SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean pop legend Cho Yong-pil shared his thoughts on popular K-pop acts such as EXO and BTS as he prepares to celebrate his 50-year career with a series of concerts next month.
"I've watched concerts by EXO and BTS through YouTube. When pondering why these artists are popular, there are certainly always reasons for their success -- such as their singing skills or looks," Cho said at a press conference held on April 11.
Cho is one of South Korea's foremost pop icons, having sold over 10 million albums since debuting in 1968 as a member of the rock band Atkins. He later turned solo and released his first single, "Come Back to Busan Port," which rocketed him to national fame in 1975. He has released 19 studio records.
The singer also joked about how he was fortunate to have debuted back in the '60s, as today's music trends are becoming more and more sensitive to visuals and aesthetics.
"I consider myself truly fortunate. If I was actively promoting today, I probably would have had a hard time ... I'm short and today's young stars are so good looking," the singer said.