Korea’s Music Core Will Not Allow ‘Lip-syncing’ Onstage Anymore

2 Jul

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http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/07/music-core-to-possibly-take-measures-against-lip-synced-idol-stages

Music Core has announced that they will no longer allow any idols to perform on their stage with ‘lip-syncing’.

Their reason:

“We will not allow people who are not equipped with the basics as a singer to perform on stage. Even if one’s individual part is short, that is fine. The singers who perform on stage must sing. There are some who record 80-90% of their voice onto the MR. How can you call that an MR… Upon listening to the recorded sound coming from the microphone of some idol groups, [I realized] that they didn’t sing at all. This is an example of someone who doesn’t have the qualities of being a singer.”

“If you wake up early in the morning and sing, it’s normal for your voice to crack. Is it considered normal for idol groups to use MR that makes them sound perfect every moment… The situation has come to the point that the abnormal ends up seeming normal and the normal ends up seeming abnormal. Technology is so good these days that even tone-deaf people can be made into singers. This is causing harm to the essence of music shows.”

“Ultimately, one needs to sing at least 50% [of the song] live… K-pop is now influencing the world. As much as it is receiving a lot of interest, the standards of the international fans will also get higher. As much as they are enthusiastic about K-pop and not K-dance, one should train their vocals to perform a stage that one can be proud of.”

Wow. Way to sock it to these K-pop idols!

I understand why Music Core is doing this. It is frustrating and simply not fair when an idol gets famous for having absolutely no talents, when there are other artists out in the world that are truly talented, and deserve attention. Especially common in K-pop is ‘lip-syncing’.

EXO is one of Korea’s biggest boy groups, and yet, they always ‘lip-sync’ in their live performances. Hmm…I wonder how they will sound now. I shouldn’t have to wonder, but I do. This will give EXO the chance to show the world what they’re made of. Are they gifted? Or did they ‘wow’ the crowd with their dance moves and unique music videos? Or perhaps they just had cute boys in their group…

It’s also most common for idols to be popular because they have that certain “look”, rather than that certain “talent”, too. A live stage eliminates the phonies, and let’s people see the depth of a performance rather than the superficial.

Even in my favorite K-pop group, f(x), Luna is often “out-shined” by Krystal and Sulli, simply because Krystal and Sulli look “cuter” and are “skinnier”, but definitely not because they are more talented than Luna is. It’s sad that there are people in the world who respect a pretty person over a talented person. But with Music Core’s new stage, it will separate the flowers from the weeds. We will truly get to see who can sing and who can’t.

They are absolutely right about technology, and this is exactly why I’ve always expressed my distaste for the heavy usage of auto-tune, synthesizers, and voice processors. This is exactly why I could never get into 2ne1…

Why does GN love f(x) so much?

Another advantage to this new kind of stage is the fact that it will slow down the debuting process. I find this to be a good thing. It’s annoying how companies produce groups like poop coming out of a butt crack. Give people the chance to enjoy the idols that are already around first before you debut more idols. This will cut down on young recruits because they will have to be mature enough to deal with intense vocal training. Especially boys because they always go through that period where their voices begin to change and start cracking…

And most teenagers dream of being pop stars…even when they can’t sing…This will show teenagers just how serious this music business is.

This will also help K-pop gain the respect of international fans. K-pop is often slammed for their reputation of having talent-less idol groups who bank on looking attractive and singing catchy, cute numbers. If K-pop idols can prove to the world they are just as talented as other artists, especially to western audiences, then they may be able to bring more world-wide attention to K-pop.

On the other hand, I do understand this:

“Because they are still rookies, it is too much for them to expect them to perform a perfect live stage. We will need more time to prepare [for our stages].”

Now, I know. Most of you are saying, “Why would any artist debut when they aren’t ready?” But if most of you think of the amount of training these K-pop idols already get, you realize that now the “rookies” have to train longer, and do what most idols take years to master. This will make all rookies look bad. No newcomer, not in Western countries, not in ANY country, sings well live for their first performances. Even Britney Spears lip-synced for her first tour! Most don’t even really know if they are ready until they are actually about to perform. Then artists get nervous, and when that happens, it’s hard to tell who can sing and who can’t.

And what if an idol is sick? That means the whole show will have to be cancelled. Idols also often strain their voices after having to perform several times in one day and throughout one week. So, if their voices strain too far, should they simply just cancel the performance, disappoint fans, and inconvenience everyone? It is simply unrealistic to have a singer NEVER use ‘lip-sync’. It’s an ideal situation, but expecting too much. Since people aren’t robots, they won’t be able to sing live all of the time. If people want “all-live” performances to happen, then they need to let their idols prepare for shorter tours, in fewer cities, longer breaks between comebacks, and less performances to entertain a crowd. Fans would simply have to be patient and stop demanding to see their idols…Will that happen? No.

Most of the people asking for “live vocals” have never performed onstage several times a day, neither have they had a rigorous idol schedule. People’s demands for quality is higher, but people expect perfection from human music artists, something that just isn’t possible all of the time, and something they couldn’t even do themselves.

Oh well, f(x) will be performing on Music Core Saturday, July 5, 2014. They will be performing “All Night”, so they will be a “test run” to see if this “live” thing works. It shouldn’t be too big of a deal for them. It was smart of them to choose a more mellow song.

Hopefully, they will do well…A little nervous, but not really…

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

 

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