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We've been to Japan a couple of months ago and happened to catch a performance of a Korean group, Snuper.

It is interesting that the audience takes part in the show, and is singling between the lines, as can be seen in this fan video, starting at 2:08 and 2:31:

https://youtu.be/eZsIWW6Q7fk?t=2m8s

Obviously, these lines do no appear on the regular version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsDvSW8gQNI

How does the audience know its part? And where do the lyrics come from - is it official, or fan-created?

  • To be clear - I'm assuming this is a general practice, and not just for this song. Also, is there a way to embed videos, like on other SE sites? – Kobi Dec 22 '17 at 15:42
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    I'm just going to assume it's like an audience at Rocky Horror knows to take toast... it starts small but after a while it spreads by osmosis, word of mouth. – Tetsujin Dec 22 '17 at 19:16
  • By the sound of it, I have the feeling that there are only a few voices and not a whole crowd that sing. As @Tetsujin said, it could be fan made lines that only a few of them know. Anyway, I think it would be very hard to find an official source. I can suggest to find other live performances of this song to check if it happens in all places, or if it was just a one time occurrence. – Bebs Feb 14 '18 at 10:53
  • And for now, we can't embbed videos. – Bebs Feb 14 '18 at 10:54
  • I've heard this done with some English language songs. "We Will Rock You" has an unofficial call and response line, and "Mony Mony" has an unprintable one. – Chris Sunami Apr 25 '18 at 20:23
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I know this answer is way late, but in case you're still wondering, that audience chanting/singing part is called the "fanchant". Kpop songs often have an official fanchant, usually taught to fans by the group releasing a video of themselves doing the fanchant along to the studio recording of the song. The video you linked to (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyL9LB6Z96Y) is exactly that.

Fanchants often start by reciting all of the group members' names at the beginning of the song (which might be a reason why in many kpop songs the first verse doesn't start immediately at the beginning of the song - perhaps it's because they want to leave room for the fanchant first. But that's just my speculation). After that, the fanchant usually involves repeating/echoing certain words in the song. Fanchants are just a fun way for the group and audience to connect by partaking in the song together.

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For a recent song, Tulips, the band has released a video with "응원법", which Google translates to "Cheering" or "Support method". The video has playback of the song, and the band members are doing the audience's part:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyL9LB6Z96Y

So, at lease in this case, the answer is that there is official cheering, and it is released by the band.

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