There’s been a lot of complaining because Block B isn’t doing many (or even any) of the Korean year-end music shows. This is being perceived as a slight directed at the group from these shows.
I feel like this is a bit like complaining because Block B isn’t attending every local Mud Festival in Korea, and insisting that this is happening because the local festival organizers are disrespecting the group.
The thing is, back in 2013, when they were performing every tiny local festival, Block B did appear on the year-end music shows.
In 2014, they somehow managed to appear on even more year-end music shows and events
to the point where they were choking on fireworks,
Uh, considerably less awesome once you hit the 3:20 mark.
forgetting lines, and pretty much ready to drop from exhaustion.
Geez, guys, take a rest, will ya?
Yeah. Of course I love seeing them perform, too, but you have to remember that for them, this is work. And it can be very hard work.
The good news is, all that work paid off! Here we are in the final days of 2016, and Block B is about as popular as it is possible for a boy group to get in Korea. But what that means is, at this point, doing year-end event after year-end event after year-end event doesn’t have much potential upside for them. Block B is not this up-and-coming group any more, where if they just pushed harder it could potentially have this huge impact on sales. Instead, they already have big sales in Korea, and it’s hard to imagine a situation where, if they just promoted a bit more, their sales would double or something.
Where you are seeing the activity instead is in the solo work. If you’re Taeil, and you’ve got two solo shows coming up in Japan, where would you prefer to put your energy? If you’re Jaehyo or U-Kwon, and you’ve been cast in a popular musical, how would you like to spend your rehearsal time–polishing your performance in that show, or running through “Toy” yet again?
It’s true that Zico is a bit maxed out on popularity as a solo artist as well, but that’s not the case for anyone else in the group. And if you’re interested in seeing the group stay together, the last thing you should want is for the members to feel like they have to choose between developing their own individual careers and being in Block B.
Luckily, there’s no real reason things have to be that way. But part of that balancing act is that sometimes Block B is going to opt out of doing things that are fun for the fans, because those things are also very tiring and time-consuming for the members.