• creeperfangirl123

    To me, K-pop is an amazing combination of obsession, addiction and escapism. But really when are any of those a good thing to have? All three of them together nonetheless… Generally we as humans try to rationalize and will our lives into what we want it to be; rather than accepting the reality of it. We want everything from beauty, fame and fortune to true love. But how many people actually can achieve these things all together? The perfect face, body, relationships and image… K-pop is built and living on these things, which is exactly why people are so drawn into the ships and biases and so forth. In the long run, it’s unhealthy. It’s an immersion into a world that you are not involved in and will probably never live in. I guess if you can balance your actual life with your “escapes” it’s fine, but it’s a fine line that I don’t think most people can actually see or take themselves away from easily.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

    I’m a medical student. I am sleep-deprived and ridiculously stressed on a daily basis. Studying is my life. K-pop and K-dramas are (kinda sadly) my only ~hobby~ that keeps me sane. The little breaks I take in between studying topics are spent catching up on K-pop news or checking out what my favorite artists are doing. After a long day spent studying, I watch an episode of a K-drama I’m watching or a fave artist’s latest variety/talk show appearance.

    I love K-pop on a shallow level, that its pretty people and catchy songs and funny shows keep me from going insane from all the studying I do.

    • Streby

      I’m also a med student! So cool. 

    • http://twitter.com/sylviaye92 Sylvia Ye

      Biomedical student and (hopefully) future med student and I agree completely with everything you’ve said. :)

    • indy

      now i spend my time on kpop and kdramas that i would have spent on reading a whole series of books in one sitting in my teenage years. with medicine, we really do need something else to latch onto. plus these koreans have me smiling like a fool most of the time. glad i’m not the only one :)

  • moua23

    KPop is my drug, so i would say Escapism, I appreciate it because music is universal and it really allows me to relax, it’s like opera in some sense, can’t understand a word most of the time, but it allows one to really relax and think freely. When I listen to an english song, I understand it so I think about it and reflect, but KPop, most of the time,  I can’t understand and it really allows me to just chillax and enjoy

  • Cerovill_e

    Personally, I take K-Pop as my daily dose of entertainment and occasional escapism, and it’s more like a break from English songs that I always listened to (and soundtracks). I rarely get really moved when I listened to K-Pop, so there you go. :D
    I only listen to K-pop songs and sometimes watch the MVs, but that’s just about it. Variety shows and K-Dramas are not really my thing, because I’m not really interested in those anyways. But maybe that’s just me.^^

  • thedutchesse

    I’m ever always just in part of the Kpop sphere, I don’t watch dramas and hardly any variety. (I’ve only ever watched Sesame Player, though you do immediately notice how you get instantly more attached to a group after watching variety, it’s scary really) I’m mostly here for the music only, the visual. I draw and I’m a very visual person, so it’s no wonder kpop attracts me like a moth to the flame. Beautiful people, cool (and sometimes very uncool) costumes, flashy mvs, I lap them up. But only if the music’s good. 

    But of course there’s still a healthy dose of escapism with a little bit of obsession. I think we can safely say that 80%, if not more, of people listening to kpop have some drops of both of these, with a whole lot more consuming the whole bottle. After doing a fair amount of homework  or even just when I’ve nothing better to do, I like to immerse myself in kpop, watch live performances, rewatch MVs, even draw the idols. (With the awesome [or somethings not so awesome] costumes and gorgeous appearance, it’s hard not to!) And, of course, come here and read articles.

    However I always try to keep in mind the darker aspects of kpop. I may eat the apple but I know where the bruises are. I know how to read between the lines of some articles. So yes, I keep a thick line between reality and kpop. My biases are my biases, if you agree, great! If not? To each their own. 

    (Also Kpop, besides game/movie soundtracks, is the best painting music. It’s so nice not to understand lyrics sometimes and just go with the flow of the song <3 )

    • Cerovill_e

       Same here! :D

    • illerz

      Unpopular opinion time: 

      I’m the opposite. I think 90% of kpop music sucks, I can’t listen to em. Its rare I like a kpop song. I’m a maria mena fan and I love ingrid, priscilla ahn, alex cross (recently found him :P)   and I go all across the board to robyn and robin thicke, and the beatles and I love me some frank I love music from across the entire grid (I’ve even liked a Britney song or two), yeah….I have to say I just can’t CAN’T listen to most of kpop, because I think most of them can’t sing. And the autotune does get on my nerves. Not to mention the same repetitive beat, and I don’t know how other people can’t hear it. Its like listening to the same songs different lyrics. And it drives me crazy. Not to mention some of the videos are just korean versions of mainstream american MVs. And that too I wonder how no one notices. Ex. Does no one see beyonce’s dance for me in secret’s poison….No one? Alrighty then. I am sure kpop has its own adele or I am sure it has its own alicia keys somewhere (although I don’t consider alicia keys pop but whatever for argument sake). I would like to see korean music greats more than listen to idol music. And the costumes…god. No no. I could go on with all the things I hate about kpop MUSIC scene but I
      find it so pedantic and it would take all day. The only thing that
      american pop has on kpop in my opinion is its in my own language, thus
      easier to understand.

      The variety shows, dramas, movies are what I love to be honest. Mostly variety, and every now and then I enjoy a kpop group or person purely for the music. But its rare. RARE. Like I like IU, she can sing. And I’d like her even more if they were making her pander to her uncle fans. If she was allowed to be herself I might like her even more. I am not shallow enough, or in need of escape enough, or my taste don’t run like this enough to enjoy the music.

      I love music, its not something I feel I can live without, to me its like water, after a day I start to feel thirsty, by day 4 I feel like I dying I am so wound up. So please make better music kpop. edit: Make more music I CAN enjoy please ^_^ thankies. (for people who already enjoy the current stuff I threw that in there….I can be reasonable!) /end rant

      <.< I still love kpop, it gave me eunhyuk and heechul, who both make me laugh. And changmin and yunho who I like looking at (sigh dbsk I liked their music, I could listen to them, I liked the old stuff better ok, I just can't get over that!) And I do like 2ne1 music and …..wait I am justifying my opinion…..stopping now.  I can still love kpop and hate a million things about it. Then End.

      P.s. I am too lazy to go through it all if you can think of anything that you'd give a grade A+ objectively I'd be happy to listen <3

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4ZSUYNPUIRG7OCJAG3CTPDETM Bazinga

    kpop is literally my only hobby… it helps me escape from the drudgery and stress of university…. i only got into kpop after i entered uni and my addiction to kpop always seems to get worse during the school year. which is really bad lol.. :/

    • Sentimental Muffin

      Story of my life

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513439726 Sharon Overlord

      Before kpop it was facebook, and before that it was manga and reading novels. When I’m stressed, my addiction only gets worse, Another addiction – food and sweets. Oh and coffee. When I got into University, my consumption of coffee increased dramatically and now I have withdrawal symptoms when I don’t have atleast one cup of coffee every morning. 

      I think life is just getting more hectic and when that happens people need an escape to cope with the anxiety. It;s not bad and can be quite helpful, but an addiction can definitely take over your life if you go overboard. 

    • Miyuki

      are you living my life? XD I know very well that I’m addicted, but, almost like smoking, I don’t care. I enjoy it so much that it doesn’t bother me at all. Kind of scary actually.

    • Trinkets

      hehe, i got introduced to kpop when i started university as well. i think that all sorts of escapist hobbys are “fed” by the stress of uni (or life in general). i mean, i listen to kpop or indulge in other fandoms moderately basically all year ’round. but whenever shit really starts going down (hello bachelor project breathing down my neck..) the scale kinda tips over from kpop being just “oh hey a catchy song” to “i wonder what meeting my bias would be like”.  i guess its a combination of the fact that fantasizing about some “other reality” is a form of relaxation, and the fact that spending every hour of the day studying/part-time working completely kills your social life :P

    • http://kaleidoscopelady.tumblr.com/ hephapholic

      Same here! I got into Kpop a year after I got into uni and it just swept away 90% of all my other hobbies. I never used to get so involved in a hobby before, but now Kpop and the Korean ent. in general just takes up so much of my leisure time (O__ O)”. 

      Btw, did you feel a bit out of place when you first got into Kpop? Since you got into it later than most fans. Because that’s how I felt, on the bright side, I think getting into it in my late teens is what prevented me from being an overly obssessed fangirl :D.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4ZSUYNPUIRG7OCJAG3CTPDETM Bazinga

        lol yeah i felt the same way at first, all the other fans seemed to be 14-16 years old and i felt like some old lady at 19… but i agree about being glad i skipped being the overly obsessed immature fangirl. xP

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

    Almost every hobby in life is a form of escapism. I go to the movies to get swept away by the action and drama that doesn’t happen in real life. I don’t know about anyone else, but I have yet to grab an AK-47 and go gun down some drug dealers in revenge for murdering my family, but that is a lot more fun to see onscreen than what you would normally do in reality (file a police report, mourn, try to reconcile, etc.).

    Kpop as a form of escapism is due mostly to its shallowness. We can dig deeper into it as if it will yield some existential meaning or depth, but when you get down to it, they are pretty people singing and dancing to accessible music. Some meaning can be inferred by second parties, but even those meanings tend to be shallow if you REALLY put it under the microscope.

    The thing is, that’s perfectly fine. There is nothing wrong with distractions. Everybody needs them, because, quite frankly, the world f*cking sucks about 75% of the time (sometimes more, sometimes less). Kpop doesn’t have mortgages, it doesn’t have student loans, or worries over the state of its 401k, or house payments, diapers to change, hospital bills to pay, kids to nurse back to health, and so forth. It’s there for one singular purpose: to give you a way to escape into a world of “perfect” people singing extremely catchy pop songs for a little while.

    The only time it becomes an issue is when you read way too much into it (i.e. – when you start to believe in the idolatry — some do — and you start to find depth in it that isn’t really there). There are no such things as “genetically perfect” or “flawless” beings. Absence of flaws would INHERENTLY make them imperfect, because those are what define us as human beings. 

    The world of idoldom is not a flawless snow globe that never experiences turmoil. Hwayoung should have taught us that, along with the suicides, Open World’s sex abuse scandal, and so forth. The world of Kpop has its own ugly sores, same as all our lives. 

    What it DOES do better than anything else is hide the ugly truth behind some very shiny looking fiberglass. 

    Still, this doesn’t become problematic until you have people getting so immersed in the facade that they start breaking from reality — for instance, the more obsessed fans loving “Nickhun-oppa” soooo much that they come up with any excuse to absolve him of his crime (getting drunk could be considered a mistake — getting behind a wheel while drunk is not. It JUST F*CKING IS NOT. There is no excuse — call a f*cking cab.).

    Escapism is fine if it stays purely as escapism. When you try to stretch it and let it somehow affect reality, that is when you start to see things like obsession and addiction. There is a point where simple escapism turns into something a little sad and a little scary (like that girl who posted a video on Youtube crying over the breakup of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. I’m sorry whoever you are, but that is just a step away from being absolutely psychotic).

    So if I had to place a tag on all three (Escapism, Addiction, Obsession), it would go like this:

    Escapist — Someone who appreciates Kpop as a glossy distraction from reality, but is always (or mostly) aware that a separation exists between it and real life. Kpop does not define this person’s world view or perception, it’s just a fun way to relieve stress.

    Addict — Someone who doesn’t particularly care about Kpop’s depth (such as it is) or its inferred meanings, just that there is enough to go around. These are the people that are likely to have a bias, but also listen to dozens and dozens of Kpop acts simply because they are Kpop (though they may not fall in love with each one).

    Obsessed — Someone who allows the facade of Kpop to somehow influence their perception of the world. “If Ga-in and Jo Kwon looked so happy in WGM, they should just get married in reality.” “You guys are just haters saying things about Nickhun-oppa. He just made a mistake.” “Hwayoung probably had as much to do with all this as the other members. Hwasshole.” (By the way, I wish to God these weren’t real people making these statements.)

    • http://twitter.com/silverukiss Silver

       You always make such well thought out comments. Are you sure you’re not a journalist in real life?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

        I might have committed seppuku before now if I were a journalist. Anymore the headline is more important than the content, which kind of leaves me appalled, actually. 

        I’m just a semi-independent business man with a bit too much pc time on my hands these days. A lot of my work is done on a computer, so I just tend to get my water or other beverage, bring up my work programs, then open up a few tabs of differing subjects — Seoulbeats being one of them.

  • kpopfan6

    I’m not sure what to make of this article. I think it has good points but I don’t see how I relate to nearly any of it.

    I don’t watch K-dramas so they are definitely not the reason why I’m into Kpop. I enjoy watching shows with favorite groups in them, but I don’t watch a lot of Kpop programs as a whole. I’m not really in it for the visuals either (especially the fetish stuff o_0), even though I think many idols are adorable.

    I really like Kpop but I’m a huge music fan IN GENERAL. Before Kpop, I still used to listen to music all the time and watch MVs, live performances, and interviews for the artists I like. The only difference between then and now is that more of the artists I pay attention are Korean– but my behavior is still the same.

    • http://twitter.com/J2201987 Justin Asomugha

      This is how I feel about K-pop as well. I only like the music. I’m not particularly interested in the K-dramas, the variety shows or the Idol(atry), even though all of these sects are intertwined, or viewed as an extension of K-pop. What attracted me to K-pop was that it was just….refreshing: everything is clean-cut, well polished and groomed, the singing and dancing is very insync. But that’s really it. It’s nothing for me to become addicted to, or even obsess over. I have my favorites but aside from a few (sub-titled) interviews and maybe the occasional 10-second variety show clip of them doing something wacky every now and then I can’t really see myself digging any farther into K-pop or K-entertainment than I am now.

      I have learned however (and will forever be amused by the fact) that stans of American and European artists have NOTHING on K-pop fandoms. Here I thought Monsters, BeeHives, TeamBreezys and TheNavy were absolute psychos, I had the misfortune (or pleasure) of clicking in the middle of a stan war between Blackjacks and Sones (is it pronounced as “suns” or does it rhyme with “zones”?)…

      • kpopfan6

        I think “Sones” is actually pronounced “So-Wons”??? I wouldn’t know since I’m not a big SNSD fan.

        And yes, many Kpop fans (but not all) seem to be nuts. Seriously, how can you behave in the most extreme or ridiculous ways for someone who doesn’t know (or probably care) you exist? They wouldn’t even approve of your behavior in the first place so it really doesn’t make sense.

  • sakurahae

    ah, I think really any hobby can become this form of escape-ism tbh. Its not just K-pop.

    What i will say about K-pop is because all these different celebrities are interconnected in a way, via shows and teh like, it is much easier to traverse the multitude of minifandoms under the umbrella of the larger kpop fandom. 

    There is , simply put, a high volume of work, a constant output, and ease of transitioning from one idol group to the next, so that even when your primary fandom (for me for example, Super junior) Isn’t very active, there are many secondary fandoms (like say, B.A.P. or U-kiss) that can hold your interest. Not mention the sheer output of fan created works if thats your thing, from fanfics to fanvids, to edits, to remixes, to fanart.

    Quite frankly I think that is the major factor for me. 

    I have an obsessive personality. I know this, and I’ve always been this way. If i find something i like, i obsess over it, until i get bored. I’ve been into various Anime’s, TV shows, Books series, J-pop, American bands, video game series. but none (besides maybe harry potter fandom) Have lasted as long as I’ve been into K-pop, which is roughly three years now. 

    I mean, with all the other fandoms, they were hugely diverse under their larger fandom umbrella. Like with anime, I like one piece, but i also like xxxholic. These are hugely different fandoms even tho they fall under the larger anime umbrella. With anime, there isn’t that sense that every fandom is interconnected, that you have in kpop. this same thing goes for many of the other fandoms i’ve listed above.

    In participating in one fandom within K-pop, its almost inevitable that i’ll be exposed to another fandom, and it spreads like that.

    hahha, K-pop usually doesn’t bore me, So I’ve stayed here for a little longer than i usually do. 

    and once again i rambled and i dont know if this made any sense.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DMPXIBHH6HLHWRKTWM5B3HH5X4 Zoe

      Your rambling makes perfect sense to me. Having been an anime fan for some time, I understand where you are coming from. With Kpop, it’s easier to refer to and discuss a variety of idols and songs with others. People have different biases, but most have watched the same videos, seen the same performances, etc. I also go from primary fandoms to secondary fandoms when my absolute faves are not promoting. Of course, there are endless (and pointless) fandom wars, but I think many Kpop fans enjoy this interconnected feel.

      And in the world of anime, I really love Utena (with all its artsy symbolism) and Hetalia (with all its ridiculous nonsense). I am quite sure that there are more fans of both, but they are still very separated in the larger fandom scope of anime.

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      I feel the same way. I’m not exactly an anime fan, but I have an obsessive personality too. I need to have something to put my interest in detached from my own life. It’s escapism; I know it. And Kpop is the best fandom for prolonged obsessive-ness. :P

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      I feel the same way. I’m not exactly an anime fan, but I have an obsessive personality too. I need to have something to put my interest in detached from my own life. It’s escapism; I know it. And Kpop is the best fandom for prolonged obsessive-ness. :P

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      I feel the same way. I’m not exactly an anime fan, but I have an obsessive personality too. I need to have something to put my interest in detached from my own life. It’s escapism; I know it. And Kpop is the best fandom for prolonged obsessive-ness. :P

  • http://twitter.com/#!/swheekun swheekun

    While K-pop does inherently attract the type of people who can become completely obsessed with it, it is ultimately the fan’s responsibility to distance themselves from it. Kind of like unhealthy food– it’s extremely cheap, accessible, and very good in the short term, but very dangerous when you don’t have a handle on your consumption of it. It seems that generally fans who follow their idols on a casual level are the safest from overindulgence, but I think even deep immersion can stay at a healthy level as long as you keep yourself anchored in reality and have other interests to turn to. 
    For me, K-pop has definitely reached the point of “obsession” in that it uses up sizable portions of my computer and brain space, but my emotional connection to it remains overall positive and never gets in the way of my life. The only real downside is the amount of time it consumes, as that time would probably be better spent escaping into something more productive such as reading or drawing. But even then time spent staying happy is never time wasted so I have no regrets.

  • muggle87

    the type of fan i am…. not shallow enough that i would get behind a group if i don’t like their music. The minute i lose interest in their music, they’re no longer on my radar. The whole reason I started to be a kpop fan is cause I really love db5k performances esp their ballads despite that I didn’t understand one word they were singing (i did look it up^^). 

    Music to me, is one of the joys I have in my life. I don’t go day without hearing music. Kpop is fun to listen to.^^ I don’t get obsess with everything that is happening to my favs. I don’t watch all the fancams, all shows they are on, or read all the news about them.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    I can recognize reality versus fantasy, but it’s fun to blur the lines as a fangirl. xD

    For me, I enjoy being a fangirl and enjoy having something that I helps me connect with other people. Fandoms are the best thing for that.  It’s fun to talk about Kpop stuff, joke about pairings, and obsess about performances. That’s why is sucks when there are fanwars and everything, because those piss me off, and I just want to enjoy my music! xP

    Honestly, Kpop is not my first obsession. Before I got into Kpop, I loved One Direction. I was also a part of a bunch of fandoms for different book series or TV shows. I think the type of people that are drawn to Kpop are usually just the most intense of the obsessive-type fans, and that’s why Kpop fandoms are just so…obsessed. O_o

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    I can recognize reality versus fantasy, but it’s fun to blur the lines as a fangirl. xD

    For me, I enjoy being a fangirl and enjoy having something that I helps me connect with other people. Fandoms are the best thing for that.  It’s fun to talk about Kpop stuff, joke about pairings, and obsess about performances. That’s why is sucks when there are fanwars and everything, because those piss me off, and I just want to enjoy my music! xP

    Honestly, Kpop is not my first obsession. Before I got into Kpop, I loved One Direction. I was also a part of a bunch of fandoms for different book series or TV shows. I think the type of people that are drawn to Kpop are usually just the most intense of the obsessive-type fans, and that’s why Kpop fandoms are just so…obsessed. O_o

  • http://twitter.com/silverukiss Silver

    I think whatever floats your boat is fine as long as you can tell the difference between daydreams (“I’m going to fly to Korea and we’re going to fall in love and make babies”) and real life (“even if I do manage to meet him, there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that he’s even going to remember my name, let alone fall in love”).

    Also, to remember to keep a balance. If I’m spending more time in Kpop, then I’m spending less time on watching TV and computer games.

  • http://twitter.com/silverukiss Silver

    I think whatever floats your boat is fine as long as you can tell the difference between daydreams (“I’m going to fly to Korea and we’re going to fall in love and make babies”) and real life (“even if I do manage to meet him, there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that he’s even going to remember my name, let alone fall in love”).

    Also, to remember to keep a balance. If I’m spending more time in Kpop, then I’m spending less time on watching TV and computer games.

  • http://twitter.com/silverukiss Silver

    I think whatever floats your boat is fine as long as you can tell the difference between daydreams (“I’m going to fly to Korea and we’re going to fall in love and make babies”) and real life (“even if I do manage to meet him, there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that he’s even going to remember my name, let alone fall in love”).

    Also, to remember to keep a balance. If I’m spending more time in Kpop, then I’m spending less time on watching TV and computer games.

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      That daydream vs. reality thing made me sad, because it’s so true. >_< (“I’m going to go to college in Korea and be adopted by Yoochun, best friends with Infinite, and marry Zelo! =D” vs. “I’ll probably go to college in Canada and marry some Canadian guy… O_o”)

  • b55555b

    i clicked only because of the tvxq picture =P

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DLXHKYQZV53HMZKZDLD3QW3E7U NadYa

    I love kpop for fun, and for fun only. 
    I do have a list of my favorite groups, but I don’t feel obliged to defend them from any haters or feel emotionally attached with them. 
    I just enjoy the fun, the amazing music and shows, and that’s it. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

    I am a Kpop fan but I’m not delusional or obsessive to the point of being unhealthy.I recently had my first Kpop concert experience and yes I went crazy waving lightsticks but I’m back to earth after the concert.

  • likeacrazygirl

    I’m a k-pop fan, I love the genre.

    But I am not a delusional fangirl, I like the artists/groups, but I don’t do anything creepy to profess love for them. I listen to their music, because it’s fun and I like it.

  • http://twitter.com/ivyengee ivy~

    I don’t think I am a crazy fangirl of a particular group but I am quite obessessed with kpop to the point where I have no other interests and the only reason I go on the computer is to watch the weekly performances and fancams. K-Pop is actually starting to becoe unhealthy for me since I stay up pretty late watching on youtube or on kpop forums.

  • destinyanglin

    This reminds me of when us Nameless fans tweeted #HappyKrystalDay and i got so excited because Amber also tweeted it. Or when Amber tweeted a dorky picture of herself and I was gushing over it to my mom about how crazy/dorky she is. My mom started making fun of me saying “you keep getting excited as if you and her are friends. Stop acting like you are gonna get up and go to the mall and see a movie with the girl.”

    Not that I actually believe me and her are close but it did make me realize how I (and i think alot of fans) start to develop this psuedo closeness with the idols. We feel as though we connect with them on a more intimate (friendship) level than what the rather harsh reality of what our conneciton with them is. This is where some fans cross the line; esp. if they have invested a great deal of time, money, and energy in “being apart” of this idols life (concerts, tv show audience, fan sign etc.).

    They start to get more engulfed in the friend/pal relationship that companies try to give off and  forget that it is in reality still just a celebrity/fan relationship. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve flown to see them, how many secret fancams you’ve watched or how many times they’ve looked into the camera and said “saranghaeyo fans” or flashed you a heart, fans must remember that they will never truly know/be a significant part of this idols life as they think.

  • illerz

    Unpopular opinion time: 

    I’m the opposite. I think 90% of kpop music sucks, I can’t listen to em. Its rare I like a kpop song. I’m a maria mena fan and I love ingrid, priscilla ahn, alex cross (recently found him :P)   and I go all across the board to robyn and robin thicke, and the beatles and I love me some frank I love music from across the entire grid (I’ve even liked a Britney song or two), yeah….I have to say I just can’t CAN’T listen to most of kpop, because I think most of them can’t sing. And the autotune does get on my nerves. Not to mention the same repetitive beat, and I don’t know how other people can’t hear it. Its like listening to the same songs different lyrics. And it drives me crazy. Not to mention some of the videos are just korean versions of mainstream american MVs. And that too I wonder how no one notices. Ex. Does no one see beyonce’s dance for me in secret’s poison….No one? Alrighty then. I am sure kpop has its own adele or I am sure it has its own alicia keys somewhere (although I don’t consider alicia keys pop but whatever for argument sake). I would like to see korean music greats more than listen to idol music. And the costumes…god. No no. I could go on with all the things I hate about kpop MUSIC scene but I
    find it so pedantic and it would take all day. The only thing that
    american pop has on kpop in my opinion is its in my own language, thus
    easier to understand.

    The variety shows, dramas, movies are what I love to be honest. Mostly variety, and every now and then I enjoy a kpop group or person purely for the music. But its rare. RARE. Like I like IU, she can sing. And I’d like her even more if they were making her pander to her uncle fans. If she was allowed to be herself I might like her even more. I am not shallow enough, or in need of escape enough, or my taste don’t run like this enough to enjoy the music.

    I love music, its not something I feel I can live without, to me its like water, after a day I start to feel thirsty, by day 4 I feel like I dying I am so wound up. So please make better music kpop. edit: Make more music I CAN enjoy please ^_^ thankies. (for people who already enjoy the current stuff I threw that in there….I can be reasonable!) /end rant

    <.< I still love kpop, it gave me eunhyuk and heechul, who both make me laugh. And changmin and yunho who I like looking at (sigh dbsk I liked their music, I could listen to them, I liked the old stuff better ok, I just can't get over that!) And I do like 2ne1 music and …..wait I am justifying my opinion…..stopping now.  I can still love kpop and hate a million things about it. Then End.

    P.s. I am too lazy to go through it all if you can think of anything that you'd give a grade A+ objectively I'd be happy to listen <3