I need more. One song is not enough. *sigh*
When I first heard that Vixx was making its first sub unit, I was so excited. The teasers wetted our appetite and built anticipation. When LR released Beautiful Liar it was beautiful and haunting and I just loved it.
The first teaser for the new Vixx sub-unit, LR shows Ravi covered in tattoos. Now while I’m not a fan of tattoos, the comments on this video are going nuts over them. The skull on the hand is an interesting visual touch.
Considering the fans are half dead from anticipation with just this.. when Leo’s teaser comes out, we all might just die for reals. Leo, with his dark mysterious persona slays many a fan girl’s heart just by breathing. If he’s doing the whole dark silent angel thing, we won’t recover.
Vixx has created their first sub unit.
Leo and Ravi are teaming up to do serious damage to their Starlights. The first teaser image has Leo in black (of course) and Ravi in white. With Leo leaning his head on Ravi there is an intimacy here that is hard to resist. White and Black Angels is what I thought of first right before my ovaries went into overdrive.
SHINee released their newest video to their new album “Odd” just a couple hours ago and I have to say that I’m very happy with it. Its a fun, upbeat dance piece and it just makes me happy when I listen to it. So, here’s some fun and some great dance moves with their first release of the album. The song is called View.
I really like Big Bang. They were one of my first loves in Kpop and Monster still sits as one of my all time favorite songs. So I was really excited for them to start releasing their videos for their album MADE. So without further ado, lets start with Bae Bae.
While I have been sick with the hurt arm this last month or so I have been taking a break from this website BUT, thanks to DF and my friend Firnlambe, I have not been absent from blogging about asian dramas that I like so much.
I’ve joined Firnlambe and Aunnie on Soju-Like-Kdrama to recap/review Aaron Yan’s newest drama Fall In Love With Me. I’ve been an Aaron Yan fan for awhile. I first saw his drama KO One when I was following up on his band mate Jiro Wang work. I then watched Just You and loved him in that. I was excited to see him in this new drama and boy oh boy has it been crazy. I can honestly say the last few episodes have been hard to watch because of the emotional train wreck we the audience have to wade through.
Eric Nam has his next music video out. The song called “Ooh Ooh” is a fun, upbeat mix that is sure to keep you snapping your fingers. Eric is adorably sexy in this one and keep an eye out for Mickey Mouse. 😉
The Eat Your Kimchi crew had fun with Eric as they reviewed his song for Kpop Monday. I’m thinking I like Fangurilla’s new look.
Here’s the bloopers for this episode. lol
As a singer, I appreciate songwriters. While anyone can make a song, I hum all sorts of things, crafting a good song that others will actually want to listen to is not so easy. Songs often carry a musical signature that identifies the author of the song. Everyone knows a John Williams piece when they hear it. Taylor Swift also has a sound you can’t miss. Madonna and Micheal Jackson also have signature sounds. As I become more familiar with Kpop, I’m starting to hear those similarities as well. Some are more glaring then others. The idea of this post started when I heard Speed’s new tune, Don’t Tease Me produced by Shinsadong Tiger.
When I heard, I loved it. I loved the beat and the tone of the song. However there was something very familiar about this song. I couldn’t place it but I was getting flashes of something else and it took me a few hours to place it. I finally had a memory flash strong enough to remember that the chorus sounded strongly like a part in Block B’s NalinA sung specifically by P.O. Take a listen and see if you can hear it. Start the video at 1:00.
I knew Speed wasn’t copying their sound so that could only mean the songwriter/producer had to be the same. While I couldn’t find anything concrete that said Tiger worked on both, if you pay attention to the first minute of the Block B video, you’ll see one of the “team” names is “team tiger”. Between that and the similarities of the songs, I’m going on a limb to say its the same guy.
Songwriters will let many groups use their music, and that’s great for them. Just watch out when the songs sound the same. I’ve already seen a few comments where people were talking about copycat sounds and that’s not the groups fault nor the songwriters fault. Just something to keep in mind.
As a bonus, I’m including a link to the stunt practice Speed took part in so they could do the more amazing stunts in this dance. These kids have some skills.
This week saw the release of Jackie Chan’s new boy group JJCC and also Super Junior M released a new single. Its an explosion of J this week and I couldn’t be happier.
First here is JJCC
This is Jackie Chan’s first venture into his own boy group. From what I’ve read the best description for the JJCC name is “Jackie ‘Joint Culture’ Chan” Comprised of 4 Koreans and one Chinese Australian, this group can speak English, Korean and Chinese, which will be a big help as they promote in the various countries they will perform in. Their first video only shows the 4 Korean members because the Australian was scouted and joined later. Now I’m not a big fan of groups where rapping is the main vocal part. This is why I haven’t been able to get into bands such as BTS or BAP, but this song, while rapping all the verses and only singing the chorus has an appeal that I like. The mellowness of the song really allows the boys and their musicality to shine through. Here is a link to one of their debut stage performances for this song with all five members.
The popular sub group Super Junior M also released their new single Swing in China this week.
I almost like the sub group better than the what the full group releases in Korean. Almost. Siwon has pretty much slayed the Latin fans with his mustache and calling for Maria. Why they use Maria for a name when this song is being released in China, I can’t quite figure out. I love the dancing. The song moves from fast to slow movements giving the song a fun life of its own. The lyrics are an excellent example of why I prefer Asian music. This song is about letting go of fear and dancing away your worries. Being willing to risk loving again and not hiding away. So often American songs are about how fast we can get you into bed, and don’t get me wrong, there are Korean songs that have the same meanings, but for the most part, the upbeat dance stuff is clean and positive. I really appreciate that.