[Rewind] April 2016 & May 2016

Yeah… I know May hasn’t ended yet, but to avoid posting another late ‘Rewind” post 3 weeks after the month finished, I have decided to April and May together. This one is going to be a little informal in terms of format for a few reasons that will appear apparent. And before we move on, just a little reminder that I will try to write and release reviews every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Okay, moving along:

Leaving the Group?

We became shocked with the disbandment (or what we dubbed at the disbandment) of Kara at the start of the year. However, it seems like certain groups are facing member line up changes after one of their members had decided to not resign with their company and have since departed ways with their respective groups. Former member of 2NE1, Minzy, and former member of Miss A, Jia, have both decided to leave their successful group and go onto their own paths.  Minzy will (hopefully) make her solo debut in the near future after confirmation came from her new company in which she signed. Jia was announced today that she would be leaving the band after her contract finished. Miss A and 2NE1 faced disbandment rumours from these two events, but both their companies have stated that is not the case. Not only girl groups are facing these changes, but A-Jax (if we all remember who they were) recently lost 3 members (Sungmin, Jaehyung and Jihu). But the list does not end there. Hyunseung departed from Beast, leaving the group with 5 members. It was kind of expected after the numerous articles and petitions asking for his removal. Hyunseung is expected to return as a solo artist in the near future and is still signed with Cube Entertainment. It is always disappointing to hear these news and it has obviously shocked the industry a lot. These members have been with their band since the beginning, so it is always hard for fans. Hopefully, there won’t be any more of this and I wish the former members luck in their future endeavours (because that is something we all should do and not call them selfish).

Descendant of the Sun

Now this is something we all have heard about. The drama has taken Asia by storm and has been proven to be highly successsful. It stars Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Ko, as the main characters. Before you all die from shock, I have yet to watch this drama. So, no spoilers. But I don’t actually have any plans to watch the drama. Because I am not one to enjoy romance and all this lovey dovey sh*t. I just don’t watch the genre (or any mainstream and popular dramas). I prefer the cringeworthy daily dramas. Now, why am I talking about this drama? Well, the OSTs for this drama has literally taken over the charts each time they were released. Not complaining here, but the songs were really good. Like, I really enjoy listening to them and this is probably the first time I have been impressed with the OST for a drama. Anyway, the OST contains songs from Davichi, Gummy, K.Will, Yoon Mi Rae, Chen, Punch, Mad Clown, Kim Na Young, Xiah, MC The Max, Lyn and SG Wannabe. In OST terms, this is pretty much the star studded red carpet. Each song released topped the charts instantaneously and I can see these artists winning the Best OST awards at the award ceremonies already. That is all I am reporting on… Hahaha…

Comebacks and Debuts

For the past two months, many artists have made their comeback and they include ): Block B, Seventeen, History, April, Twice, AOA, Akdong Musician, VIXX, Lovelyz, Up10Tion and so many more.

For debuts, NCT is the big debut for April.  I.O.I is probably the major debut for May. However, we have seen new soloists emerge in KPOP in the past two months. Notably, Jung Eunji from APINK, Woohyun from Infinite and Tiffany from SNSD had their respective solo debuts in the last two months.

Top 5 songs of April

As per normal, these are my top 5 songs of April:

  1. Pretty U – Seventeen
  2. Journey to Atlantis – Laboum
  3. Dynamite – VIXX
  4. Queen – History
  5. Toy – Block B

Top 5 songs of May

May hasn’t ended yet, but it is about to. I will add other May songs to the June list (when I get around to it).

0. Pretty U – Seventeen (I have to. I have been trialling charts and Seventeen has been popping up every single week as the top song for the week).
1. Good Luck – AOA
2. Save Me – BTS
3. Nodding Nodding – Woohyun (Infinite)
4. I Just Wanna Dance – Tiffany (SNSD)
5. Fire – BTS

This one was a long one and I tried to keep it short. I am really behind in reviews and will get them out slowly. It will take me some time to catch up. Bad news is that I have exams coming up and I am going to be slower. I will review every major release eventually, so give me some time. Enjoy the rest of May and see you tomorrow!!!

 

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Happy New Year!!!

 

Hi all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Wow, 2013 is finally over. Can you believe it. With days to go, I will be unable to update this over my “break”. Beside that I have scheduled a whole heap of reviews. I promised you guys an End Of Year Charts, and with that very day 3-4 days away, I think it is time unleash the beast. Party hard! Welcome the new year in style! I will wish to see you all back on the 2nd of Jan 2013 (subject to change). At the very bottom of this post, there will be two links. One is a playlist for the winners of the BOB’s and the other is the top 20 songs of the year, as selected by this chart. Yay!!!!

Position Title Artist
1 Female President Girl’s Day
2 G.R.8.U (Your Impressive) VIXX
3 Tonight Spica
4 Hush Miss A
5 Damaged Lady Kara
6 24 Hours Sunmi
7 Voodoo Doll VIXX
8 Give It To Me Sistar
9 Expectation Girl’s Day
10 Only One Gummy
11 Be Ambitious Dal Shabet
12 Red Shoes IU
13 Number 9 T-Ara
14 Very Good Block B
15 Everybody SHINee
16 Kill Bill Brown Eyed Girls
17 Destiny Infinite
18 I Don’t Know FIESTAR
19 Only You VIXX
20 U&I Ailee
21 Madly FT Island
22 Love Blossom K.Will
23 Love Options BESTie
24 What’s Going On? B1A4
25 Growl EXO
26 Gone Not Around Any Longer Sistar19
27 Yoo Hoo Secret
28 While You Were Asleep JeA (Brown Eyed Girls)
29 1.4.3 Henry (Super Junior M) Feat. Amber F(x)
30 Dream Girl SHINee
31 Wild Nine Muses
32 Thriller BTOB
33 Goodbye Dasoni (EXID)
34 Insane A-Jax
35 One Shot B.A.P
36 Lonely Christmas Crayon Pop
37 Confused AOA
38 Bar Bar Bar Crayon Pop
39 Glue Nine Muses
40 Twenty Four / Seven 2Yoon
41 Jeon Won Diary T-Ara N4
42 I Like That GLAM
43 Tell Me Tell Me Rainbow
44 Stupid In Love Mad Clown ft. Soyu (Sistar)
45 Rocking Teen Top
46 No No No A-Pink
47 Why So Serious? SHINee
48 Baby I’m Sorry MYNAME
49 Dreamer History
50 The Letter Davichi

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM KPOPreviewed!!!

Snake – A-Jax

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Do you know how hard it was to find a picture to put in this review? Like seriously, it took me three days of looking. There were some, but they were too small. I had to squint to see it properly. Anyway, A-Jax has made their comeback, after promotions of Insane, back in July. This time around the member which was out of promotions due to injury came back (I think his name was Yunyoung, not sure). However this time, Sungmin, the main vocalist has an injury and has been said to be sitting out for promotions of this song. Going for a more light hearted song this time around, do not be fooled with the boys youthful image. That or you have realized that you have fallen prey to a snake. No??? Okay then…

The song is described to be lighthearted and as a funky rock genre. All of those are in the song, no complaints there. But I am quite disappointed with the turn that the boys have been going for. I really liked Insane and Hot Game. Thier other releases however do not sound as great, this song being the worst of them all. This song has kind of grown on me much more than 2MYX or One For You, but it still has my head saying no. I did like the chorus,, which is really catchy. I also love the “Hey Baby Why you act like you don’t even know my name? Baby baby baby” part which really good. Beside that, I was not impressed with the song. After the rap, the song literally went downhill. Like I could tell that from just listening to the song, It just ruined the mojo of the song and the ending was really disappointing. Is it a bad song to the point where nobody should listen to it? No. But for me, the song was not as great as other songs out at the moment.

The music video is quite suggestive. The band enlisted the help of Woori from Rainbow to play a role of a snake in this video. She slowly eats the members by luring them with their good looks. Honestly, I think the guys are a little naive. It is like they have never seen a girl. Thier acting is exaggerating the true events of the video, but I think they are trying to put more a of a comedic side to the whole story. However, I am surprised that the guys did not notice that something is kind of wrong, when their members go missing. And when I say missing, I mean alive, in the snake’s stomach. No, like if the first guy went missing, I would’ve been like “Where is my friend” and start freaking out, not play music instruments. And also don’t those guys like shout or anything to get other’s attention? And last thing, my mind would’ve have realized that something wrong when the girl starts jumping up and dancing when you played the flute. Just saying guys.  Also like the addition for the “CPR” scene, where they go all textbook on the whole procedure. Just one thing annoyed me there: “No RESPOND”. Yeah, sorry guys, but that kind of jumped out at me the first time I saw it.

The dance is quite interesting. I don’t find the dance great, but it fits the song perfectly. I like the “Hey baby why u act like you don’t even know my name Baby baby baby” part of the dance and that is about it. The chorus and other parts of the song seemed quite cheesy to me and did not go down well in my mind. Why does that sound wrong?

4/10. I think, for me personally, the band has to top Insane. It is like the best song from the band out there in my point of view. This song was rather weak and it was not that great in my point of view.

Insane – A Jax

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A-Jax recently made their comeback with a new song after a few successful comebacks last year. This time around, they have gone for more of an “insane” look for their fans. This is probably my most favourite song of the group and I think probably one of the best songs of the year. And now I am at a lost about what to say. Writer’s block sucks. Oh they made their comeback on the 11th of July, which is half a month ago. Damn my laziness. Seriously, I am surprised why this song is not ranking as high, because this is some good stuff.

The song is really good. I just want to say I will recommend it regardless place and time. I’ve asked my friends, and many were not that pleased with the song, which is disappointing, since I really like the song.  Those breathing sounds at the start and throughout the song keeps the song in its mode. It is different and really keeps the singers on top of the song, if you know what I mean. I really find the chorus of the song really addictive and the raps are top notch. The song itself talks about how a guy is slowly going “insane” over this girl, which kind of make senses in a way. I also really like the really husky “Babe Babe” part at the end. Pretty much approve of this song. If you did not get that, well….

This video is “insane”. Like there is a plot line to the whole video, but I guess you have to rely on what you believe in and your imagination. So what my interpretation of this video is may be a little different of what what the video is actually is. So this guy is taken to some mental facility. He, however is hypnotized by the old doctor and instead believes he is being treated by two sexy, young nurses. However, his mind starts going crazy and wonky. So therefore the other guys are all in his head doing weird stuff which does occur for the “insane guy”. However even during this time, he is trying to “dream” his way out of the room. Towards the end, he dreams of the right key after many attempts to unlock the door. That is my interpretation and it seems like the video something on that is completely different to the thing that occurs later or just before the certain scene. It lives up to the song title’s name and looks pretty good.

As for the dance, wow. I like it really well. The only thing I have to say though. This song needs the special fire effect or those fireworks thingy. Without, the whole stage looks boring. However the guys themselves have amazing stage presence.

9/10. Excellent comeback overall. I am totally satisfied by everything. Are you?

2MYX – A-Jax

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A Jax is back with another song! This time is much softer and a lot less fierce that their previous songs, like One For You and Hot Game. This song talks more about love and kind of fits the season more unlike their previous songs.

This song is okay. I don’t technically hate it and don’t actually like it. It does not appeal to me, like how Hot Game did for me. I guess this song is kind of lacking. The song is a response to Girls Generation’s Run Devil Run, as it contains a lot of direct lyrics that match both songs. However I really like the title of the song. It is 2MYX, which is kind of shorthanded for To My Ex, which is really smart.

First of all, I would like to say the music video is really choppy. There were to many small scenes and they were added in a random sequence. I have to say, there is very little running apart of the choreography and alone like 1 part of the whole music video. I like the contrast between the light and the dark background in the video, when the focus is on the girl, which makes her more mysterious. However, I am not sure about those upside down pyramids, they seem to be only there to fill up the empty space.

The dance is kind of okay. It fits the feel of the song, however I would like to see something with more emotion and power. At least they incorporated parts of running in it, which does fit the lyrics of the song.

I would give this song a 7/10. Okay, could’ve been better.