BigBang’s Return Gets Mixed Reactions From Chinese K-pop Fans

After nearly four years of radio silence, iconic South Korean boy band BigBang is making a long-awaited comeback.

According to the group’s agency YG Entertainment, their new drop is scheduled for April 5th. The last thing BigBang released was “Flower Road” in 2018.

Many reasons were given for the band’s hiatus, including South Korea’s mandatory military service and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Consisting of G-Dragon, TOP, Taeyang and Daesung, BigBang is known for its record music videos in the K-pop industry.

Despite their long absence, the group’s dominance in the entertainment industry is undeniable, as evidenced by the enthusiasm of their fans around the world, including in China.

On March 21, the hashtag as BigBang’s comeback was trending on Weibo and racked up over 150 million views.

K-pop kings return,” it succinctly reads. comment.

“I started playing their old songs to prepare for the new version!” enthusiastic another user before complaining, “Why do I still have to wait 15 days?”

Even so, many criticize BigBang, especially since some members have already been involved in a marijuana controversy.

“Does anyone remember G-Dragon ever using drugs?” complained a commentator.

K-Pop has long been adopted in China. But given the country crackdown on fan culture and the ongoing geopolitical tensions between China and South Korea, the genre has often been criticized.

In addition, the Chinese government pointed out punish celebrities for “bad behavior”, which includes breaking the law and having a negative impact on society.

So it remains to be seen how BigBang’s return will be perceived in the country in the long run.

Cover image: Screenshot via YouTube

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