But this is almost exactly what I think about K-pop. I guess I’m more of a traditional kind of music listener who prefers artists that aren’t about their dancing abilities. I don’t understand the lyrics, I barely appreciate the electronic music, and while I’m super impressed by the dance routines, it’s superseded the music. What’s the point of calling it music when it’s more about the dancing?
There’s also the sex appeal angle which makes me feel a little sad. I mean, sure, sex sells, but again, things like music should be about the music and not the looks of the artist. Music is meant to be heard, not watched. And K-pop is basically just a huge business venture by giant music corporations that cobble talented dancers together to form bands that have to adhere to strict routines and are punished severely for stepping out of line. They also have terribly short shelf-lives dictated by age and popularity, and groups pop up and then disappear all the time. It’s all about the money these days.
But I’m hypocritical; I do enjoy some manufactured pop music (of the English variety), and BABYMETAL is definitely manufactured but I love them to bits. Though at least I don’t follow K-pop bands solely because I think the singers are pretty. That’s just a whole new level of sad.