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Happy New Years! [Goodbye 2013 & Hello 2014]

It’s that time of the year again! The end of the year, which has some of the best shows in Kpop. I’m talking about all those award shows and they are so interesting to watch, even if sometimes the camera angles are terrible. This entry’s main purpose is to wish all my viewers/readers/visitors a happy new year. I wish good fortune and health to everyone! Now, I’ll be making entries about a few interesting pieces of news during the beginning of the new year (which starts for me in two hours). Some of these entries will be my impression of the SBS Gayo Daejun this year, Lee Seung Gi and Yoona confirmed as a couple (just came across) and even why Crayon Pop might be a big opponent to Japanese idol groups. I want to end this year on a positive and non-controversial note though, so I’ll save all that for later. I hope everyone looks forward to it and enjoys  

Good health and best wishes  to everyone! Keep enjoying Kpop and all the Hallyu Wave has to offer in 2014 too! ^_^

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So, I’ll end this entry with some of my favorite videos from 2013! These are moments from this year in the Kpop world that made me laugh or that I enjoyed! Happy New [Hallyu] Year, Everyone! ^_^

1) SNSD’s “I GOT A BOY” was released on the first day of this year and it’s notable because it became very popular to the point it helped SNSD win an award at the YouTube Music Awards (YTMA).

2) Girl’s Day’ “Expectation” was released in March of this year and it’s notable because it took many fans by surprise due to the sudden change in theme for Girl’s Day (which was from cute to sexy). This change carried over to “Female President”(3 months later) and will return again for their new song “Something” in 2014.

3) Lee Hi released her song “Rose” in late March and the song won over many fans, which eventually gained her enough notoriety to have solo stages at shows like the SBS Gayo Daejun this year. Lee Hi is known as the “Monster Rookie” and continues to wow audiences with her mature voice for her young age.

4) International sensation PSY came out with his successive song to “Gangnam Style” and called it “Gentleman” in April. The MV features Ga-in of Brown Eyed Girls and tries to retain that unique charm that got everyone to pay attention to “Gangnam Style”. PSY now reveals he is not completely satisfied with “Gentleman” and he promises to “return to his roots” for his comeback in 2014. One can only guess what kind of new song will come from PSY in 2014.

5) Sub-unit T-ARA N4 released their song “Jeon Won Diary” (based off a drama with a similar name) during late April and found strong support for the group, despite the scandal with Hwayoung going on at the same time. Queens (T-ARA fans) were still strong and managed to pull T-ARA through. The sub-unit brings a more hip-hop vibe to fans, which is an interesting contrast from T-ARA’s usual themes (either cute or sexy, but not too fierce).

6) T-ARA has proven to be a “fighter” by getting through that bullying scandal that came out this year. Basically, people began to suspect T-ARA members of bullying (then-member) Hwayoung through social media (Twitter) and from an instance involving pushing a rice cake into her mouth on a Japanese variety show. I don’t recall all the details, but it was rightfully argued that one cannot know the exact details of what occurred in the group. I do feel tensions existed in the group and it’s only natural with around seven girls having to be together for many hours of the day, in stressful situations and having little outlets to express such stress. I don’t know what happened and I don’t intend to play “Sherlock Holmes” in it either. All I know is T-ARA still has a strong fan base and has even shown remorse for their actions (whether you believe it was necessary or believe it). The topic was even discussed on “Eat Your Kimchi” (EYK), so you can watch Simon and Martina’s take on the situation.

7) Lee Hyori (sometimes called the “Queen of Kpop” made her long awaited comeback in May with her album “Monochrome”. The most noticeable song on the album was “Bad Girls”, which won awards as well. Lee Hyori also got married to guitarist Lee Sang Soon on September 1st of this year, which allowed her to thank him in her acceptance speech at MAMA 2013 (something she’s apparently always wanted to do). “Bad Girls” was even the theme for a collaboration stage she did with CL during the SBS Gayo Daejun this year.

8) CL, rapper of girl group 2NE1, made her solo debut in late May of this year. The song met mixed reviews from everyone, but made a lasting impression as well. Naturally YG-stans, Blackjacks and CLovers (CL fans) supported it and it was generally received well overall. The MV for the song, titled “Baddest Female” (after her moniker) , featured many celebrities from G-Dragon to Japanese DJ and singer Mademoiselle Yulia. This song has also brought CL considerable nonliterary, since she also had half the collaboration stage with Lee Hyori at SBS Gayo Daejun this year (which was dominated by CL’s song).

9) Dal Shabet made a comeback with their song “Be Ambitious” in early June and became noticed for it from the song’s dance move of removing a part of the outfit to flap back and forth like tempting a guy to talk to them, since the song’s purpose was to tell guys to be more ambitious and approach a girl when you see the chance. This message was taken to another level and brought into question by a male rights group called “Man of Korea” by saying it tempted questionable actions by men to women or something like that. The request for an injunction by the rights group fell through and Dal Shabet made it through just fine.

10) Crayon Pop released “Bar Bar Bar” during June as well and it’s the song that helped them catch the eye of the Kpop world. It is not their debut song, but it is like the “Gangnam Style” for their fame. It helped them get noticed in the industry and many eyes have been watching their progression since, which includes some people from industries abroad (like Japan).

11) 2NE1 made their long awaited comeback in July and a song each month, until (around)MAMA 2013 was promised. A month or two was definitely skipped, but it was okay because many songs were released for their comeback. The first one was called “Falling in Love”, which featured reggae beats in it and was a big success with fans. It was to be expected because Blackjacks (2NE1 fans) had been waiting a long time and fans with groups on long hiatuses often rally in large numbers when their idols finally come back (if they waited patiently or at all). The following songs were “Do You Love Me?” (August) and “Missing You” (November).

12) f(x) released their album “The Pink Tape” in late July, which has been reviewed as an immensely popular album (despite not winning “Album of the Year” at MAMA 2013). It was even featured in an article for ranking so high on the Billboard Top 100 list. The album is designed to look like a pink VHS tape and the lead song is “Rum Pum Pum Pum” (July 24).

13) Wa$$up, a rookie hip-hop group, made their debut in early August. This group got a massive amount of attention for being called “twerk-dols” for their announcement to have twerking be involved in their debut song “Wassup” as well as YouTube videos of them dancing. The group ended up making “twerking” a slight part of the performance on stage and have released a few more songs since then. Despite negative reception to “tweking” in Kpop, the group remains strong and will continue into 2014.

14) Lee Sunmi made her comeback in late August with “24 Hours”. The former-Wonder Girls member showed a much more mature and sexy side of her in the MV. Even the performances were powerful, which made some Wonderfuls (Wonder Girls fans) question if Sunmi would replace Sunye in Wonder Girls, but Sunye has renewed her contract and Sohee has left. If she replaces anyone, then it’s Sohee. I doubt Sunmi will return to Wonder Girls though. Even so, she is an excellent solo artist and powerful JYP artist. Her song has even been parodied by PSY, which I’ll let you all decide what you think about it.

15) Many other groups released amazing songs like SPICA with “Tonight” (August 28) and G-Dragon with “Coup D’etat” (September 2), IU released her album “Modern Times” (October 7), Kahi (formerly with After School) released her second mini-album with the song “It’s Me” and T-ARA released their comeback album “Again” with their lead song “Number 9” (October 10), Nine Muses released their comeback album “PRIMA DONNA” with their lead song “Gun” and SHINee released their mini-album “Everybody” with the lead song “Everybody” (October 14), Trouble Maker came back with their album “Chemistry” with the lead song “There is No Tomorrow” (October 28) and many more  . Here are a few clips that I found interesting from this year too. Enjoy your New Year Day everyone! ^_^

Enjoy 2014! ^^

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BH (Bom & Hi) Bring The Christmas Spirit!

The time has finally come! Snow is falling in some places, bright decorations line certain streets and the Christmas spirit is starting to settle into the hearts of people everyone. Well, most people anyway. It’s around this time or a few weeks back that Christmas songs begin to play on the radio or in malls. The other thing that happens is Christmas songs get released. YG decided to use this opportunity to unveil a new unit. It’s known as BH (Bom & Hi), which is obviously composed of Park Bom from 2NE1 and “Monster Rookie” Lee Hi. A few teasers were revealed and it was said a darker theme would be presented by this song. One teaser had an ax in it for a few seconds and that same teaser ended with them having serious expressions. I thought they filming a Korean horror movie for a moment. I’ll admit that would be interesting to see, but it would definitely be too dark for my Christmas spirit. Anyway, the “darker” theme mentioned was actually  closer to the sorrowful side. “All I Want For Christmas” has a beat that is fairly fast and uplifting, but BH’s cover of the song was slowed down and somber. It has a beat and feel like “Missing You”, which is a somewhat slow and emotional ballad.

The teasers ending with Bommie and Lee Hi in these expressions tells the viewers the theme will be darker than the original song, but it was never made clear what that meant. 

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Now the fact that it ended up being a cover was  something that caught me by surprise. I know some people might have seen it coming, but I just thought it had a similar title to the song that Mariah Carey sung before.  I thought this because similar titles is not something that is new to K-pop. There is 2NE1’s “Lonely” and now Hyolyn’s “Lonely”, as well as 2NE1’s “Hate You” and LADIES’ CODE’s “Hate You”. Anyway, I was not really disappointed and I ended up being fine with it being a cover. I recall Bommie not being eager to speak in English because of her accent, which she apparently finds embarrassing or so I’ve heard. I always wanted to hear the other members of 2NE1 speak in English because they can do it. Dara and Bommie noona can speak English fairly well and Minzy is still learning, but there is no better way to improve than practicing it. Magic is an option, but this isn’t the world of Harry Potter. Lee Hi speaks English very well and it should be noted that Simon of Eat Your Kimchi (EYK) mentioned teaching her for some amount of time, so there are no worries about her speaking English. I was happy when I found out it was an English cover of the song because I like hearing Bommie speak in English too. I recall an episode of “2NE1 TV”  where she tried to get Minzy to order room service in English and ended up doing it herself (while not knowing the phone was on speaker the whole time ><).

The symbol for this new unit is definitely creative in the way it combines the “B” from Bommie’s name and the “H” from Lee Hi’s name. The reason for the “H” and not an “L” is because the unit is promoted as “Bom & Hi”, not “Bom & Lee”. This is most likely because “Lee” is a common name in many parts of Asia, so it takes away from the uniqueness of the name.

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It takes a while for me to pick up on Bommie’s vocals and that might be from a subconscious fear of speaking English on her part or she might have wanted to avoid overshadowing Lee Hi with her vocals. I call this unit the “Power Vocals” unit because both artists are known for their powerful vocals, so I knew the vocals would be be striking in their delivery. The song has a soft, yet “soulful” feel to it. It doesn’t have to exclaiming that some people expect when they hear the term “soulful”, but I believe there is more than one type of “soulful”. You can hear what I mean around two minutes into the song. I believe this was a wonderful cover and I hope YG keeps BH as a permanent unit. This unit is a good chance for Lee Hi to learn from Bommie, who is known for her powerful vocals already. It’s also a nice way to form a bond between the two artists and inspire more music. I hope YG does not waste this chance and keeps BH as a unit that lasts longer than this Christmas or even just the Christmas season in any year. Overall, this cover is wonderful and I hope it fills those who listen to it with the Christmas spirit. ^_^

Enjoy! ^^