The impact of K-pop is now global. International artists must cater to the needs of K-pop fans as they are currently the biggest music market. Therefore, international artists are using K-pop shows to promote their music. After New Hope Club, a British trio that entered the K-pop market by appearing on a music show, American singer and songwriter Conan Gray will make an appearance on a Korean music show.
On August 2, 2022, it was announced that Conan Gray was set to make an appearance on next week’s SBS music show called “The Show”. Confused K-pop fans now remember a time when singer Usher appeared on another SBS music show titled “Inkigayo.” K-pop fans talk about how international artists are now coming to South Korea to seek the same kind of exposure that K-pop acts first sought when appearing on international talk shows .
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Conan Gray will appear in K-pop shows
Gray rose to fame after his singles like “Maniac” and “Heather” became hits. The singles were part of his debut album titled “Kid Krow” which was released in 2020. “Maniac” was and still is one of his most popular tracks and has been covered by several K-pop idols. In addition to his music career, Gray is adored by fans for publicly interacting with them.
However, K-pop fans are skeptical about Gray debuting on a music show that airs and caters to K-pop music fans. K-pop fans joke that now international musicians will be forced to perform “aegyos” and “ending faries” in order to meet K-pop standards. In addition to SBS’s “The Show,” Gray is also set to appear on Red Velvet Wendy’s radio show titled “Wendy’s Youngstreet” on August 8, 2022. He will perform on “The Show” on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
“Like Usher on Inkigayo”
Fans share their shock to see an American singer perform on a Korean music show. One fan said, “Conan Gray playing in the show was not on my 2022 kpop bingo chart.” Another fan said, “Conan Gray attends Korean music shows… next thing you know Justin Bieber will too and the whole crowd will be filled with kpop idols.”
One fan said: “The Conan Gray thing isn’t THAT weird if you think about it – they bring a foreign singer to the show, kinda similar to how kpop bands perform on TV shows foreign.”
One fan said, “CONAN GRAY IN A KPOP SHOW?!???” Another fan said, “NEXT WEEK CONAN GRAY IS A KPOP MUSIC SHOW, please what the fuck is Conan Gray doing on the show.”
Another fan said, “Half the kpop industry didn’t even star in the show, but conan gray??” One fan said, “Sorry but Conan Gray in SLAY series bestie!!!!!!!! He’s my best friend, yes I want interactions with kpop idols.”
Another fan said, “WILL HE MAKE A FINAL FAIRY TOO???” They continued, “NAURR IMAGINE HE DOING AEGYO.” Another fan said, “PLEASE BRO THIS IS JUST LIKE USHER ON INKIGAYO, IM DED.”
One fan said, “I just looked up to check and it’s not a lie guys, we gotta stop this.” Another fan joked, “They talked about maniac so much that he came to Korea.”
conan gray attends korean music shows… next thing you know justin bieber will do too and the whole crowd will be filled with kpop idols
— naf (@jaeyunstic) August 2, 2022
the conan gray thing isn’t that weird if you think about it – they bring a foreign singer to the show, kinda similar to how kpop bands perform on foreign tv shows
– hana ✘⁷ looking for pleadings (@0x1ovsong) August 3, 2022
NEXT WEEK CONAN GRAY IT’S A KPOP MUSIC SHOW PLS what the fuck is Conan Gray going to do at the show😭
— nat ♡̷̷ (@fairyswoo) August 2, 2022
Sorry but conan gray on the show 🙏🙏🙏🙏 SLAY bestie!!!!!!!! He’s my best friend, yes I want interactions with kpop idols🧐 https://t.co/1y6efJSopm
— char🦋 (@jeongjaedimple) August 2, 2022
if you tell me in 2018 the artsy conan from texas conan gray youtube channel is going to perform at a kpop idol show in sk i would call the police
– far⁷ (slow) (@14outof7) August 2, 2022
NAURR IMAGINE HE DOING AEGYO
— lesbians love cyberpunk (@prettyification) August 2, 2022
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