music I just dun get it.
I made a mistake a couple of years back. Wanted to try out Pig Destroyer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_Destroyer But bought their Natasha EP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natasha_(EP) without much thought and found out that its a doom metal style release. What a diasaster! It contain just a single track that is 38 mins long.
Here is a nice K-trot song
Last edited by afbug; 7th August 2010 at 05:19 AM.
K-pop lovers, if you have starhub tv, later at 2am, on Animax ch532, they're showing a 1hr girl bands in 2009 music special.
i prefer more matured sexy kpop women
talk about catering to a wide market LOL!!
BUT things can really get confusing when kpop merges with Jpop
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