(KPOPLINE) – Kpop idols can be proud of what their fandoms have made for them.
If you are a K-pop fan, you must be familiar with this phrase, because this is where you can find thousands of your idols’ photos.
Fansite are websites created by idols’ fan clubs, usually from Korea or China. Heads of fansites are people who often carry big cameras, and zoom lens to take good photos for their idols. These fans are the ones who have jobs, and can control their own time and money.
In addition, they can follow idols to everywhere, even to international tours. For famous idol groups, apart from fansites for the whole group, there are many individual fansites for each members.
These fansites are the sources of providing idol images.
Only Kpop fans will do this unique thing for their idols. Kpop fans nowadays tend to give rice wreaths instead of customary flower bouquets to celebrities’ events, a good way to show their support to idols and contribute to social activities.
2PM's fans sending rice wreaths at their idol group's concert
The rice is then donated to a charity under the idol's and fan club’s name. For example, at the premiere of Love Rain (2012), with the participation of Asia's hottest actor Jang Geun Suk and YoonA (SNSD), over 13.8 tons of rice from all over the world was sent to the film crew during the press conference.
Rice Wreaths serves as a bridge to connect idols and their fans together.
In Kpop, fanchant is the way to show off that how big and powerful your fandom is.
Fanchant is the word or phrase that fans chant to cheer for their favorite singer in a song. These fanchants are usually created that match the melody of the song.
A.R.M.Y's fanchan for BTS's Mic Drop performance at SBS Gayo Daejun
Along with phrases, taken in the song, fans scream group’s name and members’ names to match with the song. For instance, in SNSD’s PARTY, when the girls sing “Hey girls!” then fans will chant loudly: “jigeum-eun sonyeosidae!” (This is Girls’ generation).
Fanchants are used not only to express their love to idols, but also to show strength and solidarity of a fandom.
Some of fanchants, which were highly valued in the Kpop industry, are fanchant in TVXQ’s O Jung Ban Hap at Asia Song Festival 2007, SNSD’s I Got A Boy at Dream Concert 2013, and Wonder Girls’ 2 Different Tears at Music Bank 2010.
Buying thousands of albums
Kpop is now getting more and more crowded. To achieve a victory, an idol group needs a strong fan base.
Today, buying idol group’s album is not only a way to support them, but also a way to help your idol to win on weekly music shows. Therefore, fans have to carry out an important mission, which is "buying as many albums as possible".
EXO-Ls are willing to buy thousands of albums to help their idol win
At music shows such as Music Bank, Music Core or Inkigayo, the “album sales” is still a "factor" to decide whether the promotion is successful or not. Therefore, before idols’ comebacks, fans will prepare plans to help their idols increase album sales.
Supporting food for idols.
As a united family, fans always try their best to support idols, including supporting food, drinks while idols are filming or performing on stage.
Even though, there still exists many bad stories that make other people think badly about Kpop fans. However, they can hold their head high because of all the things they have done for their idols.