Female fans shown to be more devoted to K-Pop groups than male fans

Samantha West, Feb. 26, 2019, 9:54 a.m.


Boy groups enjoy higher CD sales than girl groups in Korea, while girls do much better on streaming services.

The pattern reflects differences in fangirl and fanboy cultures, industry insiders say.

Male fans tend to appreciate girl groups rather passively by listening to music and watching videos.

On the other hand, boy bands' female fans tend to buy CDs and goods to boost their favorite bands' sales and chart rankings, like parents who are willing to do anything for their children.

Lim Jin-mo, a pop-music critic, said, "Male fans tend to treat girl groups as a passing phenomenon, whereas female fans of boy bands tend to be more possessive."

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