Girls’ Generation’s comeback show aired today on MBC at 11:15PM KST, incase you missed it, here it is!
Girls’ Generation’s comeback show aired today on MBC at 11:15PM KST, incase you missed it, here it is!
Bringing in over 1 million views within just 1 hour of it’s release, Girls Generation have made an incredible to start to the year with the release of their crazily addictive music video ‘I Got A Boy’.
And this song IS very addicitive. I’ve got it playing right now as I write this lol.
It’s definitely unlike any other style or concept that they’ve ever had, first time I watched the music video I was surprised even after seeing all the teaser pictures that were released prior and the teaser videos. The style is incredible; so colourful and fun, just like the song.
At first I felt like the song was all over the place (kind of how I felt after listening to Mr. Simple for the first time). I didn’t know if the first part by Sooyoung and Yuri was an introduction and I didn’t know where the song started funnily enough. ‘I Got A Boy’ is made of what we heard in the first video teaser that was shown at the end of ‘Dancing Queen’. I originally thought those were two separate songs but they are actually one song! -If that makes sense- ‘I Got A Boy’ sounds like it keeps changing from two completely different songs at first which makes it sound so random but as you start to listen to it more times, it sounds absolutely genius. I absolutely love the new style in hair, fashion and music that this song brings. And what a great start to 2013!
If you haven’t watched it already I highly recommend it!
Extra info: Girls’ Generation’s Comeback Show ‘Romantic Fantasy’ will air tonight at 11:15 KST and it will feature Chanyeol, Suho and Sehun from EXO-K, Henry from Super Junior M and Krystal from f(x)! Sounds exciting! Try and catch that if you can. [cr: SMTownengsubs] The show is on MBC.
[Image from Soshified]
CEO of YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun Suk was interviewed recently and in one portion of the interview he said that the “idol fad” is over. Ofcourse this has given kpop fans a lot to think about and made me want to write a post responding to what YG said. I think, it’s best that you read the article if you have not done so already before you read my response. 🙂
When reading this article, my greatest confusion was over the word “fad” lol. Either Yang Hyun Suk actually did say this or it was put in the translation. What I think he meant by this is that the idol “era” is over, or idols being the centre of success in the music industry is over. Idols are the most successful and carry the hallyu wave strongly than ever today. But is this all over?
Yang Hyun Suk is the CEO of one of the big three Korean entertainment companies so in one way he should know what’s going on, but I have to say that I disagree with him. Not just because I’m biased towards idols and want their popularity to only get bigger and bigger, but because I am seeing the results myself of how the hallyu wave is spreading through the force of idols.
In the interview, YG mentioned the market has moved on to artists like Psy and Busker Busker. The whole crazy revolution of Psy and his song ‘Gangnam Style’ is mindblowing. That it is not only at the top end of the charts in the US but also is seeing the same results in the UK (where I live). And the UK is a country that although has many kinds of people living here, is not very open minded and aware of the rest of the world lol. Yes, Psy is considered to be kpop, but he is not your typical kpop; he’s not in a pretty boy -boy band, he’s not in his 20s and known for his chocolate abs (haha) he is however someone that has gained success and caused a storm in his home country just for being different; just for being him. As you can see here from his video below, Psy isn’t making any huge efforts to make it big in the US as he already has a huge fanbase supporting him. J
The thing about Gangnam Style though is that it does not represent the be all and end all of idols and that the world is wanting something new. The song’s success reminds me of the other non-English songs that got to the top of the charts in the US and UK; such as: Las Ketchup by Asereje, Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone. Both these songs were absolutely huge, everyone played them at every party, everyone was dancing along and attempting to sing them, and when the hype died down we never heard from these groups again (atleast those outside their home countries never heard from them again). I think the exact same thing will happen with Gangnam Style. I actually made a comment on allkpop’s article saying this:
I really hope it’s not over 😦 I think Psy success with Gangnam style was just an example of a one time thing. He got lucky. It’s not like the US is gonna be wanting loads of albums from him. It doesn’t mean no one wants rookies. The kpop industry has definitely changed but not in the way that all rookies do not stand a chance anymore. It has only grown. And their success goes not only beyond Korea but beyond Asia as well.
Well that’s basically my opinion on the whole idea of the idol market being past its end. It’s not.
And someone actually made a good point in response to the article:
There is evidence happening to support that the idol market is not at its end. It is growing and new groups are coming out bringing something new to offer.
I was actually quite shocked and had to re-read the sentence a few times to make sure I actually read right when I saw that the interviewer asked YG, “It seems there weren’t many idol groups that performed well in the first half of the year. Why do you think that is?” …Er, hello? Are you kidding me? B.A.P? EXO? The leaders of the Big 3 have continuously agreed that rookies who have been debuting the past two years or so have just been getting more and more talented when it came to dancing and singing and even acting. For the interviewer to say that there weren’t many idols groups that performed well in the first half of the year is crazy! Groups like that who I mentioned before were continuously praised for their image of seeming like idols that have been around for some time. Meaning their talent is like that of a group with a lot of stage performance experience and the same sort of skills. I think the thing that made EXO and B.A.P gain popularity so quickly is their concept that made them stand out and their mind-blowing talent. The rapping of Bang and Zelo; the amazing notes of D.O. and Chen; and Kai… kpop’s new dancing machine.
It also kind of annoys me how people say that kpop is not the same anymore or it is dead now. Did you think that when you first got into kpop that in ten years time groups like TVXQ, Super Junior, and Big Bang would still be all young and cute and dancing around all energetically on stage? The whole music industry is a continuously changing face. Kpop 5 years ago wasn’t the same as it was 5 years before that, and will not be the same is as it is today 5 years later than now. We can’t just have SNSD, Big Bang, Super Junior, TVXQ, FT Island, Wonder Girls, SHINee, 2PM, etc being our only kpop groups and not having any more groups debuting after that. I mean, don’t get me wrong I totally think there are way too many groups debuting at one time. In 2010/2011 there was a continuous influx of new girl groups (I remember once they were even considering making a movie out of the rookie girl group revolution lol); this year is the year of boy groups. But the thing is that some of these groups are actually good and a lot of them do not get the attention that they deserve because the majority of people (including me) are thinking: “Argh, another group’s debuted today that I will not pay any attention to.” And if those very talented groups debuted just a few years earlier they would have got so many attention like they were the shiny new toy in the kpop industry.
I’m sure that the hip hop fans miss what hip hop used to be in the 90s and such, and rock fans miss all those songs from years ago that they used to listen to, but kpop is still as awesome as it used to be (trust me!!) it has just changed, grown, stretched and become more international. From Fin.K.L and S.E.S to SNSD and Wonder Girls to A Pink and Ace of Angels. From H.O.T and Shinhwa to Super Junior and Big Bang to 2PM and SHINee to EXO, Nu’est, B.A.P, BtoB, VIXX, 100% (:D) haha! There are lots of idol groups debuting and more to come but there actually are some groups that are different, stand out amongst the crowd and deserve more of our support. This must be the hardest era of kpop to be successful in for a rookie group.
The fact is that kpop is growing in size shows that the idol “fad” is NOT over and is only appealing to more areas of music and the world. The different generations of kpop are vital to appeal to whoever wants to listen to kpop in that time. I look forward to what kpop has to offer in the coming years and hope to say as a firm supporter of kpop. And YG… I don’t know mayn. I’m looking forward to your SuPearls tho. Lol 😀
Well thanks for reading up til here, I know I can go on and on just to explain my point kekeke
YG photo credit: ohkpop
Firstly, I must apologise for not writing a post in so long; the next paragraph will explain.
So it’s finally time to write another post. You know why? Because I’m angry. I’m angry at the narrow-minded people not just in other countries, but the people that I know personally. Now, I don’t want to disrespect anyone, but seriously I just don’t get how some people’s minds work.
I was actually planning on writing a post like this after reading a post by Angry Kpop Fan and finding that I had been through the exact same thing, being a kpop fan (you probably have too).
The problem is, once I’ve said I’m into K-pop, people (even your my own friends) assume things about me. Even things that I have never said and have never insinuated in the slightest. And to be very honest, it really pisses me off.
The most common, assumation made about me by my friends and my parents is that I don’t just love kpop, but I absolutely love Korean men. Da Heck! Seriously, let’s take a moment right here. How? How did you ever come to that conclusion. I just don’t understand. I mean, in my personal experience, my closest friends have all made the assumtion that I only like Korean men. One thinks that the only reason why I want to go to Korea is to meet a Korean man and settle down! (Ok. This actually makes me laugh). Other friends just assume that because I am a fan of Rain and think that he’s beautiful, it means that I want to marry him and have his babies! What?! Infact, my friends are so convinced that this is my one soul life desire that the subject of me marrying Rain cannot stay out of atleast one conversation that I have with them everyday! And frankly, it’s quite annoying; because FYI, despite me being a Rain fan that doesn’t even call herself a Cloud, I do not want to marry the man and have his babies. OK?
Infact, I want Rain to marry a nice beautiful woman of his dreams now, and have a daughter (because I know he wants one). He’s 30-years-old, so it’s about time (hopefully he’ll meet someone as soon as he gets out of the military). I would not be jealous when he does. I’m always reminding my friends that he’s 12 years older than me and such a huge star that I can never get that close to him to be able to marry him but they still go on.
The reason, that I finally came to write this point today, is that I started to became utterly angry at the assumptions that are made not just about me but about every other kpop fan. The thing that really got me going today, was when I was watching some Olympic swimmers on the television with my parents, and then one of the commentators started talking about this Japanese swimmer that was apparently the next big thing in that area of the sport and was really famous in Japan. The commentator then mentioned that the Japanese swimmer (I can’t remember his name) has thousands of followers on twitter, proving his popularity. My mom then turned to me and said in the most patronising tone, “Are you following him as well?”
Me: Why would I do that?
Mom: Because he’s…
Me: *Seeing what she was getting at* Because he’s what?!
Mom: Because he’s Oriental.
Just straight out blunt like that, she just inferred that I would follow anyone on twitter just because they are Oriental, like I have some kind of socio-pathical fetish for Oriental people. And just like my friends, she had absolutely no evidence to think that of me, but she went ahead and thought it anyway. My own mother! WTH!
In that situation, I refrained from saying anymore, out of respect. On the inside I was FUMING, but I kept my mouth shut not wanting to create an argument. But if I had created an argument, I probably would have put my point across that I’m not the socio-path my mother thinks I am. If reality would go the way I would want it to, then I would charge into the room that my parents are in, and yell: I DO NOT HAVE AN OBSESSION WITH ORIENTAL PEOPLE!
I mean, what gets to me, is that I really do not know why they think this about me, because I have done nothing to make them think that way either. The things that I have told them (because that’s all there is to tell them is that:
1: I listen to K-pop (I did not say Korean music*)
2: I watch Korean dramas
3: I have had Korean food (that’s just two meals, TWO MEALS, so it’s not like a regular thing)
4: I run a fanbase (didn’t tell them who it’s for, I don’t want them to find it) and a kpop blog.
That’s all there really is, plus I’m in to Korean culture. I mean, in all of my room I only have two kpop posters on my wall (EXO-M and EXO-K) and I only have a few physical kpop albums aswell. They don’t even think I’m obsessed with Kpop, my Mom thinks I’m obsessed with everything Asian (which is far from the truth) and my Dad thinks I like all things Korean.
Whilst we were watching the Olympic swimmers on TV, my Dad started to question me about if I’m interested in Korean sports people and I was: HELL NO. He knows I’m not interested in sport, so why would my head turn just because the sports people are representing Korea? My Dad even said I should probably do research on which South Koreans that are participating in the Olympics are likely to win gold medal this year! I was like: Why would I do that?
*It’s like, I said I like Kpop last year and then, my Dad sent me this video on YouTube of this random Korean man performing an American jazz song on a Korean music show. -_- I don’t know what you’re trying to do, Father; but if there is a song that a Korean man is singing, I will not just like it because a Korean man is singing it. OK?
So just to set some things straight:
So there you go, if you read, all the way to the end, then I am very grateful to you for being interested in what I have to say about this. Ultimately, I do not get too annoyed most of the time at such assumptions made about me when I mention I like kpop. I believe it’s your choice to be offended at what someone says to you, and I choose not to be offended at such narrow-mindedness, but there’s one thing I want to ask YOU!
As a kpop fan, or even if you’re an Anime fan, have you ever had people assume things about you, based off of that? Like, do people automatically think that you’re only interested in Korean men? Or Korean girls? Or that you’re obsessed with Asia or Korea, or Japan? Please tell you in the comments below, or just tell me what you thought of this post. Did I entertain you? I sure hope I did, I do try my best. 🙂
Anyway, thanks for reading, it means a lot!
So as I was listening to this album, I seriously thought it was awesome. The sound of 2012 Super Junior definitely comes through in this album and it makes me feel that they are going to make music as Super Junior for many years to come ~ because they’re awesome like that. While listening to the=is album, I felt myself going back to my old ELF self that I used to be ~ so it was definitely a well made album 🙂
There were some songs on the album that were… well, let’s just say I couldn’t even get all the way through some of them, and the others I just didn’t get a great feeling after listening to them.
There were more songs on the album that I really loved, more what I didn’t love. It was really nice to hear Kangin’s voice again aswell because he has such a manly and soothing voice, definitely one of my favourite vocals in Super Junior, along with Ryeowook, Siwon, Yesung, Donghae and Kyuhyun.
There were a lot more “ballads on the album than I thought there would be. It seemed there was like it kept purposely bouncing back from ballad to pop-song and I really liked that. I was refreshing.
So going in order of the tracklist of the album, I will give a short review (one sentence) for each track.
Warning: if you are a sensitive ELF because I will be basically saying what I thought after I heard the track once for the first time and it will be straight to the point. I’ll probably go over one sentence sometimes, but I’ll try to keep it short and simple. 🙂
Here we go!
1. Sexy, Free and Single
“Sexy Sexy Sexy”
OK, so if you follow me on twitter, you would know that I listened to this track like probably 20 times last night when I was listening to it for the first time. It was mostly because I felt like I couldn’t grasp it, or understand what was going on in the song, but I really really loved the song. I think it’s the absolute perfect choice for the title track of the album; even though the Engrish is a little cringey lolol!
2. From U
“This song is dedicated to the biggest fanclub in the world. The ELF. My girls, my angels…”
^^That line right there just surprised me (in a good way of course) and automatically put a smile on my face. I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat. This is definitely my second favourite song on the album after ‘Sexy, Free and Single’. Thank you Super Junior for this song ~ it was just so dayumm cute.
Mayn! You have no idea! I was listening to this song late at night and I had to turn it off! That whole “Gulliver Gulliver Gulliver” was so dayumm scary. I got through as much as I could before I jus clicked on the next track. All I can say is… that was some scary sh!t. *shudders*
Beautiful. This was the first “ballad” on the album and it was really refreshing. The way it built up was just how I like a ballad and the sound of their voices was just heaven, with the little piano riff and the sudden appearance of the saxophone and Kangin! Again, thank you SuJu so much for this song. Definitely one of my favourites on the album ;D
I came back the next day listening to this with a new mind, really excited to get back into listening to SuJu’s already-proven-awesome. This song shifted from pop rock inspired to dance and by the end of it, I was thinking it really reminded me of one of those tracks Girls Aloud had on their first album (if you don’t know Girls Aloud, then I’m sorry for this reference). I didn’t really like this song much because it sounded to pop-rocky and after kpop, I don’t really like that kind of music anymore…
After the disappointment with ‘Now’, I saw the title of the next track and thought “oh no” ~ this’ll probably be another rock inspired track. But it totally wasn’t. I didn’t like it though. Not at all. To the point where I couldn’t get through the whole song. Can someone tell me what was with the “Oh. MY. God. I’m. So. Hot.”??
And then the chorus rolled in and I had to click on the next track. The song sounded like a nerdy Korean version of LMFAO’s ‘I’m Sexy and I Know It’, I heard the same keyboard riff from ‘Sorry for Party Rocking’ aswell. -_-
A nice relief after Rockstar, definitely. It was just another ballad on the album, which surprised me. I’m sorry ELFs, I warned you, but in my opinion, it sounded like an outdated Christmas song. 😥
That’s what I’m talking about. Super Junior’s 2012 sound “bounced” out from this song. And when I heard to the dubstep in there, I was like Dayumm!! 😀 I was proper dancing to this one. I love the catchy “Bba bbi yong bbi bba bba bba bbi yong!” This song is awesome. One of my favourites on the album 🙂
I nice relaxing song. There’s not much I can say about this one. I liked it. Thumbs up SJ!
10. A ‘Good’ Bye
A very nice closing to the album. Another ballad. How could I hatethissong. I can’t right? Lolol. This one was quite upbeat and I really liked that beat. The atmosphere of this song. I feel like I really need to look up the English lyrics of this song because I really want to get a better understanding of this one. I feel like, the way they sing it portrays a certain emotion.
Well I hope you enjoyed my little review. I don’t think not one of those songs were just one sentence like I planned, but it was close. LOL!
I hope you wasn’t offended, I tried to be as gracious as possible while still putting out my opinions. But like I said to start with, this is a really good album, and I’m totally completely excited for Super Junior’s comeback stage and the MV for the title track!!! 😀
Please comment below! What was your opinion on the album?
Oh My Gosh ~ EXO were featured in Inkigayo magazine and I just love the way that they described Kai!
“He makes eye contact with everyone in the audience on a regular basis and he doesn’t hesitate to express his affection with his cool and low voice that makes you want him to speak more… The best way to describe the charms of Kai is “undefinable”.”
EXO were featured in the June 2012 issue of Inkigayo magazine.
Check out Kai‘s part here…
Birthdate : 1994. 1. 14
Blood Type : A
Psychic Powers : Teleportation
Position : Main Dancer
Speciality : Dance (ballet, jazz, hip hop, popping, locking)
How many singers are capable to give a dramatic feeling with their dance are there? There is no other word but “art” to use to describe the god-given aptitude Kai possesses. When he gets on stage, his unique dreamlike gaze gets wild, you can see a dark aura coming from him. Moreover, if you look at his appearance capable to make a puppet of his fans, you would think he and the maknae Sehun do ‘oppa cosplay’. Even with his pokerface that gives a strong impression and makes it impossible to know what’s inside of him, this man is surprisingly famous for his breathtaking fan service…
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My Bias List..
KPOP Terminology: “Bias”: the favourite group a kpop fan has or the favourite member of said group the kpop fan has 🙂
This is a concept that kpoppers get very excited when talking about it. The list of top favourite groups and their biases from those groups. This subject is something that I find very interesting when hearing about others’ bias lists and I always have fun sharing mine on the internet in some form. I’ve never done it in full though, so as someone who loves a wide spectrum of k-pop groups, my bias list is long but I will only explain my absolute top groups that I follow the most and love the most and get me excited the most! The rest I will include in a less detailed form.
My bias list will include my fav groups (from most favourite to least favourite); my bias in that group and my favourite song from that group.
So… here we go!
and now we have come to the time of the unveiling of MY COMPLETE BIAS LIST!
Niga saranghaji, Sorry I’m a bad boy | Geurae charari tteona jal gayo, You’re a good girl
it’s BIGBANG yo!!
Bias member: T.O.P | Favourite song: Lies
#2: Super Junior
Super Junior! The Last Man Standing!
Bias member: Siwon & Heechul | Favourite song: Sorry Sorry
EXO tteona oneul bame!
Bias member: Kai♥♥♥♥♥ | Favourite song: MAMA
😀 😀 😀 Continue reading
Side note: SS501 fans, please don’t hate me. I wrote this post because I was interested in the whole situation of SS501 since I first got into k-pop a few years ago. Although I don’t listen to SS501’s music, I still cannot even figure out if they are popular/famous or not. So please, of you are a fan tell me after reading this post 🙂
So this will be more of a question for you all. Like, what’s the deal with SS501?
I still can’t work out whether they are popular or not. I even did a little research on them and found out they are completely split into different companies but aparently are not disbanded? And they debuted in 2005 so they’ve been around for quite some time (same year as Super Junior). SS501 were one of the first groups I ever heard about when I got into k-pop. I continuously heard about them, I think becuase they are like 2nd Generation k-pop. But just being a k-pop fan I could tell that SS501 weren’t that popular. I thought they would be since they’ve been going since even before groups like Big Bang and Super Junior but I can definitely tell their popularity is NO WHERE NEAR the likes of Big Bang and Super Junior. SS501 aren’t going on big Asia tours like some of their juniors are.
I know Kim Hyun Joongs quite popular because he was in Boys Before Flowers which is considered to be a classic Korean drama but he isn’t that popular because I remember despite having all that popularity and two awesome songs last year: ‘Break Down’ and Please’, he didn’t win loads of mutizens in his 2011 round of promotions.
The other members aren’t that talked about like Kim Hyun Joong is. I only know Kim Hyung Joon because he is the older brother of the former U-Kiss member, Kim Kibum 😦 and he has a very similar name to Kim Hyun Joong so it’s very easy to remember his name. LOL!
I don’t know if SS501 were just as active and talked about as groups like SHINee or a group like that when they were still together but please tell in the comments below if you know because SS501 are very interesting. And if they are not disbanded when exactly are they going to promote together again?
If you know the answer to the SS501 dilemma, or are a fan of them, please tell me in the comments below.