[Writer's Choice] Why BGA Should Be Your First K-Pop Group
Priscilla Tov, Nov. 21, 2017, 11:55 p.m.
I had grown up occasionally listening to K-pop but I had never truly entered a fandom. There wasn't a group that I was that invested in. Now that I live in LA, my sister and I had decided we should get tickets to KCON in 2016, just to see what all the fuss was about. It was about a month or so before the concert that we decided to go on YouTube to get ourselves familiar with the groups that would be performing.
We came across some group called BGA (Boys Generally Asian) and clicked on the video.
The video is wildly entertaining and the recommended videos in the sidebar led my sister and me to BTS but I think BGA is a great introduction for people who might not be familiar to the culture of K-Pop. The group consists of Ryan Higa (NigaHiga), Philip Wang (Wong Fu Productions), Justin Chon (director of "Gook"), David Choi (Korean-American musician), and Jun Sung Ahn (Korean-American musician).
First, teasers! Usually, you'll notice that a Western artist might release just one or two teasers before a single or album drops but K-pop groups will have a whole schedule of teasers: images, mv teasers, album medley, etc.
Then, we have member profiles. Profiles for K-pop artists are way more descriptive than Western artists. Like, is knowing the weight and blood type of a member necessary?
Besides the actual MV, we also have a dance practice video, something that K-pop groups will often release a few days after the release of the song.
And then the group made a comeback(a term that you'll see a lot in K-pop) with "Who's It Gonna Be?" In that song, they introduced something that even Western groups face: the dangers of a member leaving the group to go solo.
BGA is a parody K-pop group but their songs are just as addicting as any other group.
If you have any friends who are a bit hesitant about K-pop, introduce them to BGA!