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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF Friday, March 29, 2019

Sunmi coolly admits BTS, not Wonder Girls', paved the way for K-pop's global popularity

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Sunmi credited BTS for the increased global popularity of K-pop. 

On March 28, Billboard released an interview with Sunmi, who's currently visiting various cities around the globe for the 'Warning' world tour.

Billboard mentioned Sunmi's start as Wonder Girls and their promotions in the U.S. When asked how things have changed since then, Sunmi said, "I can't believe it. At the time, there was no section of K-pop on Billboard."


Billboard spoke high of Wonder Girls' work in America, and said, "It’s partially because of the groundwork laid by you and Wonder Girls." To this, Sunmi got very honest and said, "No, BTS."

You can read the full interview with Sunmi here.

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girl_group_lover174 pts Friday, March 29, 2019 13
Friday, March 29, 2019

Sunmi's being humble. Wonder Girls may not have "paved" the way. But at least they started a little spark for Kpop's western expansion. And considering how times were so different 10 years ago. Even that little spark is worth mentioning. The amount of people who became kpop fans because of their song "Nobody" is not a joke.

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Wang_LouisXIV1,686 pts Friday, March 29, 2019 22
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Wondergirls did not pave the way. They might have tried hacking their way through the jungle with a machete. It might Have left an overgrown trail others could potentially follow "marked use at your own risk"

BTS Paved an 8 lane super highway with lights and rest stops and gas stations along the way.


Edit: I'm throwing in a part of a comment I made in a reply below,
"That's actually what Hallyu is. Every successive group builds on the one before. SNSD, Big Bang, and 2ne1 definitely took some machetes and walked that overgrown trail of the Wonder Girls, and made it a dirt path and then a stony path. "

There are the original trailblazers, the Wondergirls, but the trail they left behind can be temporary or unsafe until it is trod upon by others. I don't think there is anyone who can claim that the path blazed by the Wonder Girls in states was a path to success that should be followed blindly. For that matter you really shouldn't drive on a highway blindly either no matter how well lit or paved it is...

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