K-pop, and the end of an Era?Watch
Coming to Asia, there wasn't much I had in common with my classmates. The first friend I made showed me this whole new genre of music that was quirky and catchy, and although I didn't understand a word- I loved it. It brought me together with people I'm glad to call my god friends. Like most things, I did "grow out of it" after a few years. Life was keeping me busy, and I felt like I'd matured- while Kpop hadn't.
Earlier this year I revisited this treasured part of my childhood, expecting relics of the past to have collected dust to be brought up for the odd "Throwback Thursday". What I found was very different. 2016 has been, arguably, the best year for kpop in a while. We've had bombastic breakout artists, and amazing comebacks. It's also, however, been quite a sad year too. With the disbanding of several groups *cough*2ne1*cough*, and the mistreatment of others (I'm looking at you SM. Stop starving your idols they look half-dead), it's been quite the emotional rollercoaster for a veteran fan like myself.
I was hoping 2016 would redeem itself with BigBangs comeback. It did. And then it broke my heart.
I'm salty over all the old groups that are being left behind, and want to know how (and which artists) it has influenced you.