I always see people arguing about bts and their popularity and how they’re “better than your faves bc they paved the way” and all that but one thing that I think is different with bts compared to other groups is bts’s song dope got featured in a “youtubers react to kpop” video by the fine brothers which gets a lot of views and is obviously watched by more westerners, people thought the song sounded good and the dancing was impressive so they checked out the group, all those people plus the already fans started hyping up bts and constantly tweeted about them in responses to things that had nothing to do with them, people ended up giving the group a listen to stop all the continuous comments, ended up liking them which made the fan base grow even more, bighit saw this rise in popularity and decided to go with it. When most companies debut a group, they’re only focusing on promotions in Korea, China and Japan so don’t try as hard to promote their groups in countries outside Asia, it just so happened that bts had this tiny bit of help from the fine brothers that got them a tiny bit more popularity in the us and other countries. I’m not trying to bash on BTS, they’re the group that got me into kpop and I still love them dearly but as far as most companies go, they only care about countries in Asia so that’s why other groups aren’t as well known. Just because other groups aren’t as popular in the us doesn’t mean they’re not good and it’s not a bad thing that bts has the popularity that they have and it’s also not a bad thing to Stan multiple groups and support them.
I don’t think I’ll ever understand why ARMY hype up their rap line the way they do. They really genuinely think they’re the best in Kpop and almost get offended when people say otherwise. And I guess by Kpop standards they’re really good, but does Kpop even have standards when it comes to rap? I mean the rapper in a lot of groups is usually the person who isn’t good enough to be a main dancer or a lead vocal. If it’s the fact that their rappers rap quickly (which doesn’t make a rap good btw), well TOP/Wooseok can do that. If it’s that they also write their own lyrics sometimes, Mark Lee does too. If it’s about sentimental lyrics, Taeyong does that too. And if it’s about contributing to production of songs, well there’s Changbin for that. Like I really don’t think they’re bringing anything new or interesting to the table. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with thinking they’re the best, but a lot of them really do act like it’s a crime if you disagree.
I don’t think enlistment will be good for Armies. There’s already a division in the fandom between the older and younger members and that’s probably not going to get better as the older ones start disappearing for two years at a time. Plus the company has gotten the fandom used to not paying for albums and singles that aren’t full group comebacks. Will they still support at the same levels if 1 or 2 members is missing? If they put out official releases that don’t have all 7 members, I think the inner-fan wars will start because people will start saying the new song/album is better without whoever and biases protection will kick in. They could eat each other alive.
The ARMY initiatives to give to charity on the birthdays of the BTS members has inspired me to be more active in seeking out charities I care about and donate. There’s a lot of negative talk about K-pop, but I think it’s good to talk about this type of inspiration as well. It’s not just BTS having this positive effect, but other groups as well.
Help. Me and my dog were listening to Daydream (my dog’s favorite song) in the car and we were so euphoric that I promised her she would meet Hoseok someday and now I feel bad because I know that will be impossible AND I DON’T F*CKING WANT TO DISAPPOINT MY DOG. WhAt ShOuLd I dO?