I found the article on livejournal (thanks a lot to pamelaxiah@lj ^^) and it bothered me a lot too…you know, since Changmin called Cassiopeia as ‘elite minority‘ recently, it reminds me back how firstly I became a Cassiopeia and join the fandom although until now I’m still an unofficial one >//<. But even in early 2010, the fandom is as big as the world, most likely. Cassies are everywhere. Like, everywhere. I’m not that old but probably there are a lot more who are younger than me and know the jpop kpop thingy later.
It is true that TVXQ is fading. The fancafe member decreased the most, twitter accounts deactivated, people changing fandom to the new young groups, discredited TVXQ just like that. At least that’s what I feel for the past four years. Even when I was still an ELF in 2009, I always adore and respect TVXQ as the most successful sunbaes that time, and the fact they could still draw attention so much, I always wanted to join. But I was a rookie and thought, ‘ah Cassiopeia and TVXQ both are elite’. Because everytime they do concerts, their performances are always way better than the recorded one–which is rare. I also found how amazing the fans are doing fanprojects like banners and lightsticks and singalong like that. I adore everything about them.
But I don’t find anything like that anymore this time. So I guess this article is so related to what I feel. Please read.
<from a 2010 article>
Japan’s renowned music chart Oricon is garnering attention for stating that TVXQ is the reason why Korean girl groups could attain popularity in Japan.
On the 2nd, their column ‘The Eyes of the Editor-in-Chief’ introduced the recent Japanese activities of Korean girl groups such as Kara, 4Minute and Girls’ Generation and pointed out the majority of their Japanese fans are women in their teens and twenties.
Oricon stated, “TVXQ must be credited for K-pop and its girl groups’ successful launch in Japan. It seems that the fans have been feeling a sense of loss since TVXQ suspended all activities, so the fans in their teens and twenties are focusing their attention on Korean girl groups.”
Following this, the columnist added that, “Otherwise, it would have been impossible for these girl groups to have suddenly sold 30,000 copies of their album or have 20,000 people come to their events.”
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