Billboard presented a short list of dog-themed Kpop songs fitting for 2018’s Lunar Year. As you may know, it’s the holidays of Chinese New Year or Seollal in East Asia, ringing in the year of the zodiac animal Dog. I liked Billboards attempt, so I added to missing songs and, as there aren’t many dog-themed Kpop songs out there, I broadad the playlist with four wolf-themed songs. Because, you know, wolves and dogs are related. The mixtures is quite interesting. Idealy, the word “dog (개 /gae/)” or “wolf (늑대 /neug-dae/)” (Korean or English) should be mentioned in the title. Those which don’t, still have an explicit dog or wolf-themed metaphor in the lyrics. In the case of Roy Kim: he wrote the caring lyrics of his own pet Sancho’s perspective. Enjoy!
Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!
새해 복 많이 받으세요!
Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!
[Note: video is in German, so turn on ENG/GER subs]
What a busy MV EXO‘s Power is, boy, I tumbled from one fine close up, to fierce make-up into ridiculous special effects and that freaking snow white cat. It’s an overdose of colors and blasts, I can tell you. I somehow forgot about the song, because everything else in this MV is kind of over-Powering. But at least EXO-Ls [fandoms name] and others get to know more about the origins of EXO super-Powers and their journey to earth. Judge yourself and have fun! Watch the original MV here.
Watch the first reaction vid on EXO‘s album The War: Ko Ko Bop.
[Note: the video is in German, so turn on ENG/GER subs]
EXO‘s summer album The War of 2017 was successful, as always, but I took a (late) closer look on the lead track which is Ko Ko Bop. It’s definetly a chilly and laid-back song, perfect for summer. Can’t you immediatly feel the vibrant summer heat in the air and the tickeling sun rays on your skin, when listening to Ko Ko Bop? The visuals and aesthetics of the MV are great, but I miss EXO‘s striking dance moves in this one. Check out yourself! Watch the original MV here.
There is a second MV for this album which also has a reaction vid: Power.
[Note: the video is in German, so turn on ENG/GER subs]
If you think hip hop, swag and fun, then in Kpop, Block B is in the top of those coming to your mind. Being in the industry as a group for 7 years now, Block B has established their music as catchy, yet unique and powerful. Carrier wise Block B went through ups and downs to maintain an image true to themselves. Leader and song writer Zico is the main force behind Block B‘s success, but you’d be very wrong to underestimate the other band members. Shall We Dance shows nicely how everything comes together perfectly with Block B. The house music mixed with Latin music and heavy bass vibes flows so well with the laid-back visuals of the MV and highlighting dance. Watch the original MV here.
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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— Kpop Researcher🇰🇷 (@eridescent28) 30. Dezember 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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