Do International Fans Support Asian Pop?

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There is a heated debate among Asian pop fans who are non-native or international. In recent efforts SM Town hold their first ever concert in France. Featuring  Girls Generation (SNSD), Super Junior, TVXQ, Boa Kwon,SHINee and F(x). To connect with fans all over the world SM open a Facebook account and shared their performances via Youtube. The two biggest social networking catalyst sites that have catapulted K-pop to a much wider diverse audience. For years Japanese artist tour Europe and America to further expand beyond  Asia and enter neighboring music markets.

Everyone from Miyavi, Utada Hikaru, Dir En Grey,X-Japan, to former Kat-Tun member Akanishi Jin have toured or performed state side. Unlike their Korean cousins the ambitious spirit to place on America music charts whether via iTunes or on Billboards is becoming the primary focus for K-pop idols/soloist. From Se7en to Boa Kwon most recent Wonder Girls, K-pop is the most determine to usher in Asian pop wave to the west.

The admiration for Asian pop stars debuting state side is a mutual feeling for industry heads in America. Producer Teddy Riley team up with Raina for “Mr.Feel Good.” While Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am producing tracks for 2ne1 for a possible state side debut. Wonder Girls currently working with Claude Kelly on a new American single. A follow up to their mini tour back in 2010 for “Two Different Tears.” Even JYJ team up with Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins and Kanye West for their first English album The Beginning release last year.

Despite big name producers showing interest in Korean base artist native fans doubt international ones will support. Already available on iTunes anyone from Epik High to Big Bang have place top 10 on charts but not Billboard . Only Boa, Wonder Girls and former YG artists Stony Skunk have successful place on Billboards genre base charts and/or TOP100/200. Regardless if it was briefly or the TOP 100 of the year. The potential is their but will international fans make sure it happens?

V-blogger diskea disclosed the same excitement but concerns that maybe lingering over international fans on making K-pop successful on foreign soil.

Although K-pop has found success via Youtube outside it seem very concentrated. In America areas like Washington,New York, Los Angles and Seattle have warm up to the recent Asian pop wave. Other neighboring nations Valenzuela and Brazil have shown fan support and request for their favorite K-pop star to perform in their nation. On iTunes (America) the increase of K-pop is becoming more evident. Everyone from Beast(B2st), MBLAQ,2pm,etc… have released Korean singles via iTunes for state side fans to download.

The level of fandom differs for international fans verse native. While South Korea is the spic center of K-pop. Fan clubs of major K-pop idol groups have made it their goal to make sure their bias is #1 on something. Doesn’t matter if its on Melon,Bugs,Navar,Monkey3,Mnet,Gaon, Hanteo or music shows like Inkigayo,Music Core,M!Countdown to Music Bank. Making them a popular topic trend on Twitter and top view videos on Youtube. The level of commitment is far more important to Korean native fans verse international in some aspects.

For Koreans they have the option to view their favorite bias idol perform live on TV. Enabling them to be #1 creating this competing spirit among fan clubs. For international the only connection is through Youtbe and other social networking sites. The only other way international fans can show support is by buying music available  in their nation. Youtube has spark popularity with some K-pop MVs with 20 million hits but sale wise K-pop falls miserably flat.

Earning less then what normally a K-pop idol can create staying on native soil. Far less than on Japanese making the Americas and Europe risky business that may cost greatly. Only time will tell if international fans are ‘all in’ or just fascinated by a trend.  The only way K-pop will have any pedestal to stand on from international fans is by supporting them beyond the web. Radio request, downloads and free publicity has proven to be essential for an idol group/soloist success in Asia. Fans on the western side need to realize they must work harder to create some type of foundation and media notoriety for their favorite Asian idol or group.

At the end of the day if music is the universal language of the world, us international fans need to show it more greatly verse Asian native. I feel international fans are caught up on ‘who would have the most success‘ verse ‘wanting to support those who do debut.‘ Only time will tell if a group is destine or not but this power is created by the fans and not always determine by the media.

American/Japanese/South Korean Entertainers Donate To Japan’s Tsunami Relief

Musicians, actors, celebrities and people all over are donating money to help victims in  Japan’s Tsunami relief aid. A list of Japanese entertainers who are confirm SAFE so far during this time of confusion. Many performances,fan meetings, and events have been canceled and CDs release dates postponed.Out of respect of victims and continuing the focus on relief aid. Here is a few entertainers who are doing their part.

Donations

-American rock group Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda has set up a donation by selling LP T-shirts. Title “Not Alone” and another with LP logo with a burttefly  the proceeds will go to Tohoku Pacific Ocean via Music For Relief. You can make your purchase donation by visiting LPStore. Each T-Shirt cost $25.00 .You can also text MFR to 85944 donate $10.oo towards the tsunami relief fund.

-South Korean female K-pop group Kara is donating their earning form their new Japanese sing;e “Jet Coaster Love.” DSP media confirm their safety and Kara will donate all income made off this single to tsunami relief funds.

-South Korean actor Bae Yong Joon donates 1 billion won / 72 million yen (~$900,000 USD) towards tsunami relief.

-South Korean record label YG entertainment in the process of donating 500,000 USD towards tsunami relief.

Fast Retailing (Japan) (distributor for clothing companies UNIQLO” and “g.u.”.) has donated 300 million yen ($3.6 million USD) Tohoku Pacific Ocean earthquake and employees under the company donated 00 million yen ($1.2 million USD). CEO Yanai Tadash himself has donated 1 billion yen (12.2 million USD). Altogether Fast Retailing has donated 1.4 billion yen ($17.1 million USD) to the Red Cross of Japan. Also donated 300,000 “HeatTech” undergarment for the cold whether conditions including jeans and towels.

X JAPAN’s leader YOSHIKI is donating his crystal piano with his logo engraved. all proceeds will go to his foundation YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA in tsunami relief aid.

Suzumoku has created a charity song sum strength for tsunami victims title “Bokura wa Ningen da” (We’re Humans)

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Sites towards Japan’s Tsunami Relief

Visit musicforrelief.org or  text MFR to 85944 donate $10.oo towards the tsunami relief fund

-Visit LPstore for Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda donations towards tsunami relief each T-shirt cost $25.00

-Visit redcross.org for additional donations and other form of aid

-Visit for donations  care.org poverty relief aid and donations

-Visit UNICEF.org for children tsunami relief donations

-Visit Red Cross Japan http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/index.html for donations and relief aid

Searching For love Ones who are in Japan

United States of America:

American Red Cross Online Donation Page

People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

To contact or locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan, contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services:

1-888-407-4747 (within the United States)

(202)647-5225 (from Abroad)

Canada:

Canadian Red Cross Donation Page

People can also donate by:

– Calling 1-800-418-1111

– Texting the word ASIA to 30333 to make a one-time donation of $5

– Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

To locate Canadians who may be affected, call the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade at 613-944-2471 (613-943-1055), or toll free within Canada at 1-800-606-5499 (or 1-800-387-3124), or email sos@international.gc.ca.

United Kingdom:

British nationals in Japan who require assistance should contact the Foreign Office helpline in London: +44 20 7008 0000 (from Japan) or 020 7008 0000 (in the UK). You can also e-mail the Foreign Office on japan.earthquake@fco.gov.uk or skype (text not call) on “fcojapan”.

Australia:

If you want to inquire about the safety of family in the region through the Embassy of Japan in Australia, please contact them at 02-6273-3244.

If you are currently living in Japan or have friends and family there, please check the websites of your country’s Japanese embassy for more information. Send us a tip if you have info for your own country.

Source: American Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Japanese Embassy websites

X-Japan Yoshiki Leaves For Surgery

X-Japan member Yoshiki is leaving for much need surgery.Hell be state side at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in California.Yoshiki surgery is to relieve a pinch nerve in his hand cause “numbness.” This is common for most liver instrumental players.

Don’t fret X-Japan will still attend this years Lollapalooza Festival 6th to the 8th of August in Chicago. Also performing at Yokohama Nissan Stadium 14th and 15th of August. I hope Yoshiki is healed up by then.

X-Japan at Lollapalooza

Lollpalaooza is a festival of all music festivals bringing different artist of different genres together.Even those from different nation/countries who a legendary.This isn’t the first time metal rock gods X-Japan has been state side.This is X-Japan first Lollapalooza show so suspect it to be epic if not enlightening.

Lollapalooza Kicks off at Grant Park,Chicago

August 6-10

Please visit site for more info on tickets and available admissions.

http://www.lollapalooza.com/

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