JYP's new girl group, Miss A debut!
Miss A’s debut single Badgirl Goodgirl released.
Out of all the entertainment companies in Korea, I think I have to say that I like JYP the best. The big three companies are SM, YG, and JYP. SM is the largest and most corporate. They create stars and hits on an assembly line. I get the feeling that SM’s music is mass produced, though I must admit that I really don’t know, because I’m not in the music biz. YG is all about hip hop music, and in an earlier article, I mentioned that it was created by Yang Hyun Seok, who was originally a member of Seo Taiji & Boys. YG has a definite hip hop flavor moreso than the other two companies. Finally, I like JYP because Park Jin Young is a musical genius. Some people like to say that he’s the Korean Michael Jackson. I’d have to agree that Park Jin Young is in the same league when it comes to making music, but Michael Jackson was the greatest performer that ever lived. JYP is at his best when he’s making music for other people (Rain, G.O.D., 2PM, Wonder Girls, etc.) Yes, to make a long story short, I like JYP more than the other two large entertainment companies.
What’s special about Miss-A?
One thing that I think is interesting is that the group consists of 2 Korean girls and 2 Chinese girls. I’m not totally sure, but I think this is the first time that 50% of a musical act in Korea is made of non-Koreans. (Edit: No, this isn’t true, Y2K, a marginally popular Korean-language rock band in the late 90’s was made of one Korean and two Japanese artists.) I guess that JYP is really into the Pan-Asian idea, and is stepping up his efforts into including Chinese artists in his plans. Other companies like SM have toyed with the idea. (Super Junior has (had?) one Chinese member out of 13, and he usually had no major parts in songs.) Still other companies have simply gone the route of finding members of the Korean diaspora with ties to other countries (U-Kiss comes to mind, with 4 Koreans, 2 Korean-Americans, and 1 Korean-Hong Konger. Other groups in the past experimented with Zainichi members). Other companies have taken the route of teaching their artists how to speak Chinese or Japanese, hoping to break into that market. S.M. attempted this with S.E.S. but failed miserably, only to succeed later with artists like BoA and Dong Bang Shingi (Tohoshinki). It’s clear that if musical acts can be successful in more than one Asian country, it might breed a sense of brotherhood amongst fans in both countries. These teeny boppers will hopefully then grow up and have commonalities with which to draw upon when they interact with one another in adulthood. Certainly that won’t create world peace, but I think East Asia has long suffered from intra-regional conflict and prejudice that really needs to stop if the whole region is to be successful.
Huh? I want to know what’s special about Miss-A, not with Pan-Asianism!!!!!
Oh. Right. Well, undoubtedly everyone is comparing them with the premier Girl Group from their own company, the Wonder Girls. I quickly made the comparison the instant I saw them. Even though the Wonder Girls are on average, older, they still look like girls to me. Perhaps it is their image that makes them appear this way. Perhaps it is the fact that they toured with the Jonas Brothers in America. I’m not really sure why, but I can’t think of the Wonder Girls as women. Miss A, on the other hand conveys the image of women to me.
Take a look at the video.
In my opinion, if you compare this single to the Wonder Girls’ first (popular) hit single “Tell Me”, Miss A seems like women. The WGs even filmed the video for “Tell Me” in a high school, so that should tell you what image they were going for. Then again, Miss A also filmed this video in a high school, but they are sexy dancing in the dance room, so…
I think Miss A will become big. How big is the question. It depends on if Park Jin Young gives them good songs and doesn’t get too ambitious with marketing them overseas. (Park has, for the past 2 years or so, been trying to get the Wonder Girls over in the U.S. market, but has only been marginally successful. Meanwhile, their domestic popularity has waned in their absence, and their main rival, Girls’ Generation has quickly ascended to become Korea’s premier girl group.)