The variety of the musicYou're kidding right
Sry I just have a problem with Kpop fans when the only way they can compliment Kpop is by dissing Jpop. No, Jpop isn't any worse just because you don't like it (anymore). It actually kinda makes me respect your opinion less.
Well, I guess its the major differences that I notice the most. I'm not dissing jpop to be malicious or anything like that, in fact I think I've even given some very specific examples of how the industry does things differently, which isn't the fault of the artists themselves. It just happens to be in the system that they're in. Would someone like G Dragon have flourished the way he has creatively if he didn't train for 7 or 8 years or whatever under YG? Would he have wound up an actor or a dancer if he were say, in Johnnys? Who knows, I certainly don't. The Jpop and Kpop comparison is easy to make because they're so massive. People ask me why I don't listen to alot of Filipino music, and the answer is that its hard to find much online. If it weren't for MochaNutz's Rantastic Voyage on jphip radio, I wouldn't know of a bunch of songs or artists that do rap and hip hop in the Philippines, because those artists don't get the same exposure as the power vocalists like Charice, for example. Korea has a number of music shows and variety shows that are pretty accessible online, just like in Japan. (Don't even get me started on Wowowee, one of the biggest shows in the Philippines, and the stuff they've done there, or the dance "talent" on Eat Bulaga, a show I've been watching since the early 80s) If I like the guests enough, I'll check out the shows they're on. I still try to catch Music Station, and the MSSL every year, just to check out certain artists that I still love to listen to, and to see what's going on with artists that I may have forgotten about. I have every full length CD that YUI has released, almost all of Puffy's entire discography, and I had a BLAST watching Morning Musume in concert last summer. I can't get away from jpop, nor do I want to try. There's always gonna be new stuff coming out of there that some people will like, and others won't, just like everywhere else. Maybe its because I'm a 30 year old man who's life has been changing drastically over the past 2 or 3 years career wise, and school wise? Maybe. Or, maybe its because Taeyeon's voice is amazing, and 2ne1's live performances are improving week after week in front of our very eyes, and Goo Hara trips over her feet at least once on every episode of Invincible Youth, and Park Jaebum doens't deserve to be ostracized because of a mistake he clearly made back in 2005, or how Hines Ward stomped racism right in the nuts in Korea by earning the respect of Koreans by doing something that no other Korean had done before. Ok, I'm stretching that one a bit, but the industry as a whole has really REALLY captivated me, and its not because Jpop has changed. Its actually Kpop, that has changed. The crap they were putting out in the early 2000s doesn't compare to the stuff being released now. I know that SNSD and the other girl groups respect SES, but the songs SES put out were really simplistic compared to nowadays.
Anyway, I've rambled on quite a bit here, and I have to get to my lab. Then off for some hockey.