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Posted 22 December 2010 - 05:51 PM

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This is the full article in Indonesian:


Tampang atau rupa wajah menjadi salah satu unsur penting di belantika musik pop Korea. Kini K-pop atau Korean Pop mewabah di Indonesia, digandrungi remaja putri.
Tiket konser boyband Korea Super Junior yang akan digelar di Singapura pada 29 Januari 2011 telah ludes dalam waktu 30 menit pada hari pertama penjualan 22 November lalu. Super Junior atau SuJu adalah salah satu bintang super Korea yang tengah moncer di Asia, termasuk Indonesia.

Bintang-bintang K-pop lain bertebaran di Indonesia, seperti Tohoshinki, Shinee, So Nyuh Shi Dae (SNSD) alias Girls' Generation, FT Island, Rain, JYJ (Junsu, Yochun, Jeje), dan Trax.

Cukup prospektif tampaknya. Perusahaan rekaman Universal Music di Indonesia tahun ini saja merilis album penyanyi dan grup Korea, seperti 4Minute, dengan album For Muzik; For Muzik For Asia -Special Edition. Kemudian Beast (Shock Of The New Era-Asian Version Vol.1 ) Wonder Girls (Different Tears ), 2AM (I Did Wrong-Special Asian Edition, serta G.Na (Draw G’s First Breath).

Angka penjualan relatif kecil, tetapi artis Korea cukup penetratif di pasar Indonesia. Album ke empat SuJu bertajuk Bonamana yang diedarkan oleh PT Indo Semar Sakti, misalnya, sejauh ini terjual sekitar 7.000. ”Tetapi, untuk ukuran saat ini, itu termasuk lumayan dan masih terus jalan,” kata Sujanto, Managing Director PT Indo Semar Sakti.
Mereka kebanyakan tampil dalam format penyanyi keroyokan ala boysband atau girlband. Super Junior, misalnya, beranggotakan 13 pria muda usia 22-27 tahun, sedangkan Wonders’ Girl berawak 9 cewek. Seperti lazimnya boyband, artis -artis Korea itu juga menonjolkan gerak koreografis yang energetik di panggung.
Mereka kebanyakan memilih jenis pop, dance pop, atau R&B. Lagu-lagu mereka dibawakan dengan bahasa Korea dengan sisipan sepotong kata atau kalimat dalam bahasa Inggris di sana-sini. Misalnya lagu ”Sorry, Sorry” dari Suju, atau ”What A Girl Wants” dari 4Minute.


Operasi plastik


Satu hal yang paling menonjol dari K-pop adalah tampang atau penampilan fisik mereka sangat terjaga, terutama wajah. Tampang itu
menjadi salah pengaruh penting atas popularitas dan daya jual K-pop. ”Dalam penampilan cowok harus cakep. Ini seperti kebanyakan boyband bule, seperti ’N Sync, Backstreetboys, Westlife,” kata Sujanto.

Soal tampang juga diakui oleh radio yang memutar lagu K-pop, seperti Pro2 FM Bandung dan Gaya FM Bekasi. ”Suara memang menentukan, tetapi yang penting itu cakep,” kata Hotman Christian, pembawa acara Bintang Asia Pro2 di Radio Pro2 FM Bandung.

Mengapa penting? Erriyanie Populetta, Direktur Program Gaya Oriental di radio Gaya FM Bekasi 93,6, menduga itu karena sekitar 90 persen penggemar mereka adalah remaja perempuan. Setidaknya, pendengar acara Gaya Oriental. Jangan kaget jika sampul dalam album kelompok K-pop itu bak album foto para model. Buka saja album Suju atau Wonder Girls, 4 Minute, yang penuh gaya dengan rok mini ala foto model.
Industri musik Korea yang menyasar pasar Asia belakangan mencari dua penyanyi berbakat dari Indonesia untuk menjadi anggota boyband dan girlband Korea.
Mereka akan dipilih melalui audisi yang digelar 18 Desember mendatang. Perusahaan Korea yang menggelar audisi di Indonesia adalah Nega Network, salah satu perusahaan rekaman Korea.

Di Indonesia, mereka bekerja sama dengan Headline Management.
Reza, Presiden Director Headline Management, mengatakan, mitranya menginginkan penyanyi yang memiliki penampilan fisik sempurna. Kriterianya, yang ganteng untuk cowok dan cantik untuk perempuan.

Bisnis K-pop, menurut Reza, menginginkan penyanyi yang sempurna secara fisik. Jika kurang sempurna, wajah penyanyi akan di-make over alias dipermak, termasuk melalui operasi plastik. Penyanyi dari Indonesia yang terpilih dalam audisi, nantinya pun harus bersedia menjalani operasi plastik. Dalam kontrak, nanti ada penjelasan mengenai hal itu. ”Mereka sudah siapkan 500.000 dollar AS untuk biaya operasi plastik bagi peserta yang lolos,” kata Reza.


Fanatik


Bintang pop Asia muncul dari masa ke masa. Teresa Teng (1953-1995), penyanyi asal Taiwan, pernah sangat populer di Indonesia era 1970-an. Antara lain lewat lagu ”Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin”. Kemudian pada era 1990-an muncul Aaron Kwok (45) dan Andy Lau (49).

Bintang pop Asia pernah mewabah sekitar 8 tahun lalu ketika kelompok F4 populer seiring popularitas sinetron Meteor Garden. Pada masa itu lagu berbahasa Mandarin lebih banyak diputar di radio ketimbang lagu-lagu K-pop atau Jepang dengan J-Pop. Dalam catatan radio Gaya FM, perbandingan pemutaran lagu saat itu adalah 40 persen untuk Mandarin, baru kemudian Korea dan Jepang masing-masing 30 persen.
”Pada dua tahun terakhir ini berbalik, lagu Korea sudah lebih dari 40 persen,” kata Erriyanie Populetta dari Gaya FM Bekasi.

Pendengar program Gaya Oriental di Gaya FM adalah remaja usia SMP sampai kalangan dewasa usia 25 tahun. Acara yang dimulai sejak 6 tahun lalu itu diudarakan setiap Rabu dan Jumat malam.

Kefanatikan penggemar K-Pop juga tampak dari penggunaan nama samaran pendengar dan penyiar radio. Hotman Christian, pengasuh acara Bintang Asia Pro2 Bandung, misalnya, menggunakan nama Korea Hwang Te Ja. ”Kadang pendengar request lagu dengan nama Korea, atau nama seperti personel band Korea. Saya sendiri pake nama Hwang Te Ja yang artinya putra mahkota, he-he-he...,” kata Hotman.

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The heading note says: "Looks or physical appearance is one of the most important thing in K-Pop industry. Recently, K-Pop has been outbreaking in Indonesia, and been given a lot of love by teenage girls."


The background of the article particulary discuss about the K-Pop industry effect in Indonesia, which is growing quite significantly.

They're using Super Junior's sudden sold out concert tickets case as an example of how high K-Pop industry has penetrated the national music market, especially to teen girls.

SoShi was mentioned in the article as one of the K-Pop artists that has entered the nation's music market, along with SHInee, FT Island, Rain, JYJ and Trax.

It is also stated that some these K-Pop artists perform in large groups like mobs (lol) and with eyecatching coreography. Like Super Junior with 13 members and SoShi (the article stated wrong, it said Wonder Girls) with 9 members.

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Going deeper to the article (which wasn't scanned), there's a sub article with the title of 'Plastic Surgery' where the article talks about the high importance of appearance in K-Pop industry. It says that everyone who wants to be a K-Pop artist must have a perfect appearance, if that person doesn't have it, then the Recording Company will fix their lack of appearance.

A certain Korean recording company is looking for two singers in Indonesia that they plan to involve in K-Pop industry. This company has partnership with the Indonesian company for the preparation of the audition. The CEO of the local company stated that their partner (which is the Korean company) wanted the ones who will pass the audition to be perfect in appearance, if they don't, again, these people must be willing to receive 'improvement' from the company, which the company itself has prepared the amount of US$500,000 for the 'improvement'.

P.S.: Don't hate me for posting this. lol :)
P.S.S.: Don't worry, the 'certain company' is not SM ;)

Disclaimer: I do not own this article, did not write it, and did not edit it.

Edited by tikmen, 23 December 2010 - 01:00 AM.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:08 PM

this article made me dissatisfied when i read the newspaper itself...
a newspaper which labeled as national newspaper made a mistake by said that WG consist of 9 member.. what the hell about it??!! so dissapointed with the editor and the journalist who wrote the article....!!

btw, tikmen.. this "Even it is mentioned that a certain recording company has prepared the amount of US$500,000 for plastic surgery alone." sentence, have to be corrected.. that certain recording company prepared that money for their people who will qualified their audition.. which is it was for the their region (indonesia), not the korean region.. i'm afraid that peoples will thinking that those thing is for all of korean idols especially our galz.... i hope you will edit it...

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:44 PM

I kinda hope to see the rest of the article....
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just because language can be misinterpreted....
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 12:31 AM

thanks for the comments guys, i'll update with the whole article and made the whole translation of it.
i made the summarized one because i thought it'd be easier for people to read and get through the point faster.

full translation update will be posted on monday.

thanks!!

P.S.: if anyone would like to help, please do not hesitate. I'm kinda at work right now so... hehehe

Edited by tikmen, 23 December 2010 - 12:58 AM.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 12:43 AM

Oh my.....
What's wrong with these people??
Though it's nice seeing k-pop bands entering and doing well in other countries, its really mean to start judging others saying that they have a perfect or non-perfect appearance. Everyone's not perfect, in terms of looks or attitudes. Is whether you are able to come to accept the fact about them or not.
It also sucks to see the newspaper say that they have gone through plastic surgery to get such good looks. It's just like saying all good looking people have gone through plastic surgery.

I hope something can be done about this, otherwise many big problems, rumors and stuff can happen just because of a small misunderstanding.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:13 AM

WTH is wrong with this newspaper?
It cant even get the facts right that snsd is the one with 9 members. And plastic sugery?!
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:23 AM

is nice to see kpop doing well in other countries.
but this article was really dissatisfying.
snsd is the group with 9 members and whats wrong with them?
if the article is suppose to be positive about kpop,
then why was plastic surgery brought up?
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:32 AM

hahaha.... wanna pass, u must have a good appearance.....
woo.. they prepare 500 000$ for helping them....
anyway SNSD hwating....~
thanks for translated and sharing this news...!
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 04:26 AM

WTH with this article?
Don't waste your energy to believe what they said when they said Wonder's girls has 9 members instead of SNSD..
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:01 PM

Looks certainly can be a big factor, but it is not all. And SNSD has proved that they indeed have talents. That's why so many people like them! : )
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:50 PM

i really hate this article. :|
it's just looking for attention! since kpop is really big this year.
this article gave me second hand embarrassment since i'm indonesian.


i'd never thought someone would post and translate this article here!

Edited by kudougirl, 23 December 2010 - 08:54 PM.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:51 PM

as i'm an Indonesian, I felt so embarassed and disappointed about this article,
how could they said that the group with nine members was wonder girls..
they really need to search more right informations before they published it. .
about the plastic surgery, awh it was so painful they wrote about that.
i feel terribly sorry because of that

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 10:22 AM

Indonesian here...
and I think some of you misinterpreted it ... weird because it's our language .... hehehe..

it never says that SNSD or any other groups mentioned performed surgery although it implies... well.... it seems that the world think the same so... doesn't really matter as long as the fans ( us ) believe in them....

the surgery topic here is brought upon their own experience that apparently some korean companies looking for indonesian debut in korea... wow, that's a really brand news for me... - never even expected it....

and interestingly enough, nega network ? isn't it brown eyed girl's agency ? <_<
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 03:36 PM

i agree with almost comments in here and i think we need a lot of explanation about the plastic surgery.. well, since i'm also Indonesian i'll try to clear the air (i hope so,lol).. what soshi_23 told us is correct, "it never says that SNSD or any other groups mentioned performed surgery.." but the article told us a good looking is necessary because one announcer from Indonesia thought it might be because for suju, a lot of their fans are teenage girls (also mentioned like western boybands like westlife,backstreet boys for example having pretty face).. the article also told us if nega network, one of korean company who works with indonesian, looking for 2 perfect figures so they can debut in korea.. for this case, if they're not perfect physically, then nega network already prepare $500,000 for plastic surgery to make them perfect as nega network wants and they have to agree with it.. so the article didn't say anything about having plastic surgery, only "if" there is some circumstances they might be "will" give plastic surgery like in every news that told us korean artist had plastic surgery (although i don't believe if SNSD had one =) ) cmiiw
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Posted 26 December 2010 - 06:03 AM

thanks for sharing and translating this article =)
tsk tsk. why surgery always comes into the picture whenever SNSD is mentioned? i just hate it! =(
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Posted 28 December 2010 - 03:10 AM

What a weird article... Should have researched more about K-pop before writing this (WG has nine members??? WTH)
Mob, plastic surgery??? they were kind of dissing k-pop artists.... Shame on this article...
This will not give good impression to the people... This was probably written by some protectionists I bet...
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 07:15 AM

wew, as Indonesian people I'm really sorry for the article.... why we can't even
make things right... but still we don't have to worry about the article coz
I don't think indonesian people like to read... lol (based on my experience), so his won't
affect much to aour love for snsd... n snsd popularity in Indonesia is so amazing, in my school
most boys and girl know them ever since their debut in 2007. So, just leave this junk alone... lol
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 11:20 PM

goodness...
i'm so embarrassed...
The newspaper was so incompetent...
now i know the reason why our country is so underrated...
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 10:33 AM

I'm curious...from what magazine is it??? I think this article are bad with 'bahasa' seems like the editor don't understand about the topic...wonder girls has 9 members??? WTH!

I really like read a newspaper or magazine..but for this article..I don't like it..I don't know, not because their had a mistake with "WG 9 members" but with their bahasa...so underrated and yeah The newspaper was so incompetent. sorry :P

Indonesia please... :crybaby:
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Posted 10 January 2011 - 04:44 PM

Wow the yellow font just destroyed my eyes... anyways the article seems a bit biased.
I don't get how there are often reports of plastic surgery when koreans dont even do it that often compared to the rest of asia.
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