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A New “Day By Day” For T-ara

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In an earlier article, I mentioned that my entire K-pop persona can essentially be boiled down into two basic rules: (1) Im all about the girl groups, and (2) SNSD eternally holds the extremely coveted title of Favorite Girl Group Evahhh while all other girl groups get to duke it out for second placea position that actually changes quite frequently.  Its hard to say who is the current #2 (although Im probably leaning towards miss A), but news of T-aras impending comeback have recalled to me the days in which T-ara was untouchably second best.  Sadly, such nostalgia has this time been accompanied by maudlin speculation on where, exactly, T-ara went wrong in my eyesfor even though other groups have captured my interest, T-ara has kind of dropped the ball since the I Go Crazy Because of You days with me.

A lot of proverbial ink has been spilled over T-ara, due in large part to what many people perceive as extremely poor marketing and management decisions over the past few years.  First, there was the seemingly unnecessary addition of Hwa-young, a rapper whose contribution to the group was essentially dwarfed by the fact that T-ara already had two rappersboth of whom were coincidentally also lead vocalists (problem).  Then there was the release of two music videos that are collectively nearly as long as is one episode of an American drama or soap operaand though the songs were pretty decent, they had almost nothing to do concept-wise with either of the videos.  And then there was the news that even after Hwa-youngs questionable debut, T-ara would be getting yet another two new members, which was accompanied by that extremely bizarre comment made by Core Contents Media CEO Kim Kwang-soo in which he essentially accused the T-ara members of being lazy and sluggish idols.  And then (are you tired yet?) it was revealed that not only was one of the new members all of 14 years old (thereby creating a 10+ year age gap between T-aras oldest and youngest members), but that she had been chased down by Kim Kwang-soo after he saw her on the street while he was drivingoh, and by the way, she had no prior experience or interest in singing, dancing, or acting prior to signing with CCM.  So naturally, she was a perfect candidate to add to a group in desperate need ofyet another rapper or main vocalist?

All of that considered, T-aras been a bit of a head-scratcher lately.  As someone who has always thought that T-ara could very plausibly and successfully survive as a four-member group (preferably including Eun-jungHyo-min, So-yeon, and Ji-yeon) the consistent addition of more unnecessary new faces did nothing to curry favor with me, and it seems that many former fans are of similar minds.  However, aside from the inclusion of one of the worst raps breaks of all time in Roly Poly, T-aras music has admittedly been fairly solidand hey, believe it or not, some of us do stay in the K-pop fandom for the joy of the music alone.  If nothing else, that is reason enough to give the new 8-member/kind of 9 member T-ara a fair shot for their next comeback.

Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, it has been revealed that were in for yet another music video of epic proportions: a twenty-minute long mini-drama, this time of the science fiction variety.  Though new member Dani will not lend her untested vocals to the song Day By Day nor participate in the promotions, she will play a prominent role in the music video alongside the senior members.  Promotional posters for the music video look almost as though they could be advertising Final Fantasy 57  (or whatever number of that game theyre up to by this point), featuring the members dressed aswhat I can only guess are futuristic interpretations of bounty hunters, given that the story is set 300 years in the future (though why theyre brandishing swords and not light sabers is really anybodys guess).  Although only Hyo-min, Ji-yeon, and Eun-jung are featured in the posters, their radical style transformations suggest similarly dramatic hair and wardrobe choices for the other girls.

Additionally, CCM released a minute-long MV teaser on June 28, which sheds a bit more light on what we can expect when the single drops on July 3:

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the teaser is the almost seamless blending of old and new, of medieval and futuristic.  Though the music video ostensibly takes place in a devastated city of the 2300s, T-ara seems to be fusing both worlds; the props, the scenery, and the wardrobe all seem to suggest a seriously updated world of kings, queens, castles, and knights.  The actual song, too, begins with a soft flute and lyre combination (well, admittedly, its probably a guitar) that swells to include a pretty awesome beat and some of the best rapping Ive heard out of T-ara in awhile (is that Eun-jung I hear?).  While I actually cant claim to be terribly excited about yet another centuries-long (hyperbole intended) music video from T-ara, this teaser has actually got me decently excited for the release of the album.  A 20-minute music video is actually a serious investment in my day, but great new music is welcome anytime.

The most perplexing thing, however, is that just as it was in the posters, a good half of the new T-ara is justnot there.  Like, not anywhere.  I know that not all members starred in Lovey Dovey and Cry Cry, but given that this is the comeback that is supposed to introduce us to the two newest membersand, by that token, somehow convince us that these new members are not superfluouswouldnt it make sense to actually include both of them?  Not only is slightly-less-controversial new member 18-year-old Ah-reum left out, but veteran members QriBo-ram, and Hwa-young dont make an appearance, either.  As someone who already felt that even the 7-member T-ara could be easily shaved in half without serious repercussion, leaving out exactly the members that I thought could be done away with it doesnt do much to inspire confidence in the absolute necessity of making T-ara as large as is SNSD.

Overall, while I am not completely thrilled with the new member additions or the fact that I must choose either a 21-minute episode of 30 Rock or T-aras new music video as my way to spend my limited free time on July 3, I am somewhat anticipating T-aras comeback.  Maybe I just look forward to seeing how CCM actually plans to explain or execute all of these recent potential debaucheries, but I do believe that some part of me deep-down still thinks of T-ara as part of my homegurl crew.  Ill be tuning in on July 3; will you?

Lee Min-ho in battle with concert contract, police to investigate

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Apparently, Kang and the four met with any otherleadership director in Shanghai and left outthe primary points for Lee Min-ho's exclusive concert for 1.35 billion won. Result of the investigation showed that they did not have the contract on them.

Eric Nam Effectively Holds Hands With Solar

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Eric Nam Effectively Holds Hands With Sun soojji Would possibly 27, 2016 0 In this week’s episode of “We Were given Married,” Eric Nam and Solar go into their new home. All through the circulatethe 2 go on a romantic Grocery Date and Eric Nam successfully holds hands with his Television wife, Solar.

Screen captures of the building up in convenience and point of skinship between the two had been gaining attention. In the images Eric Nam has his hands around Solar and could also behopefully holding her hand.

Although Solar is to get started withstunned at Eric Nam’s surprisingdisplay of skinship, she finds that “It feels excellent to feel like I’m being protected.” Eric Nam comments, “I just sought afterto hang her hand,” revealing a more manly facet to the nice boy symbol singer.

Jang Geun Suk Thank you Lovers For Being A favorable Affect In His Acting Career

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Jang Geun Suk Thank youEnthusiasts For Being A favorableImpact In His Acting Occupation JiwonYu Might 27, 2016 0 Actor Jang Geun Suk has expressed how thankful he's to his fans and how they are being an excellentassist in his acting career.

Jang Geun Suk is these days filming his drama Jackpot, and he says that, My fans are my greatestpower boost. They lift my spirit yet they act as a whip at the similar time, giving me a possibilityto mirror on my mistakes.

His fans have very much supported his existing drama Jackpot. Even sooner than the filming of his drama began, fans from in eachunmarried placethe arenaaccumulatedprice rangeto put Jackpot advertisements in airports, marts, buses, and subways. The fans also arranged supports to give food and coffee to the opposite actors and staff.

Lee Young-ae and Song Seung-heon's "Saimdang, the Herstory" to be broadcast on SBS

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Meanwhile, "Saimdang, the Herstory" is the tale of genius painter Saimdang and her undying love starring Lee Young-ae and Song Seung-heon. The drama is determined for release in Korea and China at the similar time.

What Are The Maximum Downloaded Songs From “Show Me the Money”?

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What Are The Maximum Downloaded Songs From “Show Me the Money”?

What Are The Maximum Downloaded Songs From Display Me the Money?kminjungee Might 27, 2016 0 The ultimate4 seasons of Mnets Show Me the money take seen many talented participants and ambitious songs that experience captured the eye of enthusiasts worldwide.

According to their report, WINNERs Song Mino, who was once a player in season four, takes first position amongst his song, Fear. Back when it turned into start released, it quickly settled into the height ranks of either the weekly chart and the per 30 days chart on Mnet.com. To this day, it's far still an incredibly well-loved song.

The famous person also takes fourth and 5th place as well, with his collaboration with JaMezz and Andep, Turtle Ship, and his collaboration with Block Bs Zico, Okey Dokey, respectively.

VIXX’s N’s Father Is Touched By way of Fans’ Birthday Event

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VIXX’s N’s Father Is Touched By capacity of Fans’ Birthday Match soojji Would possibly 27, 2016 0 On Could 26 VIXX member N posted a screen shot of a verbal exchange alongside his father to his non-public Twitter account. Ns caption of his post, which is directed at fans, reads, My father sought after to allow you to know.

In the conversation, Ns father sent N an image of a bus that had Ns image and birthday desires displayed on its side. Ns fathers message reads, Our maknae Hak Yeon (Ns genuine name), your photo is traveling the roads of Changwon and Masan. Please let your fans know that I'm thankful.

CLC’s Eunbin Makes A Hilarious First Position Win Promise Forward Of Comeback

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CLC’s Eunbin Makes A Hilarious First Position Win Promise Forward Of Comeback

CLCs Eunbin Makes A Hilarious First Position Win Promise Forward Of ComebackJiwonYu Might 27, 2016 0 CLC these days did a are living Naver V app broadcast on Could 27 to celebrate their upcoming comeback and made a hilarious promise to fans.

During the broadcast, CLC talks about their upcoming comeback show off on Can also 30 and Seungyeon asks, Eunbin, what are you willing to do if we win first place on a tune show?

The individuals burst out guffawing and explains, Were just that made up our minds to do neatly this time. All seven people are practicing truly hard.

Akdong Musician’s Lee Soohyun and I.O.I Sign up for “Immortal Song” Line Up

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Akdong Musician’s Lee Soohyun and I.O.I Sign up for “Immortal Song” Line Up

Akdong Musicians Lee Soohyun and I.O.I Sign up for “Immortal Song” Line Upsoojji Might 27, 2016 0 Two new faces can be making appearances on KBSs Immortal Song!

On May just 27, a representative showed that Akdong Musician member Lee Soohyun, I.O.I, and Muzie are scheduled to appear, alongthe alternative performers, Rose Motel, Clazziquai, Son Seung Yeon, and Kim Ji Woo. They're going to all take part in the the Can also 30 recording of the show, that may take place at KBS New Wing Open Hall. This long run episode will feature duvet performances of artist Hong SEO Beoms songs.

They also reveal, “This may be the first time Lee Soohyun, I.O.I, and Muzie seem on ‘Immortal Song.’ Lee Soohyun is making ready a solo functionality without her brother Lee Chanhyuk. All 11participants of I.O.I will participate in the performance, and Muzie plans to turn the target audience a otheraspect to himself.”

Upcoming Drama “Cinderella and the 4 Knights” Finalizes Main points For Airing

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Upcoming Drama “Cinderella and the 4 Knights” Finalizes Main points For Airing

Upcoming Drama “Cinderella and the 4 Knights” Finalizes Main points For Airingsoojji Might 27, 2016 0 The highly expectedmyth drama “Cinderella and the Four Knights” will officially air via broadcasting station tvN.

On May just 27, a representative of tvN stated, “‘Cinderella and the Four Knights’ has lately finalized its airing agenda and is in its production stages. The corporatein control of the production, HB Entertainment, suggests that the confirmed schedule can be announced next week.

Based on a unique by author Baek Myo, “Cinderella and the Four Knights” is readya feminine character, played by Park So Dam, who finally ends up living in a mansion where imaginary corporate Haneul Teams3 grandsons (played by Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun, Lee Jung Shin respectively) live. The drama will revolve round the quirky happenings of the cohabitants.