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G-Dragon Criticizes K-pop For Lack Of Musical Variety

posted by Aysohmay on 29 January, 2013 at 02:52 am   ·   119 comments
G-Dragon Criticizes K-pop For Lack Of Musical Variety

It's no secret that K-pop is a very formulaic industry. Simply look at SM Entertainment's biggest boy band, Super Junior, and you'll see they've been promoting the same basic song year after year since 2009. Big Bang member G-Dragon, an idol who also produces music, has taken issue with the recycling of K-pop industry.

During a press conference held for Big Bang's world tour stop in Seoul, G-Dragon was not shy when he began expressing his criticism of the South Korea's music industry.

"I think Korean music, for the most part, has been limited in scope to just one genre. When I produce music, I try not to simply make music that appeals to the masses," he stated.

Korean music has a tendency of focusing on electropop or R'n'B ballads, with certain trends catching on and becoming popular with a sudden influx of music mimicking that sound. G-Dragon steers clear of being sucked into those trends, making a conscience effort to expand his musical horizons by listening to a wide range of musical genres and styles.

"Instead of just listening to K-pop, I listen to a variety of music from many genres. I wish we could go back to a time when we made music with memories," he said.

G-Dragon was also critical of the way music is discarded like stale bread. Songs that are popular one minute are too quickly forgotten as listeners move on and demand new music to enjoy.

"In other countries, as long as the songs are good, an album can have a positive response 2, 3, even 6 months after it is released," he said.

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  • Posted by KiraDewi · 830 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    the world's music trend change but kpop not, kpop was the reason why it's changing now.

  • Posted by KiraDewi · 830 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    even if it was monotonous, but it was the reason why kpop have so many fans lately...they keep their strong point and developing it step by step, i see it as consistency not monotonous....

  • Posted by Pandapple77 · 11,286 Jpops · 13 shares · 3 years ago  

    I think the best type of music comes from those artists who play music not for the money or fame but just because they simply love what they do and they do it for fun. I like techno-pop songs but it's not the only type of music out there. He's just trying to say that people should try to explore different genres.

  • Posted by changlu9 · 1,334 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    in a way he's right...but i must say comparing to most other music K-Pop got a beauty in it...that's why most of the people world wide have fallen in love with K-Pop over other he suggests having more variety will add colors to the existing beauty...yet again K-Pop is way up K-Pop always.... <3

  • Posted by KawaiiChi · 6,358 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    Thank you I k-pop know a days its Just in the Same genre. Its boring when every thing sound the same. But there are some like g-dragon that there music isn't like that but its hard to find like someone is trying to hind it. Its like everyone is on the same thing its Kinda like no one cares anymore about there music just as long as they get there money. I mean this is just me..

  • Posted by mikeylovesharuna · 23,590 Jpops · 104 shares · 3 years ago  

    that's why I don't listen to kpop cause I don't like the genre they're focusing right now and everything sounds the same lol

  • Posted by CherryRose · 8,017 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    I wholeheartedly agree with G.D. Korean pop is pretty much an electronica soaked world and it seems that the only things distinguishing one song from another are the vocals and maybe the beat. That was why I was pleased with Ailee's "I Will Show You" since it wasn't heavily autotuned unlike some of the other Kpop on my iPod. I really pray this could be a sign for this industry to move on to something else.

  • Posted by yoorinhaze · 285 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    I've be listening to kpop since the late freaking 90's! And he's right. It's gotten stale and narrow-focused. There's actually a lot of Korean indie music that balances it for me, but it's hard to find.

  • Posted by shadowsakurai · 108 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    kpop songs always got tat similar tune which now i know it as electropop....but some of their ballad songs are good i wuld probably like korean music if thers more rock n roll

  • Posted by okazakii · 1,930 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    sigh, look at all these cute little fan-warzzz, Lol, come on everybody, there are more important things going on in the world, besides music, tv shows, idols, bla bla bla.

  • Posted by k0ngnamuul · 367 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    I remember when kpop had variety. I stopped listening to it once it started getting really huge because that's when it started sounding the same. and most of its industry only appeals to aesthetic appreciation, rather than real quality voices. It's all dancing and sex appeal (although not as strongly as other countries).

  • Posted by MissKaiba · 52 Jpops · 74 shares · 3 years ago  

    perfectly said. he's totally right.

  • Posted by KPride731 · 5,063 Jpops · 56 shares · 3 years ago  

    seems l like all the haters came out for this one lol
    its funny i never see these people on jpop news but they always seem to pop up for some kind of negative news about Kpop
    anyways listen hear i will take Kpop over bunch no talent varieties anyday of the week you know what i mean?
    and why are people bringing up VK? talk about lacking varitey no wonder they are disbanding left and right

  • Reply by okazakii  

    i'm a kpop hater too, haha
    but i'm also not a big fan of VK
    actually, i'm just a troll in general

  • Posted by Elodie16 · 180 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    Nice timing. I've been listening to Kpop religiously for about two years but lately it just doesn't appeal to me as much anymore. G Dragon has always been my favorite artist, and there's a good reason why.

  • Posted by MissBelldandy · 24 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    I liked a little K-Pop a couple of years ago but I realise that it is over-hyped dross now. I wish Jpopasia would give K-Pop a big swerve.

  • Posted by cameliangelica · 16,749 Jpops · 68 shares · 3 years ago  

    I agree with him.. Kpop is JUST Kpop. no variety. it can get out of style in no time. -.-"

  • Posted by EienNoOuji · 248 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    Agree with G-D. That's because I don't loke KPOP.

  • Reply by okazakii  

    i also do not agree with this thing called kpop, and these kpopers with their self-ritiousness

  • Posted by sakidechu0306 · 186 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    LOL exact reason why i didnt like (ok fine hate-___-) KPOP when it became mainstream..and thankfully the reason why i came to appreciate JPOP more:P

    and i have to agree with soa "People like me have been saying this exact thing for years, and we were called "haters" and "trolls" for it. Yet, the moment his Excellency; Lord 'G-Dragon the 1'st' says it, everyone praises him." YOU DESERVE A MEDAL. :D

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