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Exo’s “MAMA” Has Landed

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After months of tedious waiting, overly drawn out promotions, twenty-three-too-many teasers, two prologues, and two showcases, Exo Planet landed on earth and made its long-awaited debut. Now originally, I didnt give a jot about Exo. They were the least of my priorities, the last of my concerns, and entirely unsignificant to me. But then, somehow along the way, I fell in love with them. I dont remember why and how exactly, though Im sure it had something to do with Lu Hans pretty face and the amazing-sounding songs they kept teasing us with.

So I, along with a few other members on the team, became a full-fledged EXOtic. I eagerly awaited whatever they did, watched countless fancams of their showcases, and had high hopes for their debut. When I saw the music video teaser of MAMA, I was overjoyed. It looked fantastic. In my head, I prepared myself for the epicness to come. I imagined what the MV would look like, what I was to expect, and greatly anticipated writing this article so I could express my fangirl feelings for the whole world to see. So perhaps its my fault that Im so disappointed by this debut, because I set my hopes too high.

Both versions of the music video begin with Exos backstory, a strange tale ripped out of the pages of science-fiction and narrated by what sounds like Albus Dumbledore. The English is ridiculous and actually, this whole things is ridiculous. People often accuse YG of being try-hards but Exos concept is the most try-hard thing Ive seen in K-pop. Its so overdone. Theyre from outer space, they have this backstory about a tree, they have super powers, theyre monks, and lets just forget about how incredibly over-dramatic MAMA is. All this wasnt a suddely epiphany I had when watching the MVsits been clear from the start that SM is trying really, really hard with Exo. And this honestly never bothered me too much, and I loved the nerdiness of it all when I watched the MV teaser. But now Im disappointed.

After the story is over (which I advise you skip because its boring and tedious to watch), Exo appears wearing robes. Theyre monks, apparently. Im getting flashbacks to a variety of movies already. Fitting their monk image, they start chanting. The chanting scares me. Its Gregorian in origin and quite intense: CARELESS, CARELESS. SHOOT ANONYMOUS, ANONYMOUS. HEARTLESS, MINDLESS. NO ONE, WHO CARE ABOUT ME?  Then most of the rest of the video happens like this: close-ups, dancing, and random super power scenes. Its all quite confusing, nothing really correlating with each other. We see Kai zipping around everywhere with his teleportation powers and the others looking sullen as they demonstrate what they can do. Why is he zipping around? What are they all doing? What happened to them being monks? How does this video make sense in any way?

But it gets worse. Overlooking the uncohesive storyline, there are other things that bother me. Such as the unequal line distribution and screen time. You know who stands out to me in this video? Kai. Hes always front and center and he even pops into the others scenes. I see a good amount of Suho and Baekhyun but Chanyeol, D.O., and especially Sehun, are sadly neglected. When it comes to lines, Baekhyun, Suho, and D.O. provide most of the vocals while Kai raps more than Chanyeol, the designated rapper. As someone thats Chanyeol-biased, Im irritated over this injustice. And then after a quick dance breaklead by Kai, of coursetheres some screamo to enjoy. And by enjoy, I mean cringe over. The screamo is so random and off-putting and Kai is frightening as he does it. He has the stupidest tattoos all over his face and chest, EXO FROM EXO PLANET 2012, and these horrifyingly hilarious facial expressions. Exo-M make small cameos at the end of the mv.

Exo-Ms version isnt very different from Ks at all. It has the same basic structure: begins with the backstory, has close-ups, dancing, and super power scenes. But I have just as many, if not more, peeves with Exo-Ms version. First off, why all the Kai? Kai takes up most of the spotlight in Ks version and now Ms version as well? Secondly, Exo-Ms versions suffers the same problems as Exo-Ks: unequal line distribution and screen time. I see lots of Chen and Kris but not nearly enough Lu Han, Lay, and Tao. Heck, Kai appeared more often in this MV than Tao did! Tao got about one or two screen shots of his face and his martial arts scenes and thats it. And he got very little lines as well. The others also had to deal with an unfair amount of screentime and lines but not so much as Tao. As a weird contrast to Ks version, both Xiu Min and Kris handled the screamo. Kris looked hot as a David Bowie-lookalike with his spidery face-paint but Im dying inside over what they did to my adorable Xiu Min.

Despite my whining, the MVs werent all bad. To be fair, they were beautifully shot. The scenes were all very pretty, my favorites being all those with Chanyeol, Tao, Lay, and Lu Han. Anything with Lay or Lu Han is automatically beautiful by association.Taos scenes were extremely pretty, in my opinion. I loved the falling white petals, black background, and vivid red shirt. The super power scenes were also neat but I preferred the face-shots in Ms version to Ks. The styling is as awful as ever, but luckily we get to mostly focus on their faces. Im not pleased with the arrangement of the scenesit was all too random for me. Dancing and close-ups I can deal with, but the sudden and unexplain shifts to the boys using their super powers threw me off a bit and made the overall MV inconsistent. One moment the boys are making expressive faces at the camera and the next theyre peacefully, emotionlessly doing magic.

As for the performance aspect of this songI personally believe that Exo-M delivered it better. Exo-K is fabulous but they lack the fierceness and seriousness Exo-M has. But aside from this, both groups did very well in embodying this song. The emotion was there. Its a little unfortunate that Chen, the only real powerhouse in Exo-M, has to take care of all the high notes and belting, while in Exo-K, the lines are at least divided between D.O. and Baekhyun. Kriss rap scene outdid Kais greatly, might I add.

For me, these music videos were a disappointment, but I know plently of others that love them. Who knowsperhaps theyll grow on me in the same way Fantastic Baby did. I do have a list of requests for SM, though:

Less Kai Put away the war paint No screamo Stop chanting Give my babies more screentime Give them more lines, too And nice clothes Give me Baby Dont Cry And then I will be a happy EXOtic.

(SM Entertainment, American K-pop Fans)

Spotted! Haha and Byul are elegant fashionistas on a buying groceries date

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Spotted! Haha and Byul are elegant fashionistas on a buying groceries date

On February 4th, the fame couple was once spotted buying groceries at Lotte department store as they looked atthe recentselection ofmodel brand, Rosa.K. Taking a lookelegant in an all black ensemble, the couple seemed like they were having a wonderful time picking out what they cherished from the line.

Furthermore, it become reported that HaHa and Byul stuck some commotion as the store attracted a kind of Chinese tourists, who were enthusiasts of the couple, looking totake dangle of a glimpse of them.

SB Week in Review: 1/30 to 2/5

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SB Week in Review: 1/30 to 2/5

My favorite 2012 rookie group Nuest is creating a Korean comeback! Their fourth mini-album Q is drops at the 17th.Mamamoo is gearing up for the unencumber of first studio album, Melting, on the 26th.B.A.P update: the gang has been teasing their upcoming mini-album, Carnival, that may drop on. Check up on the album duvet and symbol teasers released so far! There is also a video teaser up for B.A.Ps upcoming international tour, which kicks off in Seoul on the 20th.Rainbow has revealed the names for their new mini-album and identify track: Prism and Whoo respectively. Try out more block-colour teasers like Jae-kyungs (above) here.Brave Girls may be making a comeback with five new members and music Deepened. As discussed remaining Sunday, f(x) now has a fandom name: MeU, or μ!Seventeens vocal unit will be next to feature in Yoon Jong-shins per 30 days project, with the Valentine-themed Chocolate.Real men will be airing a new female squaddies special. Showedvisitors include FiestarCao LuAfter SchoolNanaLee Chae-young and Gong Hyun-joo.AOAs latest sub-unit, AOA Cream, is going the paranormal girl course alongside members Yuna, Hyejeong and Chanmi.Fantagios new boy group Astro is expected to debut on the 23rd.Exo leader Suhos debut film One Way Trip (AKA Glory Day) is decided for a March release. The film also stars Ji-soo (Sassy Go Go), Ryu Jun-yeol (Reply 1988) and Kim Hee-chan (The Producers)Crooner Dean is operating on a new album!Block B is related to be getting ready a comeback; and while March is being touted, Seven Seasons is yet to confrm a date.And finally, SM announced its highly ambitious new group, NCT. Read Eriannes in-depth research here. Other News

February 4th saw South Korean primefacultiesdanglecommencement ceremonies for their senior students. Idols graduating from Seoul College of Appearing Arts were given the maximum attention: Jiho of Oh My Girl, Yuju and Eunha of G-FriendEunjin and chaeyeon of DIASoojung of Lovelyz and DK of Seventeen.Congratulations to the entire new graduates from all schools! (Instagram, Korea Herald, Lonely Planet, My Daily, Naver12, Osen, Sports Donga, BestSuperstar News, Television Daily, Twitter123. Photographs via: DSP Media, SM Entertainment, Dice Entertainment, TS Entertainment, FNC Entertainment)

7 Feminine idols who can rock short hair larger than any person else can

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7 Feminine idols who can rock short hair larger than any person else can

Short haircuts are back in! Actually, short haircuts were never out of style. From lovable and flirty to horny and charismatic, you'lltaste short haircuts the manner you want, on the alternative hand you want! Here are some feminine idols who rock the quick haircut best possiblein additiona wayfashion that suitseach and every cut.

f(x)’s Luna Has a “Dream” of Flying briefly MV for Upcoming Film

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f(x)’s Luna Has a “Dream” of Flying briefly MV for Upcoming Film

f(x)’s Luna Has a Dream of Flying briefly MV for Upcoming Movie notclaira February 5, 2016 0 f(x)’s Luna, who will soon be making her feature film debut in “Lightning Man’s Secret,” has released a quick clip of her OST song for the film. The song is known as “Dream,” fitting in with her persona Han Na, who dreams of flying like the eponymous superhero Lightning Man.

The video cuts scenes of the singer recording in the studio with some shots of her character in the film. Along side her friends, who are all dressed in colorful, cartoonish costumes, Han Na builds herself a jet-powered backpack and takes to the air to the skies. When things don’t move every bit planned, she has to be rescued by way of Lightning Guy himself.

In the song, Luna gets an opportunity to blow their own horns her robust vocals, emerging to a piercing top note as her character soars in the skies.

Just out on Blu-ray Korean film "Northern Prohibit Line"

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Korean film "Northern Prohibit Line" is to be hadto reserve on Blu-ray with English subtitles from YESASIA.

Park So Hyun Admits to Having Her Eye on Idol Crew The Legend

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Park So Hyun Admits to Having Her Eye on Idol Crew The Legend

Park So Hyun Admits to Having Her Eye on Idol Workforce The Legendnotclaira February 5, 2016 0 Actress Park So Hyun, who has receiveda name for being an “idol maniac,” latelymentioned her obsession back on MBC’s “The Gifted.”

On the February five episode, she spoke up about the newest batch of boy teams that she has her eye on. “Road Boyz, IMFACT, and The Legend all have 5 members,” she said. “I’m currently rooting for The Legend.”

Park So Hyun went directly to say, “Although at this time they could be happy, while youglance at idols closely, they have got a trulydifficult time. I just hope that they are ready to produce excellentsong even all the style through their hardships.”

C-JeS stocks the closing spotlight clip of JYJ bonding on their trip!

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C-JeS stocks the closing  spotlight clip of JYJ bonding on their trip!

In the videos that were released between the primarythru the fourth, the complete lotthe lads did equivalent to their undertaking to catch chicken, trip to karaoke, and more were wonundoubtedly by fans! The clips were even ranked as the maximum watched videos on TelevisionForged and enthusiasts are now waiting in anticipation for the unencumber of the trip's completeedition on DVD. 

IMFACT assists in keeping it classic via acting “Lollipop” in hanboks

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IMFACT assists in keeping it classic  via  acting “Lollipop” in hanboks

On February 5th, IMFACT stunnedloversby way of greeting their fans and the media in full guideapparel as they attended rehearsals for KBS Music Bank’s live broadcast. Joining other teamsakin to 4minute, Teenager Top, Woman Jane, Ryeowook and more, the crowd stood out with their traditional clothes for the Lunar New Year.

What surprised fans, however, was once that apart from attending rehearsals in such attire, the participants also controlledto tug off a live functionalityin their debut track “Lollipop” in their traditional wear. Fans were left touch by their trustworthy greeting as they closed their level alongside a formal bow.

Trainee Jeon Somi hospitalised whilst rehearsing for “Produce 101”

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Trainee Jeon Somi hospitalised whilst rehearsing for “Produce 101”

On the February 5th episode of Produce 101, it aired the struggles of the debuting artists whilstin the midst of rehearsals. Somi, for example, changed into in the centerof teaching and rehearsals when she felt unwell and complained of abdominal pain. However, regardless of the discomfort, the trainee expressed that she did no longerwould like to leave rehearsals with the individualsyetsooner or later tearfully followed orders to be checked.

Meanwhile, it was also all the style throughthe similar episode where Somi conducted Girls’ Generation’s “Into The recent World” with the remainder of her group.

'Clriden' denims hug HyunA's curves in new photo shoot

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'Clriden' denims hug HyunA's curves in new photo shoot

The new images released latelyend up why she is referred to assome of the idols with the maximum productive bodies in K-Pop, the denim denims hugging her curves to blow their own horns the voluptuous figure any person would die for.  

She also has fantastic chemistry with the male model, Yang Hong Seok, whom she paired up with for this attractive shoot.  Even pairing the jeans with an effortless white best has HyunA turning heads.