Rewind: January 2015

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.

Disbandment

Jewelry Members Get Together One Last Time for Final Photo Shoot

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

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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.

 

Top 10 songs of the month

1. Up and Down – EXID (released in August 2014)

2. You – G.Soul

3. Break Ya – LU:KUS

4. Fire – Mad Clown ft. Jamsil (Mad Soul Child)

5. Drama – Nine Muses

6. Apologize – Eddy Kim

7. Why – 4Ten

8. Coming Soon – N.Ca

9. Pretty – Infinite H

10. Child In Time – Sunny Hill

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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!!!

In Front Of The Mirrior – GLAM

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GLAM recently finished promoting I Like That which came out at the very start of the year. Now they are back with another unexpected song. In Front of the Mirror is a very slow song compared to their other releases  but still has their uniqueness within it.

This is not their best song. I just want to get it off my chest. I am not exactly fond of this song at all. It is slow and kind of loopy doo for me. I prefer a more powerful and dominate image of the group than this. They say this song is part hip hop, part trot. I don’t really see the trot part of this song. Nor do I really see the hip hop part as well, since this supposedly has trot in it. However, beside this internal conflict, I really like the vocals in this song. The rap, however, does not fit in with the song that much. But overall, I thought it was okay.

The music video is quite interesting. It talks, like the lyrics, about the trouble the girls go through to be pretty and socially acceptable. They have to wear high heels to boost up their height, have to where fake breast pads (sorry, I don’t know the technical term for it), wear fake wigs to look good, and wear completely tight clothing to make body stand out. But only to go home to feel insecure. Despite all of this talk, I felt the lighting of the music video not quite right. It feels warm and fuzzy. While the song does give off this feeling, the message of the song does not. But beside that, the music video is quite good. I am just going to wonder: the guy at the end. Is he their actual manager or just an actor?

The dance is pretty okay as well. Nothing as spectacular as I Like That or Party XXO. But I guess if will be sufficient for a comeback just right after their previous promotional, so they probably did not have much time to learn a much harder choreography.

As the whole review say, okay for all aspects. 6.5/10.

I Like That – GLAM

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GLAM are finally back with a new song, that is totally badass. Being the first ever group (or first ever rookie group, I forgot) to make a comeback through a year-end music festival show, this has increased the hype for the single as well. Not only that, but fans are also eager to see how the group will cope and function with the permanent (hopefully not) absence of one of the members, Trinity.

The song is something along the lines of 2NE1’s I Am The Best or EVOL debut single. There is not one thing that I would complain about this song. It is totally badass and something I would expect from a matured band that is already big in the industry. Even though, to me Trinity did nothing except for dance and smile, there is a big gap in the vocals for me. I don’t know why, but ever since Trinity left, I felt like the singing in the group has decreased. Anyway, I was totally surprised about the sudden change where the song was taking us. At first it sounded like a song that 2NE1 would sing. But when the chorus came around, I was totally surprised. Guess the girls have not lost their cutey style after all. I absolutely love every aspect of the song, from the instrumental to the rap of the song. Pretty good.

The music video was quite interesting. I have a feeling that they copied another band’s style. Didn’t B.A.P just release No Mercy with a music video quite similar to the ending of the song? Just a thought. Anyway, I totally love the way the director incorporated the scream that featured in the song itself. That was pretty cool. I found many parts of this music video quite funny. But then again, I would laugh at everything. Yeah, that is how I roll. Beside that I don’t have much to complain about the music video. Everything is quite top notch.

The live is pretty cool. I absolutely love the dance for this song. It shows the badass side of the girls and at the same time show a softer but more elegant side during the chorus. L.O.V.E this dance.

I would give it a 9/10. Hell yeah, this song totally rocks my boat.

PS. I would like to add, how the f-word is Glam’s performance on Mnet Countdown flagged as inappropriate?

Party XXO – GLAM

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Another rookie group! How many rookie groups debuted this year? Well, there was B.A.P, EXO, AOA, GLAM, EXID, Lunafly, 100%, Hello Venus and loads more. But this group really stand out in my point of view. They are different, in the sense that they go up there for fun, than winning a prize. They don’t seem that serious at all when they go onto the stage anyway.

The song is definitely a soft, yet really addictive dance track. It is meant to portray the girls as a cute group, but I think they are more on the terms of fierce and badass. Also, definitely this group is completely different. The girls talk about kissing girls and loving girls, which open a new page in the history of KPOP. Soon we’ll be seeing such groups like Big Bang and Super Junior talking about gay men, but hey it is all for the good. LGBT people are still humans in the end, they deserve their rights!!!!

The music video is quite like the normal KPOP videos we have everyday. Just there is a gingerbread in this video dancing and having fun. I also loved the CG effects they have in this video, it is quite different and unique, in the sense, that CG effects are not used for cute music videos like this. But beside the videos is alright. Nothing bad, I guess, but really nothing that outstanding.

The live performance for their song is kind of weird. If you follow me on G +, which nobody does… (Click Here) I noticed in most of their performances, the blonde chick (sorry about names, I am quite hopeless), did not sing at all. Either she sang with the group, danced or smiled. She had no solos whatsoever, which is quite disappointing. They are rumoured to have a comeback later this month, so I expect even lines. 😀

8/10. Pretty good for a debut track. YAY!!!!!