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A Former Japanese Idol Said “If I could speak English like BTS, I would have run the Billboard”

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Former Japanese NEWS member Yuya Tegoshi mentioned Korean idols at an official press conference.

On August 5, Yuya Tegoshi held a press conference on the publication of his photo essay “AVALANCE.”

In his essay, he cited the Korean government’s full support as the key to the popularity of BTS and TWICE. He stated, “Everywhere you go, K-POP, not Johnny’s music, is gaining popularity. Korea supports the overall cultural and artistic activities as a national project.”

He then mentioned BTS and said, “They shine in both album sales and charts in Billboard. They’re so popular that it has a special performance on the Grammy stage.”

This assessment can be inferred that the current status of K-POP is attributable to the success of government policies.

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He also analyzed the reason for TWICE’s success, saying, “They are a multinational group. Not only do they have Koreas, but also Taiwanese and Japanese members so that they can perform live anywhere in the world, including English, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.”

“If we (idols from Johnny’s) studied English and other languages like BTS and entered the world as a multinational member like TWICE, NEWS or Johnny’s idols would have become the number one Asian group,” he stressed.

Besides, Yuya Tegoshi drew attention with an essay that was close to revelation. The essay is known to have revealed secret stories about famous idol groups, female celebrities, etc.

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