KPOPREVIEWED 2016 Awards – Part 1

I am officially back everyone. And finally, I am moving along with the posts. This is the replacement to the normal Best of the Bests that I do at the end of each year. Essentially, they are the same thing, just a different name for them. This is just for fun and is just my thoughts relayed into a post. I did want to include you guys in the voting this time around, but because of my vacation, I had skipped over it. Maybe next year, if nothing pops up.

I usually post the nominees up in a separate post. However, because of time constraints, I have linked the nominees on a separate page by clicking the link below, instead of writing them out.

CLICK FOR THE NOMINEES AND CHECK OUT THE WINNERS FOR PART 1 BELOW


RISING STAR AWARD

This award goes to the groups that have seen the most growth in 2016. Past winners have risen from the rookie status (usually) or ‘nugu’ status and conquered the year they were awarded in. Looking back there are a number groups that took over 2016. But the rising star award goes to Twice and Seventeen. It is quite obvious why. Both groups had a following already in 2015 but 2016 saw more success, proving them to be a force to look out for.


BEST INSTRUMENTAL

This award is self-explanatory, given to the song that has the best instrumental. This is something that I talk about in review and is vital to the song (though I have heard amazing acapella in the past). It seems like simple took out the award this year with the instrumental of The Rain by Ladies Code taking out the award. But don’t worry because the EDM based song Fire by BTS took out Honourable Mention.


BEST COMEBACK

Comeback after comeback after comeback. It is like shifting through a needle in a haystack. Any artist could have been nominated for this but I chose VIXX as the winner for this. Their comebacks have been consistent but unique each time. Their releases have you asking what they have planned next. As for honourable mentions, BTS takes it. Given their releases in the past year, I have to say I was very impressed.


BEST SUBUNIT

It seems like subunits have dropped off the trends list this year. Actually, they have become quite rare. That being said, there have been some notable subunits in 2016. My pick for the winner is EXO-CBX, which consists of Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin. Their song, Hey Mama, was extremely catchy and fun to listen to. Honourable mention go to NCT Dream for their release of the fun and equally catchy Chewing Gum (plus they performed on hoverboards).


BEST RAPPER

Not a big fan of rapping but I have to be honest, there are many great rappers here that show me otherwise. A few rappers in idol groups have released mixtapes this year as part of their solo work, further showing their influence on the industry. The winner I have chosen is Zico (Block B). All of his solo releases and collaborations have been extremely popular and successful in the past year. Honourable mention goes  Suga (BTS), whose mixtape and work within BTS have also amazed me this year.


BEST VOCALIST

Vocals are something that I admire the most. So, it was rather hard for me to narrow down just 5 nominees, particularly since there were more shows where vocalists of different idol groups and actors/actresses could participate in. My radar jumped when I heard the winner sing on those shows. I am talking about Sandeul (B1A4), whose voice sounded amazing in his solo work and collaborations on Duet Song Festival. I chose Mamamoo for honourable mention as their vocals are no joke, slaying with almost everything they release.


BEST COLLABORATION

Collaborations are still popular and with SM Entertainment’s SM Station in full effect for 2016, we saw a more diverse range of collaborations that have never been seen before. My pick for the best collaboration of 2016 is Hit Me by MOBB, which is a collaboration between Mino (Winner) and Bobby (iKON). Honourable mentions go to Tiffany (SNSD) and SanE for their SM Station track, Heartbreak Hotel.


BEST NON-TITLE SONG

These songs include songs that were simply released as a part of the album but forgotten as it was never promoted. Some of them were performed with the title track for one week but have since not been performed. Songs that deserve some sort of recognition as well. My pick of honourable mention is I Miss You by Mamamoo, which was included in their first studio album. The winner of the best non-title song goes to Sistar with their track: String. String is actually one of the few songs that are not a title track that was replayed constantly on my phone.


To find the second part of the 2016 KPOPREVIEWED Awards, Click Here!!!

 

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[Review] The Rain – Ladies Code

Ladies Code have returned to the stage with a brand new track, The Rain. They made their previous comeback earlier this year with Galaxy.

This song is freaking amazing. Perfection to my ears. It’s one of the songs out there, where you just listen once and then you just fall in love with it. This song continues on from Galaxy, with such an edgy and dark vibe oozing from the song. But this song is much better than Galaxy. Each element in the song is amazing and quite strong on its own. But when you add them together, it equates to a very strong piece of music. The instrumental has a nice jazzy sound coming out of it. On top of that, a pretty striking piano is heard at the start. The chorus becomes quite funky. The tempo immediately slows down after each chorus, but it works for this song. While the vocals aren’t that impressive in this song (Sojung’s husky/strong vocals seems to be the only one that fits in well, with the other member’s voice a little weak), they seem to work somehow. Again, with many songs nowadays, the build up is amazing. Yes, it fluctuates, but make the song come together quite nicely. I am not a major fan of abrupt endings, but the way this song ended, seem to fit in with the rest of the song quite nicely.

The music video is quite anaesthetic. I love the sets in the video and all the closeups.  There is something about a metal ball dropping onto glass quite interesting. Paired with the launch into each chorus, I think they tie well together in terms of effect. The fishes, not too much. A little cruel, but let’s not get into there. I noticed that a lot of things in the video seem to match the tempo of the song. When it becomes slow, the video shows a member walking or slow rain drops. When the chorus kicks in, particuarly the final chorus, everything is a lot faster, such as the transitions between shots and the overall content in the scene. I love the use of the floral umbrellas used in a few sets. They do look cheesy, but they do add a hint of elegance to the video. The onyl problem I have are those clothing pieces with the yelow flowers on it. I am not one to talk fashion. I have a terrible fashion sense, but they look pretty bad. Something with a more minialistic vibe would have looked better in the video.

I should ban myself from using the word ‘amazing’, but this choreography is amazing. Once again, the dance matches the tempo of the song all throughout. There is also a nice sense of elegance to the dance as well, particularly, the final pose and the dance to the chorus, which kind of goes hand in hand with that jazzy sound.

Rating – 9/10

 

 

Rewind: February 2016

Welcome back to another monthly rewind. February is officially gone and it went super fast (despite it having an extra day, as this is a leap year). Before we all know it, March is gone and April passed us like the wind. Let’s get started shall we?

Major News

I think there are two major news that we need to cover. One that talks good about one band, and the other isn’t that good. But bad publicity is good publicity right?

GFriend made their comeback at the end of January 2016, but managed to sweep the charts with their newest mini album and title track, Rough. And when I mean “sweep the charts”, the girls stayed at the top  of the digital for over hundreds of hours, a proportion of those hundreds of hours were actually perfect all kills (which are apparently extremely hard to get, but the girls did it somehow). This led them to win their first music show trophy since debut and they managed to do pretty well. And when I mean pretty well: Triple Crown on Show Champion, MCountDown and Inkigayo, 4 trophies on Music Bank and 2 on SBS The Show. That is a lot. Their hard work has finally paid off, with the help of their fanclub and fans.

In other news, Beast is in the limelight for the wrong reasons. Hyunseung was caught falling asleep during an interview, which disappointed fans and garnered a lot of criticisms. Falling asleep in an interview seems a little too much my opinion, but it just shows how tired they artists are with multiple schedules in one day, concerts, comebacks, practice, interviews, the lot. Junhyung also saw some criticism when he failed to attend a fanmeet due to sickness, but somehow managed to attend his friend’s (Jung Joon Young) birthday party. While it was cleared up with Junhyung, Cube Entertainment and Jung Joon Young each making a statement saying how he came for only a few moments, just to drop off a present. Honestly, some people need to give these guys a break. Sometimes, you need to take a sickie (or sick day) just to go somewhere or to relax and take it slowly. So why are these people so annoyed with that, when they probably do it too, when everything becomes too overwhelming?

Major Comebacks

Number of groups made their comeback this month. 4Minute, Winner, Mamamoo, B.A.P, Taemin (SHINee), NU’EST, Rainbow (even though some are speculating this will be their final release) and many other smaller, rookie bands.

Major Debuts

Astro is the first group that comes to mind with their debut this month. Actually, it is probably the only group that debuted in February that I have reviewed thus far. Their title track is Hide & Seek.

AOA has been around since 2012, but they recently debuted a brand new subunit called AOA Cream. Odd name for a subunit though. Chanmi, Hyejeong and Yuna make up this group. They made their debut with I’m Jelly Baby.

Polls

I am skipping polls this month as I am a little busy. I will be able to write about one of the polls that I have made in next month’s review.

Top 5 Songs of The Month

  1. You’re The Best – Mamamoo (reviewing coming soon)
  2. Feel So Good – B.A.P
  3. Whoo – Rainbow
  4. Hate – 4Minute
  5. Galaxy – Ladies Code

Just a small note: I have started university again, so the rate at which reviews come out will decrease dramatically. And I have to go in everyday, so it is going to be hard to make some time.

Galaxy – Ladies Code

Ladies Code has finally made their return to the industry. The group lost two of their members back in 2014 (RIP Eun.B & Rise) and causing injuries to the other three members and their staff. With the public unsure on how they will go on, the girls kept together and have been recovering from the accident ever since. Now, they feel that they are ready to return to the stage, and have done in style.

The girls went with a much edgier song than compared to their early days, where everything was much brighter. But this “edgier song” has a lot of style and class to it. While I could not get a good grasp at what genre the song belongs to until the very end, where the sounds come a lot from the jazz genre (with electronic elements), I was not bothered with it, because listening to the song, there was an air of mysteriousness to it. If that sentence is grammatically correct, praise the Lord. I feel that mysteriousness in the song was delivered very nicely with the eerie instrumental and the husky nature of the girl’s vocals. The vocals were pretty good. The song did pick up at the chorus and but somehow remained monotone throughout. But that monotone sound is used very well and is not a complaint at all in this song. Honestly, I thought this was a great song. Only complaint is that it is a little too slow for a dance song for me. But beside, I think it is a great song.

As for the music video, the unfocussed nature in some of the parts of the video was excellent. The director (or producer) of the video style in this video reminds me a lot of another video, but I don’t know which one. But this is really good. I love the use of the white background and having one or two bold colours layered on top. I was going to say that the video was very neutral in terms of the colour, but watching back, I wonder which video I was watching. The use of triangles in this video is pretty cool. How nerdy did that sound? It sounded a lot cooler in my brain, but not really when you read it hey? But that triangle chess board looks really cool. The editing of the video was done so perfectly. It is extremely hard to pick a flaw to such a good video. I think I have said enough.

The dance was a little too slow for my liking, but at least it matched the tempo and beat of the song. Not exactly impressed with the dance, but it does add that extra “air of mysteriousness” to it. I do love how composed and mysterious they are with their expressions when on stage.

Overall, I think this is a really good comeback. Disappointed that they haven’t received much attention with this song. 8.5/10

End Of Year Charts 2014

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)
1 Something Girl’s Day
2 Sugar Free T-Ara
3 Up & Down EXID
4 Monday Blues Sunny Hill
5 Piano Man Mamamoo
6 Darling Girl’s Day
7 I’m In Love Secret
8 Mr. Chu A Pink
9 Yasisi NS Yoon G
10 Red Light F(x)
11 One More Fiestar
12 Good Night Kiss Hyosung (Secret)
13 Ain’t Nobody HA:TFELT (Yenny – Wonder Girls)
14 Eternity VIXX
15 You Don’t Love Me Spica
16 So Wonderful Ladies Code
17 This Is Love Super Junior
18 Luv APINK
19 Like A Cat AOA
20 B.B.B (Big Baby Baby) Dal Shabet
21 Good Luck Beast
22 Cha Cha Rainbow BLAXX
23 Full Moon Sunmi ft. Lena
24 Error VIXX
25 Catallena Orange Caramel
26 My Copy Cat Orange Caramel
27 Don’t Look At Me Like That Song Ji Eun (Secret)
28 Back Infinite
29 8Dayz Megan Lee
30 What About You? Laboum
31 Dont Touch Me Ailee
32 I Swear Sistar
33 Singing Got Better Ailee
34 1004 (Angel) B.A.P
35 Danger BTS
36 12:30 Beast
37 Mr. Ambigious Mamamoo
38 Lonely B1A4
39 Beep Beep BTOB
40 Mamma Mia Kara
41 I Need You Bestie
42 Solo Day B1A4
43 Whatcha Doing Today? 4Minute
44 Pretty Age 25 Song Ji Eun (Secret)
45 1 Minute 1 Second Jiyeon (T-Ara)
46 Peppermint Chocolate Mamamoo ft. K.Will & Wheesung
47 FxxK U Gain (Brown Eyed Girls)
48 Touch My Body Sistar
49 Evanesce Super Junior
50 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 ^^

Catch Up Review #10 – Ladies Code, BESTie, Tiny G

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For this particular review, I feel like I should skip the introduction and avoid saying something funny for this particular review. What happened a few months back was indeed tragic and is upsetting to know that there is (and most likely will always be and have always been) this side of KPOP. Though, yes, this review is quite delayed, waking up to the news of an idol who passed away was not enjoyable. I have previously expressed my condolences and hope wherever Rise and Eun.B are at this very moment, that they are doing well and are well loved, as expressed by the banding together of the KPOP community regardless of fanwars and any other differences.

Kiss Kiss – Ladies Code

The song is pretty catchy. It also has that retro sound that sounds really, really cool. In a sense, it seems like the band is going after the Pretty Pretty sound that they basically now known for. The music video also has the same feel to it, as Pretty Pretty does. However, it was not as bright as the Pretty Pretty music video. Those were my exact first expressions. The dance was pretty good. Though, the giant lips scared the crap out of me every time I watch the dance or music video. 7/10

Hot Baby – BESTie

This song is pretty catchy as well, and has a summer feel to it. Particularly the chorus, which the song builds up to. Beside that, there really is not much to say. The music video is just shots of them camping and having fun in the Summer time. The dance was so so and not that memorable. 5/10

I Need You – BESTie (No music video :()

This song has to be one of the best Summer songs of the year. The song sounds cute and is pretty catchy. It honestly took me time to get into the song and now I listen to this song quite a bit. There is no music video (which is a total disappointment cause this song deserve some sort of music video). The dance was pretty boring and could have been better, though the ending fitted the tone for the end of the song. 5/10

Ice Baby – Tiny G

This song is also quite catchy. Actually, all the songs are really catchy on this list. I only just noticed. However, I really was disappointed with this song. I expected something a little more. Their last few comebacks have been fun and enjoyable. Not to mention their last comeback was a sexy concept. This really does not suit them at all. The music video was really boring and really white. The girls look out of placed in their pyjamas. The dance was really weird, with the fluffing of the pillow. Honestly, another song and comeback of a completely different style could have made the band more well known. 0/10

This is the second last catch-up review. Well, second last from how I am looking at it. Tomorrow is another girl group themed of the more “nugu” or rookie groups that many people don’t seem to know about. See you then!!!

So Wonderful – Ladies Code

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This is the first Ladies Code review ever on this website and guess who is excited! So these girls have been named one of the hottest rookies of 2013 and released Bad Girl (which was a boring song in my opinion) and Pretty Pretty. But why should I review those songs when there is a new song that was just recently by the band which combines the first two and a new song together? Efficiency. No, it was just a clear incident that the songs became one this time around. I was excited for their teasers and the song is just ______________________________. Can’t say much, because I might as well finish the review off here then.

But what is there to say? I am literally speechless from how amazing this song is. Wait one moment, let me grab a thesaurus. This song is wonderful, astonishing, marvellous and down right good. I literally have no complaints with the song. It is actually the first Ladies Code song that I found so great. Bad Girl to me was not a great song, while Pretty Pretty was okay, but it lacked something. This song however ticks all the right boxes. It has great vocals, the instrumental is amazing and the lyrics is so sensible. Hmm… The instrumental. I think I am turning into a person who would dig the saxophone. Those saxophone sounds at the start were bliss. And “So So So Wonderful” is really catchy. You would be kidding yourself if you did not find that part catchy. It was like the “Yeppeo Yeppeo” part in Pretty Pretty.

My first impression was if the video had to be that dark. This video was way to dark and kind of conflicted with the whole “wonderful” concept. It was good, but I can’t really see anything with the darkness. The girls are like mannequins or statues that are living. But that guy does not realize. Even though you like him, I think you guys can just move along, especially how he does not notice you guys living. And the fact that 5 of you are into one guy who cares for the others in the exact same way he does to you, is another thing that should realize. I find the guy old, so I don’t really think the age gap would help you. However, it was quite nice of him to create new arms for you, armless mannequin. Yeah, how they are staring at him and stuff is really creepy. I like the dancing set where they took all of the set placed in the back ground. Once again, a little too dark, but overall pretty okay.

As soon as I saw the performance, I just thought Nobody. Anyone else like me? Those microphone stands just bring me back to the time I discovered KPOP. “I want nobody nobody but you”. Whoops wrong review. But everything is suspiciously similar. Don’t know if they borrowed the concept or copying, but it suits these girls really well. Or maybe they are the next Wonder Girls? I enjoyed the dance overall.

8/10. This comeback is “so so so wonderful”. I wonder if a remixed version for this song will come out.

 

Hate You – Ladies Code

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Ladies Code pre released their single Hate You, showing that more serious side of the band this time for their release. They are currently gearing up for a comeback next month in September, with a more fun and energetic feel. Ladies Code is a rookie group who made their debut in March with Bad Girl and this is the bands first comeback since their debut. Hopefully, I will be reviewing their comeback song, however as I may not be sure that I will be releasing a review for their comeback song, might as well get one done now for the band.

The song gives off that more serious and dark side of the band. I really do enjoy the song. It sounds like one that would come out a horror movie. I love the guitar poppish feel to the song, giving that kind of subtle feeling to the song. It is dark and mysterious and love how the song builds up to the chorus. I really do love the chorus, but those squeaky sound at the start singing “Hate You” are really annoying. I the find the vocals pretty cool. That extra electronic feeling that the song has is pretty cool as well. I enjoyed the rap, which contributed greatly to the feel of the song. Overall, a pretty cool song, especially since I never liked Bad Girls, their debut song.

The music video is really creepy. Throw girls and dolls in and pretty much got a horror movie. Especially in this video, whatever happens to the dolls happen to the girls, which I think would link back to the whole idea of karma, where you do something bad to another, something bad will happen to you. If you pull a dolls string, you will become a puppet and have your own strings pulled. they also do pretty bad things to the dolls as well. Maybe, and I am throwing out ideas, the dolls are like voodoo dolls. If you brush a doll’s hair with a fork, the other’s hair will fall out. Though it is quite confusing, it adds to the whole atmosphere the video and song, which is pretty cool.

7.5/10. Pretty okay song which is overall quite good.