Some of the comments for this article are on point about the unfairness with the promotion cycles this year.
a few of my favorites:
"And why do you think EXO is selling a lot? They had three fucking cds this year, let me say that again. THREE. T H R E E. 3. XOXO, Growl repack, and now this Christmas disc. Plus TONS of promotions with Ivy Club, Nature Republic, etc. with lots of merch to go along with, including pop-up shops. SM never even TRIED to get f(x) a campaign, and they only have 1 cd a year, no repackages. No Chinese promotions either, which confuses the hell out of me because they have Victoria. SM doesn’t care, quit blaming the girls and their poor sales. Even my grandma could sell well if I promoted her nonstop and threw THREE CDS WORTH OF SONGS AT HER.”- examplesample
"Well obviously when you know hormonal fangirls jumped on it, ready to spend $$$$ on oppars. Edit: Let’s not start yet another time this comparing thing between EXO and X group. EXO have shit loads of crazy fangirls ready to buy 10 albums no matter how shit (or not) it could be just because oppa has a cute christmas outfit in the photobook. Meanwhile f(x) are a girl group who have a smaller fandom (how can one stan f(x) only when they have so few activities to follow closely + girl groups are known to have a smaller fanbase) and people will actually buy one album, enjoy it and praise the quality of it.”- opparadise
"People keep talking about how f(x) get treated like this because they don’t have as many fans, but even SNSD didn’t get to where they are now without the support of SM, especially in their first couple if years SM really pushed and promoted the girls, in the same way that they’re doing with EXO, and in exactly the same way they’re NOT and never did with f(x). So how can you expect them to have the same sort of dedicated fanbase when SM never cultivated them the way they did with EXO and SNSD? SM has shown again and again their utter disregard for f(x) and their fans so I can’t say I’m surprised that some fans lost interest and moved on.”- fykpop
Some asshole tried to blame Sulli’s “scandal” for the short promotions this year and…
"That’s bullshit. Blaming Sulli’s scandal? That happened a long time after they were done their promotions. They promoted them at the same time with Exo, treating them much better and thus overshadowing f(x)’a comeback; they gave one fansign and one month of promotion. All done before the scandal. So stop putting all the blame on Sulli’s scandal because that’s irrelevant. SM isn’t stupid but they’re bias as fuck. Hell, there wasn’t supposed to be a repackage for Pink Tape in the first place (Luna admitted it when a fan asked her about it in her musical) so that Exo get the limelight with Growl. And by the way, I’m viewing SM as the big bosses who makes the decisions, not their producers and music team. SM, the big bosses, are the head and therefore they’re the ones who decides to shove Exo in everyone’s face and just toss f(x) aside.”- CoolStoryBro24 (whom i love omg)
A lot of f(x) fans are really bitter about everything and the blame fell on EXO because they were promoted so much this year, but its really not their fault. SM are the ones who are in charge of f(x) and how long their promotion cycles are and how many opportunities they get to promote as a group. It just sucks how every year we get our hopes up that f(x) will get to have more than one comeback a year with a lot of fan signs and variety appearances but every damn year it doesn’t happen. I’ve said this before, but let’s just hope that 2014 is our year and that the girls can finally be happy again with f(x) and where it stands as a group from SM entertainment.
excuse this long ass post and