They are back and they are slaying. The hottest group of 2015 has finally made their comeback with a brand new song. If you guys don’t know this band, I am judging you very harshly at this moment. I am only joking. But seriously, I think everyone knows who this band is. It is EXID! After reaching the top of the charts with Up and Down at the start of the year, a song previously released in August by the band, they are back with another chart topper. It is amazing what one fan camera footage can do to your popularity. Just ask these girls. Their song, when it was first released, barely reached the charts, but after that sexy fan cam was released of Hani, their group shot to stardom. Not only did Hani receive a boost in popularity, but members LE and Solji also got their time to shine (and they are still shining).
I have dying to review this song. I personally thought it was an amazing song. Yeah, it sounds like Up and Down 2.0, but it really has an extra (and different) feeling to it, which separates it from Up and Down. Just here is only one similarity I noticed with the songs. The saxophone sounds are still there. And those saxaphone sounds were really addictive and cool. Of course they were not direct copy and paste, but they still add their own style. I loved LE’s raps the most from this song. Hani’s “sweet and seductive” vocals got switched up to fierce and dangerous rapping by LE. Loved it. Junghwa (even though her part had too much autotune) got more lines. Solji’s high note was remarkable (per usual) but it also gives her more recognition since she was on that vocal contest show recently and won that as well. Hyelin really didn’t shine that much. She needs a different place in the song, away from Solji, because their vocals are way too similar. Not that I am complaining, but like Up and Down, I thought she had no lines. Either way, all this song is get praises (and of course, maybe a little tweaking is needed for future songs).
This music video was genius. It is like it is taking a stab at the Korean music industry for being too conservative. The censorship got my brain thinking, wow, they are doing everything naked. And I thought Junghwa was actually sitting on a porno site. Needless to say, I thought the video did its job very well (maybe a little too well). Though, I was expecting something else than a cute dog. That part is where I was a little too iffy about. You just took something that looked like a porno and transformed it to something a children show would have. Maybe not that extreme, but it felt like it. As for LE’s and Hani’s part, wow. I love the change over and difference between each scene. I just thought it matched the song and the two “public” sides of the girls that I was used for. I also loved it how some of the stages have adopted a bit of it. And I hope that YouTube view count overloads like in the video. The girls deserve it.
As for the dance, it didn’t find it that similar to Up and Down like everyone was going on about it. Yes, it may have that same level of sexiness, but at the same time, I thought it was still pretty good. I love the “Ah Yeah” part and the chorus. The only part I am going to cry to you about is LE’s rapping. I expected a more fiercer level of dancing that made us go wow. That part was disappointing and didn’t match the feel of the song.
9.5/10. Just misses the perfect score for a little bit and pieces, but, it still works out to be a song that I am playing over and over again.
Through this new segment (Finally got to use that one word), we will be looking back at the third month of 2015. I get to rank my top 10 songs. But we also get to look back at other events that happened in the Korean music industry. This way, I can talk about big events in the KPOP industry and rely my thoughts to you all.
Lee Min Ho and Suzy Dating
This by far is the biggest news of March 2015. Just a few days ago, it was confirmed by both companies that Miss A’s Suzy and Hallyu actor Lee Min Ho are officially dating. More importantly, JYP (Suzy’s company) have announced that Suzy would not avoid questions regarding the couple. Now, usually companies try to “Hush” the rumours, so I thought it was a little wierd that JYP would say Suzy would be answering all questions. Though I get that both companies would have to confirm due to the evidence presented, but I think JYP is milking everything they can out of this big piece of news. Dating in the industry is going to be hard but I wish the very best for the two. Now let’s move along with Miss A‘s comeback, shall me?
Red Velvet First Win
The subheading says it all. Congratulations to Red Velvet on their first music show win. At the time I am writing this, they actually have won 4 music show awards. Their latest song is ________________________________________________________________. Sorry. Let’s leave this here and wait for the review to come out. Soon. I promise. I am not YG. It will come soon. Like next week probably.
2AM Members Change Companies
Another big piece of news with the 2AM members splitting up with their company. No, they are not disbanding (though it sounded a lot like it at first) but 2AM members have decided to go with different companies. Jo Kwon decided to stay with JYP Entertainment. Seulong decided to go with SidusHQ and Jinwoon decided with Mystic Entertainment. Changmin signed with Big Hit after his contract ended with JYP last year (I think?). This kind of says something about JYP Entertainment, but at the same time, we should be glad the ballad group are not going away for now. Let’s hope 2AM comebacks with a new song with this different formation with companies. (On a side note: all 2PM members – contract ended around the same time – resigned with JYP).
Comebacks for April
BIG BANG HAS BEEN CONFIRMED!!! Though, not exactly sure when the comeback is exactly. But BIG BANG HAS BEEN CONFIRMED to be the first YG artist making their comeback in 2015. On top of that, EXID will be making their comeback. Miss A and EXO just made their comeback at the end of the month. Dal Shabet, Mamamoo, Cross Gene have also be confirmed. SNSD (Girl’s Generation) will also be making their comeback in May BUT they will be releasing a track during April in both Japan and Korea.
Yewon and Lee Tae Im Scandal
This scandal I am not familiar with. Essentially what happened is that Yewon spoke informally to Lee Tae Im. After Lee Tae Im got angry and left, Yewon decided to curse out at Lee Tae Im, and hence causing this controversy. Essentially, Yewon is more of a younger person in the industry, so she had to be formal. I get it sometimes. I come from as Asian background and sometimes I don’t think the formality thing is right. Just because they are older does not mean they are right. Imagine this: the older person is cursing the daylights out of you and your loved ones, and you “disrespectfully” defended yourself and your family. Is the older person right and you are at fault? Though this is not what had happened, it seems like the industry zooms in on one part and leave the rest out for every bad situation. We don’t know 100% what happened. We will never know what 100% happened. Something could have happened before that got both angry. Those are just my loosely put together thoughts on the whole thing. Maybe Yewon is in the wrong. But what if she isn’t? Remember I am not siding with her. I am just being “opened minded” about things.
Through this new segment (Finally got to use that one word), we will be looking back at the month that opened the year of 2015. I get to rank my top 10 songs. But we also get to look back at other events that happened in the Korean music industry. This way, I can talk about big events in the KPOP industry and rely my thoughts to you all.
Sadly, January saw many bands (more than usual, that is) announce their disbandment from the industry. This technically means that they are no longer a group (for whatever reason) and would no longer promote together. The list is extreme and includes: Jewelry, Wonder Boyz, GLAM and Airplane. Wonder Boyz and Airplane are probably considered as “rookies” still. Though they have popular songs, both bands announced their disbandment in January. GLAM, a 4 member girl group under Big Hit Entertainment, who clearly had so much potential, was revealed through their agency to have disbanded. Member Dahee has been sentenced to jail recently for her involvement in the Lee Byung Hun blackmail case. Some speculate that this was the reason why the band broke up. Finally, the longest running KPOP girl group has called it quits after 14 years on stage. The girls, including past members had a photo shoot as their last schedule as a band. Jewelry was well known for their hit, One More Time.
EXO-L’s in the wrong spotlight
EXO-L (EXO‘s fanclub) was accused of swearing at Girl’s Day Sojin at the Gaon Chart Awards for dating rumours with EXO member D.O. On top of that, EXO L was further accused for using other concerts and events as ways to check their ticket buying accounts were still working. Naturally, Korean neitzens “had a go” at the fanclub for their mean and rude gestures in both instances. EXO-L’s hit back by claiming not all of them were involved. Though I agree with the EXO L’s who are saying that not all of them did it, those fans who were involved are doing a pretty good job at ruining the fanclub’s and the band’s image.
Suing war continues…
For once, I have to agree with SM. Kris and Luhan who both asked for their contracts to be nullified last year, have been used by SM for illegally working in China with lawsuits in Korea. I personally don’t have a problem with them working. But I do have a problem with how quick they launched the lawsuit and how quick they started working in China. If your claiming to be overworked, I understand why you would ask for your contract to be nullified. Just why would you go to another country almost straight away and work there?
EXID’s jump in fame
EXID has been enjoying their newly found fame after a fancam of Hani dancing to the song went viral. This launched the girls to the top of the charts and becoming on the most successful bands for the year so far. Up and Down have still seen no end, as it still remains steady on the charts. Though, it is funny how they reached their new fame, I just want to congratulate the girls on their wins. Up and Down was amazing, and I hope EXID’s next song is equally as popular.
Award Ceremonies Everywhere…
January is the month for award ceremonies. The first was the Golden Disk Awards, in Beijing, which was planned so horribly that members of GOT7, BTS and the whole of Beast could not perform on stage due to the “wrong visa being given out”. Seoul Music Awards and Gaon Music Awards followed after in Korea. When we combine the three awards ceremonies, they gave out theawards to the right people. Mamamoo got their rookie of the award year at the Gaon Music Awards, while other bands such as Girl’s Day, APINK, Beast, AOA, VIXX and etc. got the awards they deserved at the other award ceremonies.
Welcome to the end of the 2014 charts. This chart has every single song that was released from the 1st of January 2014 to the 1st of December. I left the nitty gritty stuff out (aka. the numbers I used for the ranking) and made sure that everything was fair. So that means for songs that were released towards the end of the year would have received some extra increment to make sure that they were levelled out with the songs released in January. Other numbers used included whether songs were on the YouTube Playlist of The Month and each song was re-reviewed in categories of “song, music video and dance”. Below are just some interesting facts that you may enjoy in regards to this chart.
The very first song released to be included on the charts are Rain’s 30 Sexy and La Song. The last song released before the cut off date was Infinite F’s Heartbeat.
T-Ara’s Sugar Free (2) was the only song throughout the whole chart to score the maximum of 40 for the song re-review.
VIXX is the first boy group to appear in the charts at 14th place with Eternity.
As touched on above, this year the charts are dominated by the girl groups, with 13 boy groups versus 37 girl groups (repeated groups not excluded).
Heavily promoted songs tend to rank higher than songs that were released as a single and not promoted.
The following artists achieved the next few positions after 50th place: SPEED, Crayon Pop, Z:EA, Zhou Mi (Super Junior), BTOB, Infinite, UKISS, AOA and Gain (Brown Eyed Girls)
Up & Down
I’m In Love
NS Yoon G
Good Night Kiss
HA:TFELT (Yenny – Wonder Girls)
You Don’t Love Me
This Is Love
Like A Cat
B.B.B (Big Baby Baby)
Sunmi ft. Lena
My Copy Cat
Don’t Look At Me Like That
Song Ji Eun (Secret)
What About You?
Dont Touch Me
Singing Got Better
I Need You
Whatcha Doing Today?
Pretty Age 25
Song Ji Eun (Secret)
1 Minute 1 Second
Mamamoo ft. K.Will & Wheesung
Gain (Brown Eyed Girls)
Touch My Body
Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms
HIGH4 ft. IU
THAT’S IT!!! 2014 IS OVER AND 2015 IS APPROACHING. WISHING YOU ALL (IN YOUR RESPECTIVE TIME ZONES) A HAPPY NEW YEAR. I only have 6 hours to go and I am excited. Party hard (but not too hard) and I will see you next year!! aka. in the next few days ^^
Code: RED FONT – WINNERS BLUE FONT – HONOURABLE MENTION
BEST ROOKIE GROUP
2014, like the past few years, have seen so many new KPOP bands debut. So many new bands, so much that I have a really difficult job to select certain artists and also keep up with the old styles. 2014 saw the big 3 companies debut their own groups, but I have to be honest, the stand outs came mostly from the smaller companies. One group in particular stood out from the rest: Mamamoo. Harmony and totally different style from what we are used to. Honourable mentions go to GOT7.
The one song that is overlooked by everyone on the album is the instrumental. I freaking love instrumentals, and this year, KPOP decided to tease me with so many new instrumentals. That being said, this year the winner of Best Instrumental is Ain’t Nobody by Ye-Eun (Ha:tFelt). Honourable mentions go to Sugar Free by T-Ara.
KPOP = Singing. There for it is only right for this year to have an award for Best Vocals, right? Well, the winner goes to Ha:tfelt – Ye Eun (Wonder Girls). I was so amazed by here singing this year that it blew my mind, particularly her title track Ain’t Nobody. Honourable mentions go to IU (yes, I think most of us agree).
Many KPOP songs have many rapping parts. At the same time, rappers need some recognition. Though, I feel my choice this year could be a little odd, only one person (in my opinion) did a really amazing job. Junhyung from Beast did a wonderful job in Good Luck, 12:30 and the many songs he featured in. Zico from Block B takes Honourable Mentions.
Since 2013, many subunits have been on trend. Even though subunits have been losing trend, many bands this year debuted their own subunits. However, I think we should move away from the new subunits. Cause this year an old subunit wins. Orange Caramel steals Best Subunit with release of three different songs. Honourable mentions goes to Rainbow Blaxx.
The new trend for 2014. Collaborations between artists have been on the rise. This year though, if you were a KPOP fan for a while, you would know already who the winner is. Soyu & JungGiGo’s Some steals the show, topping the end of year charts conducted in South Korea and winning Best Song as well on the SBS Music Festival. Well of course they would win, considering that they SLAYED the charts. Honourable Mentions go to Sane and Raina’s collaboration, Midsummer Night’s Sweetness.
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
This year there has been so many stars that have started to become more popular. The nominees tend to be bands that have debuted in the previous year, and with help of comebacks, started to become well known in the industry. I think for the first time ever, I am going to be honest and put forward two winners to this category. First of all, BTS say a boost in popularity and have become a band that I look forward to listening to. Second of all AOA saw new popularity with release of Miniskirt, Short Air and Like A Cat. Both bands, obviously, rose a lot this year and I found it hard to differentiate them.
BEST JAPANESE SONG
If you don’t know (I won’t be surprised) I also review some Japanese song. 2015 will be the year where I start to review more Japanese songs for you all. However, 2014 also had a lot of catchy and cool Japanese songs. The winner for this year is Korean boy band MYNAME’s F.F.Y. Such a catchy song. As for honourable mentions, it goes to AAA’s Showtime.
KPOP is also known for its dancing. 2014 saw some interesting dances, catchy dances, and some dances that have no words to describe it. And that can be a good thing or a bad thing. This year, T-ara took the position as best dance. It was probably the most addictive dance and it was pretty easy as well. It matched the song and most importantly, I loved it. Honourable mentions to Infinite’s Back.
A brand new category for 2014. Every award show or some kind of award giving platform has the “best album” award. And yes, this year, there are so many freaking great albums (like any other year). In my opinion, the best album of the year goes to F(x)’s Red Light. All, if not most, of the songs were amazing to listen to and were so great. Every freaking song was different, and though that maybe risky, F(x) pulled it off as a flowing album. Honourable Mentions goes to AKMU’s Play.
BEST MALE SOLOIST
Solos don’t tend to be the trend this year. Some bands saw new members branch into a solo career, however it seems like more and more KPOP idols (whether male or female) are branching out to acting or variety shows. However, the winner to this category is a person who started offically his own solo career with a lot of experience in the music industry. Crush is the winner. Damn, this dude’s songs are so good. You should check them out. Honourable mentions: JungGiGo.
BEST FEMALE SOLOIST
It seems like more and more females are branching out onto the stage. We saw many KPOP divas making their solo debuts on the stage with new and fresh songs from bands like T-Ara or Secret. We already have divas who have accomplished a start to their solo career and saw comebacks of very big names. This year, one solo stood out and that is Secret’s Song Ji Eun. Releasing her first solo mini album, she did quite well considering the competition she was going through. Honourable Mentions goes to Sunmi.
BEST FEMALE GROUP
Sexy concept by girl groups have been on the rise. If you know me well, then you probably already know my pick. However, so many girls groups made their comeback this year. Some picked up a lot of popularity and saw massive wins for the first time. Girl’s Day hitted big with their amazing single Something. They later went on to release Darling and I Miss You. Being one of the biggest girl groups of the year, they were sure to pick some prize up. APINK steals honourable mentions this year with their massive single Mr Chu and their latest hit Luv, which blew up and swept all the December trophies for 2014.
BEST MALE GROUP
There have always been a large influx of boy groups and this year it is no different. I was so impressed I was just going to choose all 10 nominees as winners. However, there can only be one winner (well, technically), so I guess I have to choose one. I am going to put down VIXX. They released Eternity and Error this year and both songs were hits for the band. Not only that, they displayed great dance moves and skills. Beast takes out honourable mentions with Good Luck and 12:30, both being very great songs that also delivered like what VIXX had to show. (Just VIXX nudged a head a little bit).
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
This year, most of my Best Music Video Nominees saw the depressing side of KPOP. 8 music videos had this sad or dark storyline to tell. 2 music videos were made in a soft hearted and were really cheerful. G.o.D’s music video for The Story Of Our Lives, told the amazing bond between family and that the outside will never be able to define the inside. Megan Lee features in the song and both band and soloist did an amazing job singing and pouring out their emotions. By the way, SM made a video outside of the box. F(x)’s Red Light, takes honourable mention.
25 songs were nominated for Best Song for 2014. All were to an excellent standard. There were clear stands out. Something by Girl’s Day, EXID’s Up and Down and Beast’s Good Luck are this year’s honourable mentions. However, which song took Best Song category for 2014? Check the song and music video down below.
Finally, another review after so long. Hahaha.. Thought I dropped out unannounced again did you and return in like 5 months? Hahahahaha… No silly, I just returned from a well deserved holiday and the MAMA awards were on last night, so I guess I skipped writing a review for like 3 days or so. However, now I am back and writing more reviews more than ever, and that is promise I make, after I return from my other holiday. Only kidding. Long reviews today so let’s go!
LABOUM is a new group in the industry. As there are so many new groups coming into the industry, I don’t get any chances to review them, because there are so many groups debuting and making their comeback at the same time. Fortunately, I finally got to review this group, just with their first comeback song. This song is so freaking good. The song is catchy and likewise all of the songs in today’s review is really catchy. It is a song that I have been playing on the loop consistently. The rapping was so so but the vocals were superb. As for the music video, there really was nothing there and I was quite disappointed with that. It was just the girls acting all distant and doll-like during the whole video. As for the dance, I really liked how they took the “doll” concept and made the dance around it. It was really cool and amazing. 7/10
Mamamoo is back and wow, this song really raises the bar. How are these girls not freaking getting awards yet, really beats me. This whole comeback blew my mind. The song was really addictive and catchy. This song impresses me. The vocals and the rapping did the job wonderfully. The girls harmonised really well and showcased their vocals. I was blown away with this song. As for the music video, it reminded me a lot of Secret’s Poison, just without the sex appeal and the violence. However, it was a little dull to watch. We see Gongchan from B1A4 getting drawn into the girls throughout the music video. Not really exciting. As for the dance, I liked how they mimicked the instruments used in the song and also its simplicity. 10/10.
EXID is finally back after a disappearance of nearly 2 years and this time it seems they have finally started to get more recognition then before. More on that later. This song is hella addictive and really fun to listen (and sing) to. Though, this song is LE dominated for like 80% of it, I thought the whole song, from vocals to rap, was amazing. As for the music video, wow. It was really suggestive towards the male sexual organ. Well, that or I have a really dirty mind. Overall, I love the music video. I love the half body idea and since the same director directed this music video and also Orange Caramel’s recent videos, the music video had that Orange Caramel feel to it. As for the dance. It was amazing. It was deemed as sexy, however this time, I kind of agree with it. This dance however, is what the band is now officially known for. EXID is now ranking on the charts in the top 10 because a fancam of member Hani dancing to the song at an event. Now they are due to retrun to the stage, a few months after the song is released, they are going viral. 10/10
THIS IS IT. IT IS OVER. The catchy up reviews are finally done. I can now sit back and write the next 45 reviews at a slow pace (however one that gets you guys to read consistently). Thank you for staying this long with me and now I hand you back to the normal reviews. See you tomorrow!!!
EXID has once again pulled off, to me, another successful comeback in a form of a subunit. Dasoni consist of the two wonderful vocalists of the group, Hani and Solji. Must I say that I am in love with this group. I find every song they come out with quite addictive, this the same as well. Tough this comeback and debut crept on me as a surprise, I think that surprise paid off quite well. Let’s continue, shall we?
I TOTALLY LOVE THIS SONG! Despite it coming out like a week ago, I think, this has been one of the most successful songs on my list for this month. The vocals of both vocalists were superb and those notes at the end of the song were really good. However, I was disappointed that this song was unfortunately shorten last week to less than 3 minutes, which resulted into some parts of the song to be cut. The English phrases pronounced could be polished just a bit more, however, they will pass I guess. My one and only complaint with this song is: 2 members are not enough, I think a rap would’ve been better in the song as well. Well, LE, the group’s rapper, is actually promoting another song herself, you know, Brave Brother’s 19+ song.
I love the concept of the music video. That ethnic feel to the song was quite good. I don’t talk about the concept of comebacks that much mainly because I become really confused. However, the dresses worn in this video seems to be really beautiful. I really like the darkness feel of the song that the director has included. I guess it contrasts the beauty of the vocalists and their voices. The use of shadows are really effective. I really like the calligraphed drawing of what i think is some kind of shoot or bamboo. I am just confused about the pile of rubbish they sit on. Or is that to make it more arty?
The dance to this song is not as effective and addictive as other dances. However, the use of the fans and the formations and backup dancers are really cool. As for the singers, well their dance is kind of basic and I am sure my 4 year old sister can actually come up with something much better. While we are talking about backup dancers, what is with the trend of covering up their faces with pieces of fabric? Something that I will never understand.
EXID made their comeback back in November. (Yes, we are nearing the end of January, I realized that ages ago). Anyway, after promoting a really good song, I Feel Good, the girls came out with a rearranged piece that featured on their previous mini album. Same title, just different feel. To choose between the two, I choose this song because it sounds much better. Leggo:
The song was pretty good. I don’t have much to say about the song. I really like the soft telephone ringing sounds at the start of the song, which I think moves the song along quite well. Also, the song is a whole reversal of the “I Feel Good’ song they promoted earlier in the year (2012, I mean). This song brings out their vocals and the rap, in my pint of view was pretty well done, however, I think she carried over the autotune that was in “I Feel Good”, which does not sound as good in this song. However, the English in the song is what I am here to talk about, just looking at the lyrics kind of…. “I know this booty” and “So I don’t know how to get down” kind of sounds like, ummm… you know….
The music video is quite interesting. The girls are sickened by this male guy who is a player and cheats on every girl he meets. They create some scientifically proven poison made from a red, spicy, chillies They rub themselves over tables, because they are tired, in the process of making this and carefully place the poison gas into glass tubes. After, they make their way to the guy and kills everyone including the guy with the poison, by throwing into the air. Hey, at least they know safety and wore gas masks that did not match their outfits. The guests started to sneeze and spit water out of their mouths, which looked quite attractive. Poor guy though, he took the whole load for himself. Let’s just say he had his last shower, with clothes on at the very where he died. Nice.
The dance has a lot of rubbing in it. I don’t know why, but they keep on rubbing their chests and butts the whole way through. But still, they have good lives.
I am totally in love with this track at the moment. Regardless of all the hype with other more famous bands, I really like this song. It sheds a new light on this rookie group who made heir debut at the start of the year. The song is quite addictive for me, as I spent hours listening to it, and I still do. Though I think song is award-worthy, many others don’t think this group is as talented as other groups, but I think EXID will last long (Hopefully, I did not jinx them).
Anyway, the song is excellent. I love and I am in love with it. I really love the start, as it kind of matches into the song quite well. I really love the rap sequence at the start. The chorus was really catchy, and those really good moments right after the chorus is really good. I am also “Never stop the music” and “Never stop the good night”, because it the most addictive part of the song for me. I also like the bridge of the song. where they incorporated the violins into the song, as it really something different compared to other pop and techno songs. I like it!!!! The vocals in the song are really good as well, I am still not familiar with the member’s name yet, but I really like the notes at the end.
The music video is quite weird? Not sure if this is the word to describe this. I love the humour, like at the start with the really expensive car and bike, the ironing shopping, traffic directions and the kindergarten teacher. I love it how, they actually have really crappy jobs, but meet up at what seems to be a really expensive bar, or at least one to get in. Well, the club is closed, assuming because of how early they turn up, and they become sad because they cannot get in. However, one of the members open the door and the group breaks the rules and goes in. Then they dance, around stripper poles, and on the dance floor. (Can I say something, that moment would’ve been quite boring in my point of view, a club would be better with more than 5 members.) After that, they are discovered, tired from their play and were shoved out of the club. Interesting, but funny at the same time.
The dance is really good. I don’t think they would rank high with the dance, but I with their live performances (in terms of their vocals) make up the loss).
I would give this a 9/10. Really good song, dance and music video.