K-Pop History on Award Show MAMA 2016

One of the biggest end-of-the-year awarding shows and most meaningful trophy for Korean artists is MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Award). Every year the work of idol groups and soloists is honored for its outstanding musical achievement by receiving this treasured major award. In 20 fixed categories and special optional ones, awards are passed to the winning artists. The most anticipated awards are the three Grand Prizes (called Daesang) which were introduced in 2006: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year. The public can vote for the nominated artists in all categories except for Album of the Year – so the awards reflect the public’s opinion on an act. Find the winners list below and watch Continue reading

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Day 1, It’s Cold by Epik High (feat. Lee Hi 이하이)

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Let’s start off with slow manly rap tunes and a tender female voice. It’s legendary hip-hop group Epik High featuring R&B singer Lee Hi. It’s Cold is part of the seventh studio album “99” of Epik High which was released in 2012. Even though Epik High is known to the industry for a long time (debut 2001) the song was recorded in the year the trio made their comeback as new artists of YG Entertainment and, therefore, the song is a labelmate collaboration. Lee Hi who was Continue reading

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Announcement: K-pop Christmas Calendar is back in 2016

Are you already counting the days till Christmas? Let’s make the time pass faster and more joyful the German way – with a Christmas calendar in December. Just as last year’s K-Pop Christmas Calendar, there’ll be musical treat from the Korean music industry on this blog every day until Christmas is finally here. Whereas last year major K-pop idols and labelmate collabs dominated the tracking list with their catchy dancing winter tunes, this year’s calendar will offer some softer and sweeter vibes performed by Korea’s husky-voiced soloists. Major artists of different musical flavors have come together to perform Christmas carols in duos or group-collabs and demonstrate the powerful variety of Korean music. Stay tuned for the first track starting on December, 1.

Learn more about the German tradition of the Christmas calendar.

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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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