It goes without saying that much has changed in the K-pop landscape over the past 10 years, and what is the norm in 2017 is almost certainly different to the norm in 2007. This change has lead to a very interesting question - what in 2017 would make K-pop fans from 2007 say WTF?
In an interesting new thread over on Reddit, K-pop fans got into a fascinating discussion about what in 2017 would make K-pop fans in 2007 would fun unbelievable. 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 2017 things that would make 2007 K-pop fans say WTF:
- A kpop MV was the most viewed for the past 5 years and is currently the third most viewed video on the biggest video streaming platform in the world with almost 3 billion views
- How easy it is to find things subbed in English. I remember the struggle waiting for the variety shows to be released on forums
- Groups with 7+ members are the new normal... and 10+ isn't too rare, either.
- Probably that so many groups have multiple foreign members. wasn't hangeng the first foreign idol? and suju only debuted in 2005. now we have groups like got7 (3 of 7 members are foreigners from three different countries), nct (7/15 foreign members from five different countries), blackpink (3/4 foreign members from three different countries) and many more examples.
Actually compared to 2007, it's pretty impressing how big kpop has become around the world so I guess this could be really surprising.
Music trends, like probably Cherry Bomb - if I heard it 10 years ago I would be shocked tbh.
If someone had told me about the concept of Produce 101 in 2007 I would have said
there's no way there's 101 trainees in the industry
there's no way there's that many companies in kpop
Kpop has expanded massively in the last 10 years that as an industry, they've grown in size so much. There are more opportunities (wider market) but also more hopeful idols and trainees and therefore competition. Such a program wouldn't have been possible before.
- That SNSD are still around, about to have their 10th anniversary and are one of the most successful girl groups in music history.
Those nugus that nobody likes that just came out from SM are kpop's most legendary girl group.
Girl groups, in general, are in and successful.
There are roughly 100 new groups debuting every year.
Skin exposure and sexy concepts are mostly accepted.
Nearly all currently promoting groups have a foreign member.
Concerts are regularly held outside of Asia.
DBSK split up into two separate groups; with the group formed by Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu becoming largely exiled from the industry.
Moon Heejun from HOT married a 91 liner.
Shinhwa are still together and haven't lost any members.
Sechs Kies, Turbo, SES, and CLON, who are all from Gen 1, all had new songs out in the last year.
Sungmin was the first member of SuJu to get married.
Tell us what things in 2017 would make K-pop fans from 2007 say WTF!
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