We all know that it can be tough for foreign artists to enter into the American music scene, especially when it comes to Asian musicians who, let’s face it, are seriously misrepresented in general in the U.S. entertainment industry.
Although PSY did well, he also left his mark on Americans, and quite frankly, not all of that impression was good because now everyone thinks the sum of Korean music is “Gangnam Style“, which irks many avid K-Pop listeners, including myself.
Within the last few years, K-Pop has really spread its wings and gotten popular in America and without the constant worry that American K-Pop fans have of their favorite artists failing because they know how the music industry is, there are quite a few that could do well if they hit the music scene over here.
So when we all heard that 2NE1‘s leader CL was going to be making her American debut, some of us got a little worried.
It’s certainly not because CL isn’t talented, because she is, it’s the stigma that some Americans have about Korean and Asian artists overall. We’re all worried that she isn’t going to make as big of a splash as we want her to.
I know she’s a big girl who can handle herself and she has a vast musical influence where she can pretty much fit into any genre she wants to, but it’ll be hard. It won’t come without its trials and tribulations.
Even if she does well, there will be some that just can’t see past the fact that she’s a Korean idol. That she’s supposed to be cute and not rap better than some male artists.
But maybe, just maybe, the majority will see past the label they put on Korean artists and listen to the music, because really, that’s all it’s about. That’s really all CL wants it to be about. She wants to make music and doesn’t care what people think about her.
She’s even said in an interview with Billboard, “I wants to represent Asian women. I want to break that typical Asian female stereotype. There’s this standard where they’re all calm. I want to break that. I want to tell the world that there are some bad ass Asian female girls.”
So let me ask you all a question; CL has already proven she can stand on her own as a K-Pop artist. Do you think she can do the same as an American one?
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