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May 24, 2008

Shinhwa, So Good!

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We’re almost half-way through the calendar year, and guess which Korean lovelies top the album charts so far?

That’s right, it’s the daddies of K-pop, Shinhwa! Their 10th Anniversary album, released in April is leading the way with 96,320 units shifted so far. Not bad.

In second place is Epik High’s “Pieces, Vol. One”, having sold 54, 227 copies. And don’t you just KNOW that it’s killing Tablo. After his recent outburst condeming the download culture that exists among Korean netizens (and, to be fair, the rest of the world) this is not what he wants to hear. I don’t doubt that twice as many copies of “Pieces” have been “aquired” and while Tablo is not childish enough to be concerned with oneupmanship against Shinhwa, these figues must grate…

Nonetheless, well done to Shinhwa. They’ve put the work in all these years, it’s good to see them keep going strong.


May 23, 2008

Well, I’m Certainly Looking Only At Him!

Filed under: k-pop,Review — by Milsean @ 1:52 am
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Well, I’m speechless.

First Wonder Girls surprise me, now it’s that whippersnapper Tae Yang of Big Bang.

His two solo PVs have been released from his album “HOT” and I’m shocked at how good they are. With both Rain and Se7en trying to make waves in America, the market for a Korean-urban-good looking-singing-dancing-too cool for school-bad boy (but in a non-threatening way) is wide open. Tae Yang has certainly staked his claim for this spot. However, Big Bang’s management have confirmed that he will be reeled back in to the fold to promote BB’s upcoming album so this is all we’re getting (for now…)

The first release is “Look Only At Me”. It’s a nice track, not quite as striking as the next one but a top notch pop/RnB song all the same. The video rather special too. For the most part I love it – the dancing is fantastic – an interesting concept that they really pull off. It reminds me of a musical. It’s nice to see the BB boys there – there are a lot of fans who will get a thrill out of that. The video is well casted and well directed. The only criticism I have is the little bit at the beginning in the café where Tae Yang is….”acting”. That’s the only way to describe it, but I’m using the term generously! Still, it’s only a minor flaw, I’m nitpicking. Good song, great video.

The second track is “Prayer”. This is simply stunning…I certainly see the comparisons that have been drawn with Omarion. The dancing in the PV is reminicint of his “Ice Box” PV. Tae Yang looks amazing though, no two ways about it. Wow, look at that toned bod! It’s a much more mature look than Big Bang has…or maybe it’s just put together better. Big Bang sometimes look like they’re trying to hard to be “gangsta”… Here is Tae Yang looking raw and ready. One request though – sort out the hair. Better yet – keep wearing that cap!

No disrespect to Tae Yang, but he never struck me as the one with the most solo potential in Big Bang. I’m certainly reconsidering my position now! It almost seems a shame that he has to return to the group so soon…hopefully the other guys take some pointers from this!

Congratulations Tae Yang, this should shut a lot of people up!

Tae Yang – Look Only At Me

Tae Yang – Prayer feat. Teddy

Note: If the videos are unavailable, let me know. You know what Youtube is like with this sort of thing…

May 21, 2008

“Press Se7en For An Autograph…”

Filed under: k-pop,News — by Milsean @ 8:55 pm
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Now this is what I like to see.

Rain’s flirtation with Stephen Colbert may be amusing, but Se7en (or his management at least) have the right idea. Following on from his recent promotional appearances at various hotspots ahead of the loooooooooong-awaited album release, Popseoul is reporting that Se7en will be making appearances in California Verizon Wireless shops. A sort of meet and greet/autograph signing, I imagine.

While some view this as a step backwards for the Korean superstar, I think it’s exactly what he needs. Let’s face it, as far as the English-language music market goes, Se7en is a nobody. So far. It’s unreasonable to expect the red carpet treatment so early in his Western career. He needs to build up a fan base beyond those that he has carried over from his Asian success.

Who are people more likely to take an interest in – another R’n’B singer pushed by a faceless record label,  or the guy who takes the time to meet people and win them over in person?

It might be tough at the bottom, but it will be worth it if you reach the top. And Se7en has the talent to go all the way.

March 16, 2008

Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? No, It’s Super…

Filed under: k-pop — by Milsean @ 3:41 am
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…Junior member Eun Hyuk flying through the sky!

Or….falling off stage on the March 13th edition of M! Countdown. And injuring his wrist. And leaving half-way through the show.


Now, Super Junior collectively may be at thick as a post (“cómh dúr le post” as we say as Gaeilge) and questionable in the talent department, but Eun Hyuk deserves a little more respect than some.

Unlike some of his bandmates he can rap, sing, dance and act. He’s the one that used to be in a group with DBSK‘s Xiah and the TRAX boys.

Further more, Eun Hyuk and I share the same birthday, him being a year older than me.

Get well soon Eun Hyuk oppa!

 This isn’t the first time he’s been gravitationally challenged:

And don’t feel too bad, even the best of us fall off the stage now and then:

Se7en’s White Day Extravaganza: Fail?

Filed under: k-pop — by Milsean @ 2:40 am
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The girls at PopSeoul are reporting (as are a number of other sources) that Se7en’s hosting of a White Day party in the Hiro Ballroom was not the success that had been hoped for.

Fans (or perhaps anti-fans…) who attended the event in New York have complained that he spoke briefly in English, played (NOT performed) three new English tracks and that poor Se7en oppa is F-A-T.

I’m not sure what exactly they were expecting though.

He was added to the original line-up as a “host” (read: big-name to sell tickets), nobody said anything about a live performance. Se7en’s live debut of his new album will make or break him in America. He’s put nigh on two years work (in theory…) into this – he was never going to place all his bets on some non-event in New York.

As for his much-derided English, or “Engrish”, well…it’s not the worst. He spoke simply, but accurately, the best way to handle any foreign language. Netizens tend to be far to harsh when criticizing K-Popstars’ attempts to speak English. Sometimes I wonder just how linguistically gifted the faces in front of the screens are. Judging from some of the blogs out there the anwser is not very much at all.

Unfortunately Se7en seemed far to comfortable with the “Yo check it out!” type of English that pervades and pollutes the urban music scene. If you want to learn the language oppa, learn to speak it beautifully!

As for the songs (you can hear them on the links below), I like them. I don’t LOVE them, but they’re a step in the right direction. I suspect they would do well if sung by Omarion or Usher. Whether the world at large is ready for K-urban music remains to be seen.

Overall, Se7en’s night doesn’t seem to have been a total failure. Perhaps some people were left disappointed, but really it was only ever going to be a brief appearance, no more.

Se7en is back. He might want to shed a few pounds if he intends to show America the dance moves we know and love but…

…at least he has people talking.


Introducing his songs:

His first song:

His third song:

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