K-Pop

GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4

By Paris365 on July 24, 2014

GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4

Girl's Day return with a new summer-themed mini-album. It's great, but the "intro" is the best track, leaving one wishing it was a complete song.

The new Girl's Day mini-album is called Girl's Day Everyday #4, but there's a slight problem with that, which is that the mini-album is oh so very summer-themed. The sort of release that you'll play all summer then ditch in the fall and maybe play again starting halfway through next spring. To that end, I wonder why they didn't release this in June and give it another month of shelf-life instead of putting it out in mid-July.

f(x): 3집 THE THIRD ALBUM: RED LIGHT

By Paris365 on July 09, 2014

f(x): 3집 THE THIRD ALBUM: RED LIGHT

The album opens with the title track, "Red Light," a trippy yet bouncy tune that will probably confuse you the first time you listen to it. It's one of those wildly imaginative K-Pop songs that goes in several different directions, much like Girls' Generations' "I Got A Boy."

f(x)'s last album -- Pink Tape -- was one of my favorite albums of 2013. I hadn't heard them prior to that release, but I loved it from the very first time I listened to it and I knew I was always going to be a fan from that point on, just as other groups like 2NE1 and Girls' Generation previously made me a fan from the first time I heard them. Suffice to say that I was excited when I learned they were releasing a new album for summer 2014.

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TOP.IC: SEE YOU AGAIN

By Paris365 on July 07, 2014

TOP.IC: SEE YOU AGAIN

TOP.IC's delightful "See Ya" is poised to become one of summer 2014's most defining pop songs.

These days digital singles are dropping every other day in the Asian pop world, and especially so in the K-Pop realm. It seems that labels are signing more and more artists in part because they can easily release a digital single without spending nearly what it costs to press CDs that nobody might buy. Granted, making videos for these singles can cost millions, but they can also be done on the cheap, which was probably the case with TOP.IC's video for "See Ya," the first track on their single release See You Again.

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HYOMIN: MAKE UP

By Paris365 on July 01, 2014

HYOMIN: MAKE UP

The single, "Nice Boy," is tepid and highly offensive. The other two tracks are great though.

Make Up is Hyomin of T-ARA's first mini-album. The lead single is a track called "Nice Body." And it's highly offensive. I don't even know where to begin. It's just wrong on so many levels. In the video, we see an obese woman binge eating donuts. Then she sees a golden donut roll across the floor. So, of course, she picks it up from the floor and eats it. And, guess what? She turns into Hyomin, who is, as I'm sure you're aware, quite thin. I have a problem with that because it's like saying all overweight people binge eat donuts.

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FLASHE: HEY YOU

By Paris365 on June 30, 2014

FLASHE: HEY YOU

"Hey you, hey you, hey you, wake up in the star," sing the girls of Flashe in English during their new tune "Hey You." Doesn't really make a whole lot of sense, does it? So, there's one reason not to like Flashe's "Hey You." But, hey you, lots of K-Pop songs have lyrics that don't quite add up when you really think about them.

"Hey you, hey you, hey you, wake up in the star," sing the girls of Flashe in English during their new tune "Hey You." Doesn't really make a whole lot of sense, does it? So, there's one reason not to like Flashe's "Hey You." But, hey you, lots of K-Pop songs have lyrics that don't quite add up when you really think about them. I don't understand why these record labels don't have people who are fluent in English review these song lyrics when their artists are going to sing in English.

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ORANGE CARAMEL: ABING ABING

By Paris365 on May 24, 2014

ORANGE CARAMEL: ABING ABING

One of the best K-Pop girl groups of all-time singing a song about ICE CREAM. What more could you ask for? Super yummy!

Orange Caramel's new song is apparently affiliated with Baskin Robins because they mention them specifically in the lyrics to this punchy new delight. They even mention 31 flavors, which is Baskin Robins' claim to fame. But the telling thing is that Baskin Robins is named with the copyright for the song on its iTunes page. Of course, it's possible that this could simply mean that they got Baskin Robins permission to name them in their song. So, it's not necessarily a paid endorsement.

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HIGH4 & IU: 봄 사랑 벚꽃 말고 [Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms]

By Paris365 on May 20, 2014

HIGH4 & IU: 봄 사랑 벚꽃 말고 [Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms]

This one is... a dud.

Well, this one caught me by surprise. For a few reasons. One, I'd never heard of HIGH4 before. Ever. So, maybe this is their first single and they're using IU to get themselves some airplay or something to that effect? I could be wrong. The other thing is, I didn't hear anything about IU doing a duet with anyone, much less a whole boy band, and I'm just surprised I didn't read anything about this. I get posts from a bunch of K-Pop news sites in my feed on Facebook. And, obviously, since I didn't even know this single existed, I did not know when it was being released.

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M.O.A.: INCEPTION

By Paris365 on May 08, 2014

M.O.A.: INCEPTION

Did the world need another K-Pop girl group? No, not really. But, hey, this group's debut single is primo.

Did the world need another K-Pop girl group? No, not really. But we've got one, so I might as well give you my first impression of them.

They're called M.O.A., but they don't have a Wiki page yet, nor could I find any websites devoted to them. So, what those three letters stand for is not something I can tell you at this time.

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TINT: 늑대들은 몰라요 [WOLF IS STUPID]

By Paris365 on May 06, 2014

TINT: 늑대들은 몰라요 [WOLF IS STUPID]

Red riding hoods. Putting down that pesky wolf.

There isn't much I can tell you about TINT. All I was able to determine is that they're a 5 member K-Pop girl group who debuted in 2013 with the single "Love At First Sight." And I don't recall hearing about them when that was released. Anyway, they've just released their new single "Wolf is Stupid," to which end all of the girls are posed in red like red riding hood on the cover, apparently hiding in trees, with a wolf below them on the ground.

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WINGS: HAIR SHORT

By Paris365 on April 30, 2014

WINGS: HAIR SHORT

Cut your hair. NOW.

Wings are a new K-Pop duo, "Hair Short" being their first single. I don't have any background info. on them, so there's not a whole lot I can say, but I wanted to write a little review of this one anyway because it's such a ridiculously catchy tune.

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NS YOON-G: THE WAY 2..

By Paris365 on April 16, 2014

NS YOON-G: THE WAY 2..

I checked out the video for "Yasisi" ("야시시") and immediately fell in love with it.

One of my longtime readers suggested that I check out this mini-album and I'm quite glad because I hadn't heard about it. Well, OK, I *am* subscribed to 1theK's channel on Youtube, but I'm subscribed to over 200 Youtube channels, trying to keep tabs on everything for both Love is Pop and Otaku (this site), so, unfortunately, I don't have time to watch every single video that they post. But, following my reader's suggestion, I checked out the video for "Yasisi" ("야시시") and immediately fell in love with it.

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HIGH4 & IU: 봄 사랑 벚꽃 말고 [Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms]

By Paris365 on April 11, 2014

HIGH4 & IU: 봄 사랑 벚꽃 말고 [Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms]

To be honest, I'm on the fence about this one. It's got some nice, soothing strings and IU sounds beautiful as always, and I think the guys sound lovely, too, but the song is missing something.

Well, this one caught me by surprise. For a few reasons. One, I'd never heard of HIGH4 before. Ever. So, maybe this is their first single and they're using IU to get themselves some airplay or something to that effect? I could be wrong. The other thing is, I didn't hear anything about IU doing a duet with anyone, much less a whole boy band, and I'm just surprised I didn't read anything about this. I get posts from a bunch of K-Pop news sites in my feed on Facebook. And, obviously, since I didn't even know this single existed, I did not know when it was being released.

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CRAYON POP: UH-EE

By Paris365 on April 03, 2014

CRAYON POP: UH-EE

It's a K-Pop version of the chicken dance. Not the "Chicken Dance" we loathe here in the States, but, still, it's a chicken dance. Read on for the ridiculous lyrics.

The video for Crayon Pop's "UH-EE" starts off with the girls entering a jazz club. After a bit of jazz music, suddenly the girls appear in the weird outfits they're wearing on the cover for this single and start dancing and singing the song. They just remain in one relatively small area of the club as they dance and they never change outfits, which is too bad because they look a bit ridiculous dressed in those outfits, the significance of which is completely unknown to me. But perhaps they're supposed to look like workers from a fast food chicken restaurant? Why do I say this?

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ORANGE CARAMEL: SINGLE ALBUM VOL. 3 - CATALLENA

By Paris365 on March 19, 2014

ORANGE CARAMEL: SINGLE ALBUM VOL. 3 - CATALLENA

Aside from being irresistible, "Catallena" is an interesting tune for many reasons. First of all, the marching beats during the chorus initially reminded me of Heart's "Barracuda." But it's ultimately a disco song. And not just any old disco song. This time around, the girls have gone Bollywood style, "Catallena" being a self-described Indian disco-style song.

There are an awful lot of sub-units of various K-Pop girl groups floating around these days and most of them seem to float aimlessly, without any real reason for being, their songs mediocre and unnecessary, tarnishing the image of the primary group, if anything. Orange Caramel is an exception. The After School sub-unit continues to release incredible tunes with their third single, "Catallena," which is easily one of the most insanely catchy songs ever to be released by a sub-unit. Honestly, it's so damn infectious that it actually rivals After School's best singles. No kidding.

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SCARLET: DO BETTER

By Paris365 on March 07, 2014

SCARLET: DO BETTER

Scarlet is one of the new K-Pop girl groups that's starting to get a lot of attention. Apparently, they're named Scarlet because it signifies passion and sophistication.

Scarlet is one of the new K-Pop girl groups that's starting to get a lot of attention. Apparently, they're named Scarlet because it signifies passion and sophistication. Or at least that's what allkpop have to say about it. Sounds about right to me though. But what it mostly makes me think of is The Scarlet Letter. Which doesn't make me think of anything positive, to say the least. So, in my mind, scarlet represents scandal and a really boring book. That said, Scarlet are definitely not boring.

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2NE1: CRUSH

By Paris365 on March 04, 2014

2NE1: CRUSH

It will be interesting to see how this influences the K-Pop world in general because this album is a game-changer. K-Pop has risen to a new height here.

Well, well, well, it's finally arrived, 2NE1's second full-length Korean album, Crush. And since it's arrived at the same time as Girls' Generation's MR.MR., it seems a war has been started. Or so they say. Honestly, I've got so much music to review between Otaku and Love is Pop that I just don't have time to go on forums and Reddit and such to see if 2NE1 and Girls' Generation fans are arguing about whose new release is the best. If you're asking me that question, I'm going to walk that fine line in the middle and say that I like both releases equally.

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GIRLS' GENERATION (SNSD): MR.MR.

By Paris365 on February 24, 2014

GIRLS' GENERATION (SNSD): MR.MR.

It's finally here, Girls' Generation's fourth Korean mini-album, a six track masterpiece titled MR.MR. Seems like just yesterday they were releasing their latest Japanese language album, Love & Peace, but I'll take all the Girls' Generation music that I can get and if you're reading this then chances are you will, too.

It's finally here, Girls' Generation's fourth Korean mini-album, a six track masterpiece titled MR.MR. Seems like just yesterday they were releasing their latest Japanese language album, Love & Peace, but I'll take all the Girls' Generation music that I can get and if you're reading this then chances are you will, too.

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GARY (OF LEESSANG): MINI ALBUM VOL.1 - MR. GAE

By Paris365 on February 19, 2014

GARY (OF LEESSANG): MINI ALBUM VOL.1 - MR. GAE

Gary -- real name Kang Hee-gun -- is one half of the hugely popular South Korean hip-hop duo Leessang (Hangul: 리쌍), which also consists of Gil Seong-joon. (Gary raps and Gil sings.) Since Leessang debuted in 2002, they have released eight albums and each has had at least one #1 single. It was their seventh release, Hexagonal, that really saw their popularity skyrocket when it started breaking all kinds of records, as did their following two albums, AsuRa BalBalTa and Unplugged. Meanwhile, their concerts typically sell out in under three minutes. Random tid-bit: Both Gary and Gil were amateur boxers for roughly eight years.

Gary -- real name Kang Hee-gun -- is one half of the hugely popular South Korean hip-hop duo Leessang (Hangul: 리쌍), which also consists of Gil Seong-joon. (Gary raps and Gil sings.) Since Leessang debuted in 2002, they have released eight albums and each has had at least one #1 single. It was their seventh release, Hexagonal, that really saw their popularity skyrocket when it started breaking all kinds of records, as did their following two albums, AsuRa BalBalTa and Unplugged. Meanwhile, their concerts typically sell out in under three minutes.

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KOYOTE: 1999

By Paris365 on February 11, 2014

KOYOTE: 1999

Koyote really baffles me. You have the girl, Shin Ji, who's the lead vocalist, but she's the only original member still in the group. The guys come and go. I know it's largely due to the mandatory military service for Korean men, but, still, it surprises me that a group with regularly changing members can remain so popular.

Koyote really baffles me. You have the girl, Shin Ji, who's the lead vocalist, but she's the only original member still in the group. The guys come and go. I know it's largely due to the mandatory military service for Korean men, but, still, it surprises me that a group with regularly changing members can remain so popular. Actually, it seems like Koyote only gets more popular every time they change members. Maybe that's the secret to their success? They change one of the guys and that gets media attention and that triggers sales. Who knows.

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CRAYON POP & KIM JANG HOON: HERO

By Paris365 on February 07, 2014

CRAYON POP & KIM JANG HOON: HERO

Crayon Pop have joined forces with Kim Jang Hoon to perform this song that is dedicated to the firefighters of Korea. The money raised from the sale of this digital single will go to firefighters and their families.

I was not sure if this highly infectious song was from a movie soundtrack or if it was the theme for a children's television series or what, but it clearly had a theme song sort of vibe both in terms of the music and lyrics, so I did some digging and discovered that it is a song dedicated to Korea's courageous firefighters. Better still, the funds collected from the sales of the digital single are going to the firefighters and their families.

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