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My response to Yang Hyun Suk’s “The idol-fad is over”

30 Sep

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

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Super Junior’s 6Jib ‘Sexy Free and Single’ – Sentence Review

1 Jul

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.

3. Gulliver

First reaction to this song: Ok…ok…. say whAAt!!

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*

4. Someday

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

5. Now

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…

6.Rockstar

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.”??

Seriously, when I heard that, my reaction was exactly this:

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. -_-

7. Bittersweet

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. 😥

8. Butterly

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 was basically like this, as soon as I heard the song start to play:

9. Daydream

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?

My Complete BIAS List (Top 20)

20 Jun

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!

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and now we have come to the time of the unveiling of MY COMPLETE BIAS LIST!

#1: BIGBANG

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

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#2: Super Junior

Super Junior! The Last Man Standing!

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Bias member: Siwon & Heechul | Favourite song: Sorry Sorry

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#3: EXO

EXO tteona oneul bame!

Bias member: Kai♥♥♥♥♥ | Favourite song: MAMA

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What’s the deal with SS501?

15 Jun

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.

Thanks! 😀

My Bias List – part 2

4 Jun

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!

#2: Super Junior

SJ! Like dis!

What can I say about Super Junior? I just love them and all their pairings and fanservice. Super Junior is a group that really moves my heart. Behind all their success and fame, there are many broken hearts of ELFs that have shared Super Junior’s pain over the years. SuJu is one of the most disfortunate groups in k-pop because of the most many horrible thingd that have happened to them: you know… things that I won’t go into in the post.

But they are also one of the most fortunate groups in all of k-pop~ their success is shown by their countless mutizens around and hit songs, album sales, the title of  being the first asian artist to hold a solo concert in France, performing all over the world in venues like; Madison Square Garden, Tokyo Dome. They are also the owner of what is arguably thr best k-pop song in HISTORY: Sorry Sorry.

Damn, there’s so much to talk about with Super Junior. I love that they are like the kings of fanservice. Noone can do fanservice like SuJu can. My favourite couple in EunHae. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

 Oh! SnAp! Did I just go too far by putting loads of Super Junior porn all up in this post lolol. But seriously, no other group in kpop can do what Super Junior do when it comes to fan service. They truly amaze me into a whole other fiction world. It’s just so real for me… oddeohke

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Member bias: Siwon and Heechul

Out of all the 13 (+2) members of Super Junior my absolute two biases have to be Siwon and Heechul. Although I do love all the members of Super Junior and Ryeowook and Donghae do follow closely behind. SiChul who are tied in first place on my SuJu bias list.

The Very Controversial Member Award goes to: Kim Heechul. I don’t know if Heenim is actually bi-curious or what but I can see that he thoroughly enjoys his extreme fanservice that he gives us on stage. Heechul is VERY entertaining in many ways, and VERY beautiful lol. I remember watching SuJu on ‘Come To Play’ where the members voted Heechul as the weirdest member (Yesung following closely behind) and I totally agreed. But he is just EPIC! Through everything he’s come through, through the years from even losing his passion to be a singer, he still carried on as a member because he loves his fellow Super Junior family and his Petals (holla!) so that’s why I love him. I don’t think there’s anyone on this planet like Kim Heechul. He’s quite like me in that sense lol.

And the Hottie McHottie Member Award goes to… Choi Siwon! Yes, like everyone who knows Siwon whether they are a male or female, they will admit that Choi Siwon is completely SEXY!

He seems to love his gay-fanservice aswell (even though it is kind of a sin…lol) just like he loves his shirtless-fanservice. He just really loves his fangirls.

On top of his sexiness, I really do love Siwon as a person. And as a Christian myself, I really love that he is a strong Christian man, sometimes even sings gospel songs at SuJu concerts. I think that’s really cool of him. Siwon also seems quite childish aswell, that’s another thing I love cuz it’s just so funny sometimes. How he’ll laugh at EunHae messing about with eachother or something…

Talking about his talent, I never fail to be AMAZED by his acting. I watched the drama ‘Oh! My Lady’ just for him and I loved him even more after that. I highly highly HIGHLY recommend that drama ~ if you haven’t already seen it. It is AWESOME!

I think that Siwon will make the perfect husband …and daddy.

Favourite song:  ‘Sorry Sorry’

Like I said before, SJ’s ‘Sorry Sorry’ is arguably the best k-pop song EVER! In my opinion, although my favourite song is forever changing all the time, nothing can beat ‘Sorry Sorry’. That song is just a BAD-ASS-EXTREME-EPIC song.

It was actually one of the first songs that I heard when I got into k-pop, so it means quite a lot to me. Everytime I hear it, I can’t help but sing along and dance along (unless I’m in public, cuz then I will do it in my head). It is one of the four songs I first ever got up and learnt that dance to; along with SNSD’s Gee and Genie and Brown Eyed Girls’s Abracadabra. I kind of failed at it and I can’t remember most of the dance moves but I don’t think I have ever seen a cover of that dance that any one has done perfectly. It’s just one of the awesome but very very difficult dances and that the only way to perfect that dance would be to spend months and months training with the original choreographers. It blows my mind how the choreographers came up with those extraordinary dance steps when they listened to that song. That dance is just as EPIC as the song, it has sweeped across all nations. Ei’m sure you’ve all seen that videos of those inmates dancing to Sorry Sorry 😀

If ‘Sorry Sorry’ is not the best k-pop song ever, then it’s surely the most famous, right? There’s is not one k-pop fan that does not know that song; even if they are not a Super Junior fan. Everyone loves ‘Sorry Sorry’. It’s also the song that transferred Super Junior from boys to men. Just face it, Super Junior definitely BLEW UP when they started promoting that song. The mutizens and tears show it all.

And that’s why ‘Sorry Sorry’ is my favourite song by the legendary Super Junior.

So uh… here we are again, make sure to tell me you’re bias list in the comments below. I want to hear the ELF on this one. If you like, you can answer the questions: Who is the top 5 in your bias list? Bias group – bias members – favourite song.

Leave your answers in the comments below. I would LOVE to read your bias lists so  please tell me, arraseo?

xD

Super Junior – Sorry Sorry MV

 Super Junior – Sorry Sorry @ SS2 (DVD)

so far on the list:

#1 BIGBANG

#3 EXO

what you’ll see from wowkpop

29 May

Yes! That’s right! I will be making some changes… but have no fear ~ they will be AWESOME!

When I first set up wowkpop I had all these ideas for it, that it was going to be quite personal so I could be interract and talk with my followers but it turned out that that wasn’t the case. I had a few Op-Ed’s but most of the news I would put up, I tried to keep completely unbiased ~ like I was writing a proper news article.

It was actually during my haitus that I figured that all my blog posts mainly consisted of was kpop news ~ I thought with other sites like allkpop, soompi, hellokpop,omgkpop, blah blah blah… WHY would they come here for their kpop news? I figured that if I wanted wowkpop to do well, I had to make it different. Posting up kpop news like other sites just wouldn’t do, plus I am not interested in EVERY SINGLE kpop group under the eastern sun and I think my biases were showing anyway, especially since they were promoting around the time I was operating wowkpop.

But NOW… I know the direction that wowkpop will take. From now on, there will be all Op-Eds instead of kpop news on every idol. And still have no fear because it will be awesome. And because they are my opinion, I will be fangirling A LOT (i need this) lol ~ and because I will be fangirling a lot, I will obviously be talking about my biases, but don’t worry cuz they are mostly your biases TOO seeing  as I like almost all the kpop groups ~ seriously! Here are some of my faves:

BIGBANG; Super Junior; EXO; SHINee; Girls Generation; f(x); TVXQ; MBLAQ; Rain; IU; Jay Park; Lee Hyori; 4minute; T-ara; Infinite; U-Kiss; Rania; 2NE1; loads more…

So as you can see, I have lot of kpop biases 🙂 As you can see by the tags I’m really into BIGBANG (my forever #1 ~ VIPs FTW) and EXO right now but there will be a range of Op-Eds. I already have a few planned and have been thinking a lot about them so PLEASE look forward to my interesting opinions and CRAZY FANGIRL RANTS.

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~Mrs Sasmi Jong In Kim ❤

(credit: i do not own any of the images used in this post)

!!!be sure to follow my twitter for random outbursts of fangirling throughout the day lol xD!!!

pwetty pwease ~leave a comment… 🙂

Super Junior’s Kangin shares thoughts after being discharged from the military

18 Apr

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Super Junior release their own ‘I AM’ posters

14 Apr

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Super Junior’s reaction to fan throwing Bra on stage

10 Apr

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Leeteuk apologizes for April Fools’ Day joke

7 Apr

It seems that Leeteuk is forced to apologize yet again for another incident. This time Super Junior‘s leader is apologising for the trouble that was caused alongside with his April Fools’ Day joke. Continue reading