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Honestly, as much as I want to say it doesn't make sense for BP to win, I really have this lingering feeling that The Grammys are totally going to pull a fast one and put the spotlight on K-POP in some way just to get coverage. I really hope I'm wrong, but I will not be surprised at all if it happens. The Grammys haven't really been a reflection of high musical honor/achievement for a while now. Personal music taste aside, it's getting more and more shady to me.
But nonetheless, this billboard article in particular filled up a few more slots for potential Best New Artist nominees/winners: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/awards/8533544/billie-eilish-lizzo-best-new-artist-2020-grammys-predictions Spoiler Alert, BP is not on it, so...there's that.
I mean, when Beyonce had a hand in country it made sense because she's from the South and grew up with country music, and even then she faced discrimination. Beyonce. A whole icon who is FROM TEXAS. And Daddy Lessons is an amazing track. Let's not forget Lil Nas X who yes, despite appearing at the CMA's as well, (and he is ALSO from the South), faced a few obstacles despite the success of Old Town Road. K Michelle was stuck in the R&B category even though she wishes to be in country music. Girl can really sing country too and she's from Tennessee. No hate, but unlike Miley, Taylor didn't even come from the South iirc. She went to Nashville and got discovered there. I'm sure there are other Country artists that aren't necessarily from the South (there's a north country that exists in upstate NY and Maine) but there's an undeniable factor of who is more palatable in the genre and who isn't. If Halsey eases her way into Country and Pop and whatnot, it's not because she's this ever glorious shape shifter who's so talented beyond her years...it's because of the obvious. I don't even have to say it.
Regardless of that, this yet again makes me note how inconsistent Halsey is. She's jumping from one genre to the next and back when she was just Ashley, she wrote a whole song about Taylor talking about her "fake smile" and her "ex-boy pile" saying she's so anal and controlling. Even with the video being taken down...the lyrics are still on genius, sis. https://genius.com/Halsey-the-haylor-song-lyrics But oh no, according to Rolling Stone (2019) it was just "satire." I don't buy it. Before it was, "But all she really wants is a track for her CD," now it's "She writes the greatest songs in History." Girl.
I think people mainly just shipped LiKook because they're both maknaes in a popular group. BP was the primary girl crush group when they first debuted so I think that's why they were immediately rushed towards being shipped with BTS. That doesn't make it any less strange.
Oh my god, I remember when the Jenlisa ship was huge. Now that the BP friendships (or lack thereof I guess) are so transparent it's soooo weird to think about now. It always was but yikes.
I know, I addressed this in a later comment. I said all that to say emotional manipulation marketing, outrage marketing, etc. are practices that still happen every day (Jackie Aina even pointed it out how it works before) and Shane's not the first nor will be the last to do it. It was basically to say that it's not surprising to me that he would take that route, cause some people pointed out that he's pulled fake moves for a while, but also the fact that the beauty community has had its share of cesspool marketing, so that + being BFFs with Jeffree will of course cause for some really seedy tactics. When I say he played a good card, it's not to make him this stand up guy, but more like objectively he got people who don't even wear makeup to want to buy the palette. Even last year, he was able to shift the majority of audiences in Jeffree's favor with their first documentary. I still don't personally like Jeffree, but it was wild to see how many people's opinion's shifted because of Shane's cosign. So by the time some people were surprised Shane would do this I was kind of like...really? Cause he already did. So why would he not keep doing something that works in his favor, even if it's straight up a garbage thing to do. He's already been not above the mess in my eyes.
2NE1 had a bit more of a say in things later down the line (it was mainly CL who got to write/produce after a while...shoot, a looong while), but yeah, definitely not as much in comparison to BB. You also bring up an interesting point about Mino and Bobby potentially helping the girls. I think that's another possible difference too. 2NE1 and BB were fairly close, and the Senior group would help the Junior group at times either with collaborations or just in the studio in general or with variety tips. Even when 2NE1 became seniors to later groups like Winner and iKon they helped with stage presence tips, CL had a cameo in Mino/Bobby's video, etc. I have yet to see for myself if BP has had the help of their Seniors as much. Even Hayi has been seen to be close with Mino/Hanbin and she's not even a rapper. AKMU and Hayi seem to have a bond too. Or like when Epik High used to take the younger rappers/singers under their wing for their album. So I wonder if anyone besides Teddy and YG is really directing these girls (obviously other than the usual team). I remember iKon being on Blackpink House for like....two seconds and the obvious media play of GD "Seeing something uNiqUe in Jennie" but other than that, I haven't really seen the YG senior groups branch out to Blackpink like that. Unless I've missed it. If I have then lmk. Thinking about it now it seems odd, almost like if they didn't have the label slapped on them and the privilege, I wouldn't know they were from YG at all.
When D4 hits 1B views it will only be used as a tool for the toxic Blinks in particular to act like that means they're better than every other group when like...no shade, the faves in question don't even have an album yet. These days in 2019 where internet media is so common, having Youtube views is like the lowest tier of accomplishment for established musicians. It doesn't cost to look at a Youtube view...but it does to buy the music, so what does that really say if BP's exposure only really matters when it's free...?
Honestly, and I might get smoke for this, but I absolutely disliked aaiyl. That song was a hot mess to me. If anyone likes it, cool, but it's just not my thing. I liked Blackpink's earlier stuff way better (particularly PWF and Stay) and thought they were on a steady climb, but honestly...aaiyl was more like the beginning of the end for me. I feel like it's when Jennie's favoritism really started to peek through too. Plus, IF the song is a rejected 2NE1 track, I can see why.
And tbh, no hate but I still keep my stance on my opinion that Teddy seems not as passionate about Blackpink projects as he was for BigBang's and 2NE1's. I feel like he had way more time when Blackpink's debut was approaching, but after that, I have a strong feeling YG was like These girls are hot right now, we gotta keep that! Quick, whip something up for me. I think what might be missing is Blackpink having a chance to have a hand in their projects. Not just outfit/makeup choices but getting to compose a little or make deeper dents in the choreography (If they want anyway, I can see Rose wanting to). Lord knows if they'll ever get that chance at this point if they haven't.
I mean it's not like they can necessarily stay there. They'd LEGALLY need some form of visa to stay long term, and they'd have to work in some way to...you know...live. Their options to work as a foreigner are limited since they have no degree and they don't speak the language. Even if they wanted to stay on YouTube, I doubt any MCN is going to give them any attention since they're boring as hell. At least with Eddie and Megan Bowen, they pull in the views for their MCNs. The twins don't. And Seoul is a metropolis, meaning it's expensive, so if they are staying for vacation...mkay, but if they plan to live there? Unrealistic as hell.
I'm just wondering when they're 30 something, BTS is done and married or whatever, and e-girl makeup on insta is long over...what are they going to do with their lives? Like, they do realize time is ever going and this mess isn't going to be cute forever, right?
And as for their V-line surgery, I don't think they realize how the jaw works for the body and why that surgery is usually frowned upon. A safe jaw construction procedure is different and usually has a proper cosign from an orthodontist. From what I've read, the proper way is simply removing some of the bone to correct the alignment. The way they shave it down in Korea (if my info is correct) is ranked as one of the most dangerous procedures. (while I was researching I found this article by Koreaboo, where the twins are ironically shown and the difference is so noticeable. https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/dangerous-plastic-surgery-procedure-idols/ congrats, I'm sure they love being known for that)
I can't find the video on Youtube but I remember this Korean girl uploaded one recently talking about why she quit working at a plastic surgery clinic, saying they do really seedy stuff in there like have shadow doctors (where a less experienced doctor operates on a sleeping patient because the initial doctor may be tired), some surgeons straight up lie to foreign patients saying "Oh your eye surgery was a success!" but in reality they knew there'd be complications later, and for V-line surgery as you age your face doesn't have the natural support your jaw naturally gives so it causes future problems. That's why it's not likely given as a cosmetic procedure in most countries. I don't surgery shame, but like...they clearly did no research and it's going to bite them so hard. Even the surgery clinic Edward Avila swore by for his nose job used before and after pics from a whole other clinic, meaning those pics and testimonials were fake (it's in his thread). I'm sure not every clinic in Korea is like this but like it's really not that hard to do digging. If people in this thread found issues then they easily could have, they just don't care. Not to mention that Cinderella clinic clearly had an eye for Korean features only and not black features since they whitened the twins and photo shopped them to hell and back. If I saw a clinic shrink my nose insanely and completely erase my complexion, I'd be so hurt, so the fact that they took it as an improvement speaks volumes.
I was JUST about to mention P!nk, like...Halsey out here really thinking her 2 degree leg extensions and out of breath singing was excusable...yet P!nk was literally live and ON KEY while spinning in the damn air. There's a reason that performance holds up in the test of time and why everyone in the audience was floored. There were barely any pyrotechnics for this and it wasn't even needed. It was simple and effective. This was in 2010 by the way so it's not new, meaning there's no excuse. Ashley, do better, even for your delusional fans. Take dance classes, sing on a treadmill, don't be lazy "cUz Art." Work on your freaking craft.
Well maybe he shouldn't have put the drama footage in the trailer? He said "me a year ago would have had the drama on my channel but I've changed now," when...dude the trailer dropped only two months ago. Why put it in if he didn't want the smoke. He knew what putting that in the trailer would do. It was the biggest event of the beauty community in 2019. He really thought people would just glaze over it? I'm not itching for it but still, he's suddenly worried about bringing up "old tea" when it was already old by the time the trailer hit. I'm not surprised at him doing this. Like I said, him making seedy marketing moves isn't anything new at this point.
I think the reason Girl Groups in general have softer looks is just cause it's the trend rn. Before when say, SNSD/Wonder Girls first debuted it was very soft, just eyeliner makeup (I mean this was also the early 2000s, there weren't even many brands and such at the time so it makes sense). Then all of a sudden, GGs had really bright and bold makeup. This was honestly my favorite era for GGs since their eye looks were so great and tied with their concepts. I was super inspired.
(Mobile won't let me add more pics, but other examples include Brown Eyed Girls or f(x) especially during Red Light or even IGAB era for SNSD, Touch era from Miss A, etc.) Slowly looks calmed down to the puppy liner with aegyo-sal, a bit of the lip ombre began to come through too. Now it's very much the glittery eye, more natural or subdued wash of color with the thin winged liner or glossy lid. This isn't inherently bad, it's just what's on trend at the moment, but the trend is kinda starting to bleed to the point of it just making groups look the same-ish (Hell, BG makeup is getting guilty of this too). I think that part of it is that nowadays K-POP is more visual focused than before, and if YG was so bent on keeping Blackpink pretty in the first place with their visuals, then he probably didn't want stylist giving them bold makeup looks either in case they'd look "ugly" or whatever. It's doing BP a disservice though cause it's a good way to reinvent and also gain popularity for having different looks. But man if Rosé can't have dark makeup for group concepts, I would love to see her just play with makeup (if she's into that) and just post it on IG or something. Idek if she has the priviledge to really promote herself like that though, but I can hope.
Boom. And that's why I don't take Halsey seriously. Period. Not only did she straight up lie about her background but come on now. There's clearly a difference:
Twigs: "It's just because I'm mixed race. When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: 'I've never heard anything like this before, it's not in a genre.' And then my picture came out six months later, now she's an R&B singer. I share certain sonic threads with classical music; my song 'Preface' is like a hymn. So let's talk about that. If I was white and blonde and said I went to church all the time, you'd be talking about the 'choral aspect'. But you're not talking about that because I'm a mixed-race girl from south London."
Halsey: "When I was growing up I didn't know if I was supposed to love TLC or Britney." Even when talking about music, Twigs has a clear vision, but Halsey just doesn't seem to know what she wants. Race issues aside, it's like she doesn't really have a clue what she wishes to do and her knowledge seems so surface level which could explain her lack of real execution. She vehemently wants to stray away from Pop and calls herself "The Anti-pop star" yet will fight for representation in the pop community. She claims to be a writer...but doesn't care to write. She said she wouldn't want to collab with Katy Perry because of problematic lyrics she sang regarding the LGBTQ+ community...but defended Quavo who has also made homophobic comments. I don't expect perfection cause no one is, but I just personally don't believe her. At all. Even as an artist she's just not serving me anything but inconsistency.