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.”
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.”
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)