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-jung, Hyo-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 Qri, Bo-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?
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.