One Japanese entertainment outlet is receiving heavy attention after publishing a prediction that Korea’s Hallyu wave would end in spring of 2013.
The daily news site, CYZO published on January 2 an article titled, ‘Idol Popularity to Last? K-Pop Boom is Ending?’
In it, the article wrote, “In 2012, aside from AKB48 and Johnny’s, there was a lot of dark news. In 2013 will we be able to receive some brighter news,” as it delved into an analysis of the current state of Japanese music.
It then went on to say, “Japanese music industry insiders are predicting K-Pop’s boom will soon come to an end” and quoted one Japanese record agency as saying, “Some said it was strange that K-Pop singers didn’t appear at the year-end NHK ‘Red White Song Battle’, but since its peak in 2011, K-Pop’s profits and value have been plummeting.”
The article also wrote, “T-ara, IU and other female artists are still being generally well-received but male stars have already passed [in popularity]. In particular, since SM Entertainment and JYJ ended their contract dispute, it’s become less likely the original five members of DBSK will stand on stage together again. It seems K-Pop’s center has now collapsed. Already we’re seeing fewer number of [K-pop] groups making a debut [in Japan] and it’s likely each group will now quietly attract fans.”
On the other hand, the article predicted a rosy outlook for J-Pop saying, “Though the departure of a few members from AKB48 has affected its popularity, the support and numbers at its concert has been increasing. With its unit groups, [AKB48] is continuing to attract new fans. Its popularity is likely to continue.”