K-Pop

INFINITE: REALITY

By Paris365 on August 01, 2015

INFINITE: REALITY

Following numerous solo and sub-unit activities, Infinite makes their big comeback with their excellent fifth mini-album, Reality.

Following numerous solo and sub-unit activities, Infinite makes their big comeback with their fifth mini-album, Reality.

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D.HOLIC: MINI-ALBUM VOL. 1: CHEWY CHEWY

By Paris365 on July 28, 2015

D.HOLIC: MINI-ALBUM VOL. 1: CHEWY CHEWY

Chewy Chewy is D.Holic's first mini-album, but it's really a glorified single since it only consists of two songs, an intro and an outro.

D.Holic is a South Korean girl group formed in 2014 by H.Mate Entertainment. They debuted on October 23, 2014 with the single "I Don't Know." The group consists of five girls, Hami, Nine, Duri, Danbee and Rena. I wish I could tell you why they're called D.Holic, specifically what the D stands for, but I've just given you all of the information I could find about them when I googled them.

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MINX: LOVE SHAKE

By Paris365 on July 23, 2015

MINX: LOVE SHAKE

Minx is a K-Pop girl group produced by Happy Face Entertainment, the agency behind Dalshabet. Their new mini-album is worth your time and K-Pop dollars.

Minx is a K-Pop girl group produced by Happy Face Entertainment, the agency behind Dalshabet. The rookie group's five members are Ji Yoo, Soo Ah, Yo Hyun, Da Mi and Si Yeon. They made their debut last year with the single "Why Did You Come To My Home," which is best described as a fine slice of EDM pie. To that end, I found the track to be rather delicious and was really looking forward to hearing more from them.

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9MUSES: 9MUSES S/S EDITION [SPECIAL SUMMER ALBUM]

By Paris365 on July 22, 2015

9MUSES: 9MUSES S/S EDITION [SPECIAL SUMMER ALBUM]

9Muses have released a special summer-themed mini-album full of catchy tunes.

9Muses, also written as Nine Muses, is a K-Pop girl group that initially began with nine members but after the last bunch of line-up changes, they decided to stick with eight: Euaerin, Pyo Hyemi, Park Minha, Moon Hyuna, Park Kyungri, Son Sungah, Jo Sojin and Lee Keumjo. But I suppose the name still works because they were named after the nine muses of Greek mythology and there's no law that states that they must have one member to represent each of the muses. But perhaps they will add a ninth member at some point in the future.

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Shin Yong Jae: 숨 쉴때 마다

By Paris365 on July 20, 2015

Shin Yong Jae: 숨 쉴때 마다

4MEN's Shin Yong Jae has released a powerful ballad.

Google translates the title of this new single by 4MEN's Shin Yong Jae as "Every breath swilttae."* And, no, I have no idea what that last word is supposed to mean. Clearly, it's something that gets lost in translation. Unless it's a name. But I doubt it. In any case, yes, Shin hails from a boy band called 4MEN. I'd never heard of them before, to be entirely honest, but Generasia indicates that they've been around since 1998, though they were initially called Four Men. Currently, it seems there are only two members, Shin and Kim Won Joo.

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SISTAR: SHAKE IT

By Paris365 on July 14, 2015

SISTAR: SHAKE IT

Another summer, another fine mini-album from Sistar, otherwise known as Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou and Dasom...

Another summer, another fine mini-album from Sistar, otherwise known as Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou and Dasom...

Shake It opens with the title track, a red hot dance stomper produced by Duble Sidekick. It's a '90's throwback in terms of the bouncy beats and twinkly synth, but it's the vibrant horns and the girls' perfect harmonizing that make it so addictive. The chorus slips inside of your head like caramel or hot fudge in your mouth and boy is it tasty.

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GIRLS' GENERATION: PARTY

By Paris365 on July 07, 2015

GIRLS' GENERATION: PARTY

Blow up your beach balls, baby -- it's the obligatory GG summertime anthem!

"Hey girls. Do you know what time it is?" "It must be party time." "Here we go!"

You know summer has officially arrived when Girls' Generation release a hot new song about it being party time. Summer is even mentioned in the song multiple times. Can you beat that?

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THE SOLUTIONS: NO PROBLEM!

By Paris365 on July 06, 2015

THE SOLUTIONS: NO PROBLEM!

The Solutions are a fantastic new Korean pop/electro/rock band. I was only halfway through listening to the EP's intro track "No Problem!" when I knew I was going to love them.

The Solutions are a fantastic new Korean pop/electro/rock band consisting of Park Sol (vocals), naru (guitars), Park HanSol (drums), Kwon OhKyung (bass). And they are very exciting! I was only halfway through listening to the EP's intro track "No Problem!" when I knew I was going to love them. It was *that* delicious. Something about the way they blend heavy doses of synthesizers and loops along with your traditional bass, guitar and drums is downright invigorating.

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AOA: HEART ATTACK

By Paris365 on July 02, 2015

AOA: HEART ATTACK

AOA, otherwise known as Ace of Angels, is back with their exquisite third mini-album, Heart Attack. And, wow, is it yummy. Delicious K-Pop bliss from start to finish.

AOA, otherwise known as Ace of Angels, is back with their exquisite third mini-album, Heart Attack. And, wow, is it yummy. Delicious K-Pop bliss from start to finish.

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JAY PARK: 몸매 (MOMMAE)

By Paris365 on June 27, 2015

JAY PARK: 몸매 (MOMMAE)

Korean music superstar Jay Park's new single "몸매" comes with the English title "Mommae," which had me wondering if that's Korean for mommy.

Korean music superstar Jay Park's new single "몸매" comes with the English title "Mommae," which had me wondering if that's Korean for mommy. But I translated the Korean title with Google translate and it spit out "Shape." So, who knows what it's about? He does use the word "girl" and calls himself "sexy" a second or so after, so it probably is another guy-rapping-about-sex song. But, hey, he's rich and famous so he gets to rap about whatever he wants, right? Actually, he gets to rap about whatever he wants because of this cool thing called freedom of speech.

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KARA: IN LOVE

By Paris365 on June 11, 2015

KARA: IN LOVE

The girls of K-Pop's highly successful KARA are In Love and if you've never fallen in love with them before then chances are you finally will with what Yesasia calls "a more mature Kara."

The girls of K-Pop's highly successful KARA are In Love and if you've never fallen in love with them before then chances are you finally will with what Yesasia calls "a more mature Kara." But, to my ears, without knowing the language, the music sounds just as fun and light-hearted as ever. Take opener "Starlight," for example, it's a potent shot of euphoria-inducing, disco fever that races from your speakers to your head and heart as soon as you click play, at which point you can't help but get up and dance your ass off.

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HEIZE: "품 스윗 품 [PUME SWEET PUME]" FEAT: MONOKIM

By Paris365 on June 05, 2015

HEIZE: "품 스윗 품 [PUME SWEET PUME]" FEAT: MONOKIM

Heize is a relatively new Korean female rapper/singer. She released a mini-album last year and did a couple of guest appearances on tracks by Whiteez and Crucial Star more recently. Her latest single, "Pume Sweet Pume" is her first new solo track in roughly a year and it features a guest appearance by MONOKIM.

Heize is a relatively new Korean female rapper/singer. She released a mini-album last year and did a couple of guest appearances on tracks by Whiteez and Crucial Star more recently. Her latest single, "Pume Sweet Pume" is her first new solo track in roughly a year and it features a guest appearance by MONOKIM.

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BOA: KISS MY LIPS (FULL ALBUM REVIEW)

By Paris365 on May 21, 2015

BOA: KISS MY LIPS (FULL ALBUM REVIEW)

BoA's full length album Kiss My Lips is as wonderful as its title track.

Following the release of the luscious title track recently, the Queen of Pop that is BoA has now released the full length Kiss My Lips album, which is her eighth Korean album for those of you who are counting. Not bad for someone who's celebrating the 15th anniversary of her career this year. Especially when you consider how many Japanese releases she's done on top of that.

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MONSTA X: TRESPASS

By Paris365 on May 19, 2015

MONSTA X: TRESPASS

The biggest difference between Monsta X and other boy bands is that they put more of an emphasis on hip-hop, something that's obvious during their stunning opening number "무단침입 (Trespass)."

Starship Entertainment's Monsta X was formed through the Mnet reality show No.Mercy. The group consists of Joo Heon, Shownu, Ki Hyun, Hyung Won, Won Ho, Min Hyuk, and I.M. The biggest difference between Monsta X and other boy bands is that they put more of an emphasis on hip-hop, something that's obvious during their stunning opening number "무단침입 (Trespass)," an aggressive rap track that blends trap flourishes with heavy EDM-style beats for an energetic sound that's both current and futuristic.

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K-POP SINGLES: GILME, BBAHN, KITTIB, SWEET BEAN

By Paris365 on May 15, 2015

K-POP SINGLES: GILME, BBAHN, KITTIB, SWEET BEAN

Brief reviews of some noteworthy K-Pop singles.

GILME: TELL ME THIS IS REAL

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BOA: KISS MY LIPS

By Paris365 on May 11, 2015

BOA: KISS MY LIPS

BoA's latest Korean single, the glimmering "Kiss My Lips," just arrived on Youtube courtesy of the good folks at SM Entertainment. At the time of this writing, 10,875 people have given it the thumbs up with only 344 giving it a thumbs down.

BoA's latest Korean single, the glimmering "Kiss My Lips," just arrived on Youtube courtesy of the good folks at SM Entertainment. At the time of this writing, 10,875 people have given it the thumbs up with only 344 giving it a thumbs down. If the reaction of her fans continues at this ratio, she's sure to have one of her biggest hits on her hands. But then all of BoA's songs become hits, really. To that end, one must deduce that she's a perfectionist because she sure insists that her material always be top notch. Cheers to her for that, though.

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JANG HYUN SEUNG: MY

By Paris365 on May 11, 2015

JANG HYUN SEUNG: MY

BEAST's Jang Hyun Seung makes his solo debut with MY, his super cool new mini-album.

Well, somebody has been busy. And his name is Jang Hyun Seung. Or is it Jang HyunSeung? I've seen it spelled both ways. In any case, the BEAST member (also known for his work with Trouble Maker) is making his solo debut with his new mini-album, which is appropriately entitled MY. And the first song is appropriately entitled, too: "It's Me." Of course, he's not declaring that it's his mini-album when he sings "it's me." He's talking to a girl. "Kiss me girl," he sings as the song nears the end. Or is it not a song but an intro?

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CRAYON POP: FM

By Paris365 on May 05, 2015

CRAYON POP: FM

The girls of Crayon Pop have been transformed into, what else, but super heros! Super heros who make great K-Pop!

The girls of Crayon Pop have been transformed into, what else, but super heros! Power Rangers inspired, even, according to Yes Asia's product description! OK, so that's probably not the least bit exciting to most of us, but "FM," the lead track from this, their second mini-album, is cause for celebration. It was written and produced by Shinsadong Tiger and Monster Factory and it's insanely catchy. Just don't ask me what the letters "FM" mean. You can read a translation of the song here: http://popgasa.com/2015/03/28/crayon-pop-fm/, but the significance of the letters is anybody's guess.

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VANILLA ACOUSTIC: 3rd Part.2 'Eudaimonia'

By Paris365 on April 28, 2015

VANILLA ACOUSTIC: 3rd Part.2 'Eudaimonia'

Vanilla Acoustic are a Korean trio who debuted in 2008 with mini album Vanilla rain. To my ears, their sound is like a fine blend of pop and folk, which is starting to become a bit too trendy of late.

Vanilla Acoustic are a Korean trio who debuted in 2008 with mini album Vanilla rain. To my ears, their sound is like a fine blend of pop and folk, which is starting to become a bit too trendy of late. But, hey, they started doing it several years ago, so they're trend-setters, not trend-hoppers. Got it?

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GIRLS' GENERATION: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

By Paris365 on April 14, 2015

GIRLS' GENERATION: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

Girls' Generation return with a killer new EDM/pop song and a sweet ballad to go with it.

Typically, Girls' Generation will release a song in one language -- Korean or Japanese -- and then release it in the other language later, sometimes as long as a few months later. But the Korean version of their new single, "Catch Me If You Can" was digitally released on iTunes (Korea and U.S. at least) on April 10th and the Japanese CD single is being released not long after on April 22nd.

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