JYP Entertainment has recently launched a new girl group named VCHA. While the group itself has been extremely vibrant and promising, JYP Entertainment is once again facing significant criticism for debuting its new Kpop girl group, VCHA. So, what happened, and what exactly is the issue? Find out more in the following complete report.
JYP Entertainment Under Fire for the Debut of New Kpop Girl Group, VCHA
Since the beginning of the hallyu wave, the global popularity of Kpop music has constantly risen, forming a new music trend. Kpop has evolved beyond being merely a musical genre native to South Korea; it now stands as a distinct and vibrant musical category in the expansive world of music production, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries.
Naturally, one of the crucial factors in the rise of Kpop music is the Kpop idols, who have delivered stellar performances both in the studio and on stage. This ignited the rising numbers of young trainees aspiring to become successful Kpop idols. And they came not only from South Korea but all around the world.
In a collaboration with Republic Records, the founder of JYP Entertainment, Park Jin Young, made another breakthrough in forming a new Kpop girl group consisting of all-American members, VCHA. The company flew 6 young trainees from Los Angeles to Seoul to answer their call and assist them in realizing their dream to become successful Kpop idols.
Unfortunately, this breakthrough has ignited massive criticism from fans. The criticism is not directed at VCHA or its members, but rather at the underlying issues within JYP Entertainment itself.
So, what happened to VCHA, and why did JYP Entertainment receive so much criticism for its debut?
The first and most primary reason was that all members of JYP new Kpop girl group VCHA were still underage. The eldest of the group, Camila, was born on August 10, 2005. It means that she just turned 18 last month.
The rest of the group members are Lexi the leader (17), Kendall (17), Savanna (17), KG (16), and the maknae Kaylee (13).
Although intended as a groundbreaking collaborative project with Republic Records, JYP Entertainment still insisted in debuting idols at such young age. The company only pays attention to the group’s prospects and future value as a company’s assets, even though experts have been voicing concerns about the danger of this trend.
Korean netizens also noticed the large age gap between VCHA’s maknae, Kaylee, and her unnies. While the other 5 members are almost the same age, Kaylee the maknae is the only one who debuted under the age of 15.
JYP Now Has 5 Active Kpop Girl Groups: A Good or Bad Sign?
With the recent debut of the new Kpop girl group VCHA, JYP Entertainment now has 5 active girl groups along with its predecessors: NMIXX, NiziU, ITZY, and TWICE. Each of these groups possesses its own mesmerizing concepts and images that make them stand out and incomparable to one another.
Still, the question remains: will JYP Entertainment be able to provide adequate and humane assistance to all these talented girl groups?
and all are mismanaged 😍😍😍 congrats JYPE 💕 https://t.co/qpr3tznN6s— diyo (@coIormetrue) September 24, 2023
and not one managed correctly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/83y6qfHjT3— Jei (@keqinganyu) September 24, 2023
NiziU stuck in a Japanese basement forbidden to leave, Itzy struggling to find their sound again, NMIXX struggling to compete with the big 4 Gen girl groups. JYP needs to step up https://t.co/btnaol2cxm— JH🧃 (@iwastalking) September 24, 2023
Fans express concerns about how having too many girl groups will only result in overlapping schedules and comebacks. This could lead to certain groups receiving more attention while others remain overlooked due to management issues.
Moreover, debuting more girl groups, despite having several successful ones, only resulted in a deviation of attention and resources. Some fans might even think that the company would no longer care about the “older” girl group since they already have new ones to care for.
Finally, this also creates unhealthy internal competition between the groups and fandoms. After all, Kpop companies mostly pay attention to the groups that are more commercially successful. So, the more groups the company has, the fiercer competition will be.
So, do you believe that JYP Entertainment has made the right decision in debuting its new girl group, VCHA, right away? Please share your thoughts in the comments. And stay updated with VCHA’s latest news on Kpoppost’s Instagram, Threads, Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram channel.
In the meantime, here’s VCHA’s debut showcase at the KBS Music Bank.
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