Whether or not you’ve been a K-Pop fan for a short time or a long time, you’ve probably heard of the legendary group TVXQ. Despite everything they’ve been through, they’ve been going strong for seventeen years and counting since 2003.
With all of that experience under their belts, they’ve seen how much K-Pop has grown and evolved. Considering that, Changmin was asked to explain the changes he’s seen in the genre by Stacy Nam during his interview with iHeartRadio.
The first significant change he noted was how fast anything related to K-Pop is able to travel the world.
He explained, “The sharing of information is, to be honest, in the past, took quite some time. But, now even happenings on the other side of the world, one can know about and access via the internet.”
Changmin also pointed out how easily fans can get their hands on music releases and content such as variety shows and behind the scenes clips, “Music and content from so far away can also be accessed instantly.”
Compared to many years ago, where international fans felt excluded, those fans are now able to feel connected to their favorite idols. “In some way, the world as it is now, even if there are time differences, it feels like we are all connected in real-time.”
Technology wasn’t the only improvement Changmin noticed. The idols and groups themselves have brought attention to the genre, helping it grow.
Within the flow of globalization, the fact that so many fans from all over the world love K-Pop is because to that degree, depending on how you look at it. Our junior artists and so many talented singers…
The improvement in music production and stages have made Changmin proud to see how well K-Pop has done in making a name for itself, “The music and performances they create and present for the eyes and ears are so appealing. I feel such pride knowing this.”
Check out the shifts in K-Pop a barely-sixteen-year-old Changmin in 2003 has seen in growing into an extremely experienced senior idol in 2020.