Crayon Pop has made known to their fans that they will be back in March. Korea’s most unique girl group plans to make this come back to become the top.
In truth, Crayon Pop’s background story is full of ups and downs. Crayon Pop was initially named Hurricane Pop, and had tried to create a name for themselves in Japan and Korea. A member, Serang decided to go into acting and left, allowing Way to join, forming Crayon Pop.
In the deluge of girl groups debuting, there was no room for Crayon Pop. Girls’ Generation has strongly defended their position as the center of Hallyu, while uniqueness was covered by 2NE1. Besides, there are many minor girl groups uncountable using one’s fingers that makes it hard.
Crayon Pop was embroiled in many controversies. Ilbe and money deposits instead of gifts caused major damage to their image. They started with a bad image even when it’s hard to make it with a good image.
Debut song “Saturday Night”‘s music and performance was ahead of its time. People used to the standard girl groups see Crayon Pop as a unique girl group. Their various controversies also form a challenge.
But everyone’s reversal opportunity eventually comes. Crayon Pop’s reversal came in the form of “Bar Bar Bar”. With a different sound from “Saturday Night”, “Bar Bar Bar”‘s dance and performance caught the eyes and ears of not only Korea, but all over the world.
“Bar Bar Bar” wasn’t well received at first either. But people started singing and dancing along “Bar Bar Bar”. It was due to its distinctive melody, addictive lyrics, and easy to follow choreography.
Korea was taken over by the Crayon Pop craze. Policemen, soldiers, firefighters and various professions all danced Crayon Pop’s “Straight 5 Cylinder Engine Dance”. The “Straight 5 Cylinder Engine Dance” was as popular as Wonder Girls’ “Tell me” dance, and KARA’s “hip dance”.
Crayon Pop’s appearance on music programs did not stop. They had a mantra to not reject any stage. They appeared on “National Song Contest”, a show girl groups rarely appear on. They were also invited by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions to perform.
They also formed Crayhun Pop with Kim Janghoon by announcing “Hero”, a charity project for firemen. There hasn’t been a case of a girl group with so many controversies in their debut to win popularity back again.
It is hard to find another reversal story of a girl group in Korea. By continuing to do their best, without yielding to the controversies, allowed them to accomplish a lot.
They were able to become Korea’s most unique girl group because they faithfully performed their role despite the esoteric concepts, music, performance, etc. Now, no matter how bizarre a concept a girl group adopts, they can’t avoid being called a “Crayon Pop copy cat”.
Now all that remains for Crayon Pop is the summit. Among the many girl groups in Korea, only Girls’ Generation, KARA, and 2NE1 can claim to have been at the summit. With Crayon Pop’s come back ahead, this “Reversal Legend” leaves many expectations of them reaching the top.