Day6 is one of those groups I know very little about. I know that they debuted last year. I know that it's a boy group. I know that their debut song was “Congratulations”, I think? However, even though I know next to nothing about this group, I still like them. I enjoyed their debut song and hope that this comeback song will live up to the hype given. In fact, I hope that their comeback song “Letting Go” will be better than the first.
The music video was a bit trippy and I about lost it when all those guitars were smashed to pieces. The video had multiple of them in it playing at the same time. At one point, there were like 7 full Day6 bands on screen at one time and it kind of reminded me of Orange Caramel's music video for “My Copycat” when there's a bunch of small versions of themselves dancing next to normal size versions of themselves. Either way the video was a bit weird, but worked.
The song was impressive. It was a mid tempo ballad that showed off all of their abilities and I feel like that's where it lost its edge. The fact that you have a rapper in your group doesn't mean he has to rap in every song, especially a song like this. And especially since you're a band, and not just a boy group. I feel like the rapper took away from the emotion and drive of the song and it just seemed abrupt and forced. It was definitely not needed and should've been left out.
That's my review of Day6's new video for “Letting Go”. What did you think of the video? Did you enjoy it? Did you like this song better or worse than “Congratulations”? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section. Please like, comment and share this everywhere and follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop. Thanks for all your support and don't forget to K-POP EVERYDAY!
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I'm here again to bring you yet another top 10 list. This time we're here to discuss top 10s from 2015. When you think about 2015, what do you think about? Was it that the year was a fantastic year for comebacks? Or was it that it was a fantastic year for debuts?
2015 was in fact a great year for debuts. There were so many great and wonderful debuts that happened in 2015, but I've compiled a list of my top 10. Hopefully you enjoy this list and if you disagree with any, please leave your list in the comments section.
10. Day6 - Congratulations
Day6 is a group I know very little about, but they caught my attention really quickly and I can't wait to do a review of their newest song but for the time being, we'll talk about 2015. They are a group that has much promise and talent.
9. CLC - Pepe
CLC is a fun, cute, and a bit quirky of a group. These girls know how to show their cute side with each release. It doesn't matter, they will make the concept cute and fun for all.
8. Vixx LR - Beautiful Liar
Beautiful Liar is a fantastic song from a fantastic sub unit. Leo and Ravi prove themselves worthy of the k-pop world even as just a duo. This release was up there in my favorites of 2015.
7. iKon - What's Wrong
While I personally am not very fond of iKon I have to give them props for their popularity they received in such a short time. What's Wrong is probably my favorite song from their latest album considering the fact that their sound in this song was very rough and raw.
6. Bastarz - Zero for Conduct
A lot of these groups I don't know a lot about, but they definitely caught my attention. Bastarz is another sub unit that caught my eye. This song was aggressive and dirty sounding. I love it for that reason.
5. Monsta X - Trespass
Trespass was one of the songs that turned my head towards debuting k-pop boy groups. Before that point I was determined to be focused solely on girl groups, but I couldn't ignore the call Monsta X had issued me.
4. Playback - Playback
Playback is a fun, cute girl group that essentially held my face and forced me to pay attention to them. The fun video with its bright colors for their debut song caught my attention faster than almost anything I've ever shown interest in before.
3. The Ark - The Light
So according to rumors, The Ark has disbanded, which is unfortunate because these girls had a promising future in k-pop. Their only song and video shook the k-pop world as it focused on the events of the Sewol Ferry Tragedy that happened 2 years ago. The music video is considered one of the saddest videos to date.
2. Oh My Girl - Closer
Oh My Girl debuted early in 2015 with a song called Cupid, but I want to focus on Closer because that song struck a chord with me. It may be because it sounded like Big Bang's Blue (one of my favorite k-pop songs ever). But I think it was the mesmerizing effect they had on everyone in the k-pop world. They reached first place on several charts and stayed there for quite a while.
1. Twice - Like Ooh Ahh
Twice is becoming one of my favorite girl groups and they have only ever released one mini album. Their debut song was so addicting, but all the songs on their debut mini album The Story Begins are addicted as hell. Go listen to it now if you haven't.
Well, I hope you enjoyed reading through my list and maybe you agreed with some and maybe you thought some should be higher or lower on the list. Please leave your lists in the comments section. Like, share, and comment this post and don't forget to follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop.
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Oh My Girl is back with their newest music video “Liar Liar”! Oh My Girl has dominated the charts with each song they released and they totally rocked the charts to pieces with their last comeback “Closer”. “Closer” was a more serious, fantasy-based music video, so I wonder how “Liar Liar” will differ. Obviously, if you've seen the teasers it is a cutesy video, but how much of the cutesy is actually there
The music video screams cute! Everything about it is cute from the colors to the outfits and everything in between. The concept of the video seemed to be hiding your feelings about someone you like. All the girls had photo cards of boys they liked and they were hiding the pictures in various ways throughout the video. They all looked really cute and honestly, Oh My Girl is becoming one of my favorite girl groups that debuted recently. Up there, of course, with Lovelyz.
The song, however, isn't necessarily cute. The sounds and the way the girls sing is definitely cute, but the instrumentation throughout the song is actually quite normal, almost EDM-ish. I think this is the reason I like Oh My Girl so much is that their songs' instrumentation isn't necessarily fitting with the emotion of the song. It's an interesting take on creating music and conveying a certain emotion through the music. Such as with “Cupid”, the song was cute, but the instrumentation was a marching band which isn't cute, but the way it was done conveyed the feeling of one's heart pounding like drums.
That was my review of Oh My Girl's newest music video for “Liar Liar”. I enjoyed it and hope that you all enjoyed my review of it. Did you like this song better than their previous releases? Which one did you like best? Do you think Oh My Girl is progressing? Leave your responses in the comment section and don't forget to like, comment, and share this post. Also, follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop. Thanks for supporting me and remember to K-POP EVERYDAY!
Amber is back! Amber of f(x) has officially made her solo comeback with her song “Borders”. This song was said to be personal to Amber and she spent the last 2 years writing and arranging it to perfection. Amber made her solo debut last year and wowed us all with a beautiful album. I think the most stunning song from that album was “Beautiful”, a song about herself and seeing herself as something beautiful and not weird or alone.
I got chills while watching that music video! The concept seemed to be depression seeing as there was a girl in the video who was tearing at the walls in her room. She pulled out a bottle in the end of the music video but then let the pills spill onto the floor. The artistry and imagery in this video was incredible and I hate to say it but SM has definitely stepped up their game as far as music videos go. With this video, Taeyeon's “I”, f(x)'s “4 Walls”, etc.
The song was all in English which is what we expected from Amber. If anyone is going to be successful as an English k-pop idol, it's Amber. However, I felt like some of her rap parts were a bit awkward. Not too bad, but at times I felt myself cringe a little on the inside. However, I loved the song. I cannot not love Amber. She's truly an inspiration. The song was about keeping yourself strong and facing the challenges you come across. I really enjoyed that she sang the chorus part because she could have easily went with a rap style throughout the entire song, but I'm glad she sang.
There's my review of Amber's “Borders”. What did you think of the song and video? Which song do you think was more inspirational, “Borders” or “Beautiful”? Thanks for supporting me. Don't forget to like, comment, and share this and follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop.
Eric Nam releases his second music video for his double release for Interview, his latest album. I wonder if this video will be as smooth and seductive as his last video. I kind of doubt it, but we'll never know unless we watch it.
The music video actually turned out to be just a lyric video. However, that doesn't mean it wasn't good. They used a lot of neat effects within the lyric video. It was all really cute and well done with sticky notes, computer applications, and the lyrics just written on all sorts of things you wouldn't think to put lyrics like a scene cut board. Eric Nam does appear in the music video for brief moments as he's “interviewing” a girl. What I mean by “interviewing” is that he is really just flirting and if I were a girl, I wouldn't turn Eric Nam down.
The song was a mid tempo chill song but not nearly as chill as “Good for You”. It was definitely a little bit more upbeat. The song seemed to be Eric Nam “interviewing” a girl to try to get to know her better with a line being repeated over and over in the song: “What's your name, girl.” I might be buying this album because both songs I've heard from it so far have been really good and just overall fun songs that you could jam to anytime of the day.
So, that's my review of “Interview” by Eric Nam. I really enjoyed watching it and I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on the song and video. Did you like the video? Let me know what your thoughts are about this song/video in the comments section below. Also, like, comment, and share this post wherever you can. And don't forget to follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop.
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Eric Nam released his comeback song today, “Good for You”. He has worked with Amber, Wendy, and several other artists in the past and now it's time for his solo album. I believe it will be good because Eric Nam seems very down-to-earth and pretty chill.
The music video was nice and calm. It had a light sepia filter throughout the entire thing and was very relaxed. The story in the video seemed to be a guy working at a coffee shop and a girl that is trying to get over her last relationship. I'm not 100% sure about it so don't quote me on this. In the end, the girl receives a text from the guy with some good news. Like I said, I'm not sure about this. The video had a lot of shots of the coffee shop and the girl in her room in a leotard and of course Eric Nam playing the smooth, smooth piano.
The song reminded me of an old Maroon 5 song back from their Songs About Jane album. It in fact reminded me of the song “Sunday Morning”. The tone of the song was very jazzy, but chill like something you would absolutely hear in a coffee shop. It had a cool vibe to it and kept me wanting more. Eric Nam's voice is majestic too, so that also helps.
That's my review of Eric Nam's newest video “Good for You”. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments section. And don't forget to like, comment, and share this wherever you can and follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop. Remember to K-POP EVERYDAY!
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Hello k-pop world!
Here I am today to present you with yet another top 10's list. This time however, isn't a top 10 songs list but rather a top 10 albums list. I present to you the top 10 iconic k-pop albums. This includes anything that, in my opinion, rocketed k-pop to where it is at this moment. Now obviously, this is a top 10 list, so I can't include everyone's favorite albums, and even some of these I don't personally like that much, but I believe they are the most iconic albums released in k-pop to date.
So, let's get started with my first album which is actually number 10 on the list:
10. Red Velvet - The Red
I chose this album because I felt like for a rather new group, that added Yeri, their fifth member in early 2015, this album had seen much success. Although it didn't fit well with everyone, it was a huge success for most fans and drove a lot of casual fans to stan the OT5 Red Velvet. Dumb Dumb won several awards and stayed on top of the charts for several weeks along with some of the other tracks on the album as well.
9. BTS - The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Part 1
Now, the reason I chose part 1 over part 2 is because this was a transition album for BTS. Their sound and style changed drastically from their previous album to this one and this album make huge strokes for them as a group. This album essentially launched their career into great success.
8. f(x) - Pink Tape
Almost everyone I talk to that is a fan of f(x) says that Pink Tape is their favorite f(x) album and the reason they got into f(x). In fact, a lot of k-pop fans choose f(x) as their top female group because of the uniqueness of their music. Not to mention all of them are crazy cute and Amber is a badass.
7. SHINee - Lucifer
Lucifer shot SHINee into much success with and to this day is considered one of the greats in k-pop. SHINee is a huge group under SM Entertainment and much of that success is due to this album.
6. Exo - Growl
Exo debuted back in 2012 with Mama and eventually pulled out this great album called Growl. Exo became known for their split sub units Exo-K which sings in Korean and Exo-M which sings in Mandarin. Since then, the sub units have diminished, but the success is still huge with this group and much is due to Growl.
5. Wonder Girls - The Wonder Years
JYP formed a girl group called the Wonder Girls and they reached a huge amount of success with their hit song Nobody. Their popularity even reached international levels and landed them a tour with the Jonas Brothers. The song Nobody has several different versions including Korean, Tagalog (Filipino), and English.
4. Girls' Generation - The Boys
The Boys is the first English album of SM Entertainment's Girls' Generation. Although it didn't have quite the success it had hoped for in America, the Boys is still a staple to any k-poppers playlists. The Boys was performed on such shows as David Letterman.
3. TVXQ! - Mirotic
TVXQ! was once a five member group and during that era had much great success. The reason this album is on the list is because this is one of the classic albums. TVXQ! is from the previous generation of k-pop and therefore shaped the way many of the artists today produce music and sound stylistically.
2. Super Junior - Mr. Simple
This is another classic albums because Super Junior has been in the game for such a long time, this album shaped the way music today is composed. Even SHINee at one point had a similar sound to this album and especially Mr. Simple the song.
1. BoA - Valenti
BoA is one of the most successful solo artists in Korea and therefore deserves the number 1 spot. While this might not be her most successful album, I think this album is her most remembered or recognized album. She's been pumping out albums in both Korea and Japan for the past 15 years, so you have to pick one among all those options.
Alright, that's my top 10 most iconic albums in k-pop list! I hope you enjoyed and don't forget to like, comment, and share this wherever you can!
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Got7 is back with their comeback song “Fly”. I don't honestly know too much about Got7, but I do know this. JB is the one that seemed to grab my attention in “If You Do” and their song “Just Right” was really cute, but super addictive. That's honestly my extensive knowledge on Got7. Sorry, I know I keep saying I don't know much about certain groups. That's my fault for taking several years off from k-pop.
I don't know how to react to that video. Was it supposed to be a happy video, or a sad video? Basically, there were two main scenes for the dancing in the video. There was a light scene where all the members were wearing blue jackets and a dark one with orange jackets. The video seems to have a short sequence where one of the members falls off of a building and falls until he cries. Then the video ends with him waking up in a bed, possibly a hospital bed? Like I said, not sure how to react. The dance was impressive though.
The song reminded me of something that BTS would do. It definitely still had that Got7 vibe to it, but it sounded more hip hop oriented. And like I said earlier, I don't know anything about this group, so I'm going to leave it at that. The song sounded like a high energy ballad mixed with trap influence, much like “I Need U” by BTS.
That's my review of Got7's newest track “Fly”. Let me know what you thought about it in the comments section below. Did you think that it was meant to be a happy video or sad? Don't forget to follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop. Remember to like, comment, and share this wherever you can!
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Hyomin from T-ara released her solo song “Sketch”. I don't know much about it or anything really about her. I don't follow T-ara that closely, so I'm just going to skip ahead.
Here's the original version too in case you're not old enough to watch the sexy version.
So, I chose to watch the sexy version. Honestly, it was sexy, but not as sexy as I thought it would be. The video seems to take place in a tattoo parlor, on a bed of some sort, and in a photo studio that might also be the same location of the bed. The video theme and concept was about artistry. A tattoo parlor is a place where the art is placed on a body, much like a canvas as it says in the song. And a photo studio is a place where the body becomes the art. The concept obviously goes deeper than that due to the sexiness of the video. It has implications that she is the canvas, and he is to do his art to her....also known as sex. There wasn't anything super inappropriate with the sexy version to make it rate 19, but I guess there are those things, subtle hints at sexual innuendos. I think at most though it should have been rated 15. But overall, we get it, Hyomin, you have a nice body. It seemed like a show for her to be naked and show off her body.
The song, I really enjoyed. The vibe of the song throughout most of it was a hip hop ballad, slightly more upbeat than most of the stuff on The Velvet by Red Velvet, but still a ballad. Then there was that breakdown that was so simple, but was so unique because most songs that utilize a breakdown are complex and more about throwing off the listeners understanding for rhythm. This breakdown, however, was very straight forward and almost through me off just because of how basic it was. Hyomin's voice is very sexy and talented. I give her props for this song. It is beautiful and very enjoyable.
That's my review of “Sketch” by Hyomin. I hope you enjoyed listening to me rant on again about it. What was your favorite part? Which version did you watch? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, don't forget to like, comment, and share this post wherever you can. It definitely helps. Thanks for supporting me in all I do and remember to follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop.
Red Velvet released their much awaited music video today for “One of These Nights”. After being postponed for a day, I thought I was going to lose it, but I kept my cool. This music video and album mark the release of the “Be Natural” Red Velvet. The “Automatic” Red Velvet that many of us have been waiting for for a long time. While we all loved “Ice Cream Cake” and “Dumb Dumb”, it's the velvet side of Red Velvet that we've been dying for. So without much more introduction, let's get started.
That music video was beyond weird. I had no idea what was going on throughout pretty much the entire thing. There were transitions to different locations though. That was essentially the entire video. There were really cool shots and cool effects with the lenses. However, they did the thing I hate most with music videos and that is they shot the whole thing in 1x1 aspect ratio. It leaves out two large chunks of screen when viewing it. It was a good video though. I enjoyed it a lot. It reminded me a lot of f(x) and 4 Walls. Seulgi stood out to me as the most beautiful even though all of them were amazingly beautiful.
The song was beyond my expectations. It was simply a ballad, but kept my attention very well. Wendy's voice stuck out to me in this song. Her beautiful vocals and her great English just electrifies me. I can't say much more about the song, but I already ordered my copy of The Velvet, like two days ago. So I'm excited to listen to the full thing.
I hope you enjoyed my review of Red Velvet's new single “One of These Nights”. Who looked the best in this video? What part stuck out to you? Did you enjoy this song/video? Leave your responses down below in the comments section. Don't forget to like, comment, and share this post all over. It definitely helps me out! And remember to follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/openthekpop and Twitter: www.twitter.com/openthekpop.
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