Do forign idols have a chance as soloists in Korea?

  • There was Henry and Amber but they weren’t treated very well by SM, and didn’t get enough recognition.

    Henry got more recognition in South-Korea as a comedian rather than as an artist, it's pretty sad. But I think that he is doing quite good actually, his last mini-album last year sold around 65k that's great enough for a foreigner soloist I would say. His songs "Trap" and OST "It's You" were pretty popular when they were released, "It's You" was the most streamed OST in 2018 and 2019 on Spotify but it was more internationaly than domesticly.

  • Henry got more recognition in South-Korea as a comedian rather than as an artist, it's pretty sad. But I think that he is doing quite good actually, his last mini-album last year sold around 65k that's great enough for a foreigner soloist I would say. His songs "Trap" and OST "It's You" were pretty popular when they were released, "It's You" was the most streamed OST in 2018 and 2019 on Spotify but it was more international than domesticly.

    Well with the talent he has, he should’ve done better with his music. I didn’t like the way SM failed to recognise him and he was disenchanted with it all and moved on. He also did well with SJM.

  • Well with the talent he has, he should’ve done better with his music. I didn’t like the way SM failed to recognise him and he was disenchanted with it all and moved on. He also did well with SJM.

    Agree with this, even Taemin said that it was a shame that he didn't had more recognition with his music, it's even more a shame that he was one of the most talented idol SM ever had. He honestly had no reason to stay with them after the way they managed his career.

  • If they are asian (Japanese/Chinese/Thai/Korean-grown-born-in-foreign-country ) and if they have been in popular kpop group

    yes

    they have more than a chance, they will mostly do good, not as good as a korean, but still they will do good.

  • Henry is the only prominent foreign soloist in Korea.


    He does a lot of Korean TV that I see no other foreign independent doing:


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  • well of the big3 i can only comment on those within my purview being the 4 foreign members of twice and Lisa right? so that's five members of the third generation and from the 4th we only have giselle and NN from Aespa who are big3...


    i guess it depends on the popularity of the idol in question - the more popular the idol the greater the chance of success correct?

    Yes definitely. But also how the public sees them? Like yoona and Suzy didn’t do as well on the charts compared to how popular they are.

    Another thing is that twice foreign line and Lisa have a regular idol image and not going for the clueless foreigner persona ( I feel like amber and Henry posted here in the thread, went for that and got a push from variety first). So it will be interesting how the girls do

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  • Amber did Henry dirty in Happy together, very funny.



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  • Yes definitely. But also how the public sees them? Like yoona and Suzy didn’t do as well on the charts compared to how popular they are.

    Another thing is that twice foreign line and Lisa have a regular idol image and not going for the clueless foreigner persona ( I feel like amber and Henry posted here in the thread, went for that and got a push from variety first). So it will be interesting how the girls do

    I wasn't aware of how well Yoona and Suzy did but good to know...


    sorry which idol has a clueless foreigner persona???? Amber and Henry???? wasn't aware of that (again I personally don't have much knowledge of 2nd gen so you might be correct)

  • gyopos...sure. foreigners...highly unlikely.

    How many generations outside Korea would someone no longer be gyopo and be considered foreign? Do mixed idols have the same chance as gyopos? Or is it complicated and depends on the circumstances?


    I'm not sure if my current ult is mixed or gyopo.

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  • I wasn't aware of how well Yoona and Suzy did but good to know...


    sorry which idol has a clueless foreigner persona???? Amber and Henry???? wasn't aware of that (again I personally don't have much knowledge of 2nd gen so you might be correct)

    Yeah well everyone have a persona on variety shows. Henry I think went with the cool Canadian guy who’s clueless about korean culture and amber went to an army show so her struggles as a foreigner were highlighted. But their effort in variety helped them in their solo career. So will be interesting to see the current idols who don’t go on variety much

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