2:06 pm - 01/17/2013

Infinity Challenge responds to criticism from the Korean Entertainment Producers’ Association

‘Infinity Challenge‘ recently responded to the criticisms that have been aimed towards the show with the music of Park Myung Soo and the other cast members’ sweeping the music charts.

The KEPA (Korean Entertainment Producers’ Association) criticized the program and the immensely popular music that it recently put out from ‘Park Myung Soo’s Some Song‘ special, saying that what the show was doing was essentially the same as already-large companies spreading into other enterprises, taking away even more opportunities for smaller companies and their musicians.

The popular show had held a concert in a recent past episode, in which they revealed songs sang by the cast members and composed by Park Myung Soo. They then released the songs from the show on music sites, and have been ranking at the top of charts after the airing of the episode.

Seeing the immense popularity of these songs taking away the spotlight of producers and musicians, KEPA said, “A broadcast company that releases music to increase awareness about the program isn’t much different from a conglomerate branching out into other divisions. It has created a monopoly in the music industry and has caused producers to lose their will to make music. It can bring the destruction of the market, can destroy the variance in the market, and we are worried that it will have an effect on the growth of Hallyu.

They continued, “Media groups with large budgets and influence earn popularity easily through their programs. Because of that, the producers who work hard to provide various genres of music has a smaller market. This only grows a distorted music market that only has special parts, and can shrink the market to destroy the longevity of K-Pop“.

‘Infinity Challenge’ responded, “We released our music with good intentions, but we’re in a difficult position because of how the situation has been progressing. We donate all our profits to charity, so we’re sad and regret that this kind of problem has risen.”

Source: Osen, Kuki News | Allkpop

It's stupid, they're just pressed imo.
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miwa201 17th-Jan-2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
This whole controversy is ridiculous. If singers can take roles in dramas and movies, so can gagmen release singles. Don't blame them because the public likes their songs.
ceecile 17th-Jan-2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
Right? And how about idols filing up sits in variety shows.
Plus it's all going to charity apparently.
mad_nux 17th-Jan-2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
i like it better when songs from infinity challenge sweeps the charts
turtles_tszx 17th-Jan-2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
Some of the song from IC are good, Naeng Myun and 정주나요 is my jam... Heck i even like some of hyundong's song. The show bring more exposure towards non idol singer and producer compared to music show.
in_noctem 17th-Jan-2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
The only thing destroying the longevity of k-pop is the shit songs producers are constantly churning out. How about you blame yourselves instead of a damn tv show.

Groups can continue releasing subpar singles but fans still buy them anyway, why can't fans of Infinity Challenge do the same to support a show they like?

Edited at 2013-01-17 04:07 pm (UTC)
seobyo 17th-Jan-2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
apparently the vice-chairman of KEPA is CCM's kks :x
swhyeon1991 17th-Jan-2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Really? Oh snap.
the_erotomanic 17th-Jan-2013 04:14 pm (UTC)

competition like this is what gives the industry variety and better music. if the music producers end up giving up, because of this, they need to either leave the business or thicken their skins and come up with music that people will love.

and i'm pretty sure, infinity challenge is part of the hallyu already. it's helping the cause and not undermining it. :o\
pon_pon_pink 17th-Jan-2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
thumbs up YG, also i always kind of thought YG's pretty close with Park Myung Soo, Joo Jae Suk etc with GD+Bom doing that one song with PMS and some other stuff...
gee 17th-Jan-2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
They are the ones with a 'monopoly' on the industry? LOL please. Yes, I am sure all the smaller companies trying to make it with their flop idol groups year after year really resent Infinity Challenge above all others~
pon_pon_pink 17th-Jan-2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
someone is pressed one of these songs might be the next gangnam style?
also fuck them the whole infinity challenge cast is definitely part of the hallyu wave. i know SO MANY PEOPLE who don't give a shit about K-Pop but love korean variety shows and watch only those. not only the low quality songs and crappy musicians can help spreading the wave, y'know korea?
orenji13 18th-Jan-2013 01:52 am (UTC)

I got interested in kpop because x-men and love letter and both have Yoo Jae Suk as the almighty MCs.. from then I got interested on the guest and their works..

Variety is hallyu front line ...
johnnyquest89 17th-Jan-2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Wish they would have bluntly said.. stfu n step your game up or apply to be on the show for the next special.
b1gay4 17th-Jan-2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
omo!! not a real song??? OMO!!!! CALL 119!!!!
shunluv 17th-Jan-2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
this is stupid scandal.
even variety people is huge part of hallyu wave not only kpop.
if idol can go into acting, actor into variety so why not comedian becoming singer if people love their song?
ixion124 17th-Jan-2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
was there a post with all the songs? i want to listen!
uglypricetag 17th-Jan-2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
the songs are pretty bad in and of themselves (except for Haha and Hyungdon's). you should watch their performances if you get the chance
love_keiko 17th-Jan-2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
ew fuck that! let them release music that *surprise!* the ppl actually like!
lee_chikin 17th-Jan-2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
[...] taking away even more opportunities for smaller companies and their musicians
the program [...] can bring the destruction of the market, can destroy the variance in the market

Honey, the only ones taking away the opporuniries from smaller companies are smaller companies.
They churn out a new nugu group every 6.7 seconds and this over-saturates the market, THIS is what will destroy the market.
And they are comedians, they ARE bringing variety in the game.
love_allure 17th-Jan-2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
panini pressed.
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