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New Year’s Resolution & Shuffle-It Sunday

Hello and a happy new year to all!

I know that we have been very inactive, seeing as the last post came from when I was in South Korea over the summer in 2015. We’ve had a lot of personal and school related issues interrupt our lives and were unable to take care of our blog as we would have preferred. But, now that I’ve completed my undergraduate studies and Darice has opened up more time now, we’re hoping 2016 is a better year for ZodaReviews94. Our goal is to post at least once a week, which was the original purpose of having rotating topics. Nothing much is changing, except that we’re bringing back profiles of groups. We’re not sure how we’re going about this part of the blog yet though; we’ll probably end up just going with the flow.

Also, for pictures from my trip to South Korea last summer and from Big Bang’s MADE World Tour in Newark, NJ, please visit our Instagram!

And now, to start off 2016 and ZodaReviews94’s comeback with my all-time favorite topic for our blog, here is Shuffle-It Sunday for this week!

 

1. Heartbreak – N.Flying

 

2. Touch – Miss A

 

3. 愛情闖進門 (When Love Walked In) – BY2

 

4. Shard – Epik High

 

5. Crush on You – MyName

 

6. Lipstick – Jo Kwon

 

7. Hero – Monsta X

 

8. 남자라서  (As a Man) – Gummy

 

9. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

 

10. Jiggy – F.Cuz

 

That ends our first Shuffle-It Sunday for 2016. And here’s a small gift to our readers for the new year! Please comment if you are the one to activate the code!

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Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us through the few years we’ve been active. Happy new year everyone, and I hope you all continue to support ZodaReviews94 this year and through many more years to come!

– Zoey

SALVMAKNAE – Born Hater Cover

Woo! Need to spread the KPOP love!

I noticed tweets going around about how Tablo retweeted someone’s cover of Born Hater for their contest, particularly from MisterPopoTV, whom we are fans of, and I decided to check it out. This young man deserves the recognition he is receiving! I’m hearing him for the first time, but the passion he carries for what he does is no joke, and you can tell that just from his short verse for this contest! On top of that, he’s from MINNESOTA too! It’s so rare to see the midwest get recognition in the KPOP world, and even though we don’t know SALVMAKNAE on a personal basis, he has our support for his future activities. He is another wonderful example of someone taking a step towards their dream; work hard and take advantage of all your opportunities, and who knows, one day, you can join your role models and idols at the top. Check out his cover below, which has garnered the most views so far for the contest. We’re wishing him all the best for what’s to come!

 

– Zoey

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

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!

Shuffle-It Sunday

We are finally getting around to a Shuffle-It Sunday! And to make up for missing two weeks, we’ll list 15 songs instead of just 10. Enjoy and find something new!

1. Eric Turner – Angels and Stars

 

2. G-Dragon ft Kim Yuna – Missing You

This one’s a repeat, but who doesn’t love listening to G-Dragon on repeat anyway?

3. BoA ft SuJu-M’s Henry and SHINee’s Key – One Dream

Coming from one of the most well known survival programs in South Korea, KPOP Star, this song is definitely very motivational sounding. I always look forward to a cover it from the contestants of each season. Even though BoA is no longer a judge, the show is still entertaining and fun to watch. I discovered new music every time I’ve watched it, and probably always will. So if you have time and are looking for something outside of dramas to watch, go and watch the KPOP Star series.

4. Electroboyz ft Baek Ji Young – Should I Laugh or Cry

 

5. Tsubokura Yuiko – Blue Requiem

I’m not a huge fan of anime, but I do watch them from time to time. I’m not sure if Demon Eyes Kyo followed the manga well, but I found it entertaining enough, and enjoyed the story line.

6. Infinite – 몰라 (I Don’t Know)

 

7. Lee Hong Ki ft Jung Yong Hwa- Promise

This song comes from one of the most loved Korean dramas of all time. Although I might not watch a second time at this age, I watched every single second of the drama. It introduced CN Blue to me, and made me love FT Island, especially Lee Hong Ki. Who wouldn’t come away from the drama without having fallen in love with Jeremy?

8. Epik High – Technology

I discovered this song after Tablo released his solo album. I’ve been a fan ever since their song Fan, but I kind of went off the map and didn’t realize how much Epik High went through until Tablo’s album. I kind of went into an Epik High overdose, and listened to a lot, if not all, of Epik High’s songs. So if you haven’t already, give Epik High’s previous work a listen to. Especially their song Fan. It’s a beautiful song. And this music video is to die for! I know it’s a parody, but I can’t pinpoint the movie. Whatever the case, I watched this at school (I tend to do that a lot) and nearly choked from having to hold in my laughter. It’s nice seeing a group’s mischievous and playful side, especially coming from a more serious hip-hop group.

9. Taylor Swift – You’re Not Sorry (CSI Remix)

I’m not really a Taylor Swift fan, but this song cannot be denied of how good it is! And it’s coming from one of the most loved American TV series, so… I do have to say this remix is what makes me love the song. The original is okay.

10. Kesha – Blow

I’m not sure what it is about this song, but, it explains itself pretty well and I was quite surprised that I liked it when it was released.

11. One Republic – All the Right Moves

I love this group so much! They came to perform in Minnesota (a rare occasion for celebrities, I know) summer of 2013, and tickets were only going for $50! It was a steal for such a talented group. My sisters and I purchased tickets, and One Republic was my first concert. If you want to try something a little different from KPOP, listen to One Republic, and go to their concerts! You will come away with no regrets! The live vocals are so beautiful! If I hadn’t already planned on KCON 2014, I would have definitely purchased tickets to their 2014 concert as well at the Target Center.

12. Brave Brothers ft Jay Park – 울고싶단 말야 (I Want to Cry)

 

13. T-Ara – Lovey Dovey

I love T-Ara’s extremely catchy songs, and the little mini dramas for their MVs. But because it was a bit long, I decided that I would just post the zombie version and that you all would be willing (or probably have already) to go check out the drama versions on your own time.

14. MyName – Message

I’ll be honest. This song was annoying at first, but I loved the chorus too much, so I bought the song on iTunes. Besides, what is the job of annoying songs anyway? To grow on you, right? It became one of the most listened to songs on my iTunes at the time.

15. Epik High – Be

I think it was this song that started my Epik High overdose. I came across it while listening to Tablo’s solo album, and just started clicking on a bunch of Epik High songs. They are a very talented trio.