Seoul Beats Idols Music Film Drama TV Media Style Culture TweetmusicT-ara N4s Jeon Won Diary Makes For Stale Reading Written by Nicholas On May 1, 2013 Given the number of girl groups (and sub-groups) created over the past few years, it would start to seem that concepts would run out eventually. On the contrary, K-Pop has gotten ever more creative with developing new and unique themes; the latest example is T-ara, who attempts to restore the public image with their latest sub-group N4. Made up of crowd favourites Eunjung, Hyomin and Jiyeon, as well as new girl Ahreum, N4s Jeon Won Diary claims to combine the best parts of hip-hop and club anthems, and touching on escaping the stresses of modern life/society.
Those are pretty big claims to be made for the group that has practically invented the ear-worm before their scandal broke, so its worth seeing if they live up to the promise, with two videos for us to judge.
Things do not particularly look very good from the song alone, which is equal parts “generic euro-club anthem 101” packed with pounding bass beats and horn driven rhythms, and equal parts “K-pop girl group song (post “I Got A Boy”) 101” what with all the sudden changes mid-way through the song, a mix of up beat dance friendly parts, instruments buried in the dense mix, and a hook that is not too obvious from the first listen.
There are still some T-ara trademarks in the song, namely the rap that adds a bit of punch to the proceedings. While the use of the rap here is rather obligatory, the delivery is not too bad and its nice to for once not hear ridiculously cheesy lyrics. Another T-ara trademark that I like less though would be the over-processed vocals, which means that while I know who’s singing what, their individual vocal qualities come through so weakly it makes them look like lesser singers than they actually are. Then again, I have been complaining about this since the second album.
To sum up, this Duble Sidekick song we have got is a nice change from the old Shinsadong Tiger earworms with interestingly veiled lyrics about being back in business, but a song that plays very strongly to current best practice, and slightly lacking in identity.
In keeping with T-ara tradition, the music videos are where the moneys at. And as with past projects, there are two versions. First, the dance version. Apart from being very heavy on the video effects, most of it sticks to every current trend these days. Street culture inspired outfits and dance sets? Yes. Flashing lights in the background? Yes. Some solo posing shots and pretty close-ups? Check. There really is not much that is too new about this effort.
I would have to commend the choreography though, which is a nice break away from the usual sexy thrusting, instead being largely made up of strong leg and upper body movements, making it rather danceable for both guys and girls. I also liked how the underlying rhythm makes the song easy to throw in a self invented move or two (for the listener at least).
The drama version is far better, if for the fact it does not ever take itself too seriously. The story opens with a man watching “Bo Peep Bo Peep” on TV, and trading opinions on T-ara with his wife. The next scene then shows the members working on the farm and being hopelessly inept with their tasks. The most disappointing of them all would have to be Hyomin, considering her Invincible Youth outing.
Eventually though, they manage to redeem themselves with a really addictive dance that sends the entire village moving, sort of like what Gangnam Style is to Seoul. Along the way, the usual mix of hi-jinks and high profile guests happen.
What makes this video more fun than their last few attempts at epically long music videos is that the reduced length means that there is less need for dull filler content, and that the whole thing does not take itself too seriously. Its also good fun to see the cameos happily parodying themselves, especially Davichis Kang Min-kyung who willingly takes the mickey out of her sexy image.
To sum up, T-ara N4 is in parts a messy adaption of everything big and popular in K-pop, and partly over the top guilty pleasure, the very things that made T-ara so enjoyable in the past. Unfortunately, the former far outweighs the latter, giving the T-ara very little identity, while at the same time not doing anything much better then the girl group norm. With this, apart from the occasionally amusing drama music video and the easy to follow choreography, its hard to see the overall score going much beyond 2.5/5.
And one more thing: Seeing how the whole concept got across nicely without feeling like any member was missing, maybe four people are all T-ara need? Maybe in the future as girl groups get hopelessly bigger, downsizing might be back in vogue again.
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Singer-songwriter IU looks flirty and adorable at the hide of GQ!
IU is featured in the December factor of GQ with a photo shoot and interview, and she displays off her stunning figure on the canopy as she stretches her palms up above her head in a cropped top.
More shocking pictures of IU have hit newsstands this month as she’s also December’s cover lady for the mag Marie Claire.
On the November 22 broadcast of SBS’s “Running Man,” Lee Kwang Soo and Teen Top’s Niel get ready to move on a fall camping shuttle together.
Before Lee Kwang Soo unearths out who his spouse will be, he’s excited when he’s told that he'll be visiting the dorm of an idol singer, because he assumes it is going to be a feminine idol. He is terribly disappointed, however, to look Niel from the boy workforce Teen most sensible open the door.
The “King of Mask Singer” contestant that’s been acting below the call Cosmos has had a hugely impressive winning streak, yet her time at the display has now come to an end!
Cosmos has been appearing on the prove for ten weeks, winning 4 “King of Mask Singer” competitions, and is in the running for her 5th win on November 22′s episode. She blows each person away with her robust functionality of the song “In a Dream” via Jo Duk Bae.
The landscape of Korea"s retail industry has shifted over the outdated few years because of the developing selection of singles, online purchases and frugal procuring patterns. classic retail giants like branch and superstores have observed revenues drop, whilst convenience shops and online buying groceries malls are booming. Shinhan Card analyzed spending patterns via 700,000 heavy spenders who account for 10 % of general credits card users in 2010 and in March to would possibly of this year.It discovered that the share of credit-card spending at department stores, supermarkets and television house looking channels fell from 46.1 percent to 31.1 percent during the last five years, while that of convenience stores and online shopping malls rose from 30.1 percent to 43.5 percent.
◆ unmarried Men Convenience stores stood out among 14 retail sectors regarded as in the survey. according to credit card spending, convenience stores" percentage of the retail industry rose from 1.6 percent in 2010 to 5.7 percent this year, a 3.5-fold increase. In contrast, department stores" share dropped by 25.7 percent, and superstores" 34.2 percent. The share of television domicile shopping channels plunged 37 percent.One 36-year-old single administrative center employee on a normal basis department shops for groceries at the local convenience store. He buys principally milk and beverages and ready-to-eat foods for 2 to 3 at a time, with an eye on special offers. "Products are more pricey in convenience stores, yet I don"t actually purchase much", he said. He hardly ever buys brand new produce since he does now not cook at home. most effective once each and every two to 3 months does he cross to the supermarket. in terms of garments be buys online. Single men in their 30s are most commonly liable for boosting convenience shop sales. One out of each three consumers or 32.5 percent are men between the ages of 28 and 37. But a rising variety of men in their 40s also are switching to convenience stores. The intake patterns of singles here are very an identical to the ones in Japan, which saw a upward push in one-person families and an aging society 10 to twenty years previous than Korea.◆ Online Shopping Malls Online shopping malls have also received a cast share of the domestic retail market, accounting for 37.8 percent of credit card spending, which is upper than the marketplace stocks of supermarkets (18.6 percent) and superstores (18.4 percent) combined. when it comes to per-capita per month credit card spending, Koreans spent W365,000 at online shopping malls, in comparison to W159,000 at superstores and W122,000 at department stores (US$1=W1,164). cellular shopping accounted for 48.5 percent of online shopping center revenues.◆ Prudent SpendingAs unemployment remains prime among young people, buyers in their 20s are keeping their wallets shut. Credit card spending in March to may just by men in their 20s rose only W50,000 as compared to 5 years ago, and credit card spending by ladies in the age crew only W90,000. In contrast, credit card spending among shoppers in their 30s to 60s rose by around W100,000 to W220,000. Kim Dae-jong at Sejong University said, "Women in their 20s in maximum cases invest in cosmetics, clothing and accessories but are scaling down on needless purchases due to the the harsh task market. But as increasingly folks eliminate marriage till later in life, spending by running women in their 30s has increased".
A rep from logo New song said, "We wish to thank the fans who have been looking ahead to goodbye for Verbal Jint. so as to praise the fans who have been waiting for four years, this album changed into created in Verbal Jint"s blood and sweat. we are hoping that the fans will experience the primary 11 prerelease tracks in addition the 10 further tracks that would be released by potential of the finish of December."
As Haha rummaged via Gary"s house, it turned into printed that the rapper has his own studio and paintings area installed correct at domestic where he produced more than one hit tracks for Leessang and himself. The rapper also had a spacious living room and a room full of shoes and snapback hats.
On November 22 airing of "Section TV," new MBC "Music Core" MCs Kim Min Jae and Kim Sae Ron were spotted rehearsing G-Friend"s "Me Gustas Tu" for their debut MC performance. Kim Min Jae told, "I met with Kim Sae Ron each day to practice."
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Over 10,000 reports of kid abuse were won ultimate year for the primary time as public awareness of the difficulty rises.The 10,027 reported situations last year marked a 3.7 fold building up from 2001 and a 47.5 % upward thrust from a year earlier. Reports of repeat abuse more than doubled from 494 in 2008 to 1,027 last year. Some 81.8 percent of abusers were the child"s parents.The surge is because of creating public awareness and bolstered regulations. In September last year, a different law used to be passed toughening punishment for kid abuse, and whilst that ended in more cases being reported, mavens say it has done little to curb baby abuse. "Children who were abused generally tend to abuse their own children when they grow up", stated Ki Seon-wan, a psychiatrist at World St. Mary"s Hospital. "We want to be offering coverage to abused children and train oldsters who abuse their youngsters as well".Child abuse is classified into physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect. Last year, 48 percent of reported cases concerned more than one of the ones categories. Abusive language, overlook and denying children food may also be just as destructive as physical or sexual abuse. Hong Chang-pyo of the National Child defense firm said, "Parents might idiot themselves by potential of thinking that they"re just disciplining their children, yet verbal abuse and punishments regularly get worse over time".The scarcity of childcare amenities could also be a bar to prevention. Last year, just 364 monitors at childcare centers in 54 spaces checked up on 61,242 reported cases of child abuse, which boils down to 168 cases being treated yearly by every person. youngsters who are sufferers of serious abuse are separated from folks and placed in one of 37 shelters around the country, but the full housing capacity of such facilities is simplest 250 children.Also wished is a program to stay watch on abusive parents for the explanation that victims themselves hardly ever file abuse. Experts call for larger vigilance and larger awareness of the various bureaucracy child abuse can take. Reports might be made by calling 112.