Why Jpop isn't as popular as Kpop?... [your honest opinion]

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  1. the_suddenlykfan

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    I've been a fan of Jpop since long before I discovered Kpop, as a lot of other jpop fans, I was introduced to it through anime. I remember those days of wonderful anime, with wonderful soundtracks played by top japanese artists but to be honest, Jpop has never been so popular as kpop is now; in fact I dare to say that for westerners, Jpop is only relevant into the ''otaku movement'', thing that doesn't happen with Kpop fans.
    I wondered why is this, because in my personal opinion, Japanese music in general is better. not only in variety or quality but also in innovation, there's always something fresh and avant-garde.
    so, why do you think Jpop (or japanese music) isn't as popular as kpop?
    :whatr:

     
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    anime songs are quite popular , don't know if it's jpop through .
     
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    But no I think so too.. I only recently discovered Japanese like, men, and idk why it's not as popular?! They're so HOT!
     
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    Well kpop is the combination of Jpop and western music , I think that's why .
    And ofc Japanese music is way better in terms of innovation and originality .
     
  5. the_suddenlykfan

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    yes they're hot as hell...
    :yesr:
     
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    -Market is a lot bigger so there is a much higher number of artists (if we're also considering anime osts then you include a number of j-rock bands which makes the number significantly larger)
    -Some groups are pretty large and feature heavy member rotations/different units making it more inaccessible
    -K-pop borrows more heavily from western music
    -Personal opinion: Can't stand the way a lot of Japanese idols sing as if they're 4 years old.
     
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    I think it's because it's much harder to find J-Pop songs rather than K-Pop songs. I know you can watch music videos on some channels, but sometimes the videos aren't available in a lot of countries and because of strict copyright, audio and such isn't accessible to many.
     
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    this could be a good reason... kpop is very ''international friendly''. on the other hand, Japanese artist aren't very intested in other markets.
     
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    Because Japanese are "quirkier" and generally seen as "weirder" when not being portrayed "cool".

    J-Pop/Rock was bigger than K-Pop at one point, but K-Pop has really blown up in the past few years. I think it's just harder for "foreigners" aka, people that aren't Japanese to relate because the Japanese and Japan are so unique in culture and tend to be seen as eccentric. They have their own style that isn't as highly influenced by the US/western like K-Pop is which is majorly inspired by such.
     
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    Ooh this is a big one, Japanese companies obsession with making money off of a format that's free everywhere else definitely sets up a large barrier.
     
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    I remember that Sunny face ! I love it !
     
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    you have very good points here...
    I agree with the number two and four that's why I just like a few Idols. I more of ''underground'' music.
    :yesr:
     
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    Right nico nico is quite hard to use
     
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    the main reason is and has always been the lack of interest by the labels in being friendly with the international community, it's a pain to find Jpop-related things if you can't speak Japanese fluently, not to mention the extremely strict copyright laws
    Avex is one of the labels that at least kinda tries to be open to international fans, specially recently, but it's still far from Kpop's levels
     
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    THIS!!
     
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    Lol, I'm not a Sunny stan but she is one of the members I like most in the group.

    But yes, ikr? I literally made this my default because it kills me just how she looks and how people portray her in that moment whether or not it's true.
     
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    yes, they're even trying new proyects more ''international friendly''.
     
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    I was a Jpop fan too before getting into Kpop. I followed NEWS and KAT-TUN and some rock bands like UVERworld. I'm still into Jrock but my love for Jpop has practically vanished. Part of why Jpop isn't as popular as Kpop is the accessibility. Like, it was so hard to look for Jpop stuff on YouTube cuz of their strict copyright rules or something. By the time they opened up for international fans, Kpop has already gained popularity.

    Another reason is their musical style that may be too distinct for international fans. Kpop has heavy western sound influence which makes it easier to listen to. Jpop is kind of an acquired taste for some. Plus, they have this stigma for being weird which is a stretch cuz there are a lot of good songs and great artists in the Jpop scene that do not have those weird gimmicks.

    Anime is more popular than Kpop though so Japan isn't still at loss.
     
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    as mentioned before the marketing and culture differences

    i also think there is a lot of prejudice against japanese music.

    "The groups have too many members"

    "I don't like cute concepts or voices"

    i have seen multiple people apply these statements to all jpop music, when they don't apply to most of it.
     

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