yeah i agree with you too,
espeically about Korea back then when lipsynching was widely accepted
When i grew older and started to like US music I was surprised when people made such a big deal out of lipsynching because in Korea people knew the performers lipsynched and it was kind of expected
*i don't know how it is in korea anymore but that 's how it was when i was younger so around 2002? you know when shinhwa was really popular*
Well, I think it's important to consider that Korean artists on average perform a lot more frequently than Japanese & American artists. In Japan, BoA usually performs a released single like 4 times (Music Station, Music Japan, Heyx3, etc), and that's about it for promotion. In Korea, artists may do 3-4 performances per week EVERY WEEK for like 2-3 months. (ie: SNSD performed Gee like so many times since January and only recently retired the song..) It is very difficult to sing live every single time when you have that many performances crunched in a week. It takes a toll. Not to mention that Korean artists quickly follow up a single with a B-side single (후속곡), which they will also promote through many performances. Seriously, it's a lot of work.
Back in the 90's, hardly anybody sang live in Korea; everyone wore those fake head microphones and lipsynced. There was a lot of controversy in Korea about this, but looking back, I sort of liked how things turned out. If there is one aspect about the Korean music industry that sets it apart from JPOP & CPOP is the strong emphasis on dancing. I believe that this was possible only because the lipsyncing culture in the 90's allowed for heavy dancing to flourish.
Around the late 90's, the music industry began to emphasize the importance of singing live. And whenever an artist was lipsyncing, they put a symbol of a tape spinning in the corner of the screen to show the TV viewers that it was not live. Korean artists began to adapt to singing live but, importantly, they did not forget the dancing culture that was so widespread during the early to mid 90's.
Since the early 2000's, singing LIVE is mandatory on 2 of the 3 main music programs (KBS Music Bank & MBC Music Core prohibit lipsyncing; SBS Inkikayo still allows it). And the cable music program Mnet Countdown allows lipsyncing too. Even during the GOT era, BoA always sang live in 2 out of the 3 main music programs (KBS & MBC) because it was required. She occasionally lipsynced in SBS Inkikayo & Mnet.
Edited by shadow08, 23 March 2009 - 11:50 PM.