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Shuffle-It Sunday

Well, it’s been a really long time since our last Shuffle-It Sunday, and I’m really glad to have found some time to do it this week, despite having a research report to write. This was always my favorite day of the week for our blog. No reviews though, just a list. Enjoy!

1. Kim Hyun Joong – Smile

 

2. Aaron Yan – 這不是我 (That’s Not Me)

 

3. Dalmatian – Lost in Love

 

4. C-Clown – 멀어질까봐 (Far Away… Young Love)

 

5. CN Blue – Cold Love

 

6. Jung Dong Ha – Mystery

 

7. Jun.K ft. J.Lim – Don’t Go

 

8. MyName – Baby, I’m Sorry

 

9. EXO – XOXO

 

10. TeenTop – 향수 뿌리지마 (Don’t Spray Perfume)

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Shuffle-It Sunday

I was put on a social media fast for my Internet Rhetoric class as an experiment, as well as an assignment, and so I’ve been gone from the KPOP world, which I usually can only access through the Internet, for about five days. I didn’t miss my social media too much, but when I got bored and couldn’t access Twitter to discuss things, or YouTube to watch videos to pass time, I felt anxious. The worst was when GDxTAEYANG released Good Boy, which there will be a review for.

Anyways, onto today’s topic; Shuffle-It Sunday! As it’s a little later in the day, compared to when I usually post Shuffle-It Sundays, there will be no commentary. I hope you all enjoy the list and find something new to listen to!

 

1. Epik High – Fallin’

 

2. 2NE1 – 사랑은 아야야 (Love is Ouch)

 

3. Big Bang – 재미 없어 (Ain’t No Fun)

 

4. CN Blue – 외톨이야 (I’m a Loner)

 

5. ChoColat – Black Tinkerbell

 

6. 2NE1 – Happy

 

7. Gareth Emery ft Bo Bruce – U

 

8. ZeA – 왜요 (Why)

 

9. Della Dang – 我爱他 (I Loved Him)

 

10. G-Dragon – Heartbreaker

 

And we’ve reached the end of this week’s list! I kind of wish I had taken the time to add in some commentary because a lot of these songs are making their first appearance on our Shuffle-It Sunday, and I really want to encourage you all to listen to them! So don’t take the risk of missing out on a good KPOP song and give all ten songs a listen to! Until next time!

– Zoey

Shuffle-It Sunday

Sorry for missing out on last week’s Shuffle-It Sunday! Here are the 15 songs for this week! Hope you all find something new to listen to! Enjoy!

1. Infinite – 붙박이 별 (Fixed Star)

I first discovered Infinite through YouTube browsing (which is how I tend to discover a lot of new groups, or groups that I haven’t heard of before). The first song I heard from them was She’s Back, and I loved how they sounded. I went through an Infinite phase for a good week, and I remember smiling to myself once they became a group who’s fame soon spread throughout the world.

2. Big Bang – Cafe

This song threw me off so bad. The beat is definitely a Big Bang feel, but the way they sang the song was something new for me. Their Tonight album is definitely going to remain a classic Big Bang album; heck all Big Bang albums could probably be considered classics.

3. 2NE1 – In the Club (DJ Jonray Remix)

This is a beautiful remix for a beautiful song.

4. The Legend – 미.남 (미련이 남아서) Left Out

If you haven’t checked out our review yet for this song, then make sure you do so to see what our thoughts are on this song! Overall, it’s a great listen.

5. Super Junior – M – S.O.L.O

I didn’t watch the drama (Taiwanese dramas are a bit hard for me to get around to) but I loved the soundtracks, especially this one. It’s got an addictive tune.

6. Henry – Fantastic

Violin, that’s all I have to say about this song. And Henry’s unique vocals.

7. Fahrenheit – 心裡有數 (In Our Hearts We Know)

The only Taiwanese drama I really got into was Hana Kimi, but I could never bring myself to watch it again. Once was enough for me. At my age now, the drama makes me cringe, but I’d like to keep my good memories of enjoying the drama and the Chun-Ella moments. The drama did also, after all, introduce me to Fahrenheit and S.H.E, two very talented Mandopop groups I would have regretted missing out on.

8. Aaron Yan – 多餘的我 (The Unwanted Love)

When this song first came on during the drama (which was almost immediately) I nearly died waiting for it to be released. It felt like forever, and when it was finally released, I downloaded it immediately and it’s been on repeat multiple times, despite it having been maybe a month now.

9. Yoo Seung Eun ft Baechigi – Be OK

This is such a chill song, and I love Baechigi, although now I am excited to see what else Seung Eun will bring in the future.

10. Girl’s Generation – Baby Maybe

I’m not too fond of GG’s title songs, although there have been some that stuck with me. But I will always love their slowed down songs with a simple beat like this. To me, it sounds so much more beautiful than their title tracks, but you need an upbeat song to promote most of the time anyway, especially if you’re a performance group.

11. Edward Jeon – Give My Love

This was the only drama that my older brother sat through and watched. He suggested it to me, and being as that he wasn’t a fan of Korean dramas, I thought I’d give it a try. I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. I didn’t like how Eugene’s character was and… I don’t know, there was something about the drama that just didn’t sit well with me. It’s just my preference though. I’m not going to deny that it was probably one of the biggest Korean dramas of all time, not to mention it brought together Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young.

12. Seung Ri – Strong Baby

This song had me hooked on Seung Ri for quite some time. But, as always, it didn’t last and I moved on. But I still enjoy listening to this song and just randomly dancing to it, and mind you the dances I brought out probably did not match the song at all. Anyway, here’s to a speedy recovery for Big Bang’s baby.

13. Park Bo Young – Free Time

I just love Park Bo Young. She’s adorable and a wonderful actress.

14. CN Blue – Hey You

After seeing them live twice now, CN Blue definitely has a special place in our fangirl hearts. I’m still crying over those drum sticks that Min Hyuk gave away (just kidding). If Ticketmaster hadn’t glitched, Darice and I could have gotten P1 tickets, and then we could have been near the stage entrance, and we could have had a chance. But, let me not fret over it anymore. It’s a dangerous place to go as a fangirl. I’m trying to keep myself content just listening to their music and seeing them from a distance like a normal fan.

15. Bangtan Boys – Let Me Know

Okay, I know there are three songs in the video, but I figured that since we ended on such a beautiful song, I should just include a live of the three best songs (in my opinion) off of the album. Besides, BTS is just beautiful to watch live. Again, thanks to KCON for changing the fangirl in me. I’ve become a bit more desperate, it seems, to get close to them, but I shall resist as much as I can. I don’t have the time and dedication like other fangirls to get too invested in this. Anyway, if you haven’t already, check out their shout out to Minnesota fans via our blog!

Again, I hope you all found something new to listen to, or maybe just a flashback to a classic. Until next time!

– Zoey

Shuffle-It Sunday

Again, KCON unexpectedly took up more of our time than we planned for, so we missed another week of Shuffle-It Sunday. So, this week, we’re giving you 20 songs. Enjoy and hope you find something new to listen to!

1. 2NE1 – Don’t Stop the Music

 

2. 5Dolls – 입술자국 (Lip Stains)

I hadn’t heard much about 5Dolls or Co-Ed before when they first debuted, but I randomly clicked on this video one day, and I was hooked on this song, and the other MV part for this too.

3. Kang Mi Yeon ft. Eric – Paparazzi

Oh, gosh, I miss the old KPOP groups. I especially loved Baby V.O.X, which also consisted of Yoon Eun Hye, who is now a very well known actress.

4. Outsider ft MC Sniper – Face Off

I don’t know if this is the official music video or not, but still, this video is captivating and I kind of want to watch the movie now.

5. G-Dragon – Crayon

Oh, the KCON 2014 memories! G-Dragon’s performance was definitely the best from that weekend for me. My camera ended up dying before his performance, but it was a plus because I was able to actually focus on the concert, and enjoy it. I sung along and got hyped up for the first time ever at a KPOP concert.

6. Far East Movement ft Ryan Tedder – Rocketeer

 

7. 2NE1 – 착한 여자 (Good to You)

 

8. Epik High – Fan

This is the song that introduced me to Epik High and I have loved their songs ever since. I can’t say that I followed them faithfully though because I didn’t know about all the things they were going through until Tablo was all of a sudden under YG, and so I went in search of what happened to them. It’s good to see them still active and I hope they continue because they are like 1TYM to me.

9. 2NE1 – Let’s Go Party

iTunes must be missing 2NE1. Haven’t even gotten to the cut off for a usual Shuffle-It Sunday, and I’ve gotten three 2NE1 songs already.

10. Su Yi Cheng – 保護色 (Protective Color)

It’s a good thing I came up with Shuffle-It Sunday. I can go back and listen to all my old songs via this way. When this song came on, I completely forgot how in love I was with it. The vocals are so good! I didn’t watch the drama K.O. One, but I know it was pretty big back in the days, featuring members from the hottest boy band at the time in Taiwan, Fahrenheit.

11. PSY – Gangnam Style

 

12. Evan Yoo – 남자도 어쩔 수 없다 (Men Can’t Help it Either)

This song is soooooooooo good! I love Evan’s voice. By the way, does anyone know where and what he’s doing now? And is that a younger Min Hyo Rin in the video?

13. J.ae – Kiss Me

J.ae is also a singer from back in the days that my entire family also knows about because they used to be as KPOP crazy as I am now. Her voice is so beautiful. Jeez, iTunes. What’s with all the reminiscing? I found this song browsing through fan made videos of dramas.

14. F.Cuz – Jiggy

Where is this group?! I came across them browsing for new songs and I went on an F.Cuz spree! But I don’t know what they’re up to nowadays. This song is really catchy and addicting by the way.

15. CN Blue – Y, Why

Yong Hwa has a different rapping style in this one, if that’s him rapping. But I love the opening guitar. It was beautiful. This entire song is beautiful.

16. Super Junior – Super Man

 

17. Mystic White – 인어공주 (Mermaid Princess)

 

18. N.O.M – 누난예뻐 (Pretty Noona)

 

19. Hyorin – 널 사랑하겠어 (I Choose to Love You)

I think Jay Park did a cover of this song for Immortal Song too. He needs to release an official cover of it because I really liked his version too.

20. SG Wannabe – 내사람 (Partners for Life)

I was so obsessed with this song. The vocals are just so… there’s no word for their vocals. It’s a wonderful song, and I still love it to this day, although the adlibbing at the end is a bit…

And that is the end of this week’s Shuffle-It Sunday. With 20 songs, there was bound to be a song you haven’t heard before! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this list and look forward to next week’s!

CN Blue – 외톨이야 (I’m a Loner)

I know we missed quite a bit of Man Crush Mondays, and a couple of Shuffle-It Sundays, so I’ll try making that up as we go. KCON was much more than we expected, and that’s not to say for the convention itself, which we took no part in. The panels aren’t interesting enough for us, and the lines we had to wait in took up most of the day anyway, not giving us ample time to even consider the panels. For us, it was the fan engagements.

We were hoping for fan engagements and got audience passes to BTS, but we didn’t expect to get red carpet access as well (only I did). And then, we met an awesome fan with an artist signing for BTS as well as a Hi-Touch, so she gave the artist signing to Darice, which she then traded for a Hi-Touch, not knowing she would be allowed to shake their hands along with getting their autograph.

Anyway, more KCON recaps from our points of view to come later this week. If you follow us on Instagram, our “nicer” pictures have been uploaded. The same pictures are also on our tumblr, along with two videos, so go and check that out as well. The KCON 2014 album is also in our gallery area, located at the bottom of the page. We’ve included all our good, bad, and uncropped pictures. We’ll edit the titles at a later time. We’ll also post videos as time becomes available.

Now, onto this week’s topic; Throwback Thursday. And, of course, we had to choose a group that performed this past weekend at KCON. And our choice is no other than CN Blue after they endlessly seem to keep Darice intrigued; well, YongHwa anyway, to which Darice now refers to as YumYum because she couldn’t remember his name for the longest of times. Oh, and we met a Mommy KPOP fan who had just found out about CN Blue from KCON and decided that she had to go and find their music now. Here’s to the boy band that drove fan girls crazy this past weekend!

CN Blue’s debut song, 외톨이야 (I’m a Loner) may just be my all time favorite CN Blue song thus far. I hoped so much that they would perform this song for KCON, and when that tune first struck, I nearly died. They impressed at the LA Korea Festival, and they did it again for KCON.

– Zoey

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!

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!

Shuffle It Sunday

Time for another Shuffle It Sunday! Hope you all enjoy the songs and find something new to listen to!

– Zoey

1. CN Blue – Love Girl

 

2. T-Ara – 사랑놀이 (Keep Out)

 

3. Dynamic Duo – Friday Night

 

4. U-Kiss – Every Day

 

5. 2NE1 – 살아 봤으면 해 (If I Were You)

 

6. Yuna Ito ft Spontania – 今でも 会いたいよ

 

7. Big Bang – Heaven

* The Korean version is the one that played, but I had to have the beautiful mv up, so here’s the Japanese version of the song instead.

8. Son Dam Bi – Can’t U See

* There is an mv for this song, but I can’t find it.

9. DBSK – Lovin’ You

 

10. Super Junior – Superman

CN BLUE – Can’t Stop

Back with another new review/reaction!

Remember how I said ballads and songs with slower beats aren’t exactly what I listen to? Well, that’s the direction my review is going for CN Blue’s new release, Can’t Stop. Don’t get me wrong though. I’ve always been on the lookout for CN Blue songs ever since I’m a Loner, and I do have multiple CN Blue songs on my iPod, but I don’t have any of their slower songs and ballads except for one or two and that’s because of the portrayal of emotions through their voices, like Lalala.

Can’t Stop probably won’t go on my iPod because I didn’t exactly feel too excited about it after listening to it, nor did it resonate with me. When the song first started with Yonghwa playing the piano, I really liked that small melody he had going, so I thought this was going to be a ballad I would like. But then, it went towards a totally different direction than what I had thought, and it just wasn’t in my taste. However, there were some parts I did like about the song, specifically how they sang “can’t stop me now”. I also liked the second half of the verses. I do have to say their voices sounded a whole lot more beautiful with this song though. I definitely noticed how much I liked their vocals this time around. In that respect, I’m glad they tried something new with this song.

I thought the music video was so-so. I’ve seen a lot of the things in their Can’t Stop music video in others as well. However, I do like how the mirror was like a connection between two lovers. It’s with music videos like these where I wish I had the English lyrics to read so I could understand the purpose of the mirror since it has so many meanings, especially when it comes to love.

Overall score; 5. I don’t think I’ll be listening to this song anymore after this post. The only thing I liked about this song were their vocals. However, I am still excited about the rest of their mini album because I’m sure there will be a song on there that will catch me, just like how Shinhwa’s Minwoo’s Kiss it Away from his recent album grew on me, even though I wasn’t too fond of his title song Taxi.

Give CN Blue’s Can’t Stop a listen to at http://youtu.be/75KBwVtd_W0 and share your thoughts!

Got an Asian pop song you think is great? Share it with us! Email us at apop_reviews_94@yahoo.com, tweet us at @apopreviews94, or to our personal Twitters found in the About page.

– Zoey