Welcome to this episode of Pass the K-popcorn, where the Seoulbeats team get together to discuss their thoughts on K-entertainment and share their personal experiences.
Many things have changed since the first generation of K-pop idols to this day, and being a fan has come to mean an entirely different experience in 2021. The writers and editors from the Seoulbeats team share their journeys into the K-pop universe. Going from their own baby steps into the world of K-pop fandom to discussions on social media presence of idols and their best picks to recommend to new fans, it’s a wild ride through time! Join us for this exciting trip down memory lane!
0:01:28 When did we enter the K-pop universe?
0:16:10 Going back to listening to older generations of K-pop music
0:17:37 Discussing personas of different generations of idols the return of second-generation idols
0:21:56 The new era of social media, unregulated content, and the rawness of idols
0:24:55 Reflecting on the current environment of idol debuts and the current pressures
0:27:56 Dreamcatcher, their success, and rebranding idol groups
0:30:25 The rise of pre-releases and survival shows
0:33:52 Media attention at a young age and online criticism
0:36:37 Day6‘s Jae, candidness, the debate over online interactions
0:40:22 Celebrities on social media: Hyuna and Sunmi
0:41:21 Negotiating the internet sphere for younger idols (things don’t go away on the internet)
0:45:51 Our recommendations to K-pop first-timers and the appeal of self-producing groups
0:59:08 Chatting about the increase of media platforms and our final msuic recommendations