Former Wonder Girls member SunMi, who is currently on her world tour promoting her latest comeback release ‘WARNING’, sat down for an interview with Billboard recently.
You can check out a part of the interview below.
Billboard: You’re one of South Korea’s most popular soloists but you got your start in the Wonder Girls, who also spent some time in the U.S. How have things changed?
SunMi: I can’t believe it. At the time, there was no section of K-pop on Billboard.
Billboard: It’s partially because of the groundwork laid by you and Wonder Girls.
SunMi: No, BTS.
Billboard: What sort of message did you want to share with listeners through last year’s Warning album?
SunMi: The message that I wanted to deliver was to give everyone an individual warning to learn about themselves, about what’s coming, about who they are. I don’t really know my character. I often go up and down, I’m unpredictable. When I was young, I thought that I was limited, but then when I started producing myself I realized, “Oh, I can do this this way.” There were so many more ways to express myself. For example, in my “Gashina” music video, I showed my middle finger. But when I was in an idol group, I couldn’t express myself this way. Now, I can express myself more freely.
Some fans apparently didn’t take it to well when she cited BTS as the main reason for K-Pop’s global success.
I think Sunmi didn’t understand what the word “groundwork” meant.. she, WG, BoA, PSY, SNSD etc.. all helped in getting K-Pop known in the USA, their popularity led to the K-Pop BB chart being created in the first place, they made the foundation for BTS, BP’s success here..
— UmaiR [x x] (@loonatheair) March 29, 2019
Do you agree that the second generation K-Pop acts have been more pivotal in K-Pop’s global success? Or do you agree with SunMi and say that it was BTS that made K-Pop what it is today?