July 17, 2000 17:01
After two Korean pop concerts failed to continue the success of another popular Korean group, H.O.T, in China, local media questioned whether this was indicating the so-called "Korean Wave" was ebbing. Such suggestions arose as a group of four dancers and singers called NRG managed to fill four fifths of an 18,000 seat stadium on July 14, but did not get a very immediate response from the crowd, and a July 15 concert for singer Ahn Jae-uk did not gain as much popularity as expected.
The Beijing Shinbao reported that compared the H.O.T performances in February this year, with that of NRG said that there were many empty seats and the crowd did not seem to be as enthusiastic as they had been for H.O.T despite NRG's efforts of bringing additional dancers from Korea and making a special tribute to a former member who recently passed away. The tribute song had only a slight effect to a small number of fanatic fans but most other spectators were not that interested, the
paper commented. The Chinese newspaper concluded that some Chinese music
experts feel the peak of the "Korean Boom" has passed within six months of the H.O.T concert.
(From Beijing, Jee Hae-bom, email@example.com)
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