The K-Pop industry has been on a roll lately.
Early April 2019, the girl group BLACKPINK beat American artist, Ariana Grande’s, YouTube record for the most views in 24 hours (getting about 56.7 million) and also beat the record for a video to reach 100 millions views, doing so in 2 days and 14 hours.
Not a week later and BTS smashed both those records, getting well over 60 million views in 24 hours and reaching the 100 million mark in less than 2 days.
First of all: I am so proud of my children.
Second: How long do you wanna bet it’ll be before some producer in America will think it’d be a good idea to create a singing dancing pop group in the same vein?
Look, America is the king of imitation. They see something that might make them a lot of money, they go for it. If they see it’s trending and globally appealing, they go for it.
If you think I’m probably blowing this out of proportions, here’s evidence:
America more or less (read: more) copied one of the most popular singing shows in Korea, “The Masked Singer”, and directly imitated every single concept. They even tried to out do the original by making better costumes for the singers.
Like that’s going to distract people from the fact you embezzled an idea because you couldn’t come up with an idea that original first.
The Great American Baking Show *koffkoff*
I’m not saying it’s a bad show. BTS even showed their support for it. After all, imitation is the highest form of flattery.
But what’s stopping America from taking it one step further? Why just singing? Why not start a talent search called “The Next A-Pop Star” or NAPS and audition people who can hopefully sing, rap, and dance? And to one up the Koreans, also play instruments and juggle flaming pins, all at the exact same time?
Mark my words, once BTS, NCT, BLACKPINK and the rest of the industry have a short lull in popularity, someone is going to call Simon Cowell or Ryan Seacrest and make this idea a reality.
I’m not saying maybe. I’m saying it will happen and we should all prepare ourselves for the following backlash.