I find it so funny when newer fans see one H.O.T’s performances for the first time and comment on how visually they look similar to some of SM’s younger artists. They’re somewhat right, SM has had the same beauty standard for over 20 years and they probably won’t be changing anytime soon.
As much as I dislike SM the company, at least they usually handle most of their idols’ “relationship scandals” fairly ok (excluding Sungmin). Whenever an SM idol was revealed to be dating, at the very least SM didn’t throw them under the bus, unlike a certain company did recently. I feel like more Kpop companies should just take the “our idols are dating, deal with it” attitude. Sure, some fans might get angry but if the company would make the tiniest effort to support their own artists then it shouldn’t be much of a problem (look at Baekhyun and Kai, their careers are doing just fine). Idols being in relationships shouldn’t be treated as a taboo, it’s a normal part of human life (yes, idols are human, what a surprise). If there are fans who take issue with it, that’s their problem and they need to get over themselves. Encouraging those fans’ delusions isn’t going to be good for an idol’s personal wellbeing in the long-run.
Sm‘s music in 2018 is rly not doing it for me. Except for Shinee the songs have been mediocre at best. I was especially disappointed by Summer Magic, simply bc the album sucked and DMUMT bc it was so underwhelming especially for a comeback after over a year
Say what you will about SM, but they’ve been killing the music video game recently. Everything from “Universe” to “Touch” to “Blooming Day” and “Countless” (just to name a few) has been so aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable and matched the emotions in the music perfectly.
SM has some of the best vocal teachers. Sometimes I wish some of my favourites were trained by them.
I hate SM as much as the next person, and they really need to fix how they treat their idols, but you have to admit, they’re doing something right. The music is amazing, they have yet to release a title track (at least that I’ve listened to) that I didn’t like, and their groups are repeatedly praised for their vocals and dancing. If SM could treat the idols a bit better, they’d be the ideal company.
SM is consistently the best at translating Korean songs into Japanese. They always sound just as smooth as the originals and don’t flow awkwardly like a lot of translated Kpop songs can be (whether the lyrics make sense is a whole different matter, and lots of Kpop songs don’t make much sense even in Korean anyway). I really enjoy listening to the Japanese versions of most SM groups’ songs just as much as the originals because they actually stand on their own pretty well and don’t just sound like an off-brand knockoff version.
idk if them the only one who noticed this but the past 2 nct comebacks have been announced and then like 10 minutes after, a larger SM group has their comeback announced. first nct dream and oh!gg’s debut and now nct 127 with suju’s comeback. I really wanna know what sm is doing and why they’re announcing other groups comebacks on the same day as another one of their groups.
Opinion: SM is a terrible company. They treat their idols so harshly. They barely let them pursue solo music/acting outside of SM, because then SM keeps making money off of them and gets royalties and copyright for the music and shows. They also never officially disband groups – like even SES is still technically active and Super Junior is still active with so many of their members gone. The big three aren’t great to their idols, but SM I feel is the biggest and most frequent offender.
I think JYP stylists do a good job and work hard into every outfit every idol puts on their body, every single peace of clothing has to get approve so of course they try hard to put their best out, though they always have that one stage where all the outfits don’t really match well together, it’s just like each member is wearing something completely random. I think YG stylists actually have the strongest passion for fashion, but maybe instead of styling idols they should put their work on runways because most of the stuff their given is too much to dance with and is just too ‘wild’. SM stylists usually do a good job when styling the females but I feel they try too hard to make the fan girls piss themselves so they have the same basics to almost every outfit, for example tight leather jeans. They’re also always making Kai’s outfits so that his abs will be exposed. And the clothes that they used to give NCT, I won’t even get into that…