So, yeah, “Don’t Leave” isn’t topping out on the charts, either, after “Shall We Dance” didn’t. Which means BLOCK B IS DOOMED!!! DOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!!
You know, just as they have been since Day 1. Dooooooooooooooooooooooooomed. (Because cursed!)
Or maybe ups and downs are a normal thing in a music career? Hence the value of persistence?
It’s honestly kind of funny to me to see the black-and-white thinking kick into gear. Block B has two stadium shows in Korea at the end of this month, and six concerts in Japan after that. “Artist” is still–still–on Gaon (passed 1 million downloads!). I think funeral rites are a tad premature.
And it’s not like other artists don’t deal with this. Taeyang‘s “Eyes Nose Lips” sold 2.3 million downloads; his next single, “Darling,” sold a little more than a tenth of that.
This is what happens. It’s not because the public gives a fuck about some fandom drama or because the exact same company that was in charge when the hits were released suddenly ran out of mojo.
It is normal for this industry. Hits are very unpredictable (I know some musicians who had a song become a hit entirely by accident). Whenever people ask, “Why isn’t this a hit?” I wonder just how many hit songs they themselves have produced–it’s kind of like asking why someone hasn’t been struck by lightning, or thinking that people can win the lottery just by, you know, wanting to.
Needless to say, the unpredictability of hits is and always has been a serious challenge to everyone in the industry. Music labels diversify in order to even out that revenue flow. That’s why, even though Block B has got a comeback and a concert going on, B-Bomb’s doing a play, Park Kyung is plugging away on Problematic Men, and U-Kwon’s doing a Japanese/Korean TV show.
Because Block B is more diversified, that actually takes the pressure off for each and every music release to be some monster hit. They’re established now–it’s not like when they released “Nalina” or even “Very Good.” And while I realize that it’s not uncommon for K-Pop groups to get neglected by their label if things slow down, turning a lull into a career-killer, that’s just very unlikely to happen to Block B–especially now.
In other words–I don’t think this is worth getting weepy about. Just enjoy the music–it’s good, and it’s going to keep on happening.