Okay-Pop New 12 months’s Resolutions: 10 Issues I Need To See Occur In 2022

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K-Pop ResolutionsIt’s the brand new 12 months!! 2021 was an actual combined bag, however I’m optimistic about 2022. For my first put up of the 12 months, it’s time to take a look at some humble needs for the Okay-pop business. I apologize if this comes throughout as extra of a rant than a celebration, however you understand how I may be.

Right here’s to a different jam-packed Okay-pop 12 months!


1. Comebacks and Phases that Really feel Genuinely Enjoyable

It is a last-minute addition, however it crystallizes so a lot of my 2022 Okay-pop needs. This thought got here to me final night time whereas watching Okay-pop’s MBC Gayo and instantly following it with Johnny’s (J-pop company) Countdown. The distinction was so placing. Whereas so lots of the Okay-pop performances felt stilted and humorless, the J-idols have been simply goofing round and mugging for the digicam and genuinely having time. In different phrases, it felt like a competition.

That is what I’d wish to see extra of from Okay-pop. It’s a lot extra entertaining to look at a bunch genuinely take pleasure in themselves than watch an act scowl and posture and attempt to look badass in a hyper-rehearsed method. That is in all probability a change in my very own choice, however I’d love if the business gave Okay-pop idols an opportunity to loosen up just a little. Perfection is boring and just a little disengaging. I wish to see performances that make the most of idols’ real charisma quite than a fastidiously constructed façade.

To do that, Okay-pop songs additionally have to loosen up. I’m not speaking about incessantly shiny materials – simply materials that has room to breathe and isn’t so tightly constricted. This goes towards numerous the features that made Okay-pop in style within the first place, however I do suppose we’re at some extent the place the business wants this shift in tone and expectations.


2. Lasting Producer/Artist Partnerships

Greater than ever, Okay-pop comebacks really feel like a revolving door of manufacturing credit. The identical handful of names are plastered on the vast majority of tracks. Producers transfer from one artist to a different on the drop of a hat, creating an surroundings the place each group begins to sound the identical.

If we will study something from the successes of 2021, it’s {that a} producer-artist partnership is very important. Take a look at ONF’s unimaginable output with Hwang Hyun. All of the songs have been a bit totally different, however since they spawned from the identical visionary they match collectively naturally. I need extra of this for Okay-pop idols. Proper now, the business’s hodgepodge strategy makes it tough to anticipate comebacks from anybody. There’s no sense of belief or reliability.


3. No. Extra. Shouting.

I’m so bored with songs shouting at me. This occurs most frequently through the refrain, however can pepper verses as nicely. The urge to shout-sing quite than… nicely… sing, made me lose loads enthusiasm for lady group materials in 2021. However, boy teams are equally at fault. Typically I believe Okay-pop feels the one option to “go onerous” on a observe is to shout and bluster your method by it.

I’ve my very own theories about why this strategy has develop into so in style. They’d in all probability piss off a good quantity of stans, so I’ll hold them to myself. However, I want the business didn’t undersell the efficiency of a completely sung refrain. Shouting discourages melody – and you recognize I’m all about melody.


4. Onomatopoeia No No

It is a direct companion to Okay-pop shouting. Can we cease it with all of the “Bum dum dum” “Ta ta ta” “Wagi momo dodo” title tracks? I perceive these nonsense onomatopoeia phrases successfully bridge the language barrier in an business that’s more and more international, however they simplify songs method an excessive amount of and sometimes outcome within the type of sing-talk (or sing-shout) that drives me loopy. At worst, the affectation infantilizes the idols themselves.


5. An Thrilling New Crop of Rookies

2021 was fairly lackluster when it got here to rookies, although issues did perk up on the tail finish of the 12 months. This 12 months, I’m hoping for a brand new crop of acts that emerge with their very own sound and power. This is able to give 2022 a welcome shot within the arm.


6. Reduce it with the Competitors

I’m so bored with Okay-pop competitors. Sure, all of us wish to see our favorites do nicely, however the interest has one way or the other become a recreation (or demise match). Who can promote essentially the most albums? Who can garner essentially the most streams? It sparks terrible fan wars, evokes the worst in folks and in the end blunts the significance of the particular music. Can all of us simply tone it down a bit in 2022 and tweet about how a lot we love a tune quite than what number of YouTube views it gained in its first twenty-four hours? Most of those achievements have lengthy since misplaced their luster anyway.


7. The Return of Traditional Producers

I really feel like I’ve already included this decision in previous years, however it bears repeating.

Courageous Women’ 2021 resurgence was one of many 12 months’s greatest triumphs, however so was the return of their producer Courageous Brothers. With “retro” nonetheless in full bloom, why not mine Okay-pop’s personal historical past? The place are Sweetune, Duble Sidekick, E-Tribe, Nam Gisang, Shinhye and others? If we’re not going to get a ton of recent distinct voices behind the scenes, we may a minimum of do with a few of their experience.


8. Massive Songs that Keep Massive

You understand me. I really like an enormous, bombastic observe. Currently, it appears like Okay-pop doles out the bombast in suits and begins, leading to songs that really feel disjointed. I’m not saying each observe must be an enormous membership anthem that goes onerous throughout its complete operating time, however we may have a handful of these in 2022, proper?


9. The Return of Cheering Songs (ie: much less “I,” extra “You”)

I really like cheering songs – huge, gregarious tracks that push the listener to grab the day and get issues completed. Okay-pop used to have extra of those – particularly from lady teams. However, the main target of title tracks has narrowed its material and too many songs are merely automobiles for bragging about how cool or edgy their artist is. I problem producers to take the “I” and “me” out of the equation and write some materials directed to the followers and normal public. All of us want the encouragement nowadays, and idol teams are the proper conduit. Simply ask Japan. They’ve mastered the format.


10. Loving Extra “Massive” Teams

This one’s particular to me. I actually wish to fall in love with songs from Okay-pop’s greatest teams. These are the teams who carry out on all of the particular reveals and suck up many of the oxygen in the case of Okay-pop discourse. It’s been some time since I’ve beloved their output, which makes me really feel just a little dissociated from the Okay-pop traits. My faves are usually a bit extra under-the-radar nowadays, which is ok. However, typically I really feel like I’m sitting on the kiddie desk whereas everybody else is having enjoyable on the essential occasion.

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