Editorials & Opinions

[Review] SISTAR’s “I Swear” is SISTAR at their highest level of SISTAR

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SISTAR’s second release of the summer, “I Swear”, is predictable and safe but it’s also damn good. Editor’s Note: Glad you were able to write this after the blood deprivation to your brain for the past day. So dedicated. The first ten seconds of “I Swear” may be the most interesting bit of the song, but what follows isn’t bad ... Read More »

Hyosung does thing, people mad + ALS Ice Bucket Challenge haters just shut the fuck up

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Hyosung did her ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and it was a normal thing. I watched it on Instagram hours before an article was written on it and didn’t think anything of it. But people found shit to get mad about, because she was wearing a white shirt and black bra, which meant she was an attention-whoring slut and didn’t care ... Read More »

[Review] Orange Caramel’s “My Copycat” predictably (and unpredictably) marvelous

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At this point, Orange Caramel operates in a gleeful paradox. The group is consistent but their concepts are not like anything else in the K-pop scene. They don’t shock, but it’s incredibly hard to predict what they’re going to do next. The only thing that can be confidently predicted about each Orange Caramel release is that it will be memorable ... Read More »

Indie Focus: Beenzino effectively delivers a concept rap album with “Up All Night”

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Beenzino has been blowing up big time. Ever since debuting with ‘24:26‘, the third leg of 1llionaire Records has worked with so many people, from Hi Lite Records’ Okasian and Sean2slow to big names like Verbal Jint, Dynamic Duo, and Hyori. Seriously, the kid’s on fire, and he hasn’t even released a second LP yet. Fucking bonkers. While working on ... Read More »

[Review] SECRET’s “I’m In Love” a great example of basic K-pop executed flawlessly

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SECRET may not be doing anything new with “I’m In Love”, but when everything is working in sync like it is here, that ends up not mattering much at all. SECRET has made a career out of repurposing retro 50s and 60s tunes and putting a modern K-pop twist on them, and “I’m In Love” wisely continues that tradition. The ... Read More »

[Review] HyunA’s “RED” works against all odds thanks to the impossibly charismatic lead

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In many ways, “RED” follows in a long line of HyunA hip-pop projects. It has the requisite hip-pop hooks and verses, and the visuals are bright, colorful, and often hot in ways that still manage to surprise. Of course, when a project goes for bright, colorful, and shocking, it can often unfortunately veer off into the realm of the nonsensical ... Read More »

Park Bom leaves “Roommate” due to controversy, thus rendering reality TV pointless

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Park Bom will no longer be on “Roommate” after the July 27 episode, and the producers have already been editing her out of episodes due to her drug controversy. Korean reality television fucking sucks. On July 24, Baek Jung Ryeol of SBS’s “Roommate” revealed that “Park Bom’s last appearance will be on July 27. She didn’t participate in the filming, ... Read More »

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

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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

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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 »