Category Archives: KPOP

Favourite Releases: May 2017

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Man Crush Mondays: Xiao

Name: Lee Dong Yeol

Birth Date: December 13, 1998

Age: 18

Origin: Busan, South Korea

Group: UP10TION

Position: Maknae

Entertainment Company: T.O.P Media

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My Produce 101 Season 2 Final Line-Up Wish List

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!

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Woman Crush Wednesdays: Luna

 

Name: Park Sun Young

Birth Date: August 12, 1993

Age: 23

Origin: Seoul, South Korea

Group: f(X)

Position: Lead Vocalist

Entertainment Company: SM Entertainment

Notable Song(s): “Free Somebody”, “Wave” & “Heartbeat”

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Featured artistes of the week!

LE

Name: Ahn Hyo Jin
Birth date: 10/12/91 (dd/mm/yr)
Origin: Chungcheong, South Korea
Group: EXID
Position: Main Rapper, Lead Dancer

 

EXID is one of my favorite KPOP rookie groups and I never noticed how talented LE is until the release of their song I Feel Good. I recently found out she was an underground rapper under the name of Elly. I’m now beginning to gain special interest in her 🙂

 

Sayumi

Name: Michishige Sayumi
Birth date: 13/07/89 (dd/mm/yr)
Origin: Yamaguchi, Japan
Group: Morning Musume
Position:  Leader

 

I love the charisma and cuteness this girl has! She is a good leader- not my favorite- but she is good otherwise.

G-dragon

Name:  Kwon Ji Yong
Birth date: 18/08/88 (dd/mm/yr)
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Group: Big Bang
Position:  Leader

I love GD for his individuality, uniqueness and great talents! He is an excellent rapper and performer. He is also one of the most fashionable idols in my opinion. I believe that he personifies greatness and is the ideal person to help make a positive impact on the Hallyu Wave and the introduction of KPOP in international waters.  His skills have been proven with the latest release of the music video One of a Kind!

 

 

Featured idols of the week!

Featured idols of the week!

Hwayoung

Name: Ryu Hwayoung
Birth date: 22/04/93
Origin: Gwangju, South Korea
Group:  Former member of T-ara
Position:  Rapper

I love Hwayoung and she was my favorite member of T-ara. It’s sad to see her contract terminated and being in the middle of a scandal. This is why I chose her to be this week’s female KPOP featured artist. Amidst all the pressure, FIGHTING HWAYOUNG!

Junhyung

Name:  Yong Jun Hyung
Birth date: 19/12/89
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Blood type:  O
Group: B2ST
Position: Main Rapper

He’s not my favorite member of B2ST but I do respect him and his skills. I also respect the fact that he dated someone as hot as Goo Hara!

Junhyung video

Chiaki

Name: Ito Chiaki
Birth date: 10/01/87
Origin: Aichi, Japan
Blood type: B
Group:  AAA
Position:  Vocalist

I love Chiaki! I really like her soft voice which is a stark contrast to Misako’s more power and louder voice.

Honey and Clover (Ito)

 

Hwayoung’s contract with Core Contents Media terminated

Earlier today Core Contents Media CEO, Kim Kwang Soo held a press conference concerning the misinterpreted tweets of T-ara’s members and the termination of Hwayoung’s contract.

There have been numerous reports of bullying among T-ara’s members. The main victim reported to be bullied the most was none other than their rapper and fellow member Hwayoung. Hwayoung recently damaged her foot during a performance of their latest single ‘Day by Day’. Because of this she was unable to fully participate in T-ara’s performance in Nippon Budokan and had to perform her rap while sitting on stage.

After the performance, members, Hyomin, Jiyeon and Eunjung left vague tweets speaking about the ‘different levels of determination’ of people. Many fans speculated that these tweets were directed towards Hwayoung and her inability to perform earlier that day and were labelled as a form of bullying. This was the beginning of the controversial issue that lives on today.

Kim Kwang Soo assured fans in his interviews that the tweets were not directed towards Hwayoung and there is no bullying taking place within the group. However, there are many other sources saying otherwise. On community boards throughout the internet, many screenshots and other incidents of members bullying Hwayoung arose from the destroying of her umbrella to a post supposedly to be by Hwayoung complaining of the members isolating her.

In all this chaos what’s my perspective on this issue?

Hwayoung was my favourite member of the group. I loved her rapping skills and the great charisma she showed while performing even though she seemed like she didn’t receive the attention she deserved. When I first heard of the accusations of her fellow T-ara members bullying her I was appalled and totally turned off by the fact that this girl group that I loved would display behaviour such as this. But as more reports were made and the release of the CEO’s official statements I do not know who to believe.

Earlier this year, Kim Kwang Soo looked like the ultimate villain when he announced the addition of two new members and possible removal of current members in T-ara. Now, by the looks of things, it seems that he really cares about his members and staff by letting go of Hwayoung due to staff complaints and not wanting to release “too much information” to protect Hwayoung. Is this his true image or a façade? Who is really the bad person in this situation? Is it the CEO or is it Hwayoung who claimed on her Twitter account that the truth was not being told.

Several incidents of Hwayoung’s misbehaviour has been released by Core Contents Media but even more incidents of her being bullying have been released by many community boards and fans. Is the evidence of Hwayoung’s ‘misbehavior’ true and viable? Core Contents Media (CCM) is well-known for doing scandalous things in order to gain fame and for promotions. Also, are these incidents of bullying being released and noted by fans are just reasons for them to rebel against CCM and place them in a bad light?

This scandal has so many sides, many truths and many lies. It is hard to differentiate what’s real and what’s not. I believe only those in CCM and the industry really knows the truth and what is really going on. Therefore, I will not draw an opinion until I know the actual truth about this whole problem. While I admit that the departure of my favourite member of T-ara is upsetting and disheartening I will always remain to be a fan of her and of T-ara. True QUEENs will not bash all the members or Hwayoung but will continue to support them and come together in this time of peril. I will continue to support Hwayoung in whatever she decides to do in the future.

However, with this ongoing scandal taking place what does this mean for T-ara? Although they still plan to make a comeback next month how will their current scandal affect their sales and fandom? The majority of their tickets for their upcoming concert have been returned. Now, will no one buy their upcoming single? T-ara has been placed in a bad light. What is in store for them in the future?

KPOP BATTLE: SPICA vs Davichi

KPOP BATTLE is a new feature on Shannyjkpop where two totally random KPOP groups would be chosen and compared. Readers, Tumblr followers and Youtube users will then vote for their favourite group. Results will be announced in the next week when two new groups are chosen for battle!

Last time, After School and Rainbow marched onto the battlefield.

The groups’ diversity, talents, songs and versatility were compared and contrasted and after many votes on Tumblr and the WordPress poll the winner of this KPOP battle was determined to be none other than

AFTER SCHOOL

I am honestly not surprised that results ended up this way.  After School has a large fan-base not only in South Korea but internationally as well. Many fans seem to appeal more to their songs. After School won by a landslide leaving a few votes for Rainbow.  Recently in the news, you hear more about After School than Rainbow. This draws more newcomers to KPOP to After School than Rainbow. All in all, I would like to say congratulations to After School and good luck on their promotions of their latest single “Flashback”.

This week the groups that will be going into battle are SPICA and Davichi.

Spica

Davichi

I was already in love with Davichi and their soulful melodies before I was introduced to SPICA earlier this year. However, SPICA came onto the scene with a strong presence and powerful vocals that blew me away. Fortunately, SPICA members had a great advantage being very experienced in the music industry before officially debuting as a group and I believe this advantage will lead them very far along their journey to be a top group in the Hallyu Wave. Davichi has been around much longer and I love each and every one of their songs. They connect to listeners’ emotions and make them relate to the music and lyrics. Davichi has been great from start to present.

SPICA

SPICA recently debuted as a group onto the music scene in early 2012. They are part of B2M Entertainment Agency who houses other artists such as Lee Hyori and Kim Kyu Jong. SPICA is known for their powerful and majestic vocals and their previous experiences in the music industry. These girls have been through many hardships and rejections before debuting together in 2012. Their experiences and talents go hand in hand along with the individualistic personalities of the members and will aid them in their climb to the top of the idol ladder. For a rookie group, they have displayed much potential from the moment they released their pre-debut track “Potently”.

Potently

Although this music video does not feature the SPICA members themselves you can hear the great quality of their voices. Their vocal talents surpass many idols today in the music industry.

SPICA’s leader Boa has been a vocal trainer for some of the top groups in the Hallyu Scene today. Some of these groups include Infinite and Kara.

Jiwon is a former member of Five Girls and T-ara.

Narae is a previous Superstar K contestant.

Bohyung was originally part of 2NE1’s line up.

Juhyung has starred in several music videos.

Just some of these named credentials show that these ‘rookies’ have a steady hold on the music industry already. Just like Rainbow, this group shows that with dedication and hard work you can achieve anything.

Because SPICA debuted in 2012 they haven’t released many singles. Apart from “Potently” SPICA has released two other singles “Russian Roulette” and “Painkiller”.

Russian Roulette

Painkiller

Both songs possess an R&B genre with powerful and rich vocals and deep and intense lyrics. These songs reach out to the emotions of listeners as they relate to the lyrics of these tunes. They provide a different style and concept seen among girl groups today. In August, SPICA plans to make a comeback to the music scene. Only then will we find out what concept and image they will bring to their fans, Mercury.

 

DAVICHI

Davichi debuted in 2008 under Core Content Media. Even prior to their debut much interest was sparked as idols such as Lee Hyori publicly announced their support for Davichi. Four years after their debut Davichi is known today for their soulful and romantic ballads that tickles the emotions of listeners. They put on remarkable and memorable live performances and have been awarded numerous times on music shows such as Music Bank and Inkigayo.

When I discovered Davichi it was a live performance of their song “Don’t Say Goodbye.”

Don’t Say Goodbye (Live Performance)

This performance blew my mind away. These girls had such powerful vocals which blended so flawlessly with the lyrics and instrumental of the song. I was so amazed at the quality of their voices and their ability to hit such high notes during a live performance.  Even their expressions set an appropriate mood for the song.

Don’t Say Goodbye (Music Video)

Normally, ballads and slow music bore me. However, this is not so in Davichi’s case. Something about their ballads makes me listen and makes me keep hitting the repeat button over and over. I listen to their songs on a daily basis to get ‘lost in the music’.  Even the more upbeat songs like “Love and War” digs into your emotional being- whether it be joy, sadness, guilt or just the feeling of being in love.

Love and War

Time. Please Stop.

I’ll Think of You

Because It’s You

Sad Song of Love

Although Davichi was around for a much longer time, SPICA has proven to be a great contender for this KPOP Battle round. Both groups have members with powerful vocals and they both bring about strong emotions in their songs. However, SPICA’s concept has a more R&B/Soul style whereas Davichi sings mostly ballads. Both groups are great performers and are both widely loved in the KPOP music industry today. Who do you think is the better idol group? Vote on the poll or on the Tumblr link below!

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http://shannyjkpop.tumblr.com/post/26965623020/kpop-fans-davichi-and-spica-who-do-you-choose

Alphabet Challenge: Z

KPOP

ZE:A

I won’t say that I am HUGE fans of ZE:A but I do like a couple of their songs. Regarding members, I’m only familiar with names but not faces. Their current comeback “Aftermath” is a great song but didn’t impress me or encourage me to like the group more.

JPOP

 

ZYX

I love the original ZYX and even ZYX-α. Their songs are catchy, fun and the line up of members are so diverse created unique sounds and vocal variety.

 

 

Featured idols of the week!

Featured idols of the week!

Eunjung

Name: Ham Eun Jung
Birth date: 12/12/88 (dd/mm/yr)
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Blood type: O
Group: T-ara
Position:  Lead Vocalist and Rapper

Eunjung has been my favorite member ever since I started listening to T-ara’s music. I love the fact that she’s a great singer, rapper and actress. Her role in Dream High was portrayed very well. I don’t I’ll ever stop loving her.

Kanon

Name: Suzuki Kanon
Birth date: 05/08/98 (dd/mm/yr)
Origin: Aichi, Japan
Blood type: B
Group: Morning Musume
Position:  Vocalist

I love Zukki for her energetic smile and spunky personality. She is also very dedicated to improving. In the song “Aisareta no ni” sung by the 9th Generation in the latest release from Morning Musume “One Two Three/ The Matenrou Show” Kanon’s improvement in singing can be distinguished.  I hope she never loses her sparkle.

Kyuhyun

Name: Cho Kyu Hyun
Birth date: 03/02/88 (dd/mm/yr)
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Blood type:  A
Group: Super Junior
Position:  Lead Vocalist, Maknae, Sub-dancer

Kyuhyun is my second favorite singer in Super Junior after Wookie. I could melt every time I hear him sing and my heart nearly exploded when I saw him in Super Junior’s latest comeback “Sexy, Free & Single”.