Have A Bite of Ruby Pink KitKat

Japan (and South Korea) is known for unique types of KitKat, and if you haven’t had the chance to come across one, WHAT ARE YOU EVEN WAITING FOR?!? I mean, c’mon: sake flavor, green tea, strawberry, pumpkin, sweet potato, red bean or wasabi KitKat (just naming a very few), would you really want to miss out on that?! Or ever heared of those KitKats you can bake in the microwave? FLAVORGASM, istg! And now, living in a country with only one or two standard KitKats (basically everywhere outside East Asia) will become even duller. Continue reading

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Day 24: “It’s Christmas Day” by Roy Kim

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We’ve made it through another Christmas Calendar! Today it’s Christmas Day in Germany, didn’t time pass fast? This is our last Christmas song for this year, and who would fit better than the talented Roy Kim? The productive singer-song-writer has come around on many occasions on this blog already, and his sweet carol It’s Christmas Day rounds up this Christmas countdown perfectly. It’s Christmas Day is part of Roy Kim’s 2014 personally written and composed acoustic journey through the four season which started in spring with Bom Bom Bom, passed summer with Love Love Love and dived into autumn with Home. Continue reading

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Day 23: “Merry & Happy” by Twice

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Let’s ride the current Kpop trend and listen to Twice. Have you bought all your Christmas gifts yet? Twice certainly have, so you should rush out in your favorite festive clothes and pop in the cheerful tones of Merry & Happy! The light track is from Twice’s repackaged album which is also called Merry & Happy. It contains the songs of the successful original album Twicetagram and two new tracks. Continue reading

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Playlist: Kpop Christmas Calendar 2017

The countdown begins, only 3 days till Christmas!! To those wanting to get into the mood asap, I activated the Kpop Christmas Calendar playlist for 2017 on YouTube already. Hope your weekend will be even jollier then! The last two songs will be added on their corresponding days. Don’t forget, this year it’ll only have 23/24 songs, because of Jonghyun‘s death. You’ll also find the track list below and the playlist of 2015 and 2016 on my YouTube channel. Merry Christmas! 🙂 Continue reading

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Day 22: “Winter Confession” by Jellyfish Artists

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Jellyfish Artists (1, 2) never fail to gift us with a Christmas track every year! In 2013 Sung Si Kyung, Park Hyo Shin, Seo In Guk, VIXX and an unknown Yeodongsaeng (translated: “younger sister”) joined their vocal forces again for Winter Confession (or Winter Propose). Jellyfish Entertainment really knows how to make great holiday tracks, and combines the abilities of its artist well. Stable veteran artist as well as younger ones have a chance to perform. The soulful voices of ballad singers Sung Si Kyung and Park Hyo Shin harmonize perfectly with the fresh charming voices of VIXX and Seo In Guk. Continue reading

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Day 21: “Here I Am (겨울잠)” by VAV

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The Christmas Calendar is a good chance to learn about new or less known Kpop artists. That’s why I’m introducing VAV with their Christmas song Here I Am today. VAV is a younger group, formed in 2015 under A Team Entertainment. Their debut song was Under the Moonlight. The group already had some lineup changes and now consists of seven members: St.Van, Baron, ACE, Ayno, Jacob, Lou and Ziu (order by age), but in Here I Am – which was released in winter 2016 – Ayno has yet to be added to the group. Continue reading

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Day 20: “Winter Bird” by Suran

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I decided to leave out the 19th day in respect for Jonghyun’s death. So the Christmas Calendar will only have 23 songs this year. I don’t want to drag out the sorrow, but close this dreadful chapter with an emotional ballad from Suran. Winter Bird was dropped by the solo artist last year and is a beautiful raw track which moves listeners’ hearts easily. Winter Bird builds up slowly, emotionally and musically, and Suran gives it a very passionate note. Somehow her vocals, the string orchestra and the piano merge into a haunting sorrowful melody. Continue reading

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SHINee’s Jonghyun Commits Suicide

A tragic news spread yesterday and left the Korean entertainment industry, fans and other celebrities worldwide in shock. SHINee’s main vocalist Jonghyun committed suicide in an apartment on December 18th 2017. Although he was brought to hospital after discovery, he didn’t survive. His death note and last Instagram post reveals that he lost the battle against depression, giving into his longtime death wish in the end. Many activities of his label SM Entertainment and other celebrities have been halted and netizens withdraw from online activities the K-pop world is morning. There is a public memorial for fans and a private one for family and close friends. Many celebrities paid their last respect and bid farewell to Jonghyun.

So I’ll also halt the Christmas Calendar for today, I already struggled posting yesterday. I keep on tearing up thinking of such a young (27!!), talented, loving and straight forward man leaving this world far to early. Jonghyun wants to be remembered and praised as an artist, let’s try to do that.

#RIPJonghyun #종현_끝까지기억할께

If you want to read about the incident, I’ll link you Korean, English and German articles here:

  • SM Entertainment official statement, Koreaboo
  • Police official statement, Soompi
  • “Shinee singer Jonghyun dies”, BBC
  • “SHINee Sänger Jonghyun ist tot”, Spiegel
  • Overall article on Jonghyun’s suicide, BBC
  • Jonghyun’s suicide letter, translated by Korean Harald or Koreaboo
  • “Jonghyun’s death sends shock waves through K-pop scene”, Korean Harald
  • Profile on SHINee’s Jonghyun, Korean Harald

Picture source via Twitter @gehenna1986 Thank You!

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Day 18: “Love Falls” by Lee Jonghyun (CNBLUE) & Juniel

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Here comes a power couple who sings, produces and acts together perfectly. CNBLUE’s singer and guitarist Lee Jonghyun paired up with singer-song-writer Juniel and dropped a cute song called Love Falls. Love Falls is a happy duet about falling in love during winter. The song is the title track of the two artists’ label FNC Entertainment’s seasonal album Romantic J from 2013. Juniel wrote the lyrics and Lee Jonghyun composed the melody for Love Falls. Continue reading

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Day 17: “First Snow (첫 눈)” by EXO

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Maybe I’m stuck in the past, but I really liked EXO’s first winter album Miracles in December from 2013. Ever since, EXO has held onto the tradition of releasing a musical Christmas gift every year, blessing us with wonderful melancholic tunes. I’ll tackle one of those next year, but I wanted a more jolly tune for this Sunday before Christmas, so I chose First Snow. Continue reading

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Day 16: “Trust Me” by KARD

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KARD is a unique group among the many in Kpop land. Why? Because their line-up consists of two girls and two boys. Co-ed groups are super rare, but DSP Media took a risk and KARD officially debuted this summer (even though they were active before). To those who enjoy a change in dynamics, KARD is good way to go. Trust Me is a prequel to their song You in Me. There are different audio versions of Trust Me out there: one with the pair J.seph and Jiwoo, and one with BM and Somin; a full group version was only available on their CD. However, now there is a MV for this intense song, which was a nice surprise for their fans. Continue reading

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Day 15: “Love Letter” by Jun.K

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You might haven’t stumbled over Love Letter in your usual Kpop Christmas playlist yet, because it’s quite a hidden treasure. Lead vocalist Jun.K of the boy group 2PM has released Love Letter at the end of the year 2015, and it kind of got lost among the holiday hustle and bustle. Actually, Love Letter was part of his second Japanese solo album, but for his fans, Jun.K dropped a Korean version, including a MV, and thank god he did! Continue reading

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Day 14: “Couple” by Sechskies

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We’ll go a bit retro today with Seckskies. Sechskies is a first-generation idol band, formed in 1997 under DSP Media. They were at that time a six-member boy group and quickly rose to fame, becoming a top group in the 1990s. Oddly, they disbanded at the peak of their fame in 2000, leaving their fandom’s heart smashed to pieces. However, in 2016 Sechskies reunited and also rebooted an old track of theirs: Couple. Continue reading

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Day 13: “It’s You” by Shin Yongjae & Luna

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It’s a rainy day in Germany which calls for a calm song for a change. Luna from the girl group F(x) and Shin Yongjae from the ballad band 4Men have collaborated last year for a smooth track called It’s You. Luna has been a big fan of the talented group 4Men since her trainee days, and so singing with one of her idols was a chance she couldn’t miss. Both singers have so strong vocals, so the collaboration was highly anticipated. It’s You was uploaded via SM Station on Youtube. Continue reading