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  • ♪ (punk rock music) ♪

  • (echoing footsteps)

  • - Whoa, ooh, the aesthetics are so nice.

  • Oh, what is-- oh, are these K-pop people?

  • Oh, it's K-pop, huh?

  • ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - I love K-pop.

  • - This is K-pop.

  • Yeah, I have no idea who the hell this is.

  • - Before I was on the show, I was requesting BTS

  • to be on Teens React.

  • - Ooh.

  • ♪ (electronic dance music) ♪

  • - It's pretty artistic.

  • - 'Ey!

  • - I like the tune.

  • - Oh snap, some sick moves.

  • ♪ (rapping in Korean) ♪

  • - Catchy.

  • - The song's got a really good flow.

  • - They're so pretty.

  • - They look so good! It's so good.

  • ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - Where's the volume button at? Bump this. (laughing)

  • - "Kill me gently." (laughing)

  • Same. (laughing)

  • - That's so cool.

  • - Ooh, gosh!

  • - It's super aesthetically pleasing. (laughing)

  • - Dude, I love watching K-pop music videos

  • because they go so ham with them.

  • - Damn.

  • - Whoa. Whoa.

  • - Is it like an Angel of Death thing?

  • - Is he kissing the statue? Oh, okay.

  • - Okay, you did that.

  • - You gotta detach yourself from the fact

  • that he's kissing a statue, and just appreciate how hot he looks.

  • ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - I don't know. I just appreciate this so much.

  • The choreography is so good.

  • ♪ (song concludes) ♪

  • - (gasping) Oh, he's cracking.

  • Oh my god-- the symbolism in that though.

  • - I enjoyed it.

  • It's not really my cup of tea, but I still enjoyed it.

  • - I liked this video compared to the other ones I've seen,

  • but, as a whole, I don't like it.

  • - All of their videos always impress me.

  • Their dance moves are always on point,

  • like, the whole aesthetics is always on point,

  • and they just always look so good.

  • - ♪ (keyboard playing) ♪

  • - It's BLACKPINK, okay.

  • ♪ (upbeat synthpop) ♪

  • - I'm not trying to be biased here,

  • but I think I like this a little bit more now.

  • ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - Same, be careful around men. (laughing)

  • - Yes, men are the worst.

  • They're awful.

  • - I don't think I like this as much as I liked their other ones.

  • - I'm loving the camera angles though.

  • They did a really good job on this.

  • - It's so colorful.

  • I notice this about a lot of Korean music videos.

  • I love the color and, like, all the visuals that it gives you.

  • - ♪ Look at me, look at me now

  • - I-- I never understood the inclusion of the English language in these songs.

  • ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • Oh uh uh oh

  • My love is on fire

  • - Oh, I'm thoroughly enjoying this one more.

  • - ♪ Now burn, baby, burn

  • ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - Just look at the aesthetic!

  • It's just so-- they're literally singing in a burning building.

  • Like, that's so cool. That's so cool.

  • - Really uplifting music.

  • - Oh, she looks sad now, but I thoroughly enjoyed that.

  • - I can definitely see them being one of the more popular girl bands.

  • ♪ (electric guitar riff) ♪

  • - This is EXO.

  • ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - Oh, this is a really cool set.

  • That's so cool.

  • - ♪ What you think about that

  • What you think about that, that

  • - Singing in English or, like, maybe even in another language

  • is really popular because you don't really see that that much

  • in America.

  • - ♪ Hey mama

  • - There's so many of them.

  • Oh my gosh, who do I focus on?

  • - ♪ Just you and I ♪

  • ♪ (singing in Korean) ♪

  • - You always have to admire the dancing in these videos.

  • It's very good.

  • - The dancing is phenomenal.

  • ♪ (rapping in Korean) ♪

  • - It's pretty sweet.

  • - The music definitely sounds different.

  • - ♪ Now 1, 2, 3 ♪

  • ♪ (rapping in Korean) ♪

  • - 'Ey! That's funky.

  • - ♪ Every day is a party day

  • It's a party day, it's a party day

  • - Pretty catchy. I like it.

  • ♪ (electric guitar riff) ♪

  • - Oh, dang, EXO, oh!

  • I hear people talking about this all the time.

  • - That group was probably the best

  • out of the ones I've seen, like, ever.

  • - I've never really taken the time to listen to any of this,

  • but I've liked them all so far.

  • - I actually would probably look into it now.

  • Before, I really had no interest in it.

  • ♪ (punk rock music) ♪

  • - (FBE) Okay, so, before we start talking about these artists,

  • the K-pop fandom seems to be very split

  • about K-pop react videos, even though FBE has been making them

  • for almost five years.

  • Many think YouTubers only do it for views,

  • and that non-fans watching just say uninformed things,

  • and when big channels cover K-pop, it brings K-pop too into the mainstream.

  • So, what do you think about that criticism?

  • - Like I said in the last K-pop video,

  • their fanbase is really, really intense.

  • - From a fan perspective, maybe you don't want them

  • to be all just-- everyone knows about them

  • and you're not the only one that knows about them.

  • - People who do react videos to things, the reason isn't necessarily

  • to be mainstream and jump on the bandwagon.

  • It's to shows people's reaction to things,

  • if they may not even know these bands.

  • - People are gonna say uninformed things on everything,

  • and you've just kind of got to live with it,

  • and just, you know, let the press happen

  • because the more attention you get, the better it's gonna go.

  • - (FBE) On the flip side, others have said they became

  • big K-pop fans because of our shows or other channels' videos,

  • and say it helps make these bands more popular,

  • to get global audiences.

  • What do you think, hearing that?

  • - I think that's really good because some people,

  • they don't really know that much about Korean music artists.

  • - I just like being able to learn more about different cultures,

  • so I see this as a very positive thing.

  • - People who click on this video are gonna go watch that video

  • if they like it, or if they laugh, or are interested.

  • - Just because, you know, people become exposed to it

  • through this, or something like that,

  • that doesn't make them any less of a fan.

  • You've got to be exposed to it somewhere, at some point.

  • - YouTubers, um, making videos about K-pop

  • really helps more people get into the fandom,

  • and then later, they'll go deeper in,

  • but it just helps them as an introduction.

  • That was me.

  • I think I saw Big Bang on the first YouTubers React.

  • - (FBE) Okay, so let's talk about the bands.

  • The first video we showed you was for the song

  • "Blood, Sweat, and Tears," by the group BTS.

  • - Okay, I figured the title had something to do

  • with blood, sweat, and tears.

  • - (FBE) Their fans really have been requesting for us

  • to show you this, as the video broke records

  • for the most views in 24 hours by a K-pop group,

  • and most sales in a week for a K-pop album,

  • and the highest ranking album on the Billboard Top 200.

  • - Holy crap!

  • That's really impressive.

  • That just kind of blows everything out of the water.

  • - They have so many views right now. I'm so proud of them!

  • - (FBE) The band also wrote and co-produced their latest album,

  • as well as dove into many social issues.

  • - Well, I wasn't the biggest fan of the song,

  • but I do highly respect the fact that they wrote their own music

  • and produced it.

  • I feel like a lot of people don't do that in working in the pop music industry.

  • - (FBE) What do you think about how they are as big,

  • if not bigger, than groups you know here in America?

  • - Oh, I think that that's fantastic.

  • The talent and the quality of everything is just so good

  • that everyone in the entire world likes it,

  • and that's super impressive.

  • - It just shows that it doesn't really matter anymore

  • where you come from; you can still break the billboards anywhere.

  • - The fact that they're going above and beyond,

  • even American musicians in the US, that's fantastic.

  • That's amazing. I'm so-- I'm so proud of them.

  • - (FBE) The next video we showed you was from the girl group BLACKPINK,

  • called "Playing With Fire."

  • They just dropped their first album and already have become

  • one of the biggest acts in K-pop, with their first two singles

  • topping the Korean and US/World charts.

  • What about them do you think made them so popular so quickly?

  • - You know, they're a girl group.

  • (laughing) That's why.

  • - They stand out.

  • They're, like, literally too immaculate.

  • - That was, you know, the poppy girl stuff,

  • but it was also just like-- it was good, it was fun to listen to.

  • I can see how it can really reach an audience.

  • - (FBE) So, our last video was for "Hey Mama,"

  • by EXO-CBX, a subgroup of the main group EXO,

  • who we covered on Teens React in the past.

  • - Yeah, I love them. They're cool.

  • - (FBE) What do you think about the fact that these groups

  • are so big that they're releasing music as smaller groups within the band,

  • but the band as a whole is still together?

  • - That is really weird.

  • I feel like I would almost be offended, like,

  • if I was part of that group and I wasn't part of the little group.

  • - I think it's nice because that way, like,

  • if individual members have different preferences

  • and they have different tastes, they can express them more.

  • - It may have a mixture to do with business saying, hey,

  • what if there's a-- we notice that there's a small following for these guys,

  • and if we break them off and give them their own music,

  • they'll become more popular, and we'll make more money.

  • - In America, you'd never hear of that.

  • It's either One Direction or One Direction breaking up.

  • There's never been a giant group, as big as them,

  • who just go into small subgroups.

  • - (FBE) After seeing and talking about K-pop,

  • is this a genre you can find yourself not just listening to,

  • but wanting to understand more?

  • - I would enjoy understanding them, but I'm not necessarily sure

  • I want to join a fandom.

  • - I don't know if I would watch it religiously,

  • but I think, you know, I would check it out

  • to see what it's about.

  • - Personally, I don't like K-pop. It's not my style of music.

  • I don't have anything against it.

  • - It's something that I could listen to,

  • but I don't think I would listen to it a lot.

  • - I'm definitely an army, hands down.

  • I like Twice, I like Red Velvet, I loved Russian Roulette--

  • that was such a good song-- I like EXO still,

  • and I like BTS, obviously.

  • - I feel like I'm gonna end up joining one of the really big fanbases

  • and becoming a total fangirl.

  • - K-pop just seems like such an interesting fandom to be a part of.

  • Knowing that, I don't know, people from across the world

  • can communicate with each other because of these bands,

  • it's just super cool to me

  • - Thanks for watching this episode of Teens React.

  • - If you want to see more, subscribe.

  • We have new content every week.

  • - Let us know in the comments what K-pop artist

  • you want to see us react to next.

  • - Thanks for watching, everyone. Bye!

  • - Hey, everyone, it's Dallen here, from FBE.

  • Thanks so much for watching this episode of Teens React.

  • We know when we do K-pop, it can get a little controversial,

  • but we really love the music here, and just want more of you to check it out.

  • Appreciate all the feedback.

  • ♪ (punk rock music) ♪

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