Editorials & Opinions

Indie Focus: Unchained’s ‘Thorn’ is a bold and convincing debut album

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Unchained is a Busan-based rock band that has been around for quite a while, releasing EPs and singles here and there, yet I had never heard of them before. Their last EP was in 2005, and they’ve been relatively quiet ever since. So their recently released full-length album, ‘Thorn‘, really came out of the blue — but at full force. ... Read More »

Indie Focus: Urban Zakapa’s collab with Soyu on ‘Space Between’ improves on ‘Some’

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Urban Zakapa released a lovely single, ‘Space Between’, featuring SISTAR‘s Soyu, and it’s supposedly the part two of hit song, “Some“, sung by JungGiGo and Soyu. Although some may argue differently, I think that “Space Between” is much more interesting piece than the highly sensationalized “Some”, and there are a few reasons why. —– Despite “Space Between” being it targeted ... Read More »

[Review] Jieun’s ’25’ is the risk of ‘trying something different’

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With “25”, TS Entertainment and Jieun attempt to branch out and give their resident lead vocalist something a little more “pop-py” than they have in the past. And while “25” is a departure from Jieun’s other solo efforts, it’s sadly not nearly as memorable. For better or worse, the best aspect of “25” is a delightful little Duble Sidekick horn ... Read More »

Jang Ja Yeon ruled to have been abused & forced to serve, $23,000 fine for CEO

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Korean courts have ruled that late actress Jang Ja Yeon was forced to serve at drinking sessions against her will and was subjected to abuse by her agency’s CEO, Kim Sung Hoon. As a result, Kim Sung Hoon has been ordered to pay her family about $23,000 in compensation. But the story of this case goes way deeper than just ... Read More »

Music show uploader in Japan arrested for sharing, Japan is dumb as hell

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Japan is dumb as fuck. Let’s just get that out of the way. A few days ago on Oct. 7, police arrested Fujimura Hideaki for violating Japanese copyright law. Why? Because he uploaded Japanese television shows on Dailymotion. This is probably the highest profile incident since Japan’s newest shitty draconian laws were put into place, and it’s only fucking Japan ... Read More »

SNSD is a mess, SME is a mess, SONES are a mess, everything is a mess

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Alright, so SNSD is a mess, SM Entertainment is a mess, and SONES are a gigantic mess. That’s what we know right now. Everything else is a bundle of rumors and reports that nobody can confirm and probably nobody will, but because #TeamSchadenfreude is out here, I figure I should at least inform everybody of what’s going on. Everything I’m ... Read More »

Media reports Tyler Kwon & Jessica to get married, Tyler Kwon says ‘nah’ + analysis

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So the Internet was filled with speculation that SNSD‘s Jessica and Tyler Kwon were set to get married next year because of media reports out of Korea. That was, obviously, of interest because of the seemingly sudden divorce of SNSD, SM Entertainment, and Jessica, but that report might’ve been bullshit. According to Sports Donga and various insider sources, Jessica and ... Read More »

[Review] Ailee’s “Magazine” mini-album represents creative & dynamic growth

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Ailee is, hands-down, one of the most effortlessly talented acts in K-pop today — she’s proof that pure talent can and will take you places. I admit that this usually makes me slightly more lenient towards her releases because her vocals take precedence over whatever repertoire-related issues her EPs have, but it’s not as if her material has been especially ... Read More »

[Review] Ailee’s ‘Don’t Touch Me’ is some good ol’ fashion ear candy

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The best thing about Ailee is that she understands exactly what she’s good at and how to best utilize her talents. While her taste in R&B music can run the risk of sounding derivative, Ailee’s latest single “Don’t Touch Me” manages to put together a music video which is so competently made that concerns over its relative lack of creativity ... Read More »