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  • - They're great! How could you not be excited about this?

  • - This is a little cheesy for my tastes.

  • ♪ (industrial intro) ♪

  • - (FBE) So since we're approaching the end of 2017,

  • we're going to listen to the mountain of comments

  • and show a selection of K-pop songs that came out this year.

  • - Oh! Oh my god!

  • - I actually contributed in those comments of doing K-pop.

  • When the YouTubers reacted to K-pop way in the beginning,

  • and it just started from there. And I haven't stopped since then.

  • - (FBE) All of these songs were hugely requested.

  • And although we can never satisfy everyone,

  • it has been a while since we've covered K-pop

  • on this channel, so we're gonna hope we satisfy some

  • of the rabid K-pop fans with the selection

  • of songs from this year. - Cool, 'cause you're

  • satisfying me right now. I'm super excited.

  • - I don't listen to it. It's not something

  • I like to listen to.

  • - (FBE) So first up, we have a song by the most requested K-pop group

  • that we have not yet covered on this show over the years,

  • Monsta X. - (gasps) Oh! Ah, yes.

  • - Monsta X. Okay, let's watch this.

  • - ♪ Dramama ramama ramama, hey

  • - Woo! I like it. They're going acapella.

  • - ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - They're so cool looking.

  • - They got the sickest fashion. That's by far...

  • - "Sweet auditory hallucination." [Bleep].

  • - Ah, I love the production they have for the music videos!

  • - ♪ Dramarama ♪ - ♪ Dramama ramama... ♪

  • - I really wanna be in a boy band just because of this.

  • - Why are Korean boys so cute? Oh my god.

  • - ♪ (rapping in Korean) ♪ - This is jiggy.

  • - Their music videos, I'm telling you,

  • they're so good.

  • - ♪ (rapping in Korean) ♪ - (chuckles) I can't.

  • I can't! I don't like that one.

  • - You're not gonna fall asleep to this music, you know?

  • It's very hype up, amped style. I like it.

  • - This group, I could just bop my head to.

  • Like, if I'm playing video games,

  • I feel like this would get me in the zone.

  • - (FBE) So the members of Monsta X were chosen through a survival show

  • called "No Mercy" on South Korean music channel MNet.

  • - What? "No Mercy"? Sounds intense.

  • - (FBE) In 2017, they had their most successful year so far

  • on the American music charts. And like other big K-pop groups,

  • they have their own variety show

  • on Korean TV called Monsta X-Ray. - Ooh.

  • - (FBE) What do you think about how you could

  • have a favorite music group and then also be able

  • to not just have music and music videos,

  • but even TV shows to see them on?

  • - It makes you connect with them more.

  • I really like that idea.

  • - That is also why there's more of an aspect of a stronger fanbase.

  • I love when I see shows like that for members

  • of K-pop bands, 'cause you're literally

  • learning about the member. You're learning their names,

  • their family members. You feel connected with them.

  • - (FBE) So next, we have a music video from a group

  • called Twice... - (exhales shakily) Wait, wait.

  • Wait. (laughs) Oh my gosh, I love them.

  • - I love Twice so much. I know the dances and everything.

  • - (FBE) ...who we have shown before on a YouTubers React episode

  • who was also formed from a musical survival show,

  • this one called "Sixteen." - Okay.

  • What's up with all these K-pop bands coming from TV shows?

  • - It narrows down all of the talents and then they just pick out people

  • who would be good matches for each other. It usually works.

  • ♪ (bright pop music) ♪

  • - Ooh, girl. Okay.

  • - ♪ Dan, dan, da-nan

  • - ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - Very pop. - It's a very different vibe

  • (laughs) than the last group. Very different vibe.

  • - See? This is so cute! This is pure.

  • This is what I love about them.

  • - This is a little cheesy for my tastes.

  • Not something that I would necessarily listen to.

  • - They're so cute.

  • - Oh my god. (gasps) They're so cute!

  • - ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - Ah, I love them so much!

  • - I love this.

  • - That was cool. I liked that one.

  • They're very creative with their music videos.

  • - (FBE) So Twice apparently broke a YouTube record

  • for a K-pop girl group with the most views

  • in the shortest amount of time with that single

  • with more than 90 million views in only 27 days and just 20 hours.

  • - Woo! You go, girls!

  • - (FBE) Even if you are seeing this video for the first time

  • and haven't heard many K-pop girl bands before,

  • what do you think it was about that song or video

  • that sets it apart from the rest to have garnered

  • this many views so quickly? - I mean,

  • it was a really catchy song, an uplifting, happy song.

  • - It's so catchy. They're so cute.

  • Their dances, they're really cute to do.

  • And it's like, there's something you've never thought of before

  • and it's like you wanna do it.

  • - (FBE) So we have a few more videos to show you for today.

  • The next one is the video for the single "Clap"

  • by the band Seventeen. - (claps softly)

  • - ♪ Seventeen right here ♪ - I'm digging his hair.

  • - Dude, these dudes dress so fresh,

  • I swear to god.

  • - So many people in these groups!

  • - Holy crap! Why are there so many of 'em?

  • - ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - (man yells) (silence)

  • - ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - (softly) What? (laughs)

  • - They're all such great dancers.

  • - Woo! Mm.

  • - ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - Their music videos are lit. There's a lot going on in this.

  • - This looks like so much fun. I'm so jealous.

  • - Everything's so colorful and pretty.

  • - This is also really catchy.

  • - Whoa.

  • How many of them are there? Is there 17 people?

  • - It's a nice song, it's just not something I'd listen to.

  • I like that they're all into it.

  • - I like this one the best so far. They were fun. They were really fun.

  • They were like the turn up squad.

  • - (FBE) So Seventeen is made up of 13 members...

  • - Jeez. - (FBE) ...and are multinational

  • with Chinese, Korean, and Korean-American,

  • which also is a trait of some K-pop groups.

  • - Oh, I actually really like that.

  • - (FBE) They are one group, but have focused sub-units

  • within the band. One focusing on vocals, one on performance,

  • and one on hip hop, allowing them to perform as a unit

  • without overlapping, but still coming together

  • as one. - That's actually really sick.

  • - Cool, it's like a mega group.

  • - (FBE) People say their live shows are incredible. What do you think

  • about that concept? - I think that's kind of cool.

  • - That's strategic, and that's really smart.

  • There's no way for them to slip through and fall through

  • or anything, 'cause it's all calculated.

  • - Honing in on their talents is genius. I never even thought

  • of doing that, and now I get why they have 13 members.

  • - Multi-diversity and multi-countries

  • and even different focuses on music,

  • you can come up with so much more stuff.

  • - (FBE) So the next music video is from the band Red Velvet.

  • - Red Velvet? They're gonna be sweet like cake.

  • - I love them, 'cause they were cute when they came out,

  • and then they grew to be more mature

  • and they matured in their music and it built up.

  • And that's one of the really big girl groups that I love.

  • - ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - There's so much going on. There's so much fruit.

  • - This is different.

  • - This almost looks like a commercial.

  • - Their hairstyles are so cute.

  • - (giggles) I can't.

  • - This music video's weird.

  • - Are they judging fruit? I'm so confused.

  • - (mouthing along)

  • - God, I'm so frustrated by stuff. I'm like, it's super cheesy,

  • but I'm bopping in my chair.

  • - I like that one. That one is my favorite.

  • - This is a song where you wanna go skipping in a field,

  • like all of this. I just wanna skip in a field of flowers.

  • - They're good songs. It's just not something

  • that I would like to listen to.

  • I'm not really into girl groups either,

  • so I think that's kind of it too.

  • - (FBE) Red Velvet's band name is actually a representation

  • of their sound as a whole that is somewhat unique

  • from what we could research. But people at home

  • should let us know if there are any other similar groups.

  • The "red" represents the catchy pop in their music,

  • while the "velvet" is representative of their slower R&B-based sounds.

  • - Okay. Yeah, I did notice that one didn't have the bass drop

  • like the other ones had.

  • - (FBE) And fandom names are a thing across the world and also in K-pop,

  • so if you are in Red Velvet's fandom,

  • you are part of the ReVeluvs. - Oh, okay.

  • - (FBE) Fandoms is a massive part of K-pop in a way

  • unparalleled possibly with anything in music today.

  • We know this from the endless requests

  • to cover K-pop to endless people who wish we would

  • leave their fandom alone, kind of a double-edged sword.

  • What is your opinion on the K-pop fandom at large?

  • - The K-pop fandom is a wonderful place.

  • It's full of so much diversity and so much togetherness.

  • - I've never seen fandoms this dedicated to the artists

  • that they listen to. And I think that's one of the things

  • that contributes to the, you know, wide success of K-pop artists.

  • - When you find a group, it's kind of your thing,

  • especially if no one's told you about it.

  • So you wanna keep it your thing for as long as possible,

  • but it's so good that you wanna share it with everyone.

  • - (FBE) So these days, we can't do a K-pop video

  • without including BTS... - Of course!

  • - (FBE) ...because no matter how many times we cover them,

  • people will get upset if we don't show them,

  • so we have a clip from this year's American Music Awards

  • where BTS made their US TV debut and made history

  • as the first K-pop group to ever be on the AMAs.

  • - That's wild. That's so sick.

  • - That's just showing how K-pop is moving over to America.

  • - (Alex) Making their US TV debut, make some noise...

  • - Is that the Chainsmokers? (laughs)

  • - I remember watching this and I was crying.

  • - ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪ - He is so fine! Oh my god!

  • I love him.

  • - It would be cool to see a K-pop performance live.

  • - Man, the people are loving it.

  • - That crowd's going nuts.

  • They have such a presence worldwide.

  • - This song is a banger.

  • - Man... look at 'em go.

  • - They're great! How could you not be excited about this?

  • - Hey, it's Ansel Elgort! (laughs) He was so into it too.

  • He was like, "Oh my god!" (laughs)

  • - They're such good dancers.

  • - (claps softly - (fans screaming)

  • - Everyone was going crazy.

  • - I like to watch their fans. I could get into that.

  • - That opens a huge door for K-pop groups going forward,

  • so yeah, big ups to BTS. That's big time.

  • - A different culture literally coming in

  • and everyone just loving it, that's super cool to see.

  • - (FBE) So we have now been covering K-pop for over half a decade

  • on this channel, and you could say that now compared to then,

  • it has become much more known. Do you think it would get

  • so mainstream that it won't be considered niche

  • at all anymore and just like a full subgenre

  • of music here in America?

  • - No, 'cause of the language barrier.

  • - I really hope that it stays a niche,

  • 'cause I'll probably stop liking it if it gets really big.

  • - If you even look on your phones, it's already a genre

  • on your Apple music,

  • so why wouldn't it become a major genre?