Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. Is this an official Web site? 

A. No. This site is run by me, and all opinions expressed on it are my own. 

Q. Where is Block B's official Web site? 

A. Block B has an official Twitter feed and an official Facebook page, while its management company, Seven Seasons/KQ Entertainment, has a Web sitea Facebook page, and a You Tube channel. The group has official international sites as well, and individual Block B members have social-media accounts, all of which you can find on the Links page.

You can also find fan sites that translate into English and other languages on the Links page.

Q. Shouldn't Block B own the BlockB.com domain name? 

A. Sure! I'd be happy to give it to Block B free of charge if they want it. Until I hear from them, though, I'll be keeping this up.

Q. What is Seven Seasons? What is KQ Entertainment? What is KQ Produce? Who handles Block B's activities in Japan?

A. Seven Seasons is a subsidiary of KQ Entertainment that manages Block B. Prior to June 2016, KQ Entertainment stayed pretty much in the background, but the decision was made to make the parent company more prominent to help it promote the artists under its KQ Produce subsidiary.

Block B's Japanese activities are managed by King Records.

Q. What's a BBC? A KBBC? An IBBC? A BBQ? What's the deal with bees?

A. A BBC is a fan of Block B (it stands for Block B Club, not British Broadcasting Corporation or anything obscene). KBBC are BBCs in Korea--there is an actual formal club that they can join. IBBC means International BBC--in other words, the fans everywhere else. With the exception of Japan, there's no formal club for international fans, so feel free to call yourself a BBC if you like. (Many countries do have fan organizations, though, and it's definitely worth hooking up with them if you're going to see Block B perform--they provide useful information and sometimes hold additional events.)

Block B also refers to its fans as bees, and Zico has had bees tattooed on his side.

BBQs are fans of BBCs. It's basically a joke, but the KBBCs have done funny and cool things at events often enough that people thought they deserved their own fan club.

Q. What is Bastarz?

A. Bastarz is a sub-unit of Block B, consisting of B-Bomb, P.O & U-Kwon.

Q. What is T2U?

A. T2U is a sub-unit of Block B, consisting of Taeil & U-Kwon.

Q. But wait...what's a sub-unit?

A. Asian pop groups can be quite large (some Japanese pop groups have more than 100 members!), so sub-units, or smaller sub-groups featuring fewer members, are common. Like solos, sub-units allow members to show off talents that they don't normally get to display (think of U-Kwon rapping in "Zero for Conduct") and to explore types of music that don't necessarily fit the image of the group as a whole.

Q. Who is Pop Time?

A. Pop Time is a music producer who has worked with Zico on many of Block B's hit songs.

Q. What is Fanxy Child?

A. Fanxy Child is a hip-hop crew that counts Zico among its members.

Q. Why can't anyone agree on what Block B's songs are called in English?

A. Block B is a Korean group, and the titles of many of their songs are also Korean. They don't always provide official English song titles, meaning that people have to do their own translations. As a result, there are songs and even entire albums that will have different translations on different retail sites.

Q. Why isn't a particular song on iTunes or another digital platform?

A. If a song has just been released, it usually takes a day or two for it to show up on venues like iTunes or Spotify. If a song has been out for a while and isn't on a particular platform, though, then it simply hasn't been licensed to that retailer.

Q. Why is it that sometimes the regular editions of the CDs are hard to find or really expensive?

A. The production runs for a number of Block B's CDs have sold out, and in some cases it has taken months for another run to be produced. Once production resumes, it takes time for the new supply of CDs to get distributed to all the retailers.

Whenever there are shortages, resellers tend to mark the price of the regular editions up, sometimes making them as expensive (or even more expensive!) than the limited editions. Please keep in mind that with a regular-edition CD, production can resume at any time, so if you aren't patient and don't shop around, you could wind up paying top dollar for a CD that a week later is available everywhere for ten bucks. (And it's not like it benefits Block B if you overpay.)

Q. Hey, I heard this hot rumor from someone who swears it's true! What do you think?

A. Here's my two cents on coping with the rumor mill: What always seems to happen when people aren't skeptical about rumors is that first they buy into some wishful fantasy that some totally super is going to happen by some specific date. Then, when that date rolls around and nothing materializes, they decide that the naysayers (who don't actually know anything more than the fantasists) were right all along, and that utter catastrophe is at hand. I don't understand why people feel a need to put themselves through the wringer that way: Just realize that someone posting rumors or speculation doesn't know anything more than you do, and don't believe it if it doesn't come from a reliable source, i.e. someone who is actually in a position to know what they're talking about.

The number of people who are actually in a position to know what they're talking about can be surprisingly small, by the way. When I was involved in the Firefly fandom, the actors themselves were not especially reliable sources. They wanted the property to continue, and sometimes they expressed that desire in a very enthusiastic manner that could be highly misleading because they were seen as insiders with special knowledge. In reality, they were just cheerleading (actors don't actually finance TV shows or movies), but that wasn't always apparent to the fans. So, just because someone claims to have or actually does have some kind of connection to Block B doesn't necessarily mean that they are well-informed. (And yes, I occasionally have to get re-schooled on this myself.)

Q. Speaking of hot rumors, I heard that Block B is going to disband! Or that Zico is going to leave!! Or that Park Kyung is going to leave!!! OMG!!!!

A. Le sigh. These kinds of rumors have been around as long as the group has been. They are always presented as some kind of inevitability, and yet no one has left the group and it has not disbanded. And of course the source of these rumors is never the members of Block B themselves, who insist that they want to keep the group together for as long as is humanly possible.

Q. Why did you start this Web site? 

A. Obviously, I'm a fan of Block B's music. I'm also an indie writer and one of those crazy Browncoats who got a DVD release and a feature film made for Firefly, a low-rated television show that was canceled after half a season. So my attitude toward marketing and promotion is that if you want it done, you don't wait around for some record label or publisher or studio to come along and do it for you. They won't. At least not until after you've done a ton of work yourself.

While there are plenty of fan sites for Block B (and this site simply could not exist without the hard work of those fans who translate Korean into English--thank you all, you are amazing), the advantage of a dedicated Web page is that it's more likely to show up in Google searches. When I first got interested in Block B and before I discovered these people, I was really frustrated by how hard it was to find reliable information. At one point I wanted to know if Park Kyung had actually lived in New Zealand, so I Googled it, and I got back pages and pages of fan fiction about his imagined romantic adventures there--not exactly the authoritative answer I was looking for! (If you're curious: Yes, he was an exchange student there for two years.)

Q. If you want to help Block B, why do you link to places where people can buy the music released under their old label? Don't you know that the group won't see any of that money?! 

A. Actually, I don't know that. What I do know is that the members of Block B lost a lawsuit in which they were seeking to be released from their contracts. (They later negotiated a transfer of their contracts to Seven Seasons.) They did not lose their basic legal right to be compensated for their work. However convoluted and unfair the process is for the members of Block B to get their share of earnings out of their old label, they will get exactly nothing if people aren't willing to pay for that music--they cannot have rights to money that does not exist. Punish the old label by pirating Block B's music, and you punish the members of Block B as well.

Q. Why link to retail outlets that aren't counted on the Korean music charts? 

A. Because lots of people shop at them--iTunes alone controls roughly 60% of the digital music market in the United States, and Amazon richly rewards loyalty, so its many American shoppers tend not to buy anywhere else. Yes, sales from those outlets do not count toward the Korean music charts (doing well on those helps Block B win Korean music shows), so if it's all the same to you, it probably helps Block B more to buy their music from a place that does. Sales from iTunes and Amazon do count on the Billboard charts, though, and buying Block B's music from any outlet is much, much, MUCH better for the group than not buying it.

Q. Why don't you include this or that thing on your Web site?

A. The purpose of this Web site is to introduce Block B to English speakers who are unfamiliar with the group. As a result, I try to keep the site as lean as possible--I don't want to overwhelm people with too much information.

If there's something you think should be here but isn't, feel free to contact me, but be aware that I may not include the content for the reasons stated above. Likewise, feel free to contact me if you have a question that's beyond the purview of this Web site--I'll help if I can.

Q. How do I contact you?

A. Just fill out the form below!

Just keep a few things in mind: I don't know the members of Block B, so I can't help you get in touch with them. I don't speak or read Korean. And I am not interested in fan fiction.

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