Agree with the above.
But don't forget the Identity album in 2010. That was already the beginning of her transformation (and decline in Japan), going from the pure/clean goddess image to the R&B strong dancing queen image. Then came Eat You Up, Energetic etc. How was she not "trying something new" or "re-branding herself as an Asian-American bridge" or "taking risks"? In fact it was too huge of a risk spending the time in USA, which backfired her popularity in Asia because her time was spread too thin in too many places.
Counting back, this girl tried SO hard in the last 5 years trying to build on top of her own success: Identity and Eat You Up (R&B and a bad-girl feel), The Live Xmas 2010 ("Broadway musical" style concert), Only One (lyrical hip-hop), KML album (composer), KML (sexyness), K-Pop Star (display of her music knowledge and personality), Make Your Move (acting and ballroom dancing), Waiting for Love (acting), Clockwork at NOWNESS (Tango dancing OMG). The problem was once again bad marketing/branding along the way and lack of focus in one geographical area (which made it impossible to penetrate into mainstream market and made her easily forgotten). Aside from die-hard fans like you and I on this forum, most people nowadays don't respect artists for being multi-talented. Everyone just wants "fast-food": Give me the hottest group, the sexiest dancer, the crazy and bold performances that create headlines...and then when I'm bored of it after a year, give me someone new.
I think her current direction is correct. Focus in Korea (with all kinds of multi-talent), show up periodically in Japan just to please the SOUL fans, and unplug everything in America.
Edited by travoltajc, 08 January 2016 - 02:09 AM.