Could Lee Seung Gi, B2ST, and 2NE1 be leading the next Hallyu wave?
Over the next few months, a representative contingent of Korea’s top idol singers and stars will be crossing the East Sea towards the land of the rising sun in order to try their hand in the increasingly-competitive Japanese music market.
With all these stars heading over to Japan around the same time, one might begin to wonder, who’s really going to be successful?
The people have spoken, and it looks as if Lee Seung Gi, everyone’s favorite MC/actor/singer, is expected to spearhead this next movement in the Hallyu wave. ‘Monkey3‘, a Korean music site, recently conducted a poll and found that 45% of its respondents (234 votes) believed Lee Seung Giwould make it big in Japan. Netizens have commented, “The way to succeed in Japan is through singing“, “In Japan, the dramas “Shining Inheritance” and “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” are already well-known“. Lee Seung Gi is due to start his promotions this month in Japan, complete with performances and fan meetings.
Coming at second place is 2NE1, who recently released a Japanese version of their single, “Go Away“. They garnered 22% of the votes (115 votes), and B2st came in 3rd with 18% of the vote (92 votes). Meanwhile, 2PM came in 4th place with 6% (32 votes), and SECRET and After School came in 5th and 6th places, with 6% (29 votes) 4% (20 votes), respectively.
cr: ALLKPOP, Review Star