my thoughts on a question nobody asked me but have them anyway lmao
not enough people streaming on melon. literally this is the main one
maybe could stream a bit more on youtube?
needed more people voting live and for pre-votes
I can’t think of any more hmm did I mention melon streaming??
very rushed promotions to squeeze it in before the tour: only 2-3 weeks instead of the usual 4 (and usually groups don’t/can’t win in the first week of promotions anyway, so that only left around one week of being on shows in which we had a chance of winning)
I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s TS’s fault, but generally, fewer people tend to buy physical single albums than full or mini albums because they’re essentially paying the same price for less (eg rose was the first time I bought a B.A.P single album), but actually rose is so far their second highest-selling single album, which is pretty impressive
things out of our control:
tough competition: comeback at the same time as other groups with better melon streaming / larger korean fanbases
music bank and music core being cancelled during the first week of promotions. mucore doesn’t have a winner anymore, but mubank was arguably our best chance at winning after the show, and because the first ep was cancelled, that was shown during the second week (whereas if that ep was a new one from the 2nd week then we could have possibly had a chance of winning), and then that was it, promotions over…
changes to how winners are chosen on the show: no more tudou streaming and I think no more laifeng votes? still not exactly sure what they are, but before we could collect our strength and buy them points on the show (as dumb as it sounds) and spend ages doing extra streaming on a website that kept crashing and deleting views, but now the show cares more about melon streaming too (like the other music shows) (do u see how important digital streaming is)
but don’t let that make you sad! from what I’ve personally seen, the general reaction (both fans and not) to wake me up / rose has been more hyped and impressed than it has probably since matrix. B.A.P have said they have more comebacks scheduled for this year, so hopefully we’ll be able to get them what they deserve next time.
PS: people sometimes compare B.A.P’s youtube views to other groups, where we usually don’t do as well. then there’s the usual topic of some fans leaving and moving to other groups during the hiatus etc etc etc……. well actually, our youtube views aren’t really that different from pre-hiatus? I remember when 1004 (their main breakthrough and at the height of their career back then) was released on the 3rd of february, jongup’s wish was for the mv to reach 1 million views by his birthday on the 6th - 3 days later and it still didn’t reach 1 million. on the other hand, wake me up reached 2.25 million views in around 5 and a half days. with the explosion of kpop in the last couple of years, some groups enjoy immense success on a whole new scale. our achievements only seem inferior if we compare them to others - let’s focus on ourselves and see how far both B.A.P and we as fans have come, and think about how we can continue to go forward!
PPS: nice things I’ve noticed recently (last few months since noir/skydive):
more content creators in the fandom making things: more gifsets, graphics, fics etc
said content getting more recognition
a sense of humour! crack blogs, more people making funny videos and text posts and funny edits
honestly I keep finding new B.A.P blogs to follow - more people joining the fandom or existing fans choosing to take more part in the fandom on tumblr!
fans on tumblr interacting more with each other! through networks or just starting to talk to each other on here :D
B.A.P trended on tumblr for yongguk and himchan’s birthdays!
himchan and youngjae gaining more recognition in general these days
wow this took way too long, i started this when that chapter came out btw. anyways if you’re still in the dirkjake fandom and you haven’t read this please go fix that. super super IC accurate canon characters in a very not canon setting, obviously. not just dirkjake either, awesome wholesome alpha friendships too.
hi guys!! IM FINALLY BACK WOW ??? its been way too long since my last post but im trying out a new layout for my uploads hehe ~ so this was a september spread ft some photos from brunch and japan!! honestly melbourne has so many nice brunch places its actually so hard to keep track of them all…and so hard to save money when you legit walk past 3 brunch places on the daily :’(
Shiro and Keith posters are the only ones about voltron and Pidge and Lance posters are the only ones about defeating the Galra empire and... Idk those are my OTPs and I love that.
anon, you and i are on the same page! but what do i know, maybe it doesn’t really mean anything. maybe we’re all a little crazy because we’ve been in this fandom way too long. it’s probably just our imaginations, am i right?
Wow, I put this off WAY too long (similarly to the completion of this piece itself). This is a commission I did for @its-york-catch! It took much longer than I wished it too (all me and my procrastinating ass’s fault) but it was super worth it in the end! I learned a lot from this. Hope you like it!