K-Pop

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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AILEE: SAKURA

By Paris365 on April 10, 2015

AILEE: SAKURA

Another brilliant ballad from Ailee, who's gearing up to toss Lee Soo Young off of the ballad queen of K-Pop throne.

Ailee seems to be inheriting Lee Soo Young's status as the ballad queen of K-Pop. And those are big shoes to fill. Lee Soo Young is like a goddess fallen to earth. You listen to her ballads and she pulls you in like a siren. For the duration of her songs, you can't think about anything else. She has your full attention. And she has your heart strings. If it's a happy ballad, you'll feel warmth swirling around in your heart and your head will feel light. And if it's a sad song, which most of her ballads are, then prepare yourself for tears.

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RED VELVET: The 1st Mini Album `Ice Cream Cake`

By Paris365 on April 06, 2015

RED VELVET: The 1st Mini Album `Ice Cream Cake`

Hot on the heels of their fantastic hit singles "Happiness" and "Be Natural," Red Velvet have now released their first mini-album in the form of Ice Cream Cake.

Hot on the heels of their fantastic hit singles "Happiness" and "Be Natural," Red Velvet have now released their first mini-album in the form of Ice Cream Cake. For those unaware, the K-Pop girl group was formed by S.M. Entertainment last year. Initially, it was four members -- Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Joy -- but this March they added a fifth member, Yeri. They are S.M.'s first new girl group in five years, following f(x). Last August their video for "Happiness" became the second most watched K-Pop video worldwide. Not bad for rookies, eh?

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SHANNON WILLIAMS: 18

By Paris365 on April 01, 2015

SHANNON WILLIAMS: 18

Shannon's 18 is easily one of the best EPs I've heard in ages and I'm not just talking about K-Pop EPs. This one is amazing.

Shannon Williams, who's often simply referred to as Shannon, is a Korean-British singer who got her start on the variety show Star King in 2010. Ever since she's been collaborating with various artists and performing on television. Last December she finally released her debut single in the form of "Daybreak Rain." Eighteen is her first mini-album, 18 being her "Korean age," though she's actually 16 years old.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGA-HIT SONGWRITER ALBI ALBERTSSON

By Paris365 on March 23, 2015

AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGA-HIT SONGWRITER ALBI ALBERTSSON

K-Poppers and J-Poppers, you're in for a real treat... Today we bring you an exclusive interview with Albi Albertsson, one of Asian pop music's top songwriters!

Whether you're a fan of K-Pop, J-Pop or C-Pop, chances are you've heard songs written by Albi Albertsson. As you'll see below, he's written for plenty of A-listers, including massive artists like Girls' Generation, Shinee, Arashi, Show Luo and Koda Kumi. K-Pop doesn't get any bigger than Girls' Generation, does it? Likewise, Koda Kumi is one of Japan's biggest megastars. Clearly, Albi knows what he's doing and he does it very well. Recently, I discovered that he was on Facebook and sent him a friend request. I was very happy when he approved it.

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BERRY GOOD: 2ND SINGLE BECAUSE OF YOU

By Paris365 on March 19, 2015

BERRY GOOD: 2ND SINGLE BECAUSE OF YOU

"Because of You" is very formulaic, following the bubblegum K-Pop mold perfectly, which means you're likely to love it or hate it. Personally, I think it's great.

As you might guess with "Because of You" being their second single, Berry Good are a relatively new K-Pop girl group, having debuted in 2014 via Asia Bridge Entertainment. They've already undergone quite a few changes though, losing two rappers, Sun Bin and Ie Ra, in addition to a lead vocalist Na Yeon. I'm not sure if they quit or were fired. Genasia just says that the group was revamped keeping two original members, Tae Ha and Go Woon, and adding three new members, Seo Yul, Da Ye and Se Hyung.

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NINE MUSES: DRAMA

By Paris365 on March 18, 2015

NINE MUSES: DRAMA

Last year three members left Nine Muses, Sem, Eun Ji and Sera. So, you'd have every reason to suspect that their new mini-album would be rubbish. But it's not.

Last year three members left Nine Muses, Sem, Eun Ji and Sera. So, you'd have every reason to suspect that their new mini-album would be rubbish. But it's not. With the addition of new members So Jin and Keum Jo the group is as strong as ever. Or pretty close to it. What I find amusing is the fact that there are no longer nine muses but *eight* muses. You'd think they would have brought in one more new member in the interest to continuing to live up to their namesake but for whatever reason(s) they didn't.

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AZIN: Développé

By Paris365 on March 11, 2015

AZIN: Développé

If you like electronic pop and K-Pop, look no further than AZIN's remarkable EP. If I gave stars, it'd be 5 stars out of 5.

Well, I have to admit something: I don't know anything about this artist other than the fact that she is female and she makes great K-Pop music. I tried to find info about her on Wiki, Genasia and Google but I could find nothing. I did find her Facebook page but it doesn't list any info. about her except that her EP was released on February 10th on Pastel Music. Anyway, knowing her background isn't necessary to appreciate her very fine K-Pop.

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FIESTAR: BLACK LABEL (THE 1ST MINI ALBUM)

By Paris365 on March 09, 2015

FIESTAR: BLACK LABEL (THE 1ST MINI ALBUM)

Fiestar unleash their first mini-album and it's great, especially if you like R&B. If you're not a fan of R&B, you should probably avoid this one.

Fiestar is a girl group formed by LOEN Entertainment in 2012, though they're currently under the Collabodadi label due to LOEN's "multi-label system," according to Wiki. Initially, Fiestar had six members, but one of the girls, Cheska, left the group last year. Rather than replacing her, it was decided that the group would just feature the five remaining members from now on. They are Jei, Cao Lu, Linzy, Kim Hyemi and Lee Yezi. Cao Lu is from China, the other four girls being from South Korea. Black Label is the group's first mini-album, as they've only released singles previously.

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M-ZERO: RUN AWAY

By Paris365 on March 06, 2015

M-ZERO: RUN AWAY

M-zero's new single is RED HOT. Awesome sauce. Check it out. Youtube video in post!

M-zero's red hot single opens with "난 돼," which Google translates as "I Have." The only background I have on her is that she released a mixtape called Rapping Flower last year, which I found posted on Youtube. I also Googled her plenty and all I could find was downloading sites that had posted this single. But I can tell you this -- "난 돼" is one of the best Korean rap songs I've come across in quite a while. I absolutely love her voice, which is perfectly cool and confident without sounding like she's trying to paint herself as a cocky gangster rapper.

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MYNAME: 2ND MINI ALBUM

By Paris365 on February 25, 2015

MYNAME: 2ND MINI ALBUM

MYNAME have finally released new Korean music after spending a year in Japan. It comes in the form of their 2ND MINI ALBUM, as they've simply called it, and it's proof pudding (as the saying goes) that they're here to stay. Not only that, they're one of today's hottest K-Pop boy bands.

MYNAME have finally released new Korean music after spending a year in Japan. It comes in the form of their 2ND MINI ALBUM, as they've simply called it, and it's proof pudding (as the saying goes) that they're here to stay. Not only that, they're one of today's hottest K-Pop boy bands.

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NICOLE: FIRST ROMANCE

By Paris365 on January 26, 2015

NICOLE: FIRST ROMANCE

Nicole, formerly of KARA, now signed with B2M Entertainment, makes her solo debut with this EP, First Romance. And what an EP it is!

Nicole, formerly of KARA, now signed with B2M Entertainment, makes her solo debut with this EP, First Romance. And what an EP it is! She worked with producers Sweetune, who did an exquisite job here. Seriously, this EP is about as flawless as they come.

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SUNNY HILL: 지우다 [Here I Am]

By Paris365 on January 16, 2015

SUNNY HILL: 지우다 [Here I Am]

"Here I Am" will sweep you off your feet. Or make you swoon.

Wow... "Here I Am" will sweep you off your feet. Or make you swoon. Or maybe you'll have an allergic reaction. But it will definitely have an effect on you. It's only 3m38s, but it still feels entirely epic. It's easily Sunny Hill's best single to date. Easily.

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T-ARA FEAT. CHOPSTICK BROTHERS: LITTLE APPLE

By Paris365 on December 31, 2014

T-ARA FEAT. CHOPSTICK BROTHERS: LITTLE APPLE

According to allkpop.com, T-ARA's collaboration with Chopstick Brothers has almost reached 8 million views on the Chinese video site Youku. If that's not enough to move you to listen to it then perhaps my review will persuade you.

According to allkpop.com, T-ARA's collaboration with Chopstick Brothers has almost reached 8 million views on the Chinese video site Youku. (It's received nearly 3 million views since it landed on Youtube in the U.S..) They also report that it initially received 2 million views in 12 hours. With that many listeners, it's got to be good, right? Well, not necessarily, but it turns out it's fabulous. 3 minutes and 33 seconds of pure pop bliss!

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TEEN TOP: Teen Top 눈사탕 [Snow Kiss]

By Paris365 on December 23, 2014

TEEN TOP: Teen Top 눈사탕 [Snow Kiss]

You know your K-Pop holiday season would be lacking without a Christmas-themed release from the guys of TEEN TOP... And we're in for a treat because they're all brand new songs, not lame Christmas covers.

You know your K-Pop holiday season would be lacking without a Christmas-themed release from the guys of TEEN TOP... And we're in for a treat because they're all brand new songs, not lame Christmas covers. Not that all Christmas covers are lame. But does the world really need 7000 versions of "Silent Night" or "O Holy Night"? (The guy who wrote "O Holy Night" wasn't even Christian. On the contrary, he was an atheist.

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1SAGAIN & JU BORA: ENDLESS WINTER

By Paris365 on December 19, 2014

1SAGAIN & JU BORA: ENDLESS WINTER

I couldn't find a Wiki page in English about 1sAgain but a Luminosity page about Ju Bora states that she frequently collaborates with him. So, I'm assuming 1sAgain is the one who's doing the rapping, since that voice sounds male, and Ju Bora is doing the singing since that voice sounds female.

Well, I couldn't find a link for this on iTunes. And I couldn't find a translation either. But the song is out there, I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find. Maybe it's even on Spotify. In any case, 1sagain & Ju Bora have concocted a lovely song here. The relatively down-tempo beats split the difference between R&B and K-Pop; suffice to say it's in Korean. And this one is *totally* in Korean. I didn't notice a single word in English. They don't even sing/say/rap the title of the song.

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PIUS: GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY

By Paris365 on December 19, 2014

PIUS: GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY

An incredible Christmas song -- in English -- from soulful K-Popper PIUS.

K-Pop soul singer Pius has given us a Christmas song this year -- and it's in English. It's gorgeous, too. If you like harmonizing, you have to give this one a listen. It's right up there with The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." Layers and layers of vocals. I think he had a whole chorus of guys backing him because there are parts when you can hear the different voices. But mostly their voices blend together in perfect harmony.

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Crayon Pop, K-Much, Bob Girls, & Zan Zan: 2014 Chrome Family - A Very Special Christmas

By Paris365 on December 18, 2014

Crayon Pop, K-Much, Bob Girls, & Zan Zan: 2014 Chrome Family - A Very Special Christmas

Crayon Pop + Christmas = bliss

The name of this single isn't A Very Special Christmas, apparently that's the title of an album or EP that Chrome Family label artists are releasing songs for. I don't know why they'd release the tracks one song at a time, but then Korean labels often release movie soundtracks in parts, so I suppose it's not surprising.

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THE BARBERETTES: Carol: Hun Hun Christmas

By Paris365 on December 10, 2014

THE BARBERETTES: Carol: Hun Hun Christmas

If you're a fan of '60's pop music and you like Christmas music, this EP will have you jumping with joy.

To be totally honest, I'd never heard of The Barberettes before randomly coming across this EP, which caught my eye because it's called Christmas and I'm quite the sucker for Christmas music. Well, it did not disappoint, all four tunes being charmers.

Here's a little info about the trio from their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheBarberettesKorea)...

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SUNNY: FIRST KISS

By Paris365 on December 04, 2014

SUNNY: FIRST KISS

Sunny delivers a gorgeous rendition of Hwang Jungmi's "First Kiss" as part of Hwang Sungje's Project Super Hero.

There seems to be an unwritten law that the girls of Girls' Generation (SNSD) must do a solo song for some movie soundtrack at some point. Actually, it seems like members from all girl groups usually do songs for soundtracks when they first test the waters alone. And usually these songs are ballads. Why, I don't know. To that end, Sunny already did a solo song recently with "The 2nd Drawer" for "여왕의 교실 OST `두 번째 서랍`." It was a sweet, warm ballad that I've listened to 77 times so far according to my iTunes player; it's on one of the playlists I listen to while falling asleep at night.

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