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Posted by haydn-an AKP STAFF Thursday, August 20, 2020

Netizens debate what's more important: Idol group's fandom size or their popularity with the general public

AKP STAFF

Recently, a netizen made a post on an online community asking what is more important - An idol group's fandom size or their popularity with the general public.

Many Korean netizens joined in on the conversation as the community discusses which is more important. There have been divided opinions on this matter as some say that popularity with the general public will help the group in the long run, while some netizens state that having a larger fandom will help the group last longer.

Netizens' Commented:

"The idols with the popularity with the general public last longer."

"But honestly, most idol groups with general public popularity make their own songs. Also, there aren't any idol groups with popularity with the general public have a small fandom."

"The way idol groups make the most money is through their album sales and merchandise, which only fans buy. The general public just listens to their songs, they buy things like the goodies. So bigger fandom is better."

"If you're talking about the groups with large fandom, then EXO and BTS? and the popularity with the general public would be BIG BANG and IU? well, it's hard to distinguish the two since all the popular groups have large fandom base."

"Fandom is more important because they're the ones who listen to the same group for 8-9 years. The general public would listen to any group that's popular in that year."

"The thing about being popular with the general public is they easily criticize the group since they're not a solid fan. so having a large fandom is more important."

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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booitsjwu1,976 pts Thursday, August 20, 2020 9
Thursday, August 20, 2020

I think it's almost impossible to have one without the other. If you don't have a lot of loyal fans telling their friends and promoting your group, it's hard to stay relevant in the GP's collective consciousness year after year. Similarly, if you don't become popular with the GP, your fandom's overall size will never be that large.

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Nct_and_Wayv4,137 pts Thursday, August 20, 2020 0
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I think both in general are important but with a fandom, they actually support the group by buying and streaming the songs while the GP only listens and that's all.

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