SKpop’s TOP 5: September 2010


Guess which GQMF I saw gracing the walls of some Korean restaurant I randomly decided to try last weekend? ❤

And of course Yong-sama was there too in the corner. There was also a horrible and horribly grainy picture of young Rain that I didn’t bother to include.

Whoo, September was a busy month for everyone, and I gotta say Kpop’s really beginning to pick up. I’m now excited to watch shows every week, where I’ll be excited to watch not only the idol acts but also the amazing power vocalist acts that are popping out. The fail this month has been so fail that I had to divide the Top 5 post into two parts. Expect the other half tomorrow.

5. Oh Jong Hyuk – Heart is Beating
Less idol music, more singers who really know how to sing. Usually angsty ballads are my cup of tea, but this song is too infectiously happy to not include. Go forth, then, and put a stupid grin on your face and melt for three minutes – it’s more soothing than any amount of replay of Hello.

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TRAX – Oh! My Goddess!
I just had to include this in here as a tie for 5th considering I had my little TRAX binge last month (mostly with their older stuff, however). Since TRAX has now been reduced to just Jay and Jungmo, they’ve opted for a more pop-oriented sound, akin to what FT Island and CN Blue are doing. But if I have to say, if TRAX will ever unite (No Minwoo + drums = ugggh I am so helplessly attracted to this fine piece of flesh) and if bands can ever play live regularly on shows, it’d be a music revolution with the TRAX at the top. Jay’s voice is like the V.O.S. of bands, and what he said during an interview, that if bands were able to play live, dancing groups have no chance, is completely correct – there’s nothing matching a live band atmosphere. But until then, we will live, listen, and dream of No Minwoo.

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4. Seung Si Kyung ft. IU – It’s You
Prince of ballads is back, fresh from his army release in May. And does he pick up the trend quickly, duetting with IU, possibly the hottest non-idol act right now. IU has the midas touch right now, with every collaboration/OST she participates in shooting to the top of the charts. It’s You is just a gorgeous, gorgeous peaceful duet – you take IU from the cutesy Marshmellow concept her company tries to jam down her throat and plop her next to an outstanding duet partner, and it’s magic.

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3. BoA – Copy and Paste
We’re gonna hit Ctrl-C for copy, and then we’re gonna hit Ctrl-V for pasting, and create. The man. Of my desires. *evil laughter*
Have I ever revealed that I have a taste for the dramatic? BoA’s lines may have played off to some as cheesy, but it tickled me pink. A lot of people were disappointed and thought Hurricane Venus was better. I thought the contrary – this seems more along the lines of the natural, flowy BoA with the floaty choruses than the OMG HBIC FANFARE APPLAUSE SM tried to paint with Hurricane Venus, which I felt was too ostentatious in presentation than what the song was capable of displaying. The choreo isn’t zomg amazing compared to her best, but it feels natural and professional. I was really surprised by how high some of the notes went, especially in the bridge, but it’s BoA – like it or not it’s always been her style.

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2. Beast – SOOM
Please read here as to why I love this song so much. Well done angsty songs with hints of piano are my weakness :3

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1. 2NE1 – Go Away, Clap Your Hands, Can’t Nobody <–in order of my preference
Ah fml, I’m behind on my 2NE1 review. But it will be full of 2NE1TV gifs to make up for the delay. What can I say, this was probably the most anticipated comeback of late 2010, and I honestly believed they didn’t disappoint. Of course, I also had realistic expectations – this wasn’t going to be on the level of Mirotic-epic nor was this going to generate another surprise hit like I Don’t Care. The expectations and suspense was ridiculous, not aided by YG deciding to make us all poop our pants with three songs/MVs. I think how impacting this comeback was can only be fairly analyzed at least half a year into the future, so we’ll save this for a Retrospect post. The autotune really bugged me initially but faded from issue after the 5th album repeat. Go Away in a sense comes off as I Don’t Care’s slightly less successful sibling with a slightly overdone MV. Clap Your Hands is hands down the most live performance oriented song and is just pure fun, though not a chart-topper. Can’t Nobody is that song that’s awkward to perform but for some reason the public digs it and currently my ringtone. All in all, 2NE1 more or less owned September.


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Really random…

So the recent influx of horrible Engrish reminded me of something. Weeks ago I was riding my bike and suddenly a thought popped into my head. It seems you really can’t learn a language unless you become fully immersed in it. Riding around in my small college town, I thought, what if an idol just vanished for, say, 2 years and came here, registered as an international student, and just blend in with the background? No one would ever know them here.

For some reason, Hyori of all people came to mind. She’s wealthy enough that she can take a long hiatus without worrying about being buried by the pressures of promotion. Plus she’d definitely fit in with her not asian at all hair color. Huh, imagine if I saw Hyori walking around campus one winter day, books in hand…that’d be the day.

But, yeah, I totally encourage idol study abroad. For their sake and mine.

What’s Trending: define Jailbait

I like to stream Mucore and Inkigayo because they are on the weekends for me and show at hours that are reasonable for me. The chat community during streaming is a lot more ‘casual’ than fancafes or blog/news sites, and the majority of chatters are foreign, mostly from the US, Europe, and South Asia (you can tell from the occasional tagalong and even Italian). I find this watering hole, interestingly enough, a fun and probably somewhat accurate measuring stick of what foreigners think about songs and what’s trending. So I’ll start a weekly What’s Trending corner, just for fun. I love crass humor.

1. I found this so hilariously random. Jailbait is defined by Urban Dictionary as “an attractive underaged girl who you’d like to bang. But if you get caught banging her you’ll go to jail, so she’s the bait that lures you into the jail cell, hence the term jailbait.” So who’s the jailbait? Whenever Sulli, our MC of Mubank, appears on screen, the chatters go crazy. Jailbait #1. IU, who is 17, is hitting it off with Seulong in Nagging, and she’s apparently hot jailbait.

2. Sistar’s Push Push gets relatively dismissive/negative comments. I lol at whoever came up with the name “the birthing song” XD. Infinite’s Come Back Again is positively received, though streamers are starting to get bored (pink suits twice, and one sharp eyed streamer noted the socks with sandals costuming last week…). This is interesting since in Korea Sistar is doing quite well (and just won rookie of the month) while Infinite is lagging behind. Magic Girl by Orange Caramel is simply hated. But everyone hums along when no one is looking.

3. And of course, I forgot new group miss A’s Suzy Bae. Jail bait #3. 😄