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00:37 CST :: 4/16/2019

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So, right now on the Billboard Hot 100, we’ve got Blackpink debuting at #41 with their new single “Kill This Love”, with BTS coming next week with a likely top 10 debut for their crossover single “Boy With Luv”, possibly even top 5. Attentive Pump fans will remember that Blackpink was supposed to appear in Prime 2’s second phase with their song As If It’s Your Last, but that never came to fruition. Subsequently with XX’s launch, the series lost almost every K-Pop it had left, keeping only two Novasonic perennials, Dreamcatcher, and some (not even all) of the released second phase licenses. It’s not a stretch to suggest that the increasing worldwide popularity of K-Pop has been driving up demand to the point that Andamiro can’t afford to keep ahold of licenses like they used to.

We’ve even seen the Blackpink scenario in the past thanks to the unwitting harbinger of this entire chain of events: Psy. Before Gangnam Style tore through the world, Andamiro confirmed that Psy’s Right Now would be a launch song on Fiesta 2. However, because of the aforementioned popularity, they ended up having to renege.

I suppose the question now stands: how do we feel about this? Personally, I’ve felt that one of Pump’s fascinating traits was to pick at the Korean music scene at different points of time and summarize it in essence with the license choices, and what they were able to keep around served as a kind of time capsule into both the scene and the game’s history, as many of the songs ended up becoming iconic parts of Pump itself. “Funky Tonight”, “Don’t Bother Me”, “Dignity”, tracks like these feel so interconnected with Pump and it still stings how we’ve lost them over the past few mixes. Feel free to sound off, this forum could use some more activity.


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11:39 CST :: 4/16/2019

RaúlCamOv
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Indeed, it is a bad thing. It is no longer the 2000s where K-Pop was barely known outside of Korea. With the genre as a whole going mainstream so does the artist's value, and of course, the licencing fees.

On the other hand, look at what part of K-Pop is the one which went mainstream: Boy and Girl acts. They became so big to the point casual people no longer stand them (similar to Reggeaton/Trap artists here in LatAm) and seeing them on PIU nowadays is like "oh shoot they're here too? Damn" from newbs. So, in a sense, the fact that the number of K-Pop in XX is at the lowest point in years may not be a bad thing at all (XX currently has 228 Original Songs, 41 Pops, 31 crossovered songs, 21 J-songs, and only 20 K-pop songs, yeah, TWENTY).

Looks like Pump being all about K-Pop is a thing of the past. Ironically they actually "addressed" one of the primary complaints from players nowadays: "There is too much K-Pop in Pump", which was never true.

Happy 20th anniversary, Pump It Up.

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