Month: June 2014

Lee Seung Gi

Our Man Crush Monday this week goes to Lee Seung Gi! Although I’m not a huge fan of his, I can’t deny that I was a fan of Gu Family Book, which was one of our Watch-It Wednesdays. You can watch him in  his latest drama, You’re All Surrounded. And, according to Billboard, you can catch this multi-talented entertainer at KCON 2014, where he may just have some interaction with well known girlfriend, Girl’s Generation’s Yoona.

– Zoey

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Shuffle-It Sunday

I’m not missing it this week! Here’s our Shuffle-It Sunday for this week! Hope you enjoy the list and find something new to listen to.

1. EXO-M – Thunder

It feels so weird now, listening to EXO’s songs and hearing Kris’ voice in it still, especially from the “Overdose” album. But, everyone appreciates good music, and this song is most definitely a good song, if not more. Here’s to hoping that SM will give EXO the break they need, and the time it takes to move on and get a fresh, new feel when they have another comeback.

2. CN Blue – 나 그대보다 (Myself More Than You)

I am so excited to see this group at KCON this year! We got to see them at the KBS LA Korea Festival back in April, and their fan service made me love them more. And, in my opinion, they were, hands down, the best performance that night. Yonghwa knows how to get his crowd going! CN Blue definitely shocked more than expected.

3. FT Island – 너의 말 (Your Words)

 

4. Seung Ri – White Love

 

5. J.Min – 일어나 (Stand Up)

So, I feel like she’s an underdog of SM Entertainment. Of course, I watched the drama, and this song completely caught my attention when I first heard it. Can you imagine my shock when I found out she was under SM Entertainment? I mean, when did SM Entertainment start recruiting someone like J.Min? I hope they give her more attention and promote her a whole lot more than it seems like they’re doing now.

6. FT Island – You’ll Be In My Heart

Okay, FT Island seriously needs more attention. This song is just beautiful!

7. DBSK – Lovin’ You

My iTunes sure is being cruel. How does it shuffle to DB5K songs twice in a week for Shuffle It Sunday? Man, do I miss them as a whole.

8. Dalmatian – Lost In Love

So, like, umm… what happened to this group? I hate it when KPOP groups are put out there, and taken down so quickly. I know there was a scandal with one of the members, but what happened to them before that? There have only been two albums that I’m aware of from them. And I feel like they were in the industry for at least 3-4 years.

9. Son Dam Bi – Can’t U See

So, where is the music video for this song? There are teasers all over YouTube, but I can’t find the music video anywhere! Maybe I’m just not looking hard enough. If anyone knows, please let us know.

10. BEAST – Shock

I’ve seen their music video for “Good Luck”; just have to review it. But I happen to come across BEAST when I was still very into buying DVDs from the local market of KPOP music video compilations, and they were on one. It was “Say No” that I saw, but they caught my attention, and I’ve listened to nearly all their songs to date. And is their new album not yet available on iTunes?

And our Shuffle-It Sunday ends here!

Just For Fun!

Just a quick update on things KPOP related.

First off, if you haven’t seen yet, KCON has pushed their ticket sales to July 1 for combo packages, and July 3 for single tickets. Their reasoning is to give a more complete artist line up. So, for that to happen, and because a few days isn’t really worth the push back, I’m hoping they release at least 3 or 4 more announcements regarding performing artists.

Next, to the fans who held on for an EXO reunion of all 12 members, it seems that is no longer a possibility. As you all know, Sehun’s instagram username consisted of a representation of all 12 members. However, he has now changed that to @oohsehun and listed EXO11 under his profile. If that doesn’t say much, I don’t know what else will be proof enough that EXO is going to continue on without Kris. We give props to him for holding out so long though. There is speculation that this change was brought about with Kris starting his solo career in China. Just to clarify, the mediation that Kris and SM will be entering in next month is just so they can end things peacefully; it wasn’t so Kris could return. What with EXO and other SM artists voicing their negative opinions about this matter, it was already kind of impossible for Kris to return to being an SM artist. From now on, Kris no longer exists, but Wu Yifan will. And although things won’t be the same anymore, EXO11 should still continue to receive all the love they have been getting thus far as EXO because they have worked just as hard to get to where they are now.

And to whoever started that petition to remove Baekhyun from EXO just because his relationship with GG’s Taeyeon was revealed – seriously? You need to get a life outside of KPOP.

I feel like there was something more I was supposed to write about, but I can’t think of it anymore. So, this ends our short update, and I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

– Zoey

Super Junior

Our choice for Transformation Tuesday this week is the hot men of Super Junior!

Yes, Henry and Zhoumi are definitely a part of Super Junior, even if they’re only under Super Junior-M. However, for simplicity’s sake, we’re going to stick with just Super Junior, the members that have domestic promotions solely for South Korea, and will not include sub-units.

So, this picture is from their rookie days. Their hair is actually pretty tame in this picture, in comparison to their actual debut. Were loose pants really the style back then? Huh, I knew SuJu’s style back then was a bit… but this picture really makes me remember.

And then I saw this picture, and, the transformation is definitely clear, although three of the original members are not present. I have to admit that maybe there was a touch of femininity in the past, but this picture shuts it all down. You can’t hide their masculinity anymore. Even Heechul, who I could not stop seeing as a female, I now definitely see as a man. Same goes for Ryeowook and Sungmin.

As Darice says, they went from Japanese anime look-alikes to just simple, manly, Korean men. I think I’ve said this before, but is manliness now a thing in Korea, where as before, it wasn’t as big of a worry for Korean idols?

– Zoey

Super Junior M – Swing

Another late review with Super Junior M’s Swing! I was kind of skeptical with this song because it gave me a jazzy feel, and I don’t really listen to jazz music.

But this song is like an extreme jazz remix, kind of like how 2NE1 mixed reggae with dub-step in “Come Back Home”. When I first heard this song, I didn’t know how to feel about it. I still don’t know how to feel about it now, except I just know I like it. Of course, Kyuhyun’s vocals stand out the most to me, but it’s not like any of the member’s disappointed, although I did find the rapping by Eunhyuk a bit awkward. The instrumental is really nice, although the chorus makes me think of SNSD’s I Got a Boy. Are they using the same producer and song template for Super Junior and EXO now? Despite that, I still love the chorus. It goes hard, and then soft, and hits hard again. As known of Super Junior, they always come out with a catchy song and dance to go with it. Is it weird to prefer a sub-group compared to the whole group, because I feel like that’s how I am with Super Junior now a days.

The music video was very playful, which is refreshing from their manly images. I loved the dance break, as always. However, that mustache Siwon was sporting in the beginning should have never been there.

Overall score, 8. Although it took a while, the song got stuck in my head. What Super Junior song doesn’t? I wasn’t expecting to like the song, but I do, but I don’t know if I like it enough to put on my iPod, and that has to do with what I think is awkward rapping. I’ll probably give it a couple more listens to though, and the rest of the song definitely overshadows that part for me.

JJCC – 첨엔 다 그래 (At First)

When news first came out that Jackie Chan was preparing his own idol group to debut, I didn’t know how to take the news. My first thought was why isn’t he working on debuting a Mandopop group first; it would make more sense. But when it comes to business, I guess this decision makes sense in all sorts of way. After I got over that, I started looking forward to their debut, because, come on, it’s JACKIE CHAN. I’m sure that’s how a lot of fans reacted to JJCC when they first debuted, and JJCC was right to say that they feel honored to be known along with Jackie Chan, but that it can also be burdensome in that a lot will be expected of them. I was one of those fans who might have expected maybe too much. Alright, let’s get into the review for JJCC’s 첨엔 다 그래, At First.

I was expecting a debut that would just hit me and leave a remarkable imprint. However, JJCC’s debut didn’t hit me hard enough, but left enough of an imprint that makes me want to hear more of them in the future. “At First” is a smooth track overall that highlights the vocals well enough. As with all rookie groups, their vocals were nice, but I think with time, the vocals will become stronger and sound even better. It’s probably because they eventually develop a more comfortable tone and vocal sound, as well as find a way to have better control. I loved the chorus, with it’s catchy tune and all. From the entire song, I feel like the chorus contained the most emotion, and I know that Eddy was belting towards the end of the song, but I just didn’t feel it. The chorus just makes me want to sway to the beat. The rapping also didn’t impress me much. It was nice, but I’ve heard tracks with a smooth beat where the rapping still flows with a punch to it. However, I can see the potential in the rappers, and cannot wait until they get a track to show their skills. I also absolutely loved the instrumental.

The music video is simple. I know that one of the members was actually not present (I believe it was Prince Mak), so that was a little disappointing, and a little unprofessional from my standpoint. It just didn’t seem right to debut the music video without all the members. I know there’s an explanation out there by Prince Mak himself, but still…

Overall score; 7. The song was good and I liked it, but it took some time for it to grow on me. I like that they chose a song to portray the members’ vocals, but with a lot rookie debuts now a days, a song like that should have been used in a later album. However, it was not a disappointment, and I look forward to JJCC’s next song.

Shuffle-It Sunday

As promised, 15 songs for this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday! Hope you find something new to listen to!

1. Boyfriend – 좀좀좀 (Little by Little)

 

2. Infinite – Paradise

 

3. Wang Lee Hom – 你不知道的事 (All the Things You Never Knew)

This is only a snippet in which the song was used in Wang Lee Hom’s movie, Love in Disguise. The movie is definitely worth watching, and the album that most of the songs come from is definitely worth the buy. I even shared the movie during a movie night for one of my high school clubs. It’s a beautiful song overall, and I still listen to it every now and then.

4. 2NE1 – 너 아님 안돼 (Gotta Be You)

I’m sure a lot of fans will agree that this music video was a disappointment for how beautiful the song was.

5. Jay Chou – 四面楚歌 (Surrounded)

So, I did not know that the person rapping in Korean towards the end was actually Jay Chou himself. I was so shocked. And I did not know what the song was about, although I did get the gist from the music video. The things I am forced (and appreciate very much) to learn with this blog. This song can get very addicting.

6. Shinhwa – This Love

One of the oldest KPOP groups to date. The dance may have been a bit awkward, in my opinion, but I loved the song.

7. Fahrenheit – 心疼你的心疼 (Cherish Your Heartache)

The only boy group from the Mandopop genre that I keep a look out for. Anyone watching Aaron Yan’s Fall in Love With Me? Not a fan of the story line, but I can’t help myself from not watching Aaron.

8. 45rpm ft Gummy – Past Luv

First of all, if you haven’t yet watched My Mighty Princess, then you are missing out! That is one of the best Korean movies ever! And the OSTs are amazing! Discovered quite the amount of artists that I would have never known about, such as this one.

9. Ze:A – 하루종일 (All Day)

 

10. SNSD – Echo

 

11. Park Bom – Don’t Cry

 

12. Seven – I’m Going Crazy

I love that Seven featured his girlfriend in this music video, and I don’t even know why. Maybe it’s because they’ve been together for so long. But I fangirled pretty hard when Se7en made his domestic comeback.

13. K.Will ft MC Mong – Love 119

 

14. DBSK – Why Did I Fall in Love With You

These songs always hit home with me. I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say I will always prefer the original DBSK, although I am in full support of the current DBSK and JYJ. This song is definitely a favorite of mine. It’s just so beautiful!

15. Mystic White – Mermaid Princess

Out of the four special collaborations prepared for this SBS Gayo Daejun, Mystic White’s was my favorite, along with Dynamic Black’s.

Spontaneous Saturday

For the first time in awhile, I have nothing much to do on a Saturday, so maybe I can catch up on some reviews after posting Spontaneous Saturday.

First off, last week, I had my phone stolen while on my way back from visiting my sister at the hospital, hence the delay in a few posts. I was on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus, and let’s just say that side of the campus has had lots of robberies happen. Being that it was still broad daylight out, I figured I’d be okay. Well, never again will I think that again. I’ve learned a lot from this incident, and I’m just sitting in frustration now. My phone was everything. I’m not dying without it, but I’d feel so much better with it. Unfortunately, I have no intentions of getting another smartphone until my contract is due for an upgrade, so I’ll have to do without quick access to internet, which isn’t exactly helpful with KCON coming up. I’ll have to depend on Darice for that one.

Second, of course we have to talk about the new dating news between two very well known idols, with one attending KCON and the other, we’re hoping will. I’ve seen many fans refer to them as ByunTae, which sounds similar to pervert in Korean to me, but I wouldn’t trust my Korean skills. Anyways, EXO’s Baekhyun’s and Girl’s Generation’s Taeyeon’s dating news was unexpected from my stand point. I always thought that idols avoided dating within the same company for professional reasons, in that if the relationship should end, there wouldn’t be any sort of awkwardness since they wouldn’t be working so closely; within the same company though, they would always constantly be working together. Anyway, a moment of surprise overtook me before I found the news hilarious, especially with the alleged kissing photo. I just thought of the Baekhyun that I saw on EXO’s Showtime I guess, and that’s why I started laughing. Not to mention, their well known sunbae groups, SuJu, GG, and SHINee, and F(x) have been in the industry much longer, and GG is the only group to have come out with confirmed dating news so far (unless I’m mistaken, which, in that case, feel free to correct me). EXO has only debuted for about 2 years, and one member is already involved with dating. Darice, on the other hand, is quite the fan of Baekhyun, although he’s not really a bias, so the news was a bit more shocking for her. All in all, we got over the news once we came across the Durex mention, and were able to just seriously laugh at the ridiculousness of the whole thing, along with rumors that SM is using dating news to cover up more serious issues within the company. Anyway, another idol couple is revealed. Congratulations! You’ve worked hard and deserve some love with a special someone! Some overly dedicated fans need to lay off. Seriously though. Darice and I sincerely congratulate ByunTae, and all couples who have become public and all those that will come in the future.

Third, another quick KCON update. I’m sure many of you have already seen the update, but yesterday, KCON announced the fifth artist to join the lineup; VIXX! I’m actually not a huge fan of their songs, but Eternity grew on me, especially since it was the song that was more to my style of music than any of VIXX’s other songs. I’m sure I’ll love them more once KCON comes around.

And while we’re on the topic of KCON, lastly, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to attending artist CN Blue’s leader, Jung Yong Hwa. It’s not yet his birthday here in the U.S., but it already is in Korea. Had to do this since he left such a lasting impression on Darice from the LA Korea Festival back in April.

And that wraps up our Spontaneous Saturday.

KCON 2014

First off, I’d like to apologize for forgetting to post up Shuffle It Sunday, for any of you who follow it. I will gladly do another 15 song shuffle next Sunday to make up for it! It’s been a really hectic weekend for me, and I will update you about that on our Spontaneous Saturday post coming this weekend!

Now, let’s get some KCON information out to those of you who follow us! KCON released the fourth artist line up and ticket information in their most recent live update. KCON’s fourth artist to be invited is none other than the beloved IU! So far, the line up has not been a disappointment, with BTS, GG, and CN BLUE announced beforehand, not that it’s likely we’ll have any that will devastate us.

If you visit http://kconusa.com/ you can find more information about the benefits of the different ticket levels, as well as a general map of the seats. That is where you’ll also go to purchase tickets once they go on sale. Here, we’ll just tell you price and time of sale.

As you all know, KCON announced earlier that they’ll be hosting not one, but TWO concerts this August. That means double the artists! In order to attend both concerts though, you will need to purchase two tickets. And if you’re getting a ticket for each night, you might as well purchase their combo package, which saves you anywhere between $30-$100, depending on the ticket you buy.

P1: $400 | P2: $320 | P3: $225 | P4: $140 | P5: $70

The combo ticket packages start going on sale on June 27.

Below are the ticket prices for single ticket purchases. These will start going on sale on June 30.

P1: $250 | P2: $200 | P3: $150 | P4: $100 | P5: $50

There’s about a month left only before KCON is here! Who’s excited, because I know we are!