Uhm Jung Hwa has had a busy year, adding many successes to her already impressive list of accomplishments.
She starred in the hit Netflix K-Drama Doctor Cha and earned love as one of the cast members on the tvN reality show Dancing Queens On The Road featuring fellow K-Pop legends BoA, Lee Hyori, Kim Wan Sun, and MAMAMOO‘s Hwasa.
Most recently, the talented veteran singer celebrated her 30th debut anniversary and is preparing for a solo concert in December.
Like Uhm Jung Hwa, BTS‘s Suga also celebrated his debut anniversary with his group members, marking ten years since the start of their career.
The two top artists bonded over their successes and swapped stories during the latest episode of Suchwita, comparing memorable career moments.
During the episode, BTS’s Suga stated there was a topic he “had to” discuss with Uhm Jung Hwa, admitting he had heard that K-Pop’s first-gen artists’ promotional cycles were six months long, compared to the three or four weeks K-Pop artists promote today.
Uhm Jung Hwa confirmed that it was true while acknowledging that it was hard to imagine promoting for only a few weeks.
The veteran singer used her hit song “Poison” as an example, which ranked number 1 for three months straight.
Uhm Jung Hwa recalled that after wrapping promotions for her title track, she would immediately release a new single to promote, starting the cycle again.
She then revealed that when ’90s K-Pop idols promoted out of town, all of the artists would get together after the show to hang out, eat, and socialize.
It was Suga’s turn to be surprised, as he stated that BTS didn’t have many opportunities to “make friends with fellow artists” during their early years; instead, they grew close to artists who promoted around the same time as BTS “seven or eight years” later.
Suga admitted it was “hard for [him] to imagine” going out to drink with other artists after wrapping promotions. Uhm Jung Hwa understood but confirmed that early in her career, the artists would go out to drink after their daily activities and often prepare for their television appearances while hung over the next day.
Suchwita‘s editors hilariously labeled the time as “K-Pop’s wild era, where only the strongest survived.”
This isn’t the first time K-Pop’s first- and second-generation idols have surprised viewers with stories about the differences between their generations and K-Pop’s current idols.
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