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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!!!

TOP MV TEASER ARRIVES!!!!!

courtesy: allkpop

Happiness is simple stuff! ^__________^

Like waking up to this:

Oh Tabi!!!! Are we truly, finally going to get to spazz over the non-bootleg version of your solo MV???

I had no idea that there would be colour!!!! I am so GIDDY!!!!! Lol!!!

June 21st come quickly!!!!

Thank you YG Entertainment!!!! Thank you Yang Hyun Suk Ahjussi!!!!! Thank you Uncle!!!!!!!

ok, sorry but have to SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t get it.

Is it really that weird???

That I’m a Nigerian woman that loves Korean Pop Music???

Or K and J Doramas and the entire culture that comes with it?

I ask because of the reaction I keep getting when people see me watching my music vids or my shows. I actually never really think of it as strange till I see their expressions when I try to explain to them what I’m doing. It’s like this careful blank look you give someone when you are surprised by the realization that they might be mildly disturbed (see weird, obsessed fanatic).

I mean sure, I am passionately involved with the genre now; as in just about every vid on my ipod is korean and my screensaver is a vast slideshow exhibition of Jang Keun Suk (with the occasional BB, 2ne1, CNBlue and DBSK members). But I’m a passionate follower type and that’s how I show my colors! No one looks at Manchester United fans like their crazy when they do the exact same thing!!!

credit: http://www.theotaku.com/wallpapers/view/169742/jang_keun_suk

My Sukkie!!!: The second most beautiful man in the world (after my fiance^^)

Is it because I’m Nigerian? From West Africa? Should people from Nigeria or Africa only watch and listen too a prescribed set of things? Am I outside of our safe stuff to be into zone?

Would it help if I said that just as I’ve been taking in Western media content my whole life I’ve also been consuming eastern media content in one form or another for most of my life? That before I let myself get into Kpop, one of my favourite genres of music was anime soundtracks?

Is it because they’re talking and singing in a different language? Don’t we do the same thing here? Is non-english pop or hiphop only real or okay or acknowledgeable if it’s in our own languages? Does that even make sense???

If I can recognize hotness in people who are black, does it mean I may not recognize it in others who aren’t? And if I do, is that a cause for concern? If my admiration rests on artists who also share the condition of not being black and part of my appreciation is physical is this, because I’m black and West African and Nigerian, a sign of oncoming dementia? A symptom of an ignorant or badly brought up girl?

Is one really not supposed to like an artist even if they’re really good because they use a different word to say “hello,” or because they just don’t look enough like you?

If I think he’s hot…

…does it mean I can’t think he’s hot???

I actually, seriously don’t get this!

Sorry to rant but it really dampens my enjoyment of these things a little bit when people act like it’s soooooo odd and weird. Why do they jump to the conclusion that I’m weird for liking something that they have no idea about? Shouldn’t they be the weird ones? Why is it that on encountering something they don’t understand, rather than curiousity, their reaction is judgement?

This year I discovered K-Pop and it’s all I listen to because it de-stresses me, gives me great joy and is better than my former habit of junk food in bed. Last year I was listening solely to alt. rock. At one point I was only listening to anime and gaming music. I have no idea what I will be listening to next year but I do know that I will probably listen to it passionately and almost exclusively because that is how I deal with the things I love.

Thank god for the internet and being able to reach across the globe if that’s what it takes to find like minded people.

But I have to say, it would be really nice to find one person in Nigeria who doesn’t think it’s weird to love KPop cos  they love it too.

ps. I’m only half as pissed as I sound. I’m telling myself it’s like the anime/manga scene around here. Less and less people these days look at you like you’re crazy when they see you watching cartoons with people speaking japanese and there is actually quite a big community to indulge one’s enthusiasm in the genre with thanks to the overwhelming popularity of franchises like Naruto and Bleach.
So, there’s nothing like that for Asian Pop or Doramas. Maybe I’m just early to the party is all.

Neogogo’s Eye Candy: Girls’ Generation (SNSD) – Gee

This vid is of the ultra cute, SM Entertainment, 9 member girl group Girls’ Generation (also known as SNSD, an acronym for their Korean name So Nyeo Shi Dae). Member are: Yoona,Tiffany,Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, Seohyun, Taeyeon, Jessica, and Sunny.

The name of the song is “Gee” and it had quite an impact when it was released early in 2009 as in other groups are constantly doing references to this song and some, I think, have covered it.

Watching it I can totally understand why because for me it contains everything that is addictive about kpop; off the chart cuteness, hypnotizingly bright colors and sets, yummy choreography and a more than catchy tune. Did I mention cute? In fact I really should put a warning on this: If you aren’t into cute/kawaii/aego then this will probably be too much for you!!!!

Many people that see this vid for the first time ask me why jpop and kpop groups sometimes have so many members. I’ve never gotten an official answer to that question but my theory is: first of all it gives fans more variety in terms of favouriting and second of all it’s a good way for agencies to introduce their talent before giving them solo careers.

That’s just my guess. If anyone knows better, I’m all ears.

Anyway, expect to see Girls’ Generation again in this series!

credit: maly_4life