Thursday, August 31, 2017

[MV] Jeong Sewoon, Sik-K - JUST U



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Good to see Sewoon debut after being so popular on Produce101, but not making it in to Wanna One.

[MV] Babylon (feat. Chung Ha) - LALALA

[DEBUT] IZ - All you want



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Have some rhythm changes, why don't you?!

[MEDIA] A couple notes and BTS for funzies

There's a big strike happening next week for KBS and MBC union members. It means that a number of popular TV shows are cancelled indefinitely as well as the DMC Festival which had a massive line-up of big artists/groups. Hopefully it will be resolved neatly, but there will certainly be some industry interruption in the meantime. [Korea Times article]

All members of INFINITE re-signed their contracts except for Hoya who is leaving the group. A sad day for Inspirits, I'm sure.

The lovely Alex Reid, who was a member of BP RaNia and recently left, just did an AMA over on the /r/kpop subreddit. Bit of a rare opportunity for some candid insight into what the Kpop girl group life is like. [Link to Alex's AMA]

September is looking tantalizing for comebacks. The big guns are showing up with some overlap. EXO's repackage, GFriend repackage, BTS's big comeback, TVXQ with Station singles post-military service, Lim Chang Jung, and possibly Taemin in there somewhere. Potentially big stuff as we head towards festival/awards season. I hope we can get something awesome in there. (IU as well, updated a day later!)

And for fun, we don't get this kind of thing often from western media, so I'll post it in appreciation. PEOPLE (magazine) released a 3-minute interview with BTS months ago, which is funny as is, but they just uploaded a long 20-minute version yesterday that is pretty hilarious and charming. So if you're in need of some giggles, I recommend it. These guys are gearing up for a massive promotional period through the end of the year, so brace yourselves. (Also props to Rap Monster for handling all the necessary English translation duties through their US tour and Billboard shenanigans!)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

[MV] VIXX LR - Whisper

[MV] 10cm - HELP



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Well, I'm crying...

[MV] Yoon Jong Shin - Home Made



Incredibly, Jong Shin's 'Like It' from back in June is still killing the charts after getting a perfect all-kill almost two weeks ago. It's a wall.

[MV] Nick & Sammy - Belong To Me



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Kinda dig this one.

[DEBUT] Golden Child - DamDaDi



Woollim's new boy group!

[MV] TREI - UP

[MV] DIA - Can't Stop (E905)



A bit late on this one. There was a delay before it was posted to Youtube after Naver and I forgot to backtrack for it once it was up!

[MV] FlaShe - Popping

[DEBUT] Class Mate - My Star

Saturday, August 26, 2017

[MV] Sanchez (feat. Yong Jun Hyung) - Mesmerised



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[PROMO/CF] Jay Park, Boi B, Double K - Reborn



Promo for Whal Myung Su, which is some kind of drink to improve digestion(?).
Kind of a tight track for an ad. Lol.

[MV] Jackson Wang - Papillon (English)

[MV] HIGHTEEN - Would You

[MV] Kassy - Let it rain



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[COVER] Heize - In the Time Spent With You (Seo Taiji 25 Project)



[original Seo Taiji & Boys track]

[MV] Park Ki Young - Lie

[MV] Deepshower (feat. G.Soul) - Found U

Thursday, August 24, 2017

[DEBUT] S.I.S - I've Got A Feeling

[DEBUT] GreatGuys - LAST MEN

[MV] Yoo Seung Woo, Younha - Can't Stop This Feeling



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[MV] Hoody - HANGANG

[MV] MOVNING - Little Fighters

[MV] Lee Seung Hwan - God Of Money



The depressing accuracy of the chorus. -___-
Seunghwan always seems to do interesting stuff.
I love political/social commentary material in general.

[MV] Kei.G - Planetarium

[DEBUT] S2 - HONEYA

[MV] Jisook, Ilhoon - Baesisi



Ilhoon (BTOB) and Jisook (ex-Rainbow)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

[DEBUT] Weki Meki - I don't like your girlfriend



Admittedly disappointed with this one. Good to see a couple more Produce 101 girls debut in their own group (getting all the screen time even, lol), but this is not my jam.

I need to come up with a word for the pseudo-rap, trap, Frankenstein, ADD, melody-less, trend happening in Kpop.
I've just been thinking of it as 2017-itis so far.

[MV] JESSICA - SUMMER STORM

[MV] Boyfriend - Star



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[MV] JUNIEL - Last Carnival

This song/video is about dating/domestic abuse. She has light but visible bruises.



Related article courtesy of The Korea Herald

[COVER] Eddy Kim - Now (Seo Taiji 25 Project)



[original Seo Taiji & Boys track]

[MV] AlphaBAT - Get Your Luv



That lagging metronome-ish tap is driving me nuts. Lol.

[MV] DMEANOR - Right Here



Super calming.

[MV] Rubber Soul - Beautiful Women

[MV] Wookey - Glisten

Monday, August 7, 2017

[DEBUT] Wanna One - Energetic



Oh, dear. I'm already so attached.
Wanna One is the brother group to IOI, formed on Produce 101 season 2!
As much as I love(d) IOI, I think Wanna One is more vocally capable and that's my personal preference. Plus a bunch of the guys I was rooting for much of the way through the show made it into the top 11. Very happy to see them debut!

There's supposed to be a newly recorded version of Never, which was featured on the show, with only the top 11 for their mini-album. Looking forward to hearing that. Could go down as one of my top 3 songs of the year.

Performance version:

[MV] DAY6 - What Can I Do

[MV] BLANC7 - HELLO

Thursday, August 3, 2017

[MV] 9MUSES - LOVECITY

[MV] CLC - Where are you?



Taking the soulless stare to another level.

[MV] Huh Gak, Apink, VICTON - Oasis



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Plan A Entertainment artists special collaboration.

[MV] Loco (feat. SUMIN) - Rewind



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[MV] Real Girls Project - PINGPONG GAME



I don't entirely know what RGP really is. They're a group on the IDOLM@STER show, like Red Queen was. Lots of former members from different girl groups, some disbanded, some not. No idea if this is intended to be a long-term thing...

[DEBUT] AA (ARKAY&ADDCORN) - FLEX



Not to be confused with AA (Double A), which I believe is disbanded.

[DEBUT] The Rose - Sorry

[MV] TRITOPS - Zinnia

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

[MV] N.Flying - The Real



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Thoroughly enjoyed the video AND THEN THE END HAPPENED.
I'm screaming. XD
Produce 101 context in the full post if you need it.

[DEBUT] ONF - ON/OFF



I quite like this.
The set design is giving me Portal2 flashbacks.. in a good way.

[DEBUT] Samuel (feat. Changmo) - Sixteen



Samuel's debut post-Produce101.
I wish there was less vocoder/autotune at the start.

[MV] TREI - Just Yet

[PROMO/CF] Park Kyung - WIPED



CF for a Kellogg's/Hershey's cereal.

[DEBUT] Apple.B - Uzzuzzu



Pretty cute.

[MV] JUCY (feat. I.F) - Cocktail



I think JUCY has been around for years already, but hasn't released much officially.