Lip Service are making a comeback, apparently with a new member


Lip Service‘s official Twitter tweeted the above picture out, and besides them making a return, the most important thing is that there are now three names, not two. BiPA, CORA, and ANNA, the latter of which is the name of the new addition they teased out earlier. [Lipservice_Upgrade] BiPA CORA and ? — Lipservice_official (@lipservice67) July 8, 2014 Also, ... Read More »

[Review] SISTAR’s “Touch My Body” brings fantastic simmering summer heat


With their latest comeback “Touch My Body”, SISTAR proves that even their more easygoing singles can bring enough heat to power the long summer months. If “Touch My Body” surprises, it’s with its relatively laid-back hip-pop beat. SISTAR singles usually vacillate between sensual disco numbers and energetic pop songs, so a more subdued, warm backing track is a pleasant shift. ... Read More »

Beware of an SM Entertainment director impersonator at K-pop events


This controversy is actually a year old, but given the nature of it and that KCON is coming up soon, I thought it would be worth rehashing again in an Asian Junkie I-Team fashion (except totally serious), just as the K-pop sub-reddit apparently did. There's US company advertising for young women to audition for "SNSD's next MV". My advice is ... Read More »

K-netz mock J-ent’s popularity in Korea, which is amusing considering the history


A poll was taken in 11 countries regarding the Hallyu Wave, and Japan’s results said that half of the people polled believed that the Hallyu Wave is over. Nationalistic? Racist? Biased? Possibly and even probable in some cases, as I can always rely on issues like this to bring out the nationalistic stupid in human beings. But looking at the ... Read More »

G-Dragon gets called “ching chong” during Paris Fashion Week


G-Dragon visited Paris Fashion Week, where he was greeted with a “ching chong” and some “ni hao” shit cause all Asians are Chinese or something? Progressive Europe, not barbaric like America! I have no commentary, really, but it’s something noteworthy that happened. I’d say it’s less about him and more about how Asians are viewed around the world by default. Read More »

Sulli remains missing from f(x), so it’s conspiracy theory time


Sulli has been noticeably missing from f(x) as they promote “Red Light” on music shows, and that absence is felt more and more since they’re winning #1s and giving speeches. SM Entertainment‘s official explanation is that she’s sick and they’re letting her rest. On July 18 SM Entertainment told Mydaily, “Sulli has been sick since yesterday and although she has ... Read More »

Indie Focus: leeSA thrives with breezy pop hooks on ‘Where is leeSA?’


I will be the first to admit that I did not care for leeSA‘s ‘Wiv Hcube‘, which I thought did not blend the r&b and singer-songwriter elements very well. I enjoyed her original songs, but her covers didn’t quite hit home with me. Her latest album, however, puts all of my worries to rest. —– Leaning more on her singer-songwriter ... Read More »

Stage presence: what it is, what it isn’t, and why idols don’t have it


I dropped a comment a while back stating that CL was the only female K-pop idol who displayed anything resembling stage presence. This horrified nearly everyone — fans of 2NE1 were concerned that this praise for CL was uncharacteristic of my normal online behaviour and perhaps indicative of massive hard drug use or mental breakdown, whereas everyone else was like, ... Read More »