Sometimes, I feel like I am the only 4Nia existent on this planet. Or at least, this continentand honestly, sometimes, Cube Entertainment makes me feel that way as well.
After the Mirror Mirror promotions concluded last year (a cycle that was riddled with holes, too), we were promised a comeback. I, like any fan, spazzed a little in front of her laptop, and then proceeded to get on with life, all the while waiting for her favourite girls to make a comeback. 2011 turned into 2012 and for the first month, I heard nothing. I waited. I stumbled into March, overwhelmed by the sheer amount of groups making comebacks.
Then, I hear what I should have been expecting: 4Minute is postponing their comeback to April. The news was accompanied with some mildly pleasing Nylon photos, but even HQ eye candy of Jihyun and Jiyoon was not enough to rid me of my disappointment.
Im going to put it out there: 4Minute isnt Cubes main moneymaker. Despite 4Minute being the first group Cube ever put out, Beast was swift to haul in the profits. Cube didnt waste any time promoting (and later on, mis-promoting) G.NA either. Since then, Cube has split off a couple of sub-labels in order to debut a handful of new acts, the most recent addition to their roster being BtoB. Im going to put it out there: Cube has my respect. For the most part, theyve been handling their artists well. Beast makes good material consistently and are great performers. A Pinks debut was a definite step in the right direction, if only because their second EP sits in my music library with the occasional few plays. G.NA, though, is a shame in the sense that Cube has been mismanaging her. I understand the conceptual direction they want her to take, but frankly, Top Girl is something of a waste of her voice. 4Minute though, despite their consistent improvements (until their full length album, that is), just isnt standing where they could be on the K-Pop staircase to fame.
4Minute had something of a rocky debut, mainly due to accusations of copying 2NE1 in terms of style (both musically and image-wise). Hot Issue wasnt the best song around and truth to be told, it was actually their first EP, For Muzik which made me a fan. And if I were to be more specific, it was the introductory track, which was only a minute long, that made me a 4Nia. This trend in fantastic openings still holds true today, and it brings me great joy to gloat and say that this seems to be a 4Minute thing. Moving on though, Hit Your Heart was positively flawless and really cemented 4Minute as a solid group. While they made efforts with minor releases for OSTs, 4Minute was never pushed much further in terms of promotions. Strangely enough, the one OST song they released in 2010 never garnered as much attention as I initially expected. Frankly, its one of 4Minutes better ballads, of the few they have.
From then on, 4Minute tried dabbling in Japan and truth to be told, the results werent quite what we were hoping for. In all fairness, musically, they werent too bad. It was an odd phenomenon, where the Japanese versions of some of their Korean hits (Muzik and I MY ME MINE to be specific) were actually well-produced. However, they werent instantaneous success stories and most of their sales seemed to stem from an already established fanbase. In fact, to this day, their Japanese ventures arent chart-topping and probably never will be, despite their efforts to release original material. After a fairly significant chunk of time spent in Japan, along with a variety show, 4Minute made their long-awaited Korean comeback with a seemingly obscure promotional strategy.
And this brings me to the main issue at hand: will Cube deliver?
In all fairness, theyve definitely done so in the past. As Ive stated earlier Hit Your Heart was a solid album and probably 4Minutes best to date. However, from then on, Cube seems to have done something terribly wrong in managing them, because theyve just gone downhill from there. Its fairly obvious that Cube does value 4Minute, because they are putting effort into switching up their style in order to get something more than the usual fierce. Theyve even tried working out a different promotional strategy (an EP followed by the studio album) but that really didnt do the girls any favours either.
The issue is, theyve been going at it wrong with their last releaseespecially since that theyve in a sense tried too hard. While drastic conceptual changes in a group may be a good thing, Cube had chosen the wrong alleyway. 4Minute doesnt do cutesy well, and this should have been apparent from the start with What A Girl Wants. So when I heard that 4Minute would be trying out some different genres, I hoped (and still am) with all my heart, that I would not catch sight of a single second of aegyo, because that is not what 4Minute does. Instead, it would bring me great joy to see them dabbling in more RB.
Even so, the problem that Cube has, from what I can see, is that theyre trying to fix what doesnt need to be fixed. 4Minute functions well bringing out fierce songs like HuH. Theres no need for them to stray from that style, so long as their production team puts their heads together and pumps out more solid material along those lines. KARA never made any drastic changes either image-wise or musically, and while it had taken a while, today, theyve grown into their own style. 4Minute too, is capable of this feat. An artist doesnt need to leave their chosen genre completely in order to grow musically. Cube has succeeded with Beast in this respect, so what is wrong with 4Minute? At any rate, with a title track called Pump Up The Volume, Im still hopeful, because it looks like 4Minute are walking down the dance runway again. With April fast approaching, I am most certainly looking forward to what 4Minute has in store musically.
Conceptually though, very little teasing has occurred, but there has been news of a 4-day long filming (lol, four, get it?) process for the music video, and that almost screams set to me. Whether or not that is a good thing or not, depends once again, on the set. 4Minute has rarely ventured out of their clean boxes but for the most part, have worked those boxes well. Their costumes too, we barely get a glimpse of in Jihyun and maknae Sohyuns selca. From what we can glean though, I see white, and bling which may make for something rather bland and Mirror Mirror-esque. Sohyuns returned to long hair though, and I approve of it so much. At least one thing is definitely going right so far.
(Nate, Koreaboo, 4MinutesForum)
In "I Have a Lover" Ji Jin Hee and Kim Hyun Joo began their legit romance.
On the 24th episode of SBS "I have a Lover" (script Bae Yoo Mi, director Choi Moon Suk) broadcast on October 17th, Hye Kang (played through Kim Hyun Joo) went forward and attemptedto discover her official memory.
On this day, Jin Un and Hye Kang started an official romance. Jin Un did notprevent her love affair confession of love in opposition to Hye Kang. With that, Hye Kang stated to him as well, "I would like to beloved you" and created an overly loveable vibe.
Third position on the male list synchronized with the feminine category, as participants voted for the on-screen boyfriend of Park Shin Hye, Lee Jong Suk. He got 11.8 percent of votes, followed by his real-life friend and fellow model-turned-actor, Kim Woo Bin, who turned intochose by 10.8 percent of respondents.
Organizers of the survey were no longershocked by the results. In keeping with the report published by jTBC, a spokesperson for the corporate cited the recognition of Yoo Seung Ho and the picture of Suzy as Korea's sweetheart, as attributing points for their ends up in the study.
Yoo, whose post-military projects come with "Imaginary Cat" and "Remember," is continuously referred to by Korean media by the nickname, Little So Ji Sub, for his resemblance to the "Oh My Venus" star.
Shinhwas Kim Dong Wan Makes Solo Comeback With Im Fine MVan0ya October 20, 2015 0 Finishing his seven-year solo hiatus, Kim Dong Wan has returned with his first mini album.
His mini album D was released on October 21 in the dead of night KST in conjunction with the song video for his emotional title track Im Fine. As in the past revealed, the five-track album functions guest verses by g.o.ds Danny An and Show Me the cashbig name Cjamm.
Im Fine is a medium-tempo ballad track with lyrics about getting over your ex-girlfriend. Kim Dong Wans mild yet transparent vocals are an excellent match for the airy melody, making Im Fine an ideal easy-to-listen track for fall.
(Photo : InStyle)(Photo : InStyle)(Photo : InStyle)(Photo : InStyle)(Photo : InStyle)(Photo : InStyle)Veteranactress Kim Hyun Joo rocked bright runway ensembles for the November factor of InStyle. The good looks wore a Dior tweed suit, Gucci ruffled jacket, Fendi pencil skirt and Prada brooches, to calla couple of items. The colour of everyglancein reality stood out because Kim posed in front of a grey backdrop. Consistent with the magazine, "After her maximumfresh I Have A Lover drama comeback, Kim Hyun Joo is receiving more attention than ever before."
Kim's accessories incorporated the "Majorelle" bi-color suede pumps by way of Pierre Hardy. The most original feature of the shoes is the black tassels hooked up to the ankle strap. The design will also be yours HERE and will almost definitely beobserved below.
During the interview, the famous personmentioned her 20th anniversary since her debut. She stated, "It appears likeit is only been ten years. Suddenly, there is alargeobligation to be good. Yet my desires have replaced now that i am older and I am going to pursue more specific roles. With age, I havelearnedthe foremost thing is herbal relationships. I am less enterprising than I used to be back when I started, I'm wantingto find a passion."
For the Black Friday event, YG Items is providing five other t-shirt designs for the subsequent YG artists—2NE1, G-DRAGON, iKON, EPIK HIGH and WINNER in addition a BIGBANG snapback! Those are all re-productions of best-selling designs which are out of inventory and now notreadily available so once youin the pastignored your likelihood now is your opportunity to swoop one (or all five!). One of the vital designs is the vintage WINNER logo T-shirt this islately sold out on either YG e-shop and YG Presents.
For 2NE1, it is the 'MISSING YOU' MV clip T that has been sold-out on YG e-shop for a while now, and it ispromoting for best $20. Head over to ygpresents.com to snatch the ones you want to haveearlier than they sell out and to get your Christmas buying groceries done early!For the ones interested, practice @ygpresents on Instagram and on Twitter to stick up-to-date and to view more cool images and exclusive offerings.
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BTS Speak about Sold Out Concerts and Reflect on InternationalExcursion an0ya November 27, 2015 0 The lads of BTS have shared their mind on sold out concerts and passionate overseas fans.
Ahead of maintaining their solo concert 2015 BTS Reside in Seoul on November 27, the participants sat down for a press conventionto speak about their contemporary activities.
When asked about their concert promoting out instantly after the tickets went on sale, Rap Monster replied, I used to be very surprised. Our old concert used to be sold out as well, and Im glad that we keep having sold out concerts, especially as we gradually go on to greater venues.
Updated: BTS Drops Amazing Track Video Teaser for Runilmare42 November 22, 2015 0 Updated 11/26 KST:
BTS just released the primary music video teaser for Run!
BTS has now shared some more thoughtfootage for their comeback, and are keeping up the butterfly theme weve been seeing in their outdated teasers! The caption at theimages reads Papillon, which is French for butterfly. Take a glance at them out below!
Kim Woo Bin and Kim So Hyun DisplayLovely Chemistry in Front and In the back of the Camerack525 November 25, 2015 0 Kim Woo Bin and Kim So Hyun were the very best pair as they filmed a advertisement together.
On November 26, sidusHQ’s reputable Twitter posted images of the 2 with the caption, “Behold, the behind-the-scenes for the pizza commercial that may be giving fanaticscenter attacks for days as a result of the two’s cute chemistry! Kim Woo bin and Kim So Hyun are the maximum productive pizza traders of the day! Pass the be aware that we’re ordering pizza today~”
In the pictures revealed, Kim Woo Bin and Kim So Hyun can also benoticed close together. Kim Woo Bin is dressed in a red sweater and blue jeans, the best boyfriend look. Kim So Hyun is wearing a bushy white angora sweater and wearing wavy hair that provides her a mature look.
Song Triplets Get a Lesson on Stranger Risk in The Go back of Superman Previewilmare42 November 26, 2015 0 In a preview for the following episode of The Return of Superman, Song Il Gook tries to coach his triplets to watch out of strangers!
While at a theme park, Song Il Gook tells Daehan, Minguk, and Manse that hes going to get them all a snack. He says that while hes gone, they shouldnt apply any stranger who suggests that they go somewhere together.
Once he leaves, he puts their working out of his lesson to the examineby way of asking a girl at the park to head up to the triplets and ask them to go somewhere with her.
(Photo : Cosmopolitan)(Photo : Cosmopolitan)(Photo : Cosmopolitan)(Photo : Cosmopolitan)F(x)'s Victoria explored a secluded waterfront belongings in Hong Kong for the December factor of Cosmopolitan.
The star's cloth wardrobeincorporated Coach's newest arrivals from the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. The line had a quirky strategy to details; for instance, baseball sewing is provideround the collar of fur coats and rain boots are given a makeover with the assistance of leather, pretend straps and golden clasps.
One of Victoria's best possible coats was once the "Fuzzy" teddy undergo coat in bright persimmon. The coat has rounded shoulders, flap wallet and a slouchy fit. It can also be yours HERE and will beobserved below.