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Posted by tvxqdom3,494 pts Monday, June 29, 2020

Neither BIGBANG nor BTS paved the way for KPOP

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As someone who have been into kpop since early 2005, I find it funny seeing Vips critisizing armys for being arrogant when you Vips are no better taking all the credits to BIGBANG regarding the current Kpop popularity, when there's artists such as H.O.T, SechsKies,TVXQ, Shinhwa, BoA,... who are literally the ones who actually started the hallyu wave.


Call me biased then but if Vips claim BIGBANG paved the way for BTS, pretty much Cassies are entitled to claim TVXQ paved the way for BIGBANG to begin with! I'm just following the same line of reasoning...

No group paved the way by itself! Kpop is a music industry, not a genealogical tree
, because if it was, then we'd end up saying SoBangCha paved the way for all.



Every artists get inspiration from one another but we must realise each group is a separate entity from the previous ones. Many artists have achieved great success thoughout the years which have contributed significantly for the growth of Kpop, and of course the more popular the larger the contribution. But what about artists such as Super Junior, SS501, SNSD, Wonder Girls, Rain, 2ne1, Kara, SHINee, Infinite, Exo, B.A.P, Beast, and a few more... didn't they make a major contribution too? Is it fair to claim that one single group paved the way, with everything that statement means and implies? I don't think so!



BIGBANG as the trendsetters they are did shape the K-Pop we know today, and BTS did start the Kpop trend across the globe that we are living in. They are both gamechangers, but I can assure you that there is one thing they're not - Paving machines!


  1. Big Bang
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Kirsty_Louise17,688 pts Monday, June 29, 2020 14
Monday, June 29, 2020

I completely agree. Every artist has been inspired and shaped by the artists who came before them. There would be no BTS without BIGBANG. There would be no BIGBANG without the groups who came before them. Its a collective effort, so many groups have contributed to the success of KPop and people should acknowledge that.


BTS may be having incredible success but without the artists that came before them it wouldnt have been possible.

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givemeafreakinbr45 pts Monday, June 29, 2020 1
Monday, June 29, 2020

When folks say this generation's K-pop Artists have "paved the way" for K-Pop, it also sort of feels like us K-Pop fans who have been around for several generations of K-Pop have been forgotten too. Does anyone remember the old days when finding English subtitles or translations to Korean songs was impossible? We managed, but we worked really HARD to provide/get them.

Also difficult was trying to get YouTube and other Western entities to take K-Pop even seriously. We were the generation who literally invented "streaming parties." We helped Korean artists get their albums on iTunes--serving as the conduit by which iTunes became aware there was a "market" for K-Pop albums on their platform. At one point, I remember contacting iTunes when they released a K-Pop album too soon, because they got the time zone wrong. LOL.

We had some HUGE fights on our hands back in the day all over the place. You think it takes a long time to get an album from Korea these days? Oh boy. We were just excited to be able to FIND them and be able to BUY. We didn't care HOW LONG it took to get them. Period.

I could go on and on, but when you say that someone "paved the way," that means they started with "dirt" roads and actually "paved" them. That's what "paved the way" literally means. I beg you, just please don't forget about us "old" K-Pop fans either. We worked hard in so many ways--I just can't...

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