The dancing? The concepts? Any ideas on what ideas Western music could take from K-pop, PopAsians?
4 May 2017 - 12:50 PM  UPDATED 4 May 2017 - 12:50 PM

K-pop has grown in relevance on the music scene over the past few years, and part of this can be attributed to how the genre has taken influence from Western music. While this has worked out very well for K-pop, could there be anything from K-pop that Western music adopt?

In an interesting new thread over on Reddit, K-pop fans got into a fascinating discussion about which aspects of K-pop songs that Western music should adopt. With Reddit being the home to a large number of fans who have diverse tastes and interests, the answers were certainly very interesting.

Here are some of the ideas fans had on what aspects of K-pop that Western music should adopt:

  • I would love it if everyone took dance far more seriously.

    Holy s**t you are so right, and the worst part is you KNOW those fans in the very front have their phones out! Like WTF mate, at least upload it and share if you're going to block my view!
    Every other album has like a XX+ page photobook, stickers, neat looking CD or digi-pak, and posters. CD Jewel cases are old news, bring back the budget for the creative department! People want to buy good merch and design!
    Festival stages are so flat and basic, and no one watches TV any more so MTV died for YouTube but at the same time, I wish there was still a platform for live performances to be broadcast nationally and make it easier for people to discover music performances in ADDITION to music. Spotify Live? iTunes Live? Steal my idea, I just want to see it happen.
    Everything is always built up in terms of hype and very few Western artists seem to do this any more in a fun way, and when they do all of a sudden it's "revolutionary" compared to when every other k-pop group releases MVs, there's teasers on teasers on teasers. I think TWICE's new mini album will be the most teasers I've seen by May 15th when it actually releases.

  • Asian people.
  • The advanced schedule. It drove me crazy waiting a year plus in between albums from my favorite artists.
    Music shows. Remember when MTV was actually Music TeleVision?
    The album production. I would get so p***ed when as a broke teenager I would buy someone's album and the pamphlet was two pages. I am in it for the music but I also appreciate the visuals and art that comes along with the K-Pop albums. You get a piece of your favorite era frozen in time.

  • I love how in kpop even the most established performers and celebrities will show up on variety shows. in the West "celebrity" versions of television shows are mostly people who have retired or who you have never heard of, but it seems like in Korea people who exude dignity on stage will show up to get hit in the head with a metal tray or arm wrestle each other and I think that's great.

  • Having more respect for their live performances.

    It wasnt until I got into Kpop that I realized how little effort a lot of western artists put into live performances and concerts. Hell, many of them cant even come close to sounding remotely close live to their studio version.

    Sure, Kpop does have some advantages in that area, use of a backing track for one, but even so, I feel like I see a huge disparity between live performances and album versions in a lot of western artists.

    On top of that, Kpop groups that do concerts tend to have a lot of fan interaction, multiple wardrobe changes, exclusives for concert goers, ect, as well as having choreo to every song. I feel like a lot of western artists kinda just run around the stage at most, and a lot of the time it just makes them out of breath and sing badly because they arent used to moving around constantly while preforming like Kpop artists are.

    Now, dont get me wrong, there are some great live artists in western music, however, as a whole, I think western artists lack the live performance composure present in the Kpop scene.

Any ideas on what ideas Western music could take from K-pop, PopAsians?


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