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PRN’s Top 50 Songs Of 2014: #30-26 – WINNER, Junsu, Jonghyun & Chen, KARA, 2000 Won

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#50-46 – FIESTAR, 4Minute, Block B, S, JYJ #45-41 – BoA, A Pink, VIXX, Fly To The Sky, INFINITE #40-36 – Red Velvet, Song Ji Eun, SISTAR, MAMAMOO, B1A4 #35-31 – J-Min, Ladies’ Code, B.A.P, Seo Taiji, Jay Park ===== [#30] WINNER – “Empty” From: “2014 S/S” Released: August Territory: South Korea Previous Best Of Entries: First Appearance Other Notable ... Read More »

M.I.B’s Sims disses (?) Bobby & this is building to gloriousness, whining fans PLZ GO

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Continuing on the Bobby dissing train, M.I.B‘s SIMS released a song that seemingly took shots at Bobby and basically everybody else. Please, PLEASE let this escalate. We are now getting steps closer to the full blown IDOL RAP BATTLE that I didn’t know I was waiting my whole life for but now I see the light. Anyways, SIMS’s diss song ... Read More »

Dust Off: Cast Of ‘Happy Together’ Was An Impressive Collection Of Future Stars

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“Happy Together” was a television show on SBS that was a hit in 1999, but was unfortunately about a beat before the ‘Hallyu Wave’ took off. Thus, its influence was muted by the wave of popular dramas that followed after. Nevertheless, when I recently stumbled upon the cast list of the show, I was really taken by how many future ... Read More »

PRN’s Top 50 Songs Of 2014: #35-31 – J-Min, Ladies’ Code, B.A.P, Seo Taiji, Jay Park

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#50-46 – FIESTAR, 4Minute, Block B, S, JYJ #45-41 – BoA, A Pink, VIXX, Fly To The Sky, INFINITE #40-36 – Red Velvet, Song Ji Eun, SISTAR, MAMAMOO, B1A4 ===== [#35] J-Min – “Secret Letter” From: “Shine” Released: July Territory: South Korea Previous Best Of Entries: 2012 – [#44] “Stand Up” Other Notable Songs From 2014: “Shine”, “Finally” J-Min is ... Read More »

PRN’s Top 50 Songs Of 2014: #40-36 – Red Velvet, Song Ji Eun, SISTAR, MAMAMOO, B1A4

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#50-46 – FIESTAR, 4Minute, Block B, S, JYJ #45-41 – BoA, A Pink, VIXX, Fly To The Sky, INFINITE ===== [#40] Red Velvet – Happiness From: “Happiness” Released: August Territory: South Korea Previous Best Of Entries: First Appearance Other Notable Songs From 2014: “Be Natural” This will probably be the first “controversial” entry on this year’s best-of list, but for ... Read More »

PRN’s Top 50 Songs Of 2014: #45-41 – BoA, A Pink, VIXX, Fly To The Sky, INFINITE

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#50-46 – FIESTAR, 4Minute, Block B, S, JYJ ===== [#45] BoA – “Masayume Chasing” From: “Who’s Back?” Released: September Territory: Japan Previous Best Of Entries: 2010 – [#5] “Bump Bump”, [#30] “Ordinary Day” / 2012 – [#15] “Not Over You” / 2013 – [#43] “Call My Name” Other Notable Songs From 2014: “FUN” The K-pop foray into Japan has pretty ... Read More »

PRN’s Top 50 Songs Of 2014: #50-46 – FIESTAR, 4Minute, Block B, S, JYJ

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It’s been a roller coaster of a year for K-pop — member departures, “scandal,” and general tragedy left and right. At one point of the year, my friends and I just gave up on K-pop like nothing could redeem this year. But to my surprise, as I was putting together this year-end countdown, I realized that 2014 was a really, ... Read More »

Indie Focus: Yellow Monsters show their evolution in ‘The Van’

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At the start of Yellow Monsters‘ ‘The Van‘, we jump right in with “빨갱이” and get an aggressively fast presentation. The music video for the song is only half the length of the official song, which clocks in at 9:58, and for a Yellow Monsters song, that’s almost operatic. Near the 2:45 mark, the song adds a ballad-style cut before ... Read More »

Like money — K-pop music video production costs explained

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In K-pop, the music video is often as important as the song. I’d even go out on a not-very-dangerous limb and say it’s a lot more important than the song in most cases, and for a bunch of different reasons, ranging from building a brand, to building interest in the performers, to product placement, to connecting to global audiences and ... Read More »

[Review] WASSUP’s ‘Shut Up U’ is a fantastic hot mess

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“Shut Up U“, the latest music video from twerk queens WASSUP, is an utter mess of EDM, colors, lights, and processed vocals that never lets up and never stops. It makes little sense and seems to revel in that fact. And, because of all that, it actually (marvelously) works. Like their past efforts, “Shut Up U” has a tiring effect ... Read More »

TSE say rival agency is behind B.A.P’s lawsuit; address accusations but avoid key points

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TS Entertainment has been under heavy scrutiny recently, not only for the recent B.A.P lawsuit, but also for their alleged treatment of SECRET and Untouchable. In the meantime, TSE had not stated much in their defense, instead preferring to seemingly pretend nothing was happening. Today, though, TSE decided to address all the controversies in an official statement. —– TSE starts ... Read More »

Dok2, Masta Wu, Bobby form ‘dream team’ for ‘Come Here’, deliver same basic shit

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Netizens were circlejerking to high heaven when it was revealed that YG Entertainment‘s second project group was Dok2, Masta Wu, and Bobby, because the trio was comprised of two well-respected rappers and one of the up-and-coming idol stars. And yet, even with all that “talent”, the trio predictably combined to deliver a basic rap track in “Come Here“. Three things ... Read More »

LOCO & WASSUP apologize to Muslim fans; K-pop needs to send message or get a clue

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Since I’ve been ‘gone’, two incidents occurred where K-pop offended their Muslim fanbase, which I’m assuming surprised nobody. The first incident was rapper LOCO using a Muslim call to prayer in his ‘Act Serious‘ track. In Islamic tradition, azan is a call for prayer and worship sung by the muezzin, or mosque leader, during certain times of the day. Some ... Read More »

Celebrity (BoA) talks about hardships, people use it to whine about their lives … rinse, repeat

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A bunch of people on the Internet are offended that a celebrity talked about the hardships in their lives and resorted to whining about celebrities who make money again. Oh joy. Article: BoA “I never rested for longer than two weeks for 14 years… I worked like a cow” Source: TV Report via Naver 1. [+5,122, -726] It’s hard for ... Read More »

[Review] AOA’s ‘Like A Cat’ is the equivalent of delicious empty calories

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AOA is back with a sexy concept (again) with the help of the production team of Brave Brothers (again). Considering the success that the two teams enjoyed together on “Miniskirt” and “Short Hair“, it may not come as surprise that the two adhere closely to the same formula of disco dance beats and fantastically sexy concepts that have come to ... Read More »