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2NE1 Wants to Know: Do You Love Me?

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2NE1 Wants to Know: Do You Love Me? 2NE1 Wants to Know: Do You Love Me? 2NE1 Wants to Know: Do You Love Me? The answer to this question is obvious: of course we love 2NE1. They usually have pretty good grooves, pretty awesome dance moves, and they represent a strong independent female image that many of us identify with. But if this song is asking whether I love it, the answer is no. If the music video is asking whether I love it, the answer is meh. I wanted to. I really, really did. So much so that I felt guilty the entire time I was writing this review. My number one girl group bias is 2NE1. I’m practically obligated to love their latest track.

But it seems that it was not meant to be. The track starts out promising enough. The opening features an 80s-like synth sound that sets the stage for an epic, promising prequel to last summer’s “I Love You.” But something goes wrong almost immediately: CL starts spelling out not just one word but the entire title of the song. For anyone fluent in English, this is potentially jarring. I wanted to respond, “Yeah, I know how to spell the name of the song!” after the second round of spelling started at the end of the first verse. While CL’s voice sounds excellent, it’s just completely wasted on this phrase.

The lyrical failure doesn’t stop there. Indeed, the lyrics are characterized by an obsessive and immature point of view on making a genuine emotional connection to a potential romantic partner. There’s nothing transcendent or beautiful. To some, the lyrics will be read as syrupy and sweet. Alternatively, they might be read as perfect, creepy stalker material:

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, I only think of you

Morning, lunch time, evening, dawn, all day you burn me up

In the end, L O V E is what I say

I think I have fallen into the ocean called you

While this might appeal to younger audiences, 2NE1 (and their song writer/producer Teddy) can and have done better, and we wonder if they should have taken their own advice from “I Love You”: don’t become obsessed.

Maybe the lyrics wouldn’t matter so much if the delivery mechanism didn’t fall so flat. While the sound got off to a strong start, instead of building into something bigger and bigger that carries the listener away, the song builds up a little and then just stays there for three and a half minutes. It’s almost like an aborted lift off. Each contributor individually sounds pretty good, especially Minzy and Park Bom, but they gave me a snack when I was hungry for a feast. In fact, that is essentially this song’s whole problem. Coming from anyone else, it probably would seem like a decent song. But coming from a Teddy-2NE1 collaboration, we just expect more.

Sometimes an excellent music video can make up for a mediocre song. Also, sometimes things go wrong, and the original music video concept has to be scrapped. This is what happened with the video for “Do You Love Me?” To keep their release schedule on track, YG Entertainment decided to film a music video using cell phones and handheld cameras at the Jejudo villa of YG’s Yang Hyun-suk.

There are two ways of looking at the end result. The first is that there is nothing inherently wrong with it. It might have absolutely nothing to do with the music or anything else really, but it’s fun. 2NE1 gives their fans a look at what it could be like to party with them, and it sure seems fun. There are pillow fights, nights out clubbing, dancing, looking wasted and half done up in the bathroom. There are cameos from the YG Entertainment family and a fun animated mouth on a smartphone. All ingredients for a good girl’s night out, at least by some people’s standards. In fact, it wouldve been a great video for “Fallin’ in Love.”

And thats the second way of looking at it: the song and the video just dont match. The video seems completely random. It lacks the emotion that the lyrics express. In the end, this makes the video kind of a disappointment. Would it have been so bad to just let the release schedule get pushed back? They did just announce that G-Dragon’s newest album is postponed without even announcing a new release date. The whole thing starts to seem a little lazy on YG’s part. They had a setback, so they decided to not really try anymore. I’m not impressed.

Unfortunately, the same is true of the choreography for this song. They debuted the dance moves on M Countdown, and while they are an improvement over the pathetic effort for “Fallin’ In Love,” they still fall short of what we might have expected after “I’m the Best.” The moves are fun, but they lack power. Minzy’s tremendous dance skills go unused, while Park Bom seems to be losing her touch. Sandara and CL perform inoffensively, but it’s still boring. The did put on some pretty fabulous clothing though, so not all was lost.

Indubitably, many if not most Blackjacks will be pretty excited about this release, the sound, the video and the new dance moves. But overall, 2NE1’s relatively weak releases this summer have made more than one wonder whether Teddy is asleep at the wheel, bored or just out of ideas. Whatever the cause, this potential trend is worrisome. He set the bar so high that now it’s disappointing when he’s not able to clear it. While “Do You Love Me?” is an acceptable contribution to a K-pop daytime music mix, it’s not dance floor material that we’ll be excited about in a couple of months, much less a year later. That’s a shamewhatever they were dancing to in the music video looked like it might have been the right stuff.

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'Remember War of the Son' Yoo Seung Ho Unearths Some other Victim

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'Remember War of the Son' Yoo Seung Ho Unearths  Some other Victim

In "Remember - War of the Son" Yoo Seung Ho and Park Min Young searched forsome other victim that wereharmby potential of Nam Goong Min.

On the episode of SBS Wednesday/Thursday drama "Remember - War of the Son" (script Yoon Hyun Ho, director Lee Chang Min, production Trademarks Film) of Feb. 3rd, yet one more victim of Nam Kyu Guy (played by Nam Goong Min) used to be found.

On this day, Lee In Ah (played by Park Min Young) went over to the victim who had been raped by Nam Kyu Man and turned intodriven to be any person who just sought after money. With that, she attemptedto discuss the facts of that day yet the doors to her middle were closed.

Watch: Jo Jung Suk Is Adorable With His Funny English on “Youth Over Flowers”

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Watch: Jo Jung Suk Is Adorable With His Funny English on “Youth Over Flowers”

During the broadcast, Jo Jung Suk, Jung Woo, Jung Sang Hoon, and Kang Ha Neul stopped via a gasoline station to refuel their car. Then again they were unfamiliar with the automobile fueling procedure in Iceland as it was onceother from how it's far done in Korea. Jo Jung Suk then comes to a decisionto head get some lend a hand and asks a stranger outdoor the station, Hey, excuse me, am i in a position toassistance me? The individual then issues to the building, gesturing for him to discoveraid inside. Once he discovered an worker inside, he asked again, Excuse me, can I assist me? Smiling, the employee understood what he becamepronouncing and passed him a fueling card to refuel the car. 

Jo Jung Suks clumsy English brought much laughter to Korean netizens. Probably the most popular comments were: Hahahahahaha his charm is overwhelming hahahaha. Open the door! (means to mention close the door) and An individual cant be perfect~

tvNs Youth Over Flowers airs each and every Friday at 9:45 p.m. KST. Its next commute to Namibia featuring the forged of Answer 1988 will air on February 19.

Watch: “Music Core” 2.6.16: 4Minute, Yoo Seung Woo, GFRIEND, and More

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Watch: “Music Core” 2.6.16: 4Minute, Yoo Seung Woo, GFRIEND, and More

Watch: Tune inwardness 2.6.16: 4Minute, Yoo Seung Woo, GFRIEND, and Morekokoberry February 5, 2016 0 Todays episode of MBCs Music Core functions performances from 4Minute, Yoo Seung Woo, Youngster Top, GFRIEND, Dal Shabet, Ryeowook, IMFACT, Stellar, Legend, Yezi, Street Boyz, Anda, SUS4, Mose, Vromance, and Nop.K.

♬ Center ♡ Attack Degree ♬- Teen Best 『Warning Sign』- 4Minute 『No Love』『Hate』- GFRIEND 『Rough』- Dal Shabet 『Someone like U』- IMFACT 『Lollipop』- Stellar 『Sting』- Legend 『Crush on you』- YEZI 『Cider』- Road Boyz 『Be my love』- Anda 『TAXI』- SUS4 『PICK ME UP』

♬ Sweet♡Sound Stage ♬- RYEOWOOK 『The Little Prince』- YU SEUNGWOO (feat. The maximum important Star) 『Whatever』- Mose (feat. Woman Jane) 『Feel』- VROMANCE 『Already Winter』- Nop.K (feat. Hoon.J) 『CLIMAX』

Heo Chan Mi Talks About Practically Debuting as Girls’ Generation Member on “Produce 101″

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Heo Chan Mi Talks About Practically Debuting as Girls’ Generation Member on “Produce 101″

Heo Chan Mi Talks About Nearly Debuting as Ladies Generation Member on Produce 101ehk38 February 5, 2016 0 Former F-ve Dolls member and present contestant on Mnets Produce 101 Heo Chan Mi talks about her time as a trainee at SM Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Duble Sidekick Entertainments trainee Heo Chan Mi has woncompliment for her skills on Produce 101 as she competes for a place in a lady group. The display airs each and every Friday at 11 p.m. KST.

SONAMOO and B.A.P to look on 'Boss Is Watching' together

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SONAMOO and B.A.P to look on 'Boss Is Watching' together

For the ones of you unfamiliar with the approaching show, it follows the C.E.O of each and every artist's respective corporate every bit they observethe abilitiesand abilities the contributors accept honed. So as to stay their artists alive, the C.E.Os will have to groom and broaden the members so they do notappear to be eliminated.

When SONAMOOwas asked which staff they sought after to overtake, they cheerfully exclaimed, "We wish to rhythm everyone! We wish to exist the winners!"

The lunar new year special is related to bring a spectrum of idol teamsin combination on February the 6th at 8:45 PM (KST) so don't disregardto observe and cheer for yourfavourite groups in corners like skill shows, wrestling, and speed quizzes!

Yoo Jae Suk Will Take Over The Lunar New Year Holiday

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Yoo Jae Suk Will Take Over The Lunar New Year Holiday

Yoo Jae Suk Will Take Over The Lunar New Year Holidayhellohalcyon February 5, 2016 0 Comic Yoo Jae Suk is expected to be very busy throughoutthe approaching Lunar New Year holiday weekend. In keeping with a representative from FNC Entertainment, he's scheduled to look on several otherTelevision networks and take part in a lot ofalternative schedules.

On February 6 and 7, he is expected to list for KBSs SatisfiedIn combination 3 and SBSs Same Bed, The several Dreams. And also on February 7 and 9, he's going to exist filming a advertisement for a new advertisement contract. On February 10, he may be on shoot for JTBCs Sugar Man. And finally, he will bestleisure on February 8 sooner than resuming his busy paintings schedule.

In addition to his busy schedule, he will be shown on broadcast TV on several varied networks duringthe vacation weekend. On February 6, he will seem in MBCs Limitless Challenge for the Meet My Unsightly Friend special and on February 7 he will be on SBSs Running Man. And on February 8 and nine respectively, he will be on air for Same Bed, Different Dreams and Sugar Man.

Video 2d teaser video released for the Korean drama 'Pied Piper'

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"Pied Piper" (2016)Directed by way of Kim Hong-seon-IWritten by Ryoo Yong-jaeNetwork : tvNWith Sin Ha-gyoon, Yoo Joon-sang, Jo Yoon-hee, Jeon Gook-hwan, Kim Jong-soo, Park Seong-geun,...Mon, TueSynopsisIn the days missing communications, the drama suggests the answers to the social conflicts by way of the activities by a negotiation team, who tries to solve complicationsthru talks and conversationtill the finish of the answer even below the tough-and-go circumstances.Broadcast beginning date in Korea : 2016/03/07

Video Added new teaser video and poster for the Korean drama 'Memories'

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"Memories" (2016)Directed by way of Park Chan-hongWritten by Kim Jee-wooNetwork : tvNWith Lee Sung-min, Song Seon-mi, Lee Ki-woo, Junho, Yoon So-hee, Park Jin-hee,...16 episodes - Fri, Sat 20:30SynopsisPark Tae-seok, a legal professionaloperating for a law company is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The drama depicts his lively efforts wantingto be offeringcoverage tothe valuableprice of one's lifestyles and circle of relatives love, whilst his reminiscence starts fading away.Broadcast beginning date in Korea : 2016/03/18

Song Triplets Team Up With Dad One Ultimate Time to organize Marvel for Mom

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Song Triplets Team Up With Dad One Ultimate Time to organize  Marvel for Mom

Song Triplets Team Up With Dad One Final fourth dimensionto organizeWonder for Mother kminjungee February 5, 2016 0 At the finishof nineteen months, thru tears and laughter, the time to mentiongood-bye to Song Il Gook and Daehan, Minguk; and Manse has come. 

The upcoming February 7 broadcast of KBS 2TV’s The Go back of Superman is a Lunar New Year special episode, titled “I Love You, I like You, I Love You,” and may be the last episode featuring Song Il Gook and his sons.

On this day, Song Il Gook, who at first agreed to the displayso as to give his wife a break, remarks that he “wants to spend the last day of filming devoted to Mom, who used to be the catalyst for our appearance,” and selects turning in lunch boxes stuffed with love to his wife, Jung Seung Yeon, as their last mission.

Park Na Rae is willing to surrender her area to invite Kim Soo Hyun on her show

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Park Na Rae is willing to surrender her area to invite Kim Soo Hyun on her show

The hilarious comic stated, "I would love to have Kim Soo Hyunon the show. No, no longer the author Kim Soo Hyun. I would like to dream big. Lets make a superhaving a look program together. I am willing to surrender my space that I have already put a gigantic deposit on and paid a year's hire into."

Fellow comedianLee Kuk Juadded, "I are searching to invite Min Kyung Hoon.I'm willing to shop for him a development in exchange," further adding to the hilarious situation.

Kim Sook crowned off the verbal exchangeby capacity of saying, "I wish to inviteKim Woo Bin. We shoot texts to each and every other yetI would liketo satisfy him in person. I lied, the text messages are one sided."