Video by Lee Min-young, Kim Kang-min
K-pop singers have been pretty much dominating the music scene in Asia for many years, laying the foundation for K-pop acts like BTS and BLACKPINK to become major in the region and beyond.
And behind the huge popularity of K-pop music are the South Korean entertainment agencies, notoriously known for the mind-blowing intensity of hard training they expect their trainees to endure in order to reach perfection. Members of major Korean idol groups are mostly expected to have received over 4 years of training.
This unique management system can only be found in South Korea. And ShowBT, a Seoul-based entertainment agency that later branched out to the Philippines, has tried out an experiment by becoming the first Korean agency to bring that training system to the Philippines.
Soon after ShowBT unveiled its first Filipino boy band SB19, a K-pop-inspired all-Pinoy boy band, the group immediately started to receive enormous support on social media. Their latest single 'Go Up' has gone viral on YouTube, garnering 4.4 million views.
The band already has more than 400,000 followers on Facebook, more than 165,000 followers on Instagram and over 146,000 Twitter followers.
"As a group, we look up to BTS." Member Sejun said during an interview with The Korea Times at the ShowBT office in Manila. They hope to become the first Filipino boy group to be globally recognized and show Filipino talent to the world.
If you want to know more about SB19, check out our exclusive video interview with the group!
Read more about SB19 at: https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2019/09/732_276281.html