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[Op-Ed] Proper distribution of the Spotlight, How After School can win in the end

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After School holds a special place in my heart. I initially found it hard to commit myself to any K-pop artist or group when I first began listening. I was a fan of the music, but nothing drew me in so much to make me full-on support and believe in the genre. One night though while browsing music sites, I came across a blog post recommending girl group After School, emphasizing the harmonies and genre-blending of their 2009 single “Because Of You”. I was intrigued, took a listen, and instantly fell in love. A piano ballad mixed with electronic dance elements and rapping blew my mind and, of course, the harmonies were on point (I have a thing for harmonies).

They were After School; a girl group with seven members with a unique system where members would be admitted and eventually graduate. But this was an afterthought as I further explored. From what I could tell, After School’s graduation system was nonexistent and only gaining members; topping off at nine at one point. One member had graduated, but I saw no reporters or fan comments upset about the member leaving. It just seemed like After School would just keep growing in power with new girls. I watched every second of the campaign for their first full album Virgin, watching what I saw as a perfectly staged comeback with the flawless “Let’s Step Up” tap dance routine (after already proving they could create a drumline with “Bang!”) and the “Shampoo” single.

Before After School Red and After School Blue began their respective sub-unit promotions, it was announced that member Bekah would be graduating from the group. While Bekah always impressed me with her rap skills and was the best English speaker, it was not the biggest blow to the group. They were still After School comprised of eight girls with different personalities, such as their visionary leader Kahi, the model-esque NaNa, and the adorable Raina. Why wasnt it such a huge blow to see Bekah leave? Was it because she simply did not stand out enough or had she not had her rightful time in the spotlight? Fans know how hard these groups train; was Bekahs pop career that started with AH about to end now? These are all valid questions.

Then last month, news broke about leader Kahi graduating. Kahi inevitably became the face of After School with her singing, rapping, and dancing skills; even extending her fame with a solo mini-album and acting stints. So when the face of your group leaves, what happens next? As well, what happens when all the original faces of your group leave?

Some may envision disaster but the way I see it, with the right moves, After School could potentially end up as one of the most influential groups in K-pop.

There is the argument that when a member leaves, the members fans leave too. While the group’s newest recruit Kaeun may be special in her own way, she has no following yet. Kahi may have been a core reason fans were interested in After School and one of the faces they could automatically recognize. There were people who supported Kahi as the After School leader and additionally in her non-After School endeavors. Now, with seven other girls, Kaeun could easily be a nameless face amongst the more popular members—but what happens when they leave? Is Kaeun now expected to be a force in After School after stepping in following Kahis departure?

What After School and Pledis Entertainment need to make sure to do is to give each member their time in the spotlight. The comeback single “Flashback” sees a more even distribution of parts compared to past singles, but I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the newly shifted focus towards Nana, Raina, and Jungah. Nana particularly in getting her own solo track on their new maxi single with the standout “Eyeline” song plus lots of lines on “Flashback”, which means even more video time. Raina received a large amount of vocals on the title track and there was more emphasis on Jungah than ever as After School’s new leader; the girls also duet on the “Timeless” ballad.

Does it matter that Kahi isnt in the new single Flashback? Do you enjoy seeing new members?

While it may be time to focus on these three members, the other five girls cannot be forgotten. The company is making strides in making sure all have their own projects, as member Lizzy is also a part of sub-unit group Orange Caramel with Nana and Raina, while UEE hosts a music program and takes on various roles in dramas. This should help solidify both the girls, though the other members do risk being cast aside.

Theres two ways to look at this risk though. On one hand, there is the possibility that like Mexicos Menudo, The U.K.s Sugababes, and Americas Pussycat Dolls, that After School will be Koreas music brand. Perhaps thats why Kaeun, Juyeon, and E-Young have all been styled somewhat similarly for this comeback. They are beautiful girls and if they are not going to be the stars, then they will at least give off the brands impression of beautiful, talented girls. Or Pledis could take the challenge of making all their members stars. Perhaps a sub-unit is needed (or coming?) to highlight the three aforementioned members? A hosting gig similar to Tiffany, Taeyeon and Seohyun of Girls Generation?

If After School and Pledis can make sure that all their members are distinct in their own ways when the time comes to graduate, they could very well find themselves with huge presence in the Korean entertainment world. While Bekah left to be a designer and occasionally is written about, Kahi could be a strong solo female force, extending Pledis’ capital as well as After School’s credibility.

Kahi would succeed because of the spotlight that was put on her during After School. Bekah never went soloperhaps for several reasons. She may never have wanted to or it would not have been wise for her to do so as she may have not had strong enough star-power to make it. If the other After School girls are worthy of being in the same class as Kahi, then ideally they could all perform equally making After School a true force in K-pop for years to come.  As other instantly recognizable groups age and are unable to perform as they may once have, After School may be able to do this with any batch of members. As long as the spotlight is fairly distributed making each student special in her own way, After School may have the system that ultimately proves to be the best in the world of K-pop.

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Jeff Benjamin is a Singer, Songwriter, DJ, Photographer and freelance writer who has written works for Billboard, Rolling Stone and now allkpop. Follow him on Twitter @Jeff__Benjamin

Spoiler 'Goodbye Mr. Black' Moon Chae-won apologizes to Lee Jin-wook

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On the episode 16 of MBC Wednesday Thursday drama, "Goodbye Mr. Black", Kim Swan (Moon Chae-won) went into Baek Eun-do (Jeon Gook-hwan)' room stealthily when he used to bein brief away.

Swan recollected Min Seon-jae (Kim Kang-woo)'s words asking Baek Eun-do, "You've were given my text" and searched the room to find his cellphone. She becamesurprisedto discover a photo of Cha Jae-wan (Jeong Dong-hwan)'s dead body. At the moment, Swan heard Baek Eun-do entering the room and she controlledto conceal herself quickly.

Luckily, Swan maycross back to her room without getting noticed. When Baek Eun-do walked into her room, she asked him leading questions associated with Cha Jae-wan's dead body. However, Baek Eun-do said, "I know not anything about Cha Ji-won's family" Swan went to Cha Ji-won (Lee Jin-wook )and showed the photo of Cha Jae-wan's dead body. Swan taking a look awfully unhappy told him, "I am sorry".

Spoiler 'Master - God of Noodles' The 4 orphans split to head on separate paths

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On this day, Park Tae-ha surrendered himself to the police as adverse to Chae Yeo-gyeong (Jeong Yoo-mi), who had killed the director of the Sarang orphanage.

Moo Myeong-i, Chae Yeo-gyeong, and Go Gil-yong visited the detention center where Park Tae-ha was once imprisoned. Park Tae-ha told Chae Yeo-gyeong that he turned into doing smartly in the legal and also asked her to grow to be a prosecutor and investigate the twist of fate later. Chae Yeo-gyeong crying in tears gave him a photo of the 4 orphans they took when they were little.

Moo Myeong-i asked Chae Yeo-gyeong and Go Gil-yong what they were going to do from now on. Chae Yeo-gyeong stated she was going to take the schoolfront exam as planned and Go Gil-yong said he was going to be informedabilities to get a task at a shipbuilding backyard because it is going to make him excellent money. The 3other folks promised to fulfill all in front of the prison 3 years later on the day of Park Tae-ha's dismissal day and then they went off their own way.

TWICE Thank you Enthusiasts For Their First Ever Song Display Win

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TWICE Thank you  Enthusiasts For Their First Ever Song  Display Win

TWICE held a distinct broadcast by way of the Naver V App, where they expressed their gratitude to their fans for their win back Jung Eun Ji, who used to be too up for the win this week. Jihyo said, “We all began12 months ago on ‘SIXTEEN,’ and as of late nosotros are so thankful to have won this meaningful trophy. We sang the song given to us as very best we could, and done the entirety asked of us. Without the assistance ofeverybody along the way, this win wouldn’t were possible.”

Jeongyeon said, “Thank you for the primaryposition win. We remember that alongside it, we want tostayoperating hard.” Dahyun added, “Tomorrow marks 2 hundred days since we debuted. TWICE will continue to do our most sensible in the future.”

The workforce celebrated with a cake, bowing to the camera in thanks. TWICE also prolonged a be aware of congratulations to I.O.I member Jeon Somi on her fresh debut.

Spoiler 'Entertainers' Ji Seong swallows his pride to give probability for his Ddanddara band

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During the beyond fourth dimension when Seok-ho enjoyed a chain of good fortunethe entire time, he looked down on the assistant producer and acted arrogantly. However, the eventualities were flipped over: Seok-ho failed miserably and the assistant producer at the time wasa major producer.

Seok-ho told the producer, "My mom used to inform me I must be modest the whole time. However, I have at all times been impoliteagainst you lotbecause you were an assistant producer. Please assist me once".

He also said, "Please give our band, Ddanddara only onelikelihood for to accomplish on the stage. I amthis kind of lame person. But, our youngsters accept come this some distancesimplestin keeping with the believe on me. I'm going to pay you back for what I have done to you so far. I willcome againloads and thousands of times to kneel down in front of you. Please save me once".

Akdong Musician Talks About 2-Year Hiatus And Inspiration For “Spring”

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Akdong Musician Talks About 2-Year Hiatus And Inspiration For “Spring”

Akdong Musician Talks About 2-Year Hiatus And Inspiration For Springleonid Might 5, 2016 0 Akdong Musician’s Lee Chan Hyuk has publishedthe foundation for their new mini album entitled Spring, which can also be translated as Puberty.

When Lee Soo Hyun denied her brothers claim, Lee Chan Hyuk quipped, “They say folksdealing with puberty don’t are conscious about it themselves.”

“Spring” got here out on May additionally 4, and covers quite so much of themes, comparable to the enjoy of interest about the world, excitement over love and dreams, and self-consciousness. The mini album targets to capture now not only the sentiments of teenagers, yet as wellthe interiorearly lifeof individuals of all ages.

Spoiler Added episode 12 captures for the Korean drama 'Jackpot'

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Added episode 12 captures for the Korean drama "Jackpot" (2016)Directed by skill of Nam GeonWritten by Kwon Soon-gyooNetwork : SBSWith Jang Geun-seok, Yeo Jin-goo, Jeon Kwang-ryeol, Choi Min-soo, Lim Ji-yeon, Yoon Jin-seo,...24 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00Also referred to as "Daebak" and "The Royal Gambler"SynopsisThe tale of an unlucky prince named Yeong-soo (Dae-gil), who is born with the fate of royalty yet lives the existence of a peasant, and Yeong-jo who has everything. It is a faction (fact-fiction) ancient about the conflicts of love, fate and the throne. Broadcast beginning date in Korea : 2016/03/28

G-Dragon, Seohyun, Yesung, And More Proportion Throwback Pictures On Children’s Day

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G-Dragon, Seohyun, Yesung, And More Proportion Throwback Pictures On Children’s Day

G-Dragon, Seohyun, Yesung, And More Proportion Throwback Footage On Children’s Dayilmare42 Might 5, 2016 0 Some of K-Pops biggest stars have shared photos from their childhoods for Children’s Day this year!

Children’s Day is celebrated on May justfive in South Korea, which just occurs to be “Throwback Thursday.” Its an reputable holiday when oldsters take their youngsters out on trips to the park, zoo, amusement park, or simply spend time in combination as a family.

On this special day, celebrities who are all grown up now took to Instagram to post photos from when they were kids, adding BIGBANG’s G-Dragon, Great Junior’s Yesung and Kangin, Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun, EXID’s Hani and Junghwa, and rather a lot of more!

“Produce 101″ Contestant Han Hyeri Becomes A Cosmetic Model

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“Produce 101″ Contestant Han Hyeri Becomes A Cosmetic Model

Produce 101 Contestant Han Hyeri Becomes A Cosmetic Style ehk38 Might 5, 2016 0 Superstar Empire trainee Han Hyeri has landed a gig as a cosmetics model sooner than her authentic debut.

Han Hyeri, who competed on on womanworkforce survival display Product 101 and carried out in 12th place, has been courted by way of the advertisement industrybecause the close of the show.

Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany and Seohyun: Same Dress, Other Feel

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Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany and Seohyun: Same Dress, Other Feel

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Super Junior’s Kanging Unearths His Deathly Worry Of Labelmates BoA And Dana

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Super Junior’s Kanging Unearths His Deathly Worry Of Labelmates BoA And Dana

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterGuesting on the maximum recent episode of Radio Star, Super Junior member Kangin confessed which two SM Entertainment labelmates he's virtually scared of.

Aired on Would possibly 4th, Kangin printed that he feels the most frightened when around CSJH The Grace and musical actress Dana in addition singer BoA.

He says, There are two ladies whom I believe nervous around, BoA and Dana. Its because Dana used to bein point of factdifficult on me whilstI used to be a trainee.