Sunday Melodies: “Without You” by Lee Michelle

While the words to the song somewhat plays to a breakup, it also signifies a girl moving on from the hurt and suffering brought on by society. Former Kpopstar contestant Lee Michelle gave many something to think about with her dramatic debut, Without You. I hadn’t been paying much attention to kpop of late because every release just seemed too recycled to me and I … Continue reading Sunday Melodies: “Without You” by Lee Michelle

Psy: Kpop’s hope for global domination?

When one hears the term Kpop you either think ‘oh, Korean pop music’ or ‘the name of a candy brand’ (like I did the first time I heard it). These days the musical genre has soared beyond the Asian shores. Many across the world are getting more aware of Korean culture through the addictive sounds of their pop music. From massive groups like Girls Generation … Continue reading Psy: Kpop’s hope for global domination?

BIG BANG is “Alive” and Still “Bad”

One of the biggest male groups in Kpop’s history has unveiled their long awaited new mini album “Alive“, and a music video for the second single off the EP. I think what we all can agree with on “Bad Boy” is that BIG BANG has finally returned to their hip hop roots. This is the group that I became drawn to, not for their sickening … Continue reading BIG BANG is “Alive” and Still “Bad”

[Review] Tablo’s “Fever’s End”

Tablo is one of those rare kpop artists that you can’t turn your backs on. His creative flow was previously represented as 1/3 of the popular hip hop group Epik High, but while the aforementioned takes a break, Tablo has risen to the occasion depicting new growth and style not only as a solo artist, but as a man who’s evidently transitioned over the years. There’s no need for me to stress on his past difficulties or controversies regarding his educational background, for the music should be more than enough to keep us satisfied and less fascinated with his personal life. Tablo has re-emerged unto the Kpop scene with his debut two part solo album “Fever’s End.” Intriguingly enough, inspiration for the album comes from the “pain and struggle” the artist faced over the years, and how he has managed to overcome it all.  I’m a sucker for deepness and if the songs are as invoking as the title and concept then this is bound to be one of the best Kpop albums of the year.

So now loyal readers of my dissecting trends, let’s evaluate this release to uncover the truth, is it really worth the wait?  Continue reading “[Review] Tablo’s “Fever’s End””

HEART2HEART: A failed attempt at reviving 90’s pop

A few seconds ago I came across a so-called new pop boy group called HEART2HEART, and believe me the name isn’t the worst part of it. Their debut single is called “Facebook Official” and they currently have a mini album available on iTunes (I guess anybody can do that these days). What cracks me up the most is how over-the-top their make-up is, along with their obvious concept of trying to copy kpop, which looks like a complete insult to that culture. Are you kidding me? Is this the industry’s attempt at recreating 90’s pop phenom in today’s society by unleashing these alienistic, pervacious looking dudes? Their voices aren’t exactly the wow factor, in fact it’s pure mediocrity. Please, their song is as distasteful as their choreography. Check it out below and tell us what you think: Continue reading “HEART2HEART: A failed attempt at reviving 90’s pop”

[Review] 2NE1’s 2nd Mini Album

2NE1 doesn’t allow fans to miss them too long once they’re on a roll, and for weeks they’ve been releasing the songs off their second EP, which is just as rocking as their first. Their previous was definitely an introduction to showcase each of the ladies’ skills and their significance in the group, but the second enlightens how much they’ve grown and have transitioned over time. 2NE1, in my opinion, has become one of the biggest female kpop groups in the world. They’re a global phenom; a reason why some keep interested in Korean pop culture. And I’m contented with how YG Entertainment has marketed these ladies since their debut till now. Not only are they huge in music, but they’re considered fashion icons, and are in high demand when it comes to doing commercials and endorsing products. You just can’t get enough of 2NE1, and their second EP represents where they’re at and where they’re going next. Continue reading “[Review] 2NE1’s 2nd Mini Album”

2NE1 gets “Lonely”

Finally! YG Entertainment has tamed the auto-tune and allowed the real 2NE1 to stand up. The ladies exhumes passion in their latest single “Lonely“, and I can’t think of a good reason as to why the label has been hiding their true potential all this time. “Lonely” is more of an acoustic number and slows down all the booming bass and club bangers 2NE1 is known for. The track is as emotional as their previous ballad “It Hurts“. A really sweet song and the music video plays out the lyrics: sad, gloomy, and well, lonely. Check out the video below and tell us what you think: Continue reading “2NE1 gets “Lonely””

“Can’t Nobody” hold 2NE1 down, in English that is…

Kpop‘s “bad bad but so good good” top female group 2NE1 recently released the English version music video for their song “Can’t Nobody“. 2NE1 is currently in preparation of releasing an English album and “Can’t Nobody” seems to be their first attempt at a crossover, however, the song would be a lot better without the auto-tune resounding throughout the entire thing. CL goes real hard in her very much hip hop influenced rapping, and the chorus is quite catchy. Anyways, check out the music video below, which is not much different from the Korean version. Continue reading ““Can’t Nobody” hold 2NE1 down, in English that is…”

BIG BANG’s “Tonight” MV: Hot or Flop?

So BIG BANG has released the music video for their latest single “Tonight“, off their lame EP. Anyways, I like the video and the song, but it’s just that. Ok! Anyways watch the video below if you haven’t already (which I highly doubt), and vote if it’s hot or flop: Continue reading “BIG BANG’s “Tonight” MV: Hot or Flop?”

[Review] BIG BANG is back, but are fans pleased?

I previously posted about BIG BANG‘s comeback to the kpop scene, and even featured their video teaser for the intro track ‘Thank You & You‘. Well, YG Entertainment’s most valuable asset has released their 4th mini album today. The mini album consists of 6, and (I fool you not) only 6 tracks, including the lead single ‘Tonight‘. So was this comeback worth the wait of their precious VIPs after such a long time from kpop? Absolutely NOT. Are you kidding me YG, you couldn’t put more of an effort and add a couple more songs? Well anyways, I’m not a VIP and never was, so this doesn’t faze me. However, I can’t help but feel sad for their unlucky fans for this half-assed new release. Anyways, as I gather my thoughts and divert from the aforementioned issue, I decided to go ahead and give my quick review on the 6 track EP. Continue reading “[Review] BIG BANG is back, but are fans pleased?”

The BIG BANG hype!

These guys certainly know how to keep their VIPS anxious. Kpop group BIG BANG has been away from the music scene in their homeland for quite some time, therefore their return had to bring it! By this I mean taunt their fans by releasing several photos of their new concept, and of course all the sub projects they’ve been doing leading up to their return as a group. One can only guess what their new mini album (they couldn’t record a full length album being that they left for so long? so cheap) has in store. Well, guess no further. BIG BANG has unveiled a teaser video and it appears like their in Las Vegas. Anyhoo, the teaser is just a video for their intro track, check it out below: Continue reading “The BIG BANG hype!”

Spotlight – Taeyang

Tae Yang

Meet Taeyang, a South Korean Kpop singer, dancer, songwriter, and producer. He began his training in YG Entertainment, a company for artists wanting to pursue R&B/Urban music, at the young age of 12. After six years of vocal and dance training, he made his debut as a member of BIG BANG.

In 2008, Taeyang released his first solo mini album titled “Hot“. He incorporated mostly R&B songs on the album, as it was the genre of music he loved. He wasn’t as happy with the album due to the fact that he didn’t get the chance to write any of the songs. However, the album was well received by fans and music critic alike; he won ‘Best R&B/Soul Song’ for his single ‘Only Look At Me‘, and ‘Best R&B/Soul Album’ for “Hot” at the 7th Korean Music Awards.

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GD & TOP takes it “High High”

GD & TOP of BIG BANG released the music video for their single “HIGH HIGH” on YouTube, and boy did they create a lot of hype around it. I must admit, the first time I saw the video, I thought it was whack! but as I listened to it and got caught up into the character of the guy calling himself TOP, I started liking it.

“HIGH HIGH” is from their self titled album, which will be released on December 24. “GD & TOP” will also feature Park Bom of 2NE1. The music video for “HIGH HIGH” was shot in a nightclub, not sure of the location, but they had a lot of foreigners up in there. A few members of the YG family, including fellow BIG BANG member Taeyang, who produced the dance number with Teddy, was also seen in the video.

If you haven’t seen the music video yet, though I don’t know how you’d miss it, check it out below:

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2NE1 says “Don’t Stop The Music”

The CF/Music Video for 2NE1‘s “Don’t Stop the Music” was recently released and it’s quite the dance number. The song is a promotional theme for the Yamaha Fiore scooter in Thailand. How do you create hype for a new product? Get 2NE1 to endorse it.

The video is quite fun, with a lot of creativity (and colors). The choreography is cool too. In my opinion, the song is good, but without the vocal adjustments, it would be great.  Check it out for yourself below:

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