Hello K-poppers! It has been over a year since I officially launched my website: www.openthekpop.com and it has been quite an adventure. I've gone through various layout changes, played with several series ideas and interacted with some amazing people such as yourselves. The growth I've seen on my website since its launch has been tremendous but even more importantly, the growth of K-pop as a worldwide phenomena is incredible.
2016 has been a great year for K-pop despite what others may say. Look at how many concerts were brought to the U.S. Look at how many records were broken. Look at how much the spread of K-pop has grown over the year. Yes, we lost some golden groups such as 2NE1, Kara, 4Minute and more. However, with the birth of each era, we must reflect on the past and learn to appreciate and respect those that came before. Twice, Blackpink, BTS, Day6, Got7, Exo, Gfriend, and many more new groups have been formed in the past few years and look how positive their effect is on K-pop.
I would like to take this time to thank all of you. Even if you don't realize it, every one of you has made my year better. When I started Open the Kpop a little over a year ago, I thought it would be fun to make blogs about K-pop. I've started blogs before and kept up with them very little. Maybe 10 or 20 posts and then I'm done. I'm proud to say because of you and your support, I've made over 300 posts and continue to do so.
2017 is a year for renewed hope. Another year to hope that SNSD will make their 10 year anniversary comeback. Another year to hope BTS will slay us and that Got7 will make us weep. 2017 is a year for new groups from many different labels to show us who is going to be the next BTS or I.O.I or Gfriend. Will 2017 be the year when there's finally a concert in Utah? (Yeah right) but I can still hope and I continue to hope because of you and because of the ever growing trend which is K-pop. American celebrities are beginning to recognize the wave of K-pop and a lot of them are joining.
When I first started Open the Kpop, my goal was to help make K-pop a more widely known thing. Now if I did that or not, I don't know, but I do know that I enjoyed this past year and making videos and posting my thoughts about each new release as well as my experience of being immersed in K-dramas. Korea is a wonderful country and the place of my birth. However, I don't want to limit myself. So this year, I'm going to continue making K-pop my priority, but if I see a video or hear a song from another language whether it be Korean, English, Tagalog, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish or anything else, I will be sure to let you guys know. I'm all about learning more about each culture I come in contact with and I wish to share that with you.
Thank you all for your support. I really do appreciate all of you and hope you guys enjoy 2017 and hope for great things to happen this year because they will. Great things will happen within K-pop and all over the world. Thank you and I can't wait to experience 2017 with you guys.
Like I've mentioned before, music has no language barriers, it knows no language. I want to dedicate this section of my website to reviewing in any way, shape or form other languages of music. This includes Jpop, Mandopop, OPM, Vpop, Latin music, Russian, German, American, Venezuelan, you name it. If you think it's worth giving a listen, I'll listen to it and give you a review.