Although they are definitely not the first indie group to make to the top of the charts, Busker Buskers appearance made a new breakthrough for indie and indie-pop bands in Korea.
What is great about this particular band is that it does not fit into the standard mold of other indie groups, sticking to off-air performances and generating only niche music fans. After their initial appearance on Super Star K3, their miraculous comeback after being sent home, and finally ending up as the runner-up for the season, Busker Busker opened many doors for both the public to get a taste of indie music as well as for indie bands to generate a larger fanbase.
Consisting of Beom June Jang (lead vocalist/ guitar), Hyung Tae Kim (bass), and Brad Moore (drums), Busker Busker was formed with the vision of creating a busking art group that focused on street performances and sought to ring an artistic cultural presence to the streets of Korea. And like many bands that consists of college students, Busker Busker started off performing for small crowds on the streets of Seoul. In addition, the band did not have set members, their members often changed due to time constraints and schedule conflicts. However, the band members [current members] were made official when they auditioned for Super Star K3.
Busker Busker was noticed for their ability to depict accurate feelings of being in love with simple chords and melody that anyone can strum and hum along to. Not to mention that the lead vocalist Beom June Jang has sweet, relaxing, mid-ranged vocals that suits sentimental songs. For example, Cherry Blossom Ending, their debut song, a song that is very true to a specific season, has light, but savory lyrics as Beom Jung Jang sings: As the spring wind blows, the scattering cherry blossom petals spread out on this street as we walk together.
If you think Cherry Blossom Ending is too slow and are looking for something more exciting, and upbeat, I highly recommend Ideal Type or Makgolina (cover). The two songs depict the light and humorous characteristics of Busker Busker. Highlight for both songs would be when Jang Beom Jun asks Brad Moore a question, and Brad Moore, a native English speaker from Ohio, answers with a cute American-accent in Konglish. With this, the band proved once again that they dont need glossy outfits, computer graphics, or even impressive choreography to attract viewers. Watching the band members having fun, makes you want to shake your body along.
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Not to mention that innocent smile that Jang Beom Jun has throughout the performance and the way that the members sway their bodies to the music! Their rendition of Makgolina was favorited by many, as it was praised even by the original producer Yoon Jong Shin himself. Yoon Jong Shin said, Thank you for making my song even better, as he gave 98 points out of 100 for their cover.
I am particularly picky when it comes to music, but Busker Busker grabbed my, and many others according to here and here, attention as their first debut album was packed with tracks with unique lyrics and simple chord changes that everyone can enjoy at almost anytime. The lead singer may not have much range to his vocals, but it seems to be malleable enough to instill the appropriate feelings according to the mood and lyrics of each song.
Busker Busker already managed to engrave their name in the history of mainstream indie bands with their first album and raise anticipation for their future growth in the industry. Busker Busker, fighting!
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04. “At the Entrance to the Alley
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The site had used pictures of Jay Park and Dok2 for their post on Korean rappers being focused on a drug scandal. In response, he angrily tweeted, "Trying to be a competent new"s sic source yet they post our pic"s sic implying that it"s us when it ain"t."
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His label said, "Jay Park isn"t associated with the drug scandal at all. We don"t know this site at all, and we can"t get into touch with them because they"re now not a Korean site. It"s very shocking."
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."
when you haven"t looked at Kim Sae Ron and Kim Min Jae"s special MC functionality stage, try it out below!
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.