So, some of you may be wondering, what’s “YBmagazine” exactly?
Ybmagazine is a project by one of Korea’s biggest Taeyang fan groups – Ybmania. In it, they feature various articles, quotes, and interviews for Taeyang and YG to read and learn more about Taeyang’s fan base. It’s an amazing undertaking with lots of fan love attached. With that being said, I am happy to share ATY’s spread in YBmagazine’s first volume!
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Ybmania about ATY and Taeyang in the international world; it is a 10 page spread which includes captures of our site, fan messages (yes some of your messages in Korean!) and my interview! This is definitely very exciting for us, as it’s probably the first official stamp on our international site. The magazine itself has already been delivered to Taeyang & YG, so who knows, our next visitor on ATY may just be Taeyang himself
Thank you YBmania for giving us a chance to show ATY to Taeyang (esp the awesome Myokoon )
Go under the cut for excerpts from my interview!
A few excerpts from my interview with YBmania:
>From how many nations do people visit ATY? And how many people a day?
The visitors on ATY come from around the world! It’s very exciting to see how many people are interested in Taeyang and his music. Places include – Canada, U.S, Australia, England, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Sweden, France, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Brazil- just name a few. Usually in a day we have about 5,000 hits on the website from everywhere. On the release of “Wedding Dress” we had 12,500 hits on the website.
>ATY’s visit count has been increasing. Are you realizing? Have you expected that?
Yes it is increasing! We recently reached 1 million views on the website. Actually, when the website first started we were not expecting much, we just wanted a place to share news about Taeyang, but now people are discovering him internationally.
>How’s the image of Korean fans?
Korean fans are simply amazing! The amount of time and dedication that Korean fans put into representing their idols is very impressive. I am lucky to have met some Korean fans from YB fan sites and its wonderful how welcoming they are and always willing to help us international fans out!
>Do you think Taeyang can succeed in the American market?
I think Taeyang has the best chance of succeeding in the American market. I don’t say this because I am his fan but from living here and seeing the artist styles and trends; Taeyang has a great chance of doing well. I think Taeyang would be more easily accepted because he doesn’t have to change who he is at all. Taeyang’s style – both music and fashion – is well known in America but he also adds his own signature to it. You can tell Taeyang is all natural and he would fit in very well with the current music scene. What would set him apart is not only his voice but his dancing. There aren’t any Asian artists in the American industry yet who can sing AND dance well and Taeyang excels at both in the Korean market, so America is not so far-fetched for him. Also, I have introduced him to many people who do not listen to Kpop, and they really appreciate and accept his style and music.
>Taeyang’s performances with girls like Sinner and My Girl could look a bit loud in Korea. How do you feel about them?
Over here, it’s not looked at loudly at all; in fact both performances were taken very well by international fans and had a lot of sensual appeal that most American artists tend to do over here already. It really depends on the culture of the countries. I think it was a more bold move for Taeyang to do performances like that, but I liked them because they showed a different to him as an artist and that he is capable of doing more bolder performances that are tasteful and artistic. He did it because the song lyrics and style of the song required him to do so, and to fit a performance to the level of the song – it needed to be done.
>Korean fans are not satisfied with the YG promotion. Then, we’re wondering how international fans and you think about Tae yang’s activities.
I cannot speak on behalf of all international fans, however, I will speak about some discussion that has been going on lately. Personally, I have been a little disappointed with YG. We were anticipating Taeyang’s 2nd solo album early 2010, however we now have no news about it. We were also astonished at how little promotion Taeyang got to do for “Wedding Dress” because we were excited to see him twice a week on music shows, however that never happened. Of course, we love YG and appreciate all he does for his artists but I think the problem is clarifying what is going on for fans as most of us are left wondering on our own and also, we want the best for Taeyang, so if he is happy with his activities, we are as well.
I thought the questions were rather interesting and different, I tried to remain “politically correct” with my responses however this is also a chance for me to express some of the blogger feelings and the international stance on some of the issues (ie. promotions), I tried to do my best to represent