K-pop may be colourful, fun, and bring a smile to many faces, but it isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Former K-pop Idol Prince Mak takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the industry in his latest YouTube video called "Dark side of KPOP."
Prince Mak talks about some of the struggles Idols face in order to succeed. He says famous K-pop groups don't have to worry too much since they're popular and they make money for the company, thus they're free to do whatever they want. He goes on to say, unknown idols are also free to do whatever they want since their company won't invest money into them.
In his video the former Idol says the biggest struggles come to those idols who are "half-famous" and it is these artists that feel the full brunt of, "slave contracts."
He says there are strict conditions regarding diets and dating, there are long working days everyday (over 18 hours a day is common), and idols are bound to do whatever the company tells them to do. Not only are these "half-famous" idols always exhausted, but they're doing it for less than $2 a day, he says.
Here's Prince Mak talking about, what he calls, 'the dark side' of K-pop:
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