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It’s the Year of the Rooster

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

To be more precisely, it’s the year of the fire rooster. People born this year are said to be trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. In all the rooster-born are said to have great characteristics such as being observant, communicative, frank, quick minded and multi-talented which leaves them with a certain confidence in themselves. On that point, however, they might tend to an eccentric and boastful life-style, being moody and impatient or impassive as the quickly lose interest after being overenthusiastic about something.

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I just enjoy Google Asia’s New Years banner every time :3

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Happy 4939th Birthday Korea!

The 3rd of October is a meaningful date in Germany as it is German Unification Day. This holiday is mostly important in politics and in media; Germans themselves hardly celebrate the unity of East and West Germany. However, this date is not only of national importance in Germany, but also in Korea. Koreans celebrate Gaecheonjeol (개천절) which is nothing else than National Foundation Day. According to history the first nation state of Korea was founded back around this date in 2333 BC by founder King Dangun (단군왕검 /dangun wanggeom/). He named his kingdom Joseon (nowadays officially known as Gojoseon, meaning ancient Joseon) which was located at the northern part of north Korea in the area of Manchuria (now part of China).
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It’s the Year of the Monkey

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

If you’re born in this year your character traits are probably somewhere around these: sociable, intelligent, optimistic, quick-witted, confident, romantic, restless, selfish, stubborn and reckless.

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I liked this pic from Google 😀

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Day 24, Santa, U Are The One by Super Junior (feat. Henry & Zhoumi)

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Christmas is finally here and it’s time to celebrate. Yes, we made it through the Christmas Calendar and thank you for everybody who stayed tuned until the end. I really really appreciate it so much! 🙂  Santa has already brought all presents to children in Germany and they will unwrap on today’s evening – so I guess it’s time to say “Thank you” to Santa. This is also the message of our last song Santa, U Are The One – sung by no other major K-pop band than Super Junior Continue reading

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Day 23, Love In The Air by Jellyfish Artists

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Jellyfish Entertainment does not only have a fancy name, but also provides us with great Christmas songs and collaborations every year. Once again they picked their top artists and had them record a holiday song for this winter. In Love In The Air the vocals of VIXX, Seo In-Guk, former Jewelry member Park Jung-Ah and “K-Pop Star 4″ contestant Park Yoon-Ha (sadly Sung Si-Kyung is missing) perform a cozy Christmas ballad. Although the lyrics can be solemly read as the narrator hoping for finding his love on Christmas, I’d say he actually wishes for more love in the world on Christmas
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Day 22, I Do I Do by Secret

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It’s time for a more fun and upbeat Christmas song again: I Do I Do does just the thing. It’s a bouncy mid-tempo K-pop song which is full of charms. Once known as a sexy (and plus-size in my view) girl band, Secret is all adorable and cute again in this video. They surely had songs which showed their vocal abilities better, but, well, it’s a Christmas song and it’s not that bad. Sadly the lyrics are flat, lack depth and therefore, targeted to a teenager audience. Yet, the music video Continue reading

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Day 21, Miracles in December by EXO

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Christmas K-pop songs don’t always have to be fun, festive or have a simple concept or story line – this is what SM Entertainment proved with EXO‘s Miracles in December. EXO benefits highly from SM Entertainment poring all their money into their development and their staff’s creative mind. Already having two mega hits in 2013 (Wolf and Growl) EXO continued their success with their first winter album Miracles in December with the same named title track which was released with a music video in Korean and Chinese. As in Day 6, Christmas Day not all EXO members are taking part in singing, but only the three main vocalists Baekhyun, Chen and D.O Continue reading

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Day 20, White by DSP Friends

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Just a few days left till Christmas and we are turning down the tune to more slow-tempo K-pop songs. There are so many K-pop idols how can you do all of them justice on Christmas? The solution for agencies is of course to form collaborations to master this difficulty, but it’s hard to find a music style which fits all their artists. DSP Media released a Christmas album 2014 on which you can find a song of every one of their singing act, however, only the title track White was released with a music video. Kara, Rainbow, A-Jax, Somin and Chaewon of DSP Girls (now known as April) and Oh Jong-Hyuk gather to sing a light and uncomplicated track. Sadly, the male voices are not strong enough to keep up with the female voices and get lost in the background. Continue reading

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Day 19, Before the Snow by Kanto (feat. As One)

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While searching the internet for some new K-pop Christmas songs I passed by Kanto and Before the Snow and I found it intriguing right away. First of all, it is different from your average K-pop song though I can’t really point my finger on it. Is it because the majority of the song is rapped? Or because the voices of Kanto and As One just match so perfectly? A really stern male voice struggling to convey his feelings and light feminine voices shyly wishing to be with him. Why does this song feel so much more honest than

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Day 18, Lonely Christmas by Crayon Pop

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Are you bored and stuck in school, uni or at work? Then there is no better way to ring in the weekend and pump up your mood than with Lonely Christmas. Yes, this is everything you might picture K-pop to be like – the stereotypical K-pop: cute girls, a crazy concept, in-your-face outfits, an intriguing dance, hilarious Korean humor, a persumably simple music video and an awfully catchy tune. It’s Crayon Pop and being simple, but unique, having a sing-along song and an easy to pick up choreo is was Crayon Pop stands for.

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