SuperM has finally made their highly awaited American debut!
The super project group was first announced months ago to mixed reactions from fans, despite that, SM and Capitol Records carried on with the intended debut plans.
On October 4, SuperM debuted with their first mini-album “SuperM” and the title track “Jopping.”
On one of the most popular Naver article covering the debut of SuperM, reactions were rather negative; here are what some K-netizens are saying: [taken from the top voted comments on the article]
“Lets not go oversea and embarrass ourselves with a song like this.”
“Its really bad… so bad. I like Baekhyun, Kai and Mark but I think this sucks… do they think that this song was a good choice because they were screaming so loud? Seriously…”
“What ‘as expected from Lee Soo Man?’ he took kids who were doing just fine and was shooting Age of Peace 2? This isn’t the early 2000s.”
“They’re really faces of SM.”
“As soon as I watched the first scene, I cringed… even rookie idols can do better than that… Taemin, Baekhyun, Kai… What to do… Seriously, feels like they’ve been sacrificed… the song is so bad as well… ugh.”
“They spent a lot on the MV but it feels like it was rushed… there is no emotion and it just looks like MV to flex… I kept feeling embarrassed…”
“I watched the video and it sounds like typical SM sound, it has an awkward R&b part+ sudden high note+ individual and characteristic rap parts.”
“SM has lost its touch…”
You can check out the debut MV below, do you agree with netizens or not?
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My Personal Thoughts
I checked out the track and it’s very similar to some EXO songs and some NCT songs as well. In short, I didn’t like it. It felt like it was all over the place, the lyrics were cringy and overly repetitive, it looks like a song from the early 2000s.
I’ve heard many better American tracks about popping your head and dancing all night long but they were arranged way better than Jopping. I know that many kpop fans love this track, since naturally, we all have different taste but let’s compare this track to the top 50 of the current HOT 100 on billboard.
If you take a look (which I recommend) you will find that the song sound is very different from what the general American public listens to, I don’t understand what Lee Soo man was thinking will all honesty… I am baffled! SM had amazing resources put into this and this is what they came up with? I expected better from SM.
If their aim is to concur the American market they must try to bring their own unique musical color infused with what people currently listen to so it doesn’t feel foreign to them. (Mind you I am not talking about Kpop fans but average music listeners in America)
Americans, in general, don’t really care about MVs as much as we Kpop fans do. If the song is good then they don’t really care if it has an MV or not. Having a lavish MV does not really determine the quality of the song.
Did Capitol really see this and think to themselves ‘you know what, they’ll break the internet’? Capitol knows how the American market works, how come this is the outcome we have?
Of course, I would love for more Kpop acts to break into the west, the more the better. I am not trying to be negative, but it pains me that these boys are working so hard on something that could’ve easily been done better.
We have to wait and see if SuperM is a success or not, so far, it’s looking average. I’ll talk more about my opinion when chart results come out.