iFans Case Studies Status Update

Infographic based on data collected by Crystal S. Anderson as part of the iFans research study
Infographic based on data collected by Crystal S. Anderson as part of the iFans research study

If you keep with research on K-pop, you may be aware of the iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom project.  The surveys that make up the qualitative studies seek to understand how the fandoms differ from one another and their relationship to the groups they support. K-pop fans know that the fandoms are unique. Because they have detailed knowledge of the groups they support, they provide a unique perspective on the appeal of their respective groups. Too often, commentators make assumptions about K-pop fans, while the iFans studies goes to the source: the fans.

As the chart above shows, fans of 2NE1 and BigBang have participated the most in the surveys, while fans of Shinhwa and Aziatix have participated the least.   Other groups with high participation rates include SHINee and TVXQ, while other groups with low participation rates include Epik High and f(x).

These participation rates are interesting, because groups like Super Junior and Girls’ Generation have very active global fandoms, yet those numbers are not reflected in participation rates.  Rates may not reflect all fans, just fans who are likely to take (and complete) a survey.  Participation rates may be affected by the activity of the groups.

The iFans Case Studies survey is still active, and now, individuals can take the survey for multiple or  individual groups.

Now that a good deal of data has been collected, look for new research reports on what K-pop fans say about their favorite groups!

iFans: Mapping Kpop’s International Fandom


IFANS: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom is a scholarly research project that examines global fan attitudes and activities through surveys, collection of information on online communities and analysis of websites.  Crystal S. Anderson, PhD (Elon University) is the Principal Investigator of the studies and Curator of the iFans project site.

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L to R: Mir, G.O., Lee Joon, Cheon Dung, Seung Ho; Credit: m-blaq.com
Name MBLAQ (pronounced “Em-Black”)
Meaning of Name Music Boys Living in Absolute Quality
Members Yang Seungho (Seung Ho, Leader)

Jung Byung Hee (G.O.)

Lee Chang Sun (Lee Joon)

Park Sang Hyun (Cheon Dung, ‘Thunder’)

Bang Cheol Yong (Mir, maknae)

Debut October 9, 2009
Status Active
Label J. Tune Entertainment/JYP Entertainment (2009-present)
Fan Name A+
Origin of Fan Name All members have bloodtype A, and A+ means “Absolute Quality”
Fan Club Website(s) http://www.absolutemblaq.net/blog/
Related Websites http://m-blaq.com/ (MBLAQ’s official site, Korean/English)

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Mona Lisa

Your Luv




G.O.O.D. Luv

Oh Yeah

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Mona Lisa
Released: July 12, 2011
Label: J.Tune Entertainment
1. Ojos Fríos (Bandoneon by Go Sang Ji 고상지)
2.모나리자 (Mona Lisa) – Title Track
3. 모르겠어요 (I Don’t Know)
4. 알면서 그래 (I Think You Know)
6. 말하지 말걸… (I Shouldn’t Say…)
BLAQ Style Repackaged
Released: June 27, 2008
1. Sad Memories (Intro)
2. 다시 (Again)
3. 돌아올 수 없는 (Can’t Come Back)
4. You
6. Cry
7. 그대여 (Darling)
8. 버린다 (Throw Away)
9. (Rust)
10. Tonight
11. 이러지 않았으면해 (Wish You Hadn’t)
12. You’re My +
13. Rolling U
14. Oh Yeah – C-Luv & Blue Magic Remix
15. Y – JR GROOVE Remix
16. Different Beginning (Outro)
BLAQ Style
Released: January 9, 2011
Label: J.Tune Entertainment
1. Sad Memories (Intro)
2. Stay
3. Cry
4. 그대여 (Darling)
5. 버린다 (Throw Away)
6. 녹 (Rust)
7. Tonight
8. 이러지 않았으면해 (Wish You Hadn’t)
9. You’re My +
10. Rolling U
11. Oh Yeah – C-Luv & Blue Magic Remix
12. Y – JR GROOVE Remix
13. Different Beginning (Outro)
Released: November 3, 2010
Label: J.Tune Entertainment
1. If Love Goes, Part 1 – with Yang Ji Won
2. If Love Goes, Part 2 – with Yang Ji Won
3. Love Me Boy (feat. K-Jun [케이준])
Released: May 17, 2010
Label: J. Tune Entertainment
1. 4 Ya’ Stereo (feat. C-Luv)
2. Y
3. One Better Day
4. What U Want
5. Last Luv
6. Y – Instrumental Ver.
7. One Better Day – Instrumental Ver.
  The Artist
Released: February 25, 2010
Label: J.Tune Entertainment
1. 그대 내 맘에 들어오면은 (feat. C-Luv)
2. If You Come Into My Heart
  Just BLAQ
Released: October 14, 2009
Label: J.Tune Entertainment
1. Oh Yeah
2. G.O.O.D. Luv
3. My Dream

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Your Luv
Released: May 4, 2011
Label: Sony Records
1. Your Luv
2. Into the Light
3. ダイジョウブ (Daijoubu/Never mind)
4. Your Luv – Less Vocal Mix

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