By: LazerKim At last! Kim Hyun Joong was spotted at the Jaksal Restaurant washing the dishes!! For the new fans who may not have known as yet, Hyun Joong is the CEO of this chain restaurant. And here he goes washing the dishes, I would assume the restaurant must be busy and he took the initiative to help his staffs. It somehow gives me the impression he took a break from City Conquest shooting which I’m glad if he did. An owner of a chain restaurant has no shame to help his own staff as he humbles himself to be at the back door and work. That’s Kim Hyun Joong!! A Kpop Solo Star tagged as the hottest idol and Most Popular.
A fan emailed me, shared a write-up and requested for my point of view. I actually wrote an article pertaining to Kpop idols in general which talks about lip sync. This time it’s still about Kpop in general talks about talent versus popularity. As we are all aware the growing global popularity of Kpop music and idols or the Hallyu stars that can not be denied no matter how one can keep it from the public eye, that the fact Hallyu stars are becoming globally competitive.
But what makes these Korean stars, their music and dramas to be popular in this present generation? In my other article I mentioned about the changing time and trend in the show production and the showbiz industry particularly the Korean showbiz. I admit, I’m very much impress on how Korean agents groom and promote their managing artists. And this is their basic role in producing new artists or even the experienced artists who are already at the lime light, aside from providing project contracts to their artists.
As an agent there are definite criteria in choosing their managing artists as first timers, first is beauty, second talent, third personality character, forth formal talent training, educational background (not necessarily college graduate). These are the most important criteria, and as you notice, beauty comes first, and this is reality in every artist agency whether we accept it or not. Although there are special cases for artist who have superb talents. May I just clarify that this is the current trend of this generation.
In the past years maybe times when your mom and dad were still dating, artist’s talent matters the most, in fact in-born talents were on trend in talent scouting followed by the artist’s outlook. Like for instance the legendary Michael Jackson who grew up with that in-born talent which unfortunately became obsessed by his looks as he matured. In the past generations, recording artists were the famous ones. The artists releases their recorded albums or singles before they are being shown to the public. For me it’s like a way of testing the water.
I’m not saying they were less competitive or less experienced since they do perform in small pubs, and nightclubs before they hit the recording studios. During those times in rating an artists, talent was the priority in choosing, if the artist has the beauty then he or she has the edge. As time goes by, the trend was slowly changing. Oh I remember, Madonna who is another legend, during her time there were better artists with superb talent than she had and Madonna doesn’t have that much caliber when she started but until at this time she’s still famous! What she had was a blonde beauty.
Another classic example is the famous of all time Marilyn Monroe. It was said she could barely act nor sing but she has the beauty of a goddess that made her famous among the female Hollywood stars. Unfortunately, she passed away during her peak and was not able to have the chance to develop her talent further. These classic facts are just example that shows even in the past generation, the physical aspect of an artist can bring him or her in the lime light towards the stardom. Madonna improved a lot in her singing and acing ability as she matures that made her stay on top of the stardom.
And so in bringing this classic facts of the past generation, it shows that beauty can even conquer more popularity than talent. Simple because talent can be acquired and develop in time. Saying the Kpop artists are just visual artists, fine, but what’s new? Even in the past generation we already had it in Hollywood, which dominates the showbiz industries worldwide. Because in reality, what we see is what we first appreciate and this is humanly normal. I may say jokingly, it’s easier to develop talent than fixing the physiques of a person that can be a health risk and personal attitude which is the hardest to change!!
There are a lot of talent schools in any country I believe, where artists can be developed therefore talent in dancing, singing, acting, ect. can be acquired and that is a reality. Artist Agents do hire singing trainers, acting coaches, dance instructors, and choreographers to train and develop their artists. In South Korea, agents allot at least two years of rigid training, grooming for their artists and that’s their job. Nowadays, in choosing artist, the agents lean on beauty comes first or if not the artist’s stage appeal or the X factor being a performer.
I read about the history of Rain, he is indeed very talented and admitted he struggled when he started in his career simply because he doesn’t have that looks. He did not rely on immediate remedy on his looks, he stayed as he was and eventually made it to the lime light. Actually Rain is not that bad looking, that’s why I was wondering why he said he had a hard time in getting to his first agent because of his looks. He may not have that angelic face but he has that strong appeal that one can not disregard or ignore. He is so manly sexy I just like the way he carries himself, and he’s very modest apart from his physique that I like from him as an artist and as person in reality.
Hyun Joong had an opposite experience from Rain though, so this is a totally contrast, as Hyun Joong was accepted by DSP his previous agent before he can sing or play his guitar. On different opposite situation, both stars from different generation made it to stardom. The shows and concerts that the Kpop idols performs is the result of innovated production where we can watch these stars singing at the same time dancing to their own music produced which I truly appreciate regardless of their looks. But the entire show package as I watch their concerts and honestly I was surprised by their ability to sing and dance at the same time and most of all the music Kpop produced, regardless of the language, Korean pop music indeed is well accepted in the global market.
Someone from Korea said, Kpop idols are not as popular as they seem to be among the local Koreans!! I was surprised by the remark, although this I consider it hearsay, of course to see is to believe and so what are those video clips of concerts performed by different idols attended by a huge crowd that we watch at YouTube, if this someone is trying to contradict what we see with our own eyes. But I honestly careless whether my idol is popular in Korea his home country or not. . I don’t even care if he’s popular or not because I did not decide to follow my idol just because he is popular but because I like him as an artist and as a person and so far nothing had changed my mind about him.
With what I have read, I believe that Hallyu Stars which I think the Kpop stars are included are made for global entertainment. As Bae Yong Joon the pioneer Hallyu star stated “Spread the beauty of Korea”. Korean artists, their dramas and music are a part of the Korean beauty to be known in the global entertainment industry. This is the goal of every hallyu star as I understand.
Before I followed Kim Hyun Joong, I had a long list of favorites both the Hallyu and the Hollywood including his boss Bae Yong Joon. I collect DVDs at first, and some Korean music which I’m not sure if the singer of the Korean music I collected are popular. I just like those music which are from OST too. I have those from 2004 since the time I have watched Winter Sonata, which was the first Kdrama I have ever watched. After seven years of doing this, I found Kim Hyun Joong and it was ONLY him that I decided to follow one definite star. The more I researched about him the more I was convinced that I am indeed following a deserving artist.
I think I have seen enough in the world of showbiz before I finally landed in the world of Kim Hyun Joong. But why him? Is it because of his popularity? Well, I have seen him first in 2009 that I didn’t even know anything about him, in 2011 when I started following him was only then that I knew he was already popular. Being in this profession, an artist, I should be perfect in my judgement having the knowledge as an artist. But knowing Kim Hyun Joong, I came to realize that it’s not only having perfectly superb talent that matters to be loved by millions.
As that someone from Korea said, there are many Koreans far better than the Kpop idols. But my question is, how come those artists could not make it to the music chart? My apology if we have different views, but we can not ignore the music chart or music billboard as the gauge in weighing how far an album is selling. These are facts, records and not just hearsay. Just take it from the Oricon music chart which is becoming familiar to everyone until at this time Hyun Joong’s Heat is still delivering good revenue results.
Oh the anti Kpop could say, it’s only the fans of these idols who patronize those albums. Precisely, but how can one explain the growing numbers of fans who are patronizing their album?? Isn’t it they came from being a non-fan and eventually focus on one single group or idol to follow? We all started as non-fan of Hyun Joong until such time we have watched him from his dramas, TV shows, and listened to his music before we end up addicted to him. And this is likely to happen on his future fans to be, and I bet you it’s growing in numbers.
And so for those anti Kim Hyun Joong and anti-Kpop, I think it is rather late to discredit their ability and their popularity. Criticizing and insulting these artists and I mean all of them without exception is just the same as criticizing and insulting their respective fans who are their great supporters. We all have different taste and our individual choice of favorite artists and their music.
Yes, it is right to give chances to those talented artists who are not popular, then their agents has to work on with their promoting schemes and as I have mentioned in my other articles that advertising, promoting plays a very important role in every artist. The public has to be well-informed of their artists existence by providing workable projects. And if this was being done and yet does not sell out to boost their popularity, then where could be the problem lies? Is it not from the artist himself? That we do not know!!
What could be the factors that made these Kpop idols popular? There many factors to name it. Although at this point I can only speak for myself on what I like about Kim Hyun Joong since he’s the only star that followed. In my honest opinion, it’s his good looks, stage appeal, his multiple talents, his being a total performer, over all personality, and personal attitude. If we’re being attracted to an artist for the first time, be it starting from his looks or his talent I still consider his personal attitude as vital too. Watching him through concerts or drama, we start to appreciate his looks and talent. Then we may get a bit further and search for him and find out who he is. This I think can be a gauge whether we stay or stray as his fan.
Kim Hyun Joong was able to maintain his veteran fans from the time before he joined his group SS501 until at present. What made his veteran fans stayed with him all these years? They never strayed, and they remained loyal to him in supporting, protecting and caring for him. Whoever knows him much better than anyone apparently it’s his veteran fans who does. If Hyun Joong has a bad personal attitude I don’t think these people would stay longer. But evidently, they are still with him all these years that can perceive Hyun Joong’s good personal reputation.
I have learned a lot from following Kim Hyun Joong and share what I have learned to the new fans. I have realized it’s more than talent and good looks that makes an artist popular and to stay being popular for long period of time. It’s the totality of being an artist and being a person whom his fans can look up to him. I’m so proud to say I made the right choice whom to follow and support.
We are the proud fans of Kim Hyun Joong who has everything that takes to be star and being globally popular that he is more than deserving to be the brightest star, yet humble as ever….
LazerKim here writing
Photo credits as tagged, Ms.D, thanks!