• http://www.facebook.com/marshmellowbelly Christina Xu

    Not surprised. Its the same with american pop culture as well.-_- (adele being an exception.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/marshmellowbelly Christina Xu

    Not surprised. Its the same with american pop culture as well.-_- (adele being an exception.)

    • http://twitter.com/Gaby_nina Gaby Lima

      Adele is British. But I know what you meant. 

    • boblicy

       I miss the days of Savage Garden and Boy2Men.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

    Korean ballads have been underwhelming to me

  • boblicy

    To start off with, lemme say, I MISS DBSK BALLADS SO FREAKING MUCH. Especially the acapella ones. Yeah, they’re much happier on their own paths of life and all, but…..I still can’t help but feel the arrow to my heart every time I think about not hearing those 5 harmonize their voices together again.

    I agree with the author that Korean ballads by idol singers these days have been pretty subpar. Only those who have established a huge name and following can risk singing a ballad as their title song (like LSG). It’s sad though, since a lot of my favorite songs from kpop groups are their ballads that they hid in the depths of their albums.

  • b55555b

    doooooooshite ^_^

    • pink_latent

      kimi wo suki ni natte shimattandarouooo~

      • http://twitter.com/krisus_itsKris Jinee Scarlet

         God, this is the song that made me kick myself for not getting into Kpop earlier than 2010.

      • http://twitter.com/krisus_itsKris Jinee Scarlet

         God, this is the song that made me kick myself for not getting into Kpop earlier than 2010.

        • RiEA

          That’s a jpop song by Jpop artist Tohoshinki not a kpop song by artist DBSK. When they are in Japan they aren’t kpop stars but Jpop artists. Like in Korea they are not Jpop artists but they are kpop idols DBSK.

          • http://twitter.com/krisus_itsKris Jinee Scarlet

            what i meant was that i missed TVXQ during their glory days

          • RiEA

            oh my bad! Yup those glory days were the best. Sorry you missed those days, but at least we have their old videos and music that we can still see, hear, and continue to love. I hope they come back as 5 again! XD

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

      listening to it now makes me wanna cry. I’ts also one of my favorites but Love in the Ice was what got me into DBSK.

  • http://samsoondowntherabbithole.com/ dewaanifordrama

    @boblicy:disqus I also miss DBSK ballads so much!!!!! “Why Did I Ever Fall in Love with You” probably made me fall in love with DBSK. *sigh*

    I feel like it’s a shame that K-pop in many ways is so restrictive. Some of my favourite tracks in an album are sometimes the ballads. Two Super Junior ones that come to mind are “Andante” (I believe that Leeteuk had a hand in writing this one) and “Daydream”. U-Kiss’s “Someday” is another of my personal favourites, but I digress. I think it would be greatly beneficial for the K-pop industry to open up a little and embrace some of the aspects of the work that K-pop idols and artists cultivate in Japan. I think it would make the music industry in Korea more interesting, diverse, and in the long-term more competitive…never mind improving it overall. I think there are many K-pop artists in the industry who have a lot of talent at producing, writing, and performing their music, but they are never given a chance to do so. KARA sort of did something like this with their solo album collection they just released (which was initially Japanese). 
    And a question – does anyone know why in the world iTunes doesn’t have more Japanese music? They have NONE of the albums put out by K-pop idols promoting in Japan, and very, very little music by Japanese artists themselves. It drives me crazy! SHINee’s “1000 Years, Always by Your Side” (and many others) is definitely a song I would want to purchase. 

    • boblicy

      OMG, I felt the same way!! I was always mehhh about DBSK until I heard “Why Did I Ever Fall in Love with You” for the first time. It was like…music this good exists? I don’t understand a single freaking word, but I can like it this much?! From that one I found sounds like Loving You, Tonight, and Love in the Ice…all of which were epic ballads.

      • http://samsoondowntherabbithole.com/ dewaanifordrama

        I hadn’t really heard much K-pop even at that point. The funny thing is that even though I didn’t understand the lyrics, I could feel their meaning because they emote so amazingly! I also love DBSK’s dance stuff like “Mirotic” – man, they were seriously amazing! I can’t say enough about how much I love them! 

      • http://samsoondowntherabbithole.com/ dewaanifordrama

        I hadn’t really heard much K-pop even at that point. The funny thing is that even though I didn’t understand the lyrics, I could feel their meaning because they emote so amazingly! I also love DBSK’s dance stuff like “Mirotic” – man, they were seriously amazing! I can’t say enough about how much I love them! 

  • http://twitter.com/Cassie5_forever Choi Min Hyo

    DBSK ballads are like dessert to the ears!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/veria10 Veria

    Relevant to this topic as well, I find it interesting how Super Junior KRY – the group’s only subgroup dedicated to ballads – promotes a lot more heavily in Japan than in their home country. They’re releasing a Japanese single this month, and their first solo concerts were in Japan – K-Elf actually had to petition SM to get the group to hold concerts in Korea too. KRY is apparently more  popular in Japan and seen as much more marketable there than in Korea due to the genre of music they sing.

  • http://twitter.com/veria10 Veria

    Relevant to this topic as well, I find it interesting how Super Junior KRY – the group’s only subgroup dedicated to ballads – promotes a lot more heavily in Japan than in their home country. They’re releasing a Japanese single this month, and their first solo concerts were in Japan – K-Elf actually had to petition SM to get the group to hold concerts in Korea too. KRY is apparently more  popular in Japan and seen as much more marketable there than in Korea due to the genre of music they sing.

  • http://twitter.com/veria10 Veria

    Relevant to this topic as well, I find it interesting how Super Junior KRY – the group’s only subgroup dedicated to ballads – promotes a lot more heavily in Japan than in their home country. They’re releasing a Japanese single this month, and their first solo concerts were in Japan – K-Elf actually had to petition SM to get the group to hold concerts in Korea too. KRY is apparently more  popular in Japan and seen as much more marketable there than in Korea due to the genre of music they sing.

  • http://twitter.com/veria10 Veria

    Relevant to this topic as well, I find it interesting how Super Junior KRY – the group’s only subgroup dedicated to ballads – promotes a lot more heavily in Japan than in their home country. They’re releasing a Japanese single this month, and their first solo concerts were in Japan – K-Elf actually had to petition SM to get the group to hold concerts in Korea too. KRY is apparently more  popular in Japan and seen as much more marketable there than in Korea due to the genre of music they sing.

  • http://twitter.com/veria10 Veria

    Relevant to this topic as well, I find it interesting how Super Junior KRY – the group’s only subgroup dedicated to ballads – promotes a lot more heavily in Japan than in their home country. They’re releasing a Japanese single this month, and their first solo concerts were in Japan – K-Elf actually had to petition SM to get the group to hold concerts in Korea too. KRY is apparently more  popular in Japan and seen as much more marketable there than in Korea due to the genre of music they sing.

  • http://twitter.com/veria10 Veria

    Relevant to this topic as well, I find it interesting how Super Junior KRY – the group’s only subgroup dedicated to ballads – promotes a lot more heavily in Japan than in their home country. They’re releasing a Japanese single this month, and their first solo concerts were in Japan – K-Elf actually had to petition SM to get the group to hold concerts in Korea too. KRY is apparently more  popular in Japan and seen as much more marketable there than in Korea due to the genre of music they sing.

  • http://twitter.com/veria10 Veria

    Relevant to this topic as well, I find it interesting how Super Junior KRY – the group’s only subgroup dedicated to ballads – promotes a lot more heavily in Japan than in their home country. They’re releasing a Japanese single this month, and their first solo concerts were in Japan – K-Elf actually had to petition SM to get the group to hold concerts in Korea too. KRY is apparently more  popular in Japan and seen as much more marketable there than in Korea due to the genre of music they sing.

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

      That’s because ballads are popular in Japan.I think it’s mentioned Yesung is the most popular in Japan because of this.

  • marz22

    I became a big DBSK fan after watching their live performance of “Bolero.”

  • http://twitter.com/NyNy_x NyNy ♛ ナイナイ

    DBSK ballads are great in Japan. Bolero is a great example of this!

    Find me on: http://nynyonlinex.wordpress.com

  • VLF218

    DBSK’s ballads (Japanese and Korean) were seriously the best.  I love them so much

  • BishieAddict

    I am a ballad fan. I remember in ~ 2005 before idol groups really took off (post H.O.T), some ballad artists were mainstream. I recall this because DBSK lost the Daesang award to SGWannabe. I am a fan of the ballad group Fly to the Sky as well, which was relatively popular when they were under SM Entertainment (at least I thought they were)

    It’s a shame that currently to be commercially successful they have to rely on catchy music. The difference in the popularity between 2PM and 2AM really shows the discrepancy in the market. I listen to my fair share of the trendy dance music, but sometimes I just love to relax with a good old ballad – which is rare among the groups I listen to these days. And to be honest, some artists (not just idols) do not sing ballads well, so I do not want to listen to their ballads.

    Yes, I also noticed that the Korean groups tend to sing more ballads in Japan than in Korea. I noticed this as a THSK/DBSK fan. I think their strategy for the Japanese market was to differentiate themselves from the other idol boybands with a more mature sound. When THSK was aiming for Japan, idol boybands from Johnny Entertainment was very popular and JE dominated the charts/dramas/ had a monopoly over the teen idol market. THSK fans tend to be older probably as a result of their more “mature” sound. For whatever reason, I am grateful that they went this path and produced songs like “Love in Ice” “Bolero” and “Why did I fall in love with You.”

    It’s interesting to note that Super Junior hasn’t made a serious attempt promoting in the Japanese market (well they did release a Japanese version of the song “opera” last year), yet KRY from Super Junior (the ballad group from Super Junior) tend to have concerts in Japan and will soon be releasing their new Japanese ballad single “Promise You”. I’m guessing they’re also aiming for Japan. 

    I wish there was a bigger market for Korean ballads. I like listening to K.Will, 2AM and KRY. My favourite Super Junior song is a ballad (“Your Eyes” by Yesung and Kyuhyun). The ballad “Tonight” was what hooked me to DBSK. At least ballads still have some presence as OSTs in dramas.

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

    1000 years always by your side and All my love for you were my jam over the holidays.
    I love ballads and I know those released in Japan are the best ones. Super Junior’s Way is a good one.And almost all of Tohoshinki’s ballads.

  • RiEA

    Japanese ballads by Jpop Artists are the best and BoA and Tohoshinki are not hallyu idols but Jpop artists that have beautiful Japanese ballads cuz they spent half of their singing career adapting and learning to create and sing in their own style and they developed this in Japan. These kpop hallyu idols can never compare to Jpop artists ballads no matter how hard they try now b/c they lack in many areas and don’t understand what quality music is, they are more focused on trends, looks, and upbeat tunes and they are so used to this repeated trend that they won’t adapt well to singing quality music so easily!

  • Sandara Rose

    As a SHINee fan, I would really really really love if SHINee’s ballads came back to Korea, I constantly find myself wondering why their Japanese promotions are so much better than the songs they promote in Korea

  • Danny Simion

    I have to agree wholeheartedly on this article. When I first delved into the Asian pop scene, I started with Japanese because I would hear a ton of great variety of musics from rock to ballad; with ballad being my favorite genre. K-pop music seemed to me at the time saturated with dance pop and for some reason I was never exposed enough to the ballads (perhaps, DJs did that on purpose because its the trend to play those types for their audiences). Then later on down the road as j-pop was getting a bit saturated with bubblegum pop, I tried my hand at K-pop and discovered that there are really great ballad singers whom I heard first of all in their pop form before they released a slower single. Suffice to say – I enjoy both ballads from both sides ( a little more on Korean right now than in Japanese for now) but I have a feeling I’ll discover new ballads sung from Korean artists or up and coming Japanese artists. Its a win win for me. :)