Editorials & Opinions

Vocal Technique & Vocal Production: Or Why You Don’t Sound Like An Idol

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There’s plenty of people these days who know all about the voice and the physiology of singing. I guess the obsession with vocal knowledge is the cancer that idol TV shows (in both the East & West) have inflicted on the world by continually treating music as a competition with measurable objective standards instead of as an entertainment art. It’s ... Read More »

Music Video Lessons: New Champ uses debut to promote micro-penis acceptance

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Hip-hop artist New Champ from PJR Entertainment has recently dropped his debut single, “Yahage“. New Champ is getting his career started off with a bang, ingeniously inviting After School‘s Kaeun, BESTie‘s Uji, and Hello Venus‘ Lime to dress sexy as fuck in his music video to help bring him attention. Hell, his entire hype campaign leading up to this was ... Read More »

“Cheap Creeper” & “Say Yes” were ok, but they made me wonder about K-pop in America

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So in case you hadn’t heard yet, two songs by K-pop artists will appear on the soundtrack for “Make Your Move“: SNSD‘s “Cheap Creeper” and “Say Yes” by SNSD’s Jessica and f(x)‘s Krystal. I honestly didn’t hate either of them, and I see what SM Entertainment was trying to do. “Cheap Creeper” was catchy but sort of bleh, and “Say ... Read More »

[Review] Crayon Pop’s “UH-EE” a convincing case to fly to planet Crayon Pop

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Is it even possible to review Crayon Pop by any reasonable standard? Isn’t part of the joy of the group the fact that they seem to defy every convention, as if the group were some science experiment done by a slacking alien teenager who got assigned Earth for some intergalactic science class report? Can an act built on non-convention stay ... Read More »

Crayon Pop’s “UH-EE” MV entertaining as usual, but their showcases/lives always better

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Crayon Pop‘s “UH-EE” music video dropped the other day, and I posted a quick post so everybody could react while I gathered my thoughts. And well, in a little over a day, the MV has since exceeded 1.2 million views, which is honestly ridiculous if you consider where they were at this time last year. In a nutshell, I enjoyed ... Read More »

Bro’s “That Kind Of Guy” is the anthem for thirsty losers everywhere; reply is pretty dumb too

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So this bro singer named Bro has had a song called “That Kind Of Guy” go viral in Korea recently, and it’s a song basically complaining about women with delusional standards and materialistic women. It’s done in ballad format with a KakaoTalk lyric MV, and it has done a good job of appealing to men who are bitter and mad. ... Read More »

Sones have crafted a conspiracy theory where Kim Tae Hee, Suzy, and others all hate YoonA

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SNSD‘s YoonA is a perfect angel that nobody can possibly think negatively about, which is why Sones have crafted an elaborate conspiracy theory where apparently every other popular celebrity schemes against YoonA out of jealousy. The theory is basically that opposing companies pay journalists to write negative* articles about YoonA so that their celebs will be used in CFs instead. ... Read More »

[Review] “Miss Korea” is literally an underrated gem of a period drama

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You may be wondering what is so special about an SM Entertainment-produced drama starring Lee Yeon Hee that only averaged seven percent in ratings. Normally, I would be right there with you in your skepticism in regards to “Miss Korea“. However, if you can peer straight through your misconceptions regarding Lee Yeon Hee and SM Entertainment, you will be able ... Read More »

Indie Focus: Urban Zakapa successfully employs a band-centric approach in ’03′

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My history with Urban Zakapa was different from their actual trajectory to notoriety. Instead of becoming enamored with their titular songs “Caffe Latte” and “Sweety You” like most others, I first encountered the group as part of the Tribute90 project, with their cover of “Just A Feeling”. I fell in love with their three-part harmonies and mistook Urban Zakapa as ... Read More »

[Review] 4minute’s “Whatcha Doin’ Today?” is a safe plea of insanity

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The Brave Brothers and 4minute love-fest continues with “Whatcha Doin’ Today?”, and while the results this time around are a bit more consistent, if a little underwhelming musically, they are also still visually inconsistent and overwhelming. 4minute’s love of synth-laden funk beats should fall right into Brave Brothers’ wheelhouse, but as has been the case with his collaborations with 4minute ... Read More »

SNSD talks about the ‘Black Ocean’ + explaining what it was to K-pop newbies

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On a recent episode of “Healing Camp“, SNSD talked about their experiences with the ‘Black Ocean‘ boycott back when they were rookies. Not too long after the girls debuted and were promoting “Into the New World”, the girls suffered a black-out protest at one of K-pop’s biggest annual events, ‘Dream Concert’. Usually, K-pop groups will have their own fan “colors” ... Read More »

Now that Sunye’s gone for 5 years, criticism of her is justified

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Sunye and her husband will be going to Haiti for five years on a mission for Christianity. She left a letter on the Wonder Girls‘ official fancafe talking about her decision. Sunye explains she feels embarrassed about only focusing on personal success when there are so many people in Haiti who are dying without having heard the Gospel. Thus, she ... Read More »

Indie Focus: Taru uses a variety of styles to impress with ‘Blind’

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I’m a big fan of Taru‘s voice when she expands beyond the more pop-style songs she sometimes sings. ‘Blind‘ comes after ‘Puzzle‘, but carries a much more mature sound. Containing five songs, with one of them being an iPhone version of “나는 나를 미워해요”, ‘Blind’ contains just the right sound that I enjoy the most. The single “Rainy” is a ... Read More »

[Review] Orange Caramel’s “Catallena” is pure-strain Orange Caramel

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Orange Caramel operates in a weird space for one who doesn’t like aegyo or cute concepts (me). On the one hand, Orange Caramel does a lot right. The group has it’s own visual and musical style. They don’t follow trends and their concepts are often visually memorable. In a sea of similar sounds and looks, Orange Caramel sticks out like ... Read More »

Actor Woo Bong Shik commits suicide, K-netizens use it as an excuse to rage against idols

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Actor Woo Bong Shik recently committed suicide in his home, which is just another sad case that is all too common in Korea and the entertainment industry. DongA Ilbo reported that Woo Bong Shik was found at his rented apartment in Gaepo-dong of the Gangnam District on March 9 at around 8 PM. The Seoul Investigation Unit commented, “Woo’s friend ... Read More »