Actor, rapper… and Kpop singer? Jaden Smith looks to fulfill his lifelong dream.
It’s difficult to ignore Kpop’s success in the United States. Yesterday, BTS became the most-viewed Kpop group on YouTube. They’ve also played before sold-out crowds in major US cities. Most recently, GFfriend announced that they will play for the third time at KCON USA.
But is someone totally unexpected about to join the Kpop ranks?
Last year, Jaden Smith met up with Big Bang’s G-Dragon. They first encountered in Paris. After the meeting, Smith declared that G-Dragon was a major inspiration for him.
Yesterday afternoon, Smith took to Twitter to announce his plans to release a Kpop single.
And Yes I Will Be Dropping A K Pop Single In The Next 4 Months.
— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) 20 de abril de 2017
He first hinted at his plans to become a Kpop star back in December. He tweeted,
“People See Me And Ask Me If I Wanna Be A K Pop Star As If I Haven’t Made My Goals For 2017 Clear”
He had previously tweeted twice that he wanted to become a star in that genre.
Kpop fans were less than thrilled. Immediately after yesterday’s tweet, they took to Twitter to bash the actor.
“It’s not kpop if you haven’t trained under a Korean company and debut in Korea you know that right”
Another tweeted a mocking image,
— shiloh (@lilacgyeom) 20 de abril de 2017
User keshia followed with an image that told the actor to just stop.
— keshia (@versxcekth) 20 de abril de 2017
Jaden Smith’s possible entry into the Kpop industry signals a growing global interest into the popular Korean music industry. Back in December, American rapper Wale declared his love for the pop genre in a freestyle beat. Soon thereafter, the DC-based rapper was collaborating with BTS leader Rap Monster.