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BATTLE OF THE GIRLBANDS: SNSD vs Secret vs Wonder Girls vs T-ara

As a hardcore YG Stan/VIP/Blackjack, I wondered if I’m still qualified to give unbiased opinions on the happenings in Kpop.

Truthfully? I don’t know but – my peeps are on break and I love Kpop so I can’t help being drawn into the excitement of the season we are currently witnessing.

And, Oh my fandom, what an exciting season it is for Kpop right now!!! Hearts are beating, ba-thump, ba-thump all across Kpop land and why? Because we are in the season of the return of the mighty SoShi (aka So Nyuh Shi Dae aka SNSD aka Girls Generation)! The 9 angels of Kpop and South Koreas National Girl Group!

I don’t think there’s been such an anticipated come back since I got into Kpop (which granted was just a little more than a year ago! Lol!) Sones (their fanclub) are in an agitated ecstacy!

And the hype is intense too. Newsie blogs have it that other Entertainment Companies were so intimidated by the impending return of the power house girl group that they all rescheduled their own artists come backs! Imagine that!!!

All, however, except the little girl group that could named, Secret, who just released their album “Moving in Secret” as well as one helluva jimmy-janglin title track called “Love is Move” (사랑은 MOVE) .

The four girl group is right now being applauded for their brave “movement” in going ahead with their schedule even though they did say they were concerned since they know what they are up against. It’s already being said by netizens that losing to SNSD would be an honourable defeat for them. One has to admit, lose or win, they definitely got some good spotlight for their “moves”!

Interesting enough though, Secret Time (Secret’s fan club) seem to be cultivating high hopes for their girls based on the released track. I can’t say I blame them. It’s one toe tapping, hip shimmying, hair lashing blast of an infectious song. I’ve listened to it quite a bit myself and it kinda makes me want to get up and shake it! If there’s one thing I can say, the girls of Secret brought an A game to the table and have nothing to be ashamed of.

The drama continues however as also in the running to challenge the Princesses of Kpop are the former Queens of Kpop, The Wonder Girls! I must say I’m excited about this particular chapter in the drama. A noble story of kpop royalty and the struggle to regain that coveted throne of the no 1 girl group!

Both groups have a lot at stake as they have to reward the faithfulness of their respective fandoms by showing they can still deliver on what made them great.

Wonderfuls (the Wonder Girl fanclub) especially have something to be anxious about as their girls have been out of the game for years. Till recently, their activities were all based in the US and there is some sensitivity in their camp over the fact that they never quite blew up over there. This however in no way discounts them as a powerful contender from a very strong Company and with the plans they have in store for a US debut album whose release will coincide with TV Movie to air nationwide on Teen Nick; things may soon change!

I’m really excited to see what they come with. JYP has been dropping intriguing hints on Twitter and  the company’s official word on the album is :

“Since it’s the first album to be released after such a long time, we’re putting a lot of care into each and every song. We will work to bring out a great album and show an awesome image on a perfect stage. We ask for your support.”

(cr: AllKPop)

And on competing with SNSD:

“It’d be a lie if we said we’re not stressing over SNSD’s comeback. But because we’ll be standing in front of everyone after such a long period away, we’re concentrating more on bringing out a quality album.”

(cr: AllKPop)

The girls are rumoured to be leaving behind their trademark retro style and adopting a more pop look to compliment the style of their movie.  I stand beside Wonderfuls in looking forward to this come back. A group that inspires such an unshakable confidence in fans that have waited this long deserves respect!

And finally to add more sugar to all that spice, we are also expecting come backs from After School’s wildly successful sub-group Orange Caramel and from T-ara who actually already had a hit this summer with “Roly-Poly” and are currently making  rapid advances into Japan.

Back to SNSD; Sones are also another fandom that have unshakable confidence in their girls and the fact that they are one of the biggest fandoms in kpop is also something to respect.

The gorgeous girls of SoShi have already wowed people across the board with the elegant and more mature sexiness of their come back concept looks, a look that seems to announce they are ready to graduate from Princesses to Queens. They have also been dropping teasers for their title track “The Boys” which is said to have been produced by legendary US R&B producer, Teddy Riley. Newsey Blogs have it that SM (SNSD’s Company) plan to use this track to introduce the girls into the US (hence there is an English as well as a Korean version)and there has been much debate as to how successful they will be in that notoriously difficult market.

(Actually it’s officially a race now as to who will break successfully in the US first: 2ne1 with Will-I-Am? SNSD with Teddy Riley? Wonder Girls with the inroads they have already made and I suspect Timbaland which would be so awesome? The good thing is whoever makes it will be opening the door for everyone so there are no losers. Just bragging rights at stake here! Kk!)

The teasers released by SoShi which opens with an uncharacteristically fierce rapping verse and features the girls showing subtle sex appeal in dance moves have been loved by some while others are keeping their judgement till they see the whole video. I think I will be doing that too.

Between all this and Kara’s return from Japan earlier in the season with the successful “Step” as well as Brown Eyed Girls return with the Epic disco-licious “6th Sense,” I have to say that this is a pretty good time to be into Kpop!

Since at the end of everything, the winners are the fans I say – Let the Games Begin! KPop Girl Groups, HWAITING!^^

Enjoy Below Secret’s MV and SNSD’s Teasers!

Secret: “Love is Move”

SNSD: “The Boys” Teaser 1 (Eng.)

SNSD: “The Boys” Teaser 1 (Kor.)

SNSD: “The Boys” Teaser 2 (Eng)

SNSD: “The Boys” Teaser 2 (Kor)

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IT HURTS!!!!!!!!!

courtesy: 2ne1@YT

…And IT HURTS That I didn’t even know this came out on Oct 31st!!!

This is 2ne1’s way of saying Happy Halloween to Blackjacks!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!! I haven’t even seen it! I’m just going to post it up and I hope I actually have time to look at it tomorrow or soon after!!!

But from a glance: Oh my God what an adorable Goth Lolli concept!!! Someone on the YouTube page said it’s Great Expectations inspired which makes it even more gorgeous to me! Lol!!

I am very pleeeezd about this because this is surprisingly (because I’m not into ballads) my fave song on the album!! CL and Minji show wonderful vocal versatility while my Bommie just kills it! Dara doesn’t get a very big part cos this song is a bit R&B for her vocal style but she’s there and still a part of the magic!^^

Happyyyyy!!! Wheeeeeeeeeee!!!>u<!!!

Neogogo is Soooooo Tired

Between Bobs. So tired and it shows! =_=

(this is my second pass at this post. There’s been no power since yesterday so I did the first one from my BB but it spazzed and instead of publishing it, lost the entire post. The ENTIRE post. *sigh* Third world blues y’all.)

I’m having fatigue issues y’all but that doesn’t stop me from missing this blog. And I miss my Kpop too!!!

I was watching the 3rd episode of 2ne1 tv yesterday (Yup, all in Hangul too. I swear I’m beginning to pick it up!) and I just about died when they showed GD and Teddy jamming in a YG studio!!! Skinny Gorgeous GD baby in a typically stylish cap and Teddy Oppa, wrapped up like a mummy with only his cute, mischievous face showing (thug life, baby!) SQUEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!>< And I think we got a preview of BB’s comeback song? If so, the sound is madly sexy and I fully approve!!!!!

(Screencaps cos it’s been a while and you deserve ’em)

Where I want to be (See space between Teddy and GD)

Oppa is so talented!!! *___*

Thug <333333333!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lips, throat...mph!

He. Is. Tryna. Kill. Us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He's Singing! *sigh* Look at those cheek bones! *melts*

Throw ur BigBang gang sign, boo!

Oh but I’m loving the second season of 2ne1 TV even without the subtitles!! YG Ahjussi is the best for giving us this show! The girls are adorable and there’s so much interaction within the YG family which is just AWSOME!!! I love when GD makes fun of everyone’s choreography! I love how you could see different YG members in the audience at Taeyang’s solar concert (that choked me up a little! Lol!) In episode 3, Se7en-nim describes Minji’s turn in the “Can’t Nobody” MV as “Ero Minji” which made me almost fall out of my chair! For any true YG fan, this show is COMPULSORY WATCHING!!!!!!

(Moments from Eppy 3)

Rolling with my homies! The girls in LA!

He got teary at the end! Young-baeeeeee T.T!!!!

Bommie torturing her trainer! Lol!

And I have to say that I’m completely gay for 2ne1 girls! I just cannot express how utterly cute they are to me! And you all should know by now that I’m a complete sucker for cute. Yup. Can’t resist it, period.

And everyday my rankings for them changes. Today it’s: Bom, Minji, CL and Dara (wait, wasn’t that it yesterday too?<<). Anyway, it’s not that Dara is my least favourite, it’s more like I have extra soft spots for Bom and Minji and CL is just the BOSS!!!!!!!! In the show, I think Will. I. Am. liked CL and Minji best. He shook everyone’s hands but then he grabs CL and hugs her! And then he kept going “Minji!!” in this funny voice! Lol! I’m pretty sure he was hit by the cute too!

But enough with the fan girling. I had to get my behind over to the Club (like a country club not a night club!) so I could charge my batteries enough to make this post. I’m happy to say I’ve been a good little fan-girl and have been working on chapter 6 of my fanfic. Because of the power situation I’ve had to resort to the ancient methods of pen and paper which was kind of interesting. Haven’t done that since high school, really! Lol!

Anyway, now that I’m here, maybe I’ll transcribe. I’m really aiming to finish up by this weekend so please wish me luck.

Finally, it was my real live sweetie’s birthday on Oct 6th, so just want to say to the only man more beautiful than idols to me: Sang il chukhae hamnida! Sarangheo!

PS: Ooh almost forgot. Has anyone read this manhwa called 100% Perfect Girl by Wann? It starts with a quote from a Haruki Murakami short story? I’m reading it now and let me tell you it took me by surprise! I was expecting a sweet, funny and light love story because that’s what it looks like and starts like but boy! Was I wrong! What I’m getting is a disturbing, dark, twisted obsession story. Oh such a happy surprise! This is delicious dark chocolate! A perfect guilty pleasure read! Lol! (Yes, I’m mildly depraved, but we still love me, right?^^)

 

Had To Share!!!

I’m kind of on an impromptu hiatus for a number of reasons including work, fatigue and my new lappy spazzing out so bad that it takes a million years now to do the smallest things…

But cool things keep happening and when I saw this in particular I had to break cover and share! Lol!!!

Please view asap cos I don’t know if it will be gone soon! It’s 2ne1’s recording session with Will. I . Am!!! It’s off of 2ne1 TV (which I haven’t started cos I’m waiting on subs. I can’t believe how patient i”m being! Must be the fatigue =_=)

courtesy thinhee@yt

I havn’t even seen it yet. I’ve just been downloading vids to watch when my poor lappy feels better. So Se7en, I’ma get back to your cute behind on that MV ft your GF, don’t you worry.

And I hear you too Miss A!

Loves!

It’s HERE!!!!!! 2NE1’s “Can’t Nobody”

Without to much ado:

Couldn’t get on YG Life cos predictably it’s getting hammered!!

And You Tube is spotlighting 2NE1’s channel!! Congratulations to YG on managing all the good buzz!!!^^

(hehe. Yes there is a JKS skin on my browser. What? I’m an Eel!!)

Also something extra cool: Go Away BTS:

And something funny, this guy does the best 2NE1 reviews! LOL!!!:

Patiently, Patiently…

Poor YG Ajhussi and Oppas!

Releasing 2NE1’s thirds video “Can’t Nobody” is taking longer than they thought! Here is Uncle Google’s translation of the message they left us today:

“I’m sorry.

Sitting in front of computer do you think fans of the indefinite wait
I am also anxious and nervous because I do not do anything.

Seohyeonseung directed “CAN’T NOBODY” I just finished editing the work.

YG is now staff-side image files takes about 2 hours to start conversion work for making
At 2 pm “CAN’T NOBODY” music video will be released.

Once again I apologize.”

From what I can understand they are very anxious!!!

Well, I hope everything goes okay. I would rather that they take their time and do something they can be happy with rather than rush it just to please us. I’m perfectly fine with being a good fan and waiting since they’ve explained it.

Looks like I might miss the actual video drop since I may be out and about today! So till later everyone! Let support YG and wish them luck!

YG!! FIGHTING!!

2NE1 Says “GO AWAY”

The girls have dropped No. 2 and it is on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This video is sooooo intense!!!! I forgot about everything except the story!!! LOL!!! The guy is hot but GOD what an A Hole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT believe he touched CL!!! WHATTTTT?????? Girl, we need to go pick up some aluminum bats and DO this!!!! I don’t care how fine he is!!!!

But jokes aside I loved the feeling of this! Like, how even strong girl’s stumble when deep feelings are involved. You could totally get that CL was shook! And even though the end is sad and violent, there is a grim satisfaction too.

It brings Madonna’s “For A girl” very much to mind with the same dis-empowered girl in a race car theme (though not sure if Madder’s car was a racing vehicle?) But I’m loving that the girls did a song like this about needing to get up and move on even when you get dumped.

I did manage to notice though, that CL as a racing driver is teh absoloute HOTNESS!!!!!! And Minji’s wearing the top from the sneak pics and it’s gorgeous!!! Wonder if it’s her Jeremy Scott gift!

Anywayz, hope y’all like it too!!!