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Archangels, Space Bunnies and the Boys from the Block…

This is really about much more than the above! Lol! Basically my summary of what I’m looking at for 2012 in Kpop! I wrote this for a new facebook group I’m admining, Afro-Kimchi.

2012 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Kpop. For anyone whose interested in asian popculture, the ultra competitive k-pop model is actually pretty interesting one to watch and this is a particularly good time to begin observing.

Things to come include:

Boy Bands:

formerly rookie groups like Beast and Mblaq who did phenomenally well in 2011 are going to be making attempts for that top tier level currently occupied by DBSK/JYJ, Super Junior, Big Bang, Shinee and 2pm.

Power debut group from last year Block B are scheduled for a much anticipated comeback and have to prove they weren’t a flash in the pan and have staying power. Their competition will be new debut B.A.P who have a similar concept (edgy, hip-hop based pop) who are already creating buzz thanks to a single released by their sub-unit Bang and Zelo.

Also to debut from the number one entertainment group in Korea (SME) we have EXO (above is apparent group leader, Kai), a sort of 10 member collective of multitalented rookies with arch-angel good looks that have already got a loyal fan base based off their teasers alone.

Then there is Big Bang’s much anticipated comeback. Their activities were halted last year due to a series of scandals but their company, YGE, has promised us a return on a scale larger than anything they have done before (VIPs are in a froth)

Can’t remember any more for now!

Girl Groups: One word, WORLDDOMINATION. The race is on to see who can make the most impact on the western pop scene first and the contenders are:

Girls Generation (snsd), SM’s ridiculously popular 9 member group with their single “The Boys” produced by Teddy Riley and already released in stores all over the US as a maxi single. One remix even features Snoop Dogg.

Next is the Wonder Girls whose made for TV movie (think it’s named after them) recently premiered in the states (along with an MV for the soundtrack single “The DJ is Mine”) and will be airing on Teen Nickelodeon.

JQT is also in the running but i don’t have much info on them.

Finally there is 2ne1 who won MTV Iggy’s best band in the world competition last year and whose Will I Am produced english album is still in the works!

Look up all these bands at your leisure and judge for yourself who you think may come out on top in 2012!

In Se7enth Heaven!^^

Ok, it’s been 2 years since I celebrated the flawlessness that was Se7en’s “Digital Bounce” album on this blog, such an under appreciated, electro-pop master piece in my opinion, so before I post about anything else this year I want to just say:

WELCOME BACK CHOI DONGWOOK aka SE7EN-NIM!!!!!!!!

YES!! He’s back!!!

I don’t like ballads. I’ve said it so many times but Seven-nim is one of the few people I will listen to. Why? Because so much of his heart is in his voice.

And with this album he’s doing what he was born to do which is gorgeous, heartfelt R&B and guise, this whole album is a heartbreaker. One just needs to see the translation of the just released title track “When I Can’t Sing”:

Seven (Se7en) – When I Can’t Sing (내가 노래를 못해도)

* Even if I lose everything, if my popularity drops
Even if I can’t sing, if I get a different job
Will you still be able to love me for who I am?

Do you know that who I am on screen isn’t really my everything? (Do you know?)
Do you know that my overflowing confidence makes me even more anxious? (Do you know?)
Standing under the flashing lights, there is a thick shadow behind me

* repeat

You say that you love me but
Am I really who you love? (Am I?)
You say that you fell for me but
Am I really the one who made you fall for me? (Am I?)
When you are in my arms, looking at me
I want to ask you these questions

* repeat

Someday, the day will come (the day will come)
I’ll come down from the stage where the cheers have decreased
As my shoulders droop down (shoulders droop down)
My head hung low (even then)
Will you stand by my side?

* repeat

I want to ask you

(cr: MzKyu@6theory 2ne1 artist thread)

the entire song ( a surprise collab with JYP) is an honest message by an artist in the winter of his career (kpop idols tend to have really short life spans) speaking candidly to his fans.

And the MV!!!!!!!!!!! Omo, I’m still choked up! There is a strong feeling that he is saying goodbye to us through this video (he pretty much hands over to GD (the next generation of Sunbaes?) in the beginning) and I really hope it’s not true!

Se7en-nim Please Don’t Gooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t care how successful your Restaurant business is! It just wouldn’t be the same without you to look forward to!!!!

Here’s the tracklist of the album which i think is self titled(courtesy of AllKpop)

01. “Somebody Else”
02. “Angel”
03. “When I Can’t Sing”
04. “That Person”
05. “Understand”
06. “Make Good Love”

It’s already on itunes so go and grab this worthy album here.

And watch the melancholy perfection of the “If I couldn’t Sing” MV below:

My answer to his question is YES, I would still love you because you’re an amazing person and a wonderful big brother to my YG babies but please, please, PLEASE don’t stop singing!

Thank you.

Wonder Girls say “Be My Baby!”

Oh my God, do you like it??

I did! It’s so bouncy and boppable just like Move was so shakeable and the vocals were unique and kept it interesting. Cool rap bridge too.

Though I still feel there is a definite retro flavour to it but since it’s not in a costumey way *shrugs* I think it’s okay. I guess you could it call it a clasic feel and that’s their thing.

Anywayz is there an english version for this? Is it going to be in their US movie? So many questions!

Wonderfuls must be so proud!^^

My “Orange Caramel” Hair!!

I just realized as I was making the last post that for their latest incarnation in the song “Shanghai Romance”, After School subgroup, Orange Caramel are sporting brown bobs…

… Just. Like. Me!!!!!!!

(to quote 2ne1) Ohmaigahhhhhhhhh!!!!!

Are they stalking me??? O.O

Here is the evidence!

er – let’s not do a who wore it better ^^;

Instead enjoy their quirky little song! Lol!

 

 

YG LIFE: More 2NE1 Goodness!!!!!!!XD

Bus Ad for New 2NE1 track

I finally made it on to the new YG Life blog and – Oh, but the rewards were great!!!!!

First I found this!!!!!

Remember when I posted about this!!?? Oh my Kpop days, I’m so thrilled!!!!!!!!!^^ This collabo will be BURSTING with win!!!!!!!!!! I’m sooooo happy for my girls and that Will.i.AM recognizes what we all already knew!!!! That 2NE1 are toooooooooooomaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaddddddddddddd!!!!!!!!!!!!! XDDD

Okay, so there’s more!!!

First of all! A 30 sec preview of “Can’t Nobody”

2NE1: Can\’t Nobody 30secs

I can’t tell a whole lot from this except that it sounds like YG is really sticking with the electronic clubbing sound thing. I really can’t wait to hear the whole thing!

And now the pix!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wow! Look @ Dara’s legs! And how come Bommie can be so adorable even when she’s just standing doing nothing!??

Leader Undeniable: CL!!!!!!!!

Bommie!!!!!!!! Fighting! Fighting! Yah, Yah, Yah!!!!! (we can see the great results of sticking to the diet too^^)!!! I have such a girl crush on her! Lol!! <3<3<3

Q: Bad girls, bad, girls! What you gonna do? What you gonna do when they come for you?

A: Kick. Their. Butts.

Heehee!!! My girls are so smokin’!!!!!!! There are way more pictures so you should check them out here!

Okay! That’s the end of this spazz for now!

2NE1!!! FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kimi wa my Beautiful – Hangover! Hangover! Yeah!!!

I'm just so d*** pretty!

And Big Bang season begins with the new MV from their hot new track: “Beautiful Hangover”!!!

Everything about it is beautiful!!!!! Seungri with his lopsided smirk, Daesung with his wicked choirboy, hotness, Taeyang with his pure UMPH!, TOP with his maaaaaaad sex appeal and the lord of charisma, GD with his style and smexiness to die for *____________*

I wish I wasn’t just buried in work so I could spazz all over this like I want to!!!

Well here it is anyway in case you somehow missed it:

Well you know what they say about curing hangovers. You need to go for the hair of the dog that bit you! In other words –

MORE BIGBANG PLEASE YG AJHUSSI!!!!!!!!!!!

khamsahamidaaaaa! ^_____^

UPDATE: *sigh* really love this song!!! And I just noticed at 1:51 GD’s classic wolf howl!!!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! ><!!!! How did I miss that???? It’s been a while and I missed that sound!!!!!!! XDDD

I Can See The Weight I Lost!!!

I really can in this pic! But now I wonder if it will stay off!

Earlier this year, powered by newly discovered kpop energy and the desire to stop feeling so lifeless I was on a rampage!! I ate healthy, took vitamins and worked out almost everyday!

Now its the end of July and my eating habits can best be described as scavenging, I haven’t been to the gym in over a week and before that was a similarly long gap. I’m drinking way too much redbull and getting less and less out of it and that familiar old tired feeling is coming back.

Where did it all fall apart??? T.T

Scared I won’t be able to get back on the wagon!

Help!!!

Ps. I am surrounded by chaos and love!!^^

EDIT: Yikes!! Posted this with my phone n didn’t see how HUMUNGOUS the image was!! :”|

Enywayz, adjusted now!!!