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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!

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Get out the Wayyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!

Cos Kpop gods and pimps are swaggering through!!!!! Looks like some people ain’t playin’ in 2011 and i Just. Effin’. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!

What do I mean??? Today and yesterday alone new vids from Rain’s Princes: Mblaq, the desperately anticipated TVXQ and the Flyest Playboys in Seoul: GD&TOP. I tell you my browser is swaying under the weight of all the youtube and kpop news pages I have open! Lol! I just had to come out of hiatus again and share, share, share!!!!

Well. here are the vids and my opinions wether you like em or not! heh!

MBLAQ – CRY

courtesy jtunecamp@YT

These boys have always been cute to me because I like Rain and they are so obviously his boys. They sing like him, dance like him and one of them even looks like him (*____*)! This video only further pushes that impression for me. The song is sexy and in a classic R&B style that I like but the video……

I really preferred “Y” I think. This one was just made me wish they were doing something a little fresher. And the wardrobe! I know as a GD fan I shouldn’t really be qualified to talk about what other people wear but I believe that GD can get away with ANYTHING. It’s one of his particular gifts. It’s not a gift that a lot of people have. Seriously the boys of Mblaq are cute enough so I believe they could simplify. With them, less would be sooooooooooo much more >:)

But overall, a nice effort. It’s just that the bar keeps rising so they really have to push more to distinguish them selves.

TVXQ – KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN

courtesy sment@YT

I’m not a Cassie but I do like the men of TVXQ! Who wouldn’t, right? I was delighted to see that HoMin was out with a new video (I actually havn’t seen JYJ’s yet! Shame! Shame!) and felt quite rewarded when I watched it!

The song is epic!!! Epic!!! EPIC!!! Reminds me of everything I love about Kpop! And they look GREAT!!! The choreography is on point too! Really powerful and at one point it really reminded me of Black Greek Stepping which is something I really like!!! The wardrobe was a little woah! At a point they seemed to be wearing something made from ugly furniture with hair on the back. The miracle is that their smexiness shone through!^^

Changmin really blossomed in this video even though he had fewer parts than Yunho. His voice just AMAZED me! And from the comments section on the YouTube page I think many Cassie’s felt their biases shifting towards this manly macknae by the end of the video!

Just great! Can’t wait to see Live performances. I bet they’ll kill it!

WARNING: EVERYTHING FROM HERE ONWARDS IS SERIOUSLY BIASED.

GD&TOP – KNOCK OUT

courtesy BigBang@YT

I’m honestly speechless about this video.

I really am literally knocked out. I’ve been rewatching it all day and I still can’t find the words to express how much I love it. I can just say that I believe that YG has swaggered its way out of the KPop box because this is just GOOD POP, PERIOD!

I already liked the song from when they performed it at the MNet Award thing because of the catchy chorus and because GD’s funny, crazy wave dance. I got the album in itunes and I was loving it on there along with High High, Oh Yeah, Obsession, Don’t Leave, What Do You Want (LOVE THIS ONE!!! GD doing Vintage Funk with a hint of his inner Punk!!!<3<3<3)

The video is beyond any expectation I could have had for it! It’s the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party meets the Playboy Mansion and GD and TOP showcase a crazy, fun kind of cool that just looks so easy on them! It’s fresh! It’s different! And it’s very, very them!!!!

There are so many bits I love that it doesn’t even make sense!!! The bubble wrap addiction! The insane couture and hair (honestly only THEY can get away with it!), Gaho all grown up! The butt chairs? The Tank? The list is just endless!!! Ican’t even hope to photo spazz it all!!!! And I cannot watch this video without grinning crazily then pressing replay at the end! Even now I want to go back to it! Waaaaaahhhhh!!!! It really is an obsession like the chorus says!!!

And let me also just take the opportunity to say this bcos i dunno if I have yet.

Over this past year I have come to seriously respect G-Dragon as an entertainer. The music he writes and produces, his consistently break through style, his amazing skills as a dancer and choreographer (I LOVE how he moves!!!!! this part of him is so under rated because he underplays it so much but as a lover of dancing, I can’t help but notice it!) his effectiveness as a leader, his professionalism and ability to keep pushing through hard times, all at such a young age have earned him my sincere admiration. He works so unbelievably hard and has been doing so for so long. If I could take just a little of his work ethic I can only imagine what I could achieve.

I now believe he is one of the most exciting acts currently active on the world’s Pop music scene and I know he’s only going to get better!

Er – I guess my GD bias was showing there. Well, TOP is also hella sexy, slayin’ the ladies with those glances and that knowing smirk! And I extra appreciate the effort he put into dancing, even pulling out a commendable Harlem shake!!! I once said that if I had GD I would probably cheat on him with TOP and also vice versa. This remains true! Lol!

Ah – look at that!

This post has become a thesis!!!! Must stop now!

*runs away*