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ZE:A Makes A “Spectacular” Return

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  ZE:A Makes A “Spectacular” Return

ZE:A, also known as Children of Empire, are fresh off their concert tour of Asia and have returned with a new album Spectacular. Unlike their contemporaries, Infinite and C.N. Blue, and despite their somewhat success in Japan, ZE:A are still amongst the groups that are still under the radar. Theyve had a lot of bumps along the way, including a terrible debut, but even with fairly decent subsquent tracks, they still havent managed to break into the higher rungs of K-pop relevancy. Perhaps with their sophomore album they can gain more attention, but regardless of the albums quality, the odds of doing so might prove unlikely due to the ill-fated timing with the comebacks of 2NE1, T-ara and Super Junior. Originally, their comeback was intended for mid-June, but was delayed because of leader Junyoungs injury. Lets hope their album is good enough to draw attention towards the boys even with the tough competition.

The sound of this song is very haunting, especially with its hook. The song starts with a simple electronic beat, and then completely picks up by increasing the intensity of the electronic beat. The overlaying of the deep, fast raps and the higher-pitched, softer vocals is a great mix because their voices blend so well together. The song does seem to drag in places and the stanzas between the chorus feel very short, especially near the end. Another minor problem with the song is what could only be described as a poor mans dubstep being spliced into the middle, but thankfully it didnt last too long, because it seemed to be randomly placed there and would have detracted for the song.

Finally, a title track that doesnt depend on heavy production and autotune to sound catchy. The haunting sound continues with their title track Aftermath, which is mainly because of the emotive voice of Dongjun, their lead vocalist. The sound of his voice is reminiscent of B2STs Yoseob, and is supported by the deeper tones of the rappers and other vocalists.

The electronic beats and light bass kept the pace of the song while the rest of the song was very light-sounding, but didnt veer into the fluffy. While my complaint for Love is Gone was that it dragged in places, my only gripe with Aftermath is that it ends abruptly and sounds like Dongjun was cut off mid-chorus. It would have been nice to have ended with the slowing down of the bass, but this minor gripe doesnt downplay the good quality of the rest of the song.

The synths and electronica is a lot more pre-dominant in this song, but its really fun-sounding. It has a little bombast and flair, with J-pop elements. In parts, it sounds like it was ripped straight from the soundrack of a Nintendo video game or an anime, which doesnt mean it sounds bad, but it sounds like its been influenced during their time in Japan. I especially like the slow beats during the stanzas in between the chorus, which give the sound a funk and house vibe and helps to provide development in between the powerful sound of the chorus.

Coy Girl is a good song for the club and for those who enjoy club-like music and over-bearing synths. The vocals and rapping is just as strong here as in the previous three songs, but its a little disappointing that they decided to include such a heavily-produced song, especially when the previous songs were cleaner and smoother-sounding; it made Coy Girl sound messy in comparision. It sounded a lot like a song FloRida and the like would churn out, and theyre not people youd like to think of when listening to any song.

Although Body to Body is indeed just another club-sounding song, it was an interesting listen because of the types of sounds and synths within the song. At first it sounded like a typical Euro-pop club banger, but the inclusion of police whistles, random chanting and bleeps was an amusing backtrack to the otherwise plain-sounding melody of the song. It was a nice experimental song, with all of the different sounds all coming together to make a good song. Although, it would be interesting to see how clubgoers would react to the police whistle embedded in the song.

Never End is a return back to the clean-sounding songs and it is a vocal-driven song. The rappers are absent in the song and although I like the balance between the rappers and vocalists, the song is a showcase of ZE:As vocal talent. Its a shame that their vocals arent as appreciated as much as other vocals in K-pop, especially Dongjun. The song has RB tones that blend nicely with the electronica aspects of the song, and the song kept a nice pace, but it still feels like the song ended abruptly. It may be the fact that the song was so good I didnt want it to end, but it felt sudden and without a denouement long enough to make it feel less abrupt.

This was a good pop ballad. The harmony of the vocals are nearly flawless and the upbeat sound of the instrumental makes it very reminscent of Super Junior, during their cute, pop-oriented days. I almost thought I was listening to Super Junior when I first heard itexcept with better rapping.  The flow was really smooth and had nice ups and downs as the song went along, making for a more complete-sounding song. Its cute but in an understated way; its not too overly sweet-sounding. The clapping sound in the background helps to keep the pace steady, when it could have fell flat without it.

Daily Daily is a lot slower than Begin With A Kiss and emphasizes the ballad side of its pop ballad elements. The harmony is just as powerful and strong as it is in Begin With A Kiss, and the instrumental makes it sound like it would be perfect as a song for an  OST of a drama.

The rappers are back with this balladesque song. It has a similiar structure to Begin With A Kiss and Daily Daily, but has a more RB feel to it. The range of ZE:As vocalists is amazingwith them nailing the high notes while being capable of controlling their voices for the low notes. The rapping in this song is really solid, although a bit repetitive at times. I really enjoy the harmony of ZE:As vocals, not since DBSK have I enjoyed listening to a group harmonize together as much. Its a stre tch to equate ZE:As vocalists and DBSKs, but the vocal talent is just that strong. Its a shame that they havent been getting as much recognition as other vocalists.

ZE:A has never really piqued my interest as a group. Their debut song, Mazel Tov, was horrible and easily made them disappear under the weight that was CN Blues Im A Loner. They havent had much luck in the subsquent years after their debut either, and the delay of their 2nd album might cause them to be overlooked again, but this time it would be a shame. Spectacular as a whole exceeds my expectations of the group and actually got me paying attention to them. Aftermath is a good title track to be promoting and might be able to draw some much-deserved attention towards them.

Gems: Hunter, Aftermath, Someday Dirty, and Begin With A Kiss

Worth A Listen: Daily Daily, Love Is Gone, Never End

Weakest Links: Coy Girl and Body To Body

(Star Empire Entertainment)

Park Soo Jin and Bae Yong Joon Waiting for First Child

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Park Soo Jin and Bae Yong Joon Waiting for First Child

Park Soo Jin and Bae Yong Joon Anticipating get-goKid crystalcove April 28, 2016 0 Famous person couple Park Soo Jin and Bae Yong Joon ascertainthat they're expecting their first child! Actress Park Soo Jin is at the start stages of her pregnancy.

Bae Yong Joons agency, Keyeast, states that Park Soo Jin has bestpassed through a pregnancy test, and is expected to visit the sanatorium next week for additional examination. It also showed that the couple is now in Korea, having returned from Europe a couple of days ago.

Bae Yong Joon and Park Soo Jin tied the know ultimate year in July after confirming in Would possibly that they were dating and were making plans to get married.

Akdong Musician Drops Album Song List And Video Teaser For “How Folks Move”

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Akdong Musician Drops Album Song List And Video Teaser For “How Folks Move”

Akdong Musician Drops Album Song List And Video Teaser For How Other folksCross crystalcove April 28, 2016 0 Brother-sister duo Akdong Musician finds the track list for their new album Adolescence. As smartly asidentify track Re-Bye and How Humans Move, there are 4 other tracks: Haughty Girl, Green Window, and Each Little Thing, and Around. This album, like Akdong Musicians old album, is filled with songs composed by way of member Lee Chan Hyuk.

YG Entertainment also exhibits that the crowdmight beliberatingany other album, in the fall, in gentle of Lee Chan Hyuks choiceto start his vitalarmycarrier next year. The 2 albums are stuffed with songs that are compatible the season in which they are released in.

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Jessica’s Solo Album Song List Unearths Singer’s Contribution to Its Musical and Lyrical Composition

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Jessica’s Solo Album Song List Unearths Singer’s Contribution to Its Musical and Lyrical Composition

The symbol of her track list doesnt expose everything, leaving out 3 of six tracks of her album. However, we do be told that the identify track is Fly, which capabilities rapper Fabolous. The lyrics are through Jessica herself, and the singer also worked at the musical composition of the song, together with Karriem (KMack) Mack, Eric (VENZ)) Fernandez, Tatiana (Tatu) Matthews, and John (Fabolous) Jackson. Fabolous is a rapper signed beneath Def Jam Records, Kmack is a Grammy-award winning manufacturer who has worked with Beyonce and Diddy.

The singer also currentlypublished that she filmed her music video for Fly in Los Angeles, California. She also she also recently set up her own professional fan club.

This album can be Jessicas first album free up since parting techniques amongstWomen Generation in September 2014. As it's far Jessica’s first musical release in Korea in just about two years, fanatics are very much having a lookahead to the music and performances Jessica has prepared.

Baek Sung Hyun And BTOB’s Minhyuk To Megastar In tvN’s New Hybrid Form Drama

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Baek Sung Hyun And BTOB’s Minhyuk To Megastar In tvN’s New Hybrid Form Drama

Baek Sung Hyun And BTOBs Minhyuk To Famous person In tvNs New Hybrid Kind Dramakminjungee April 28, 2016 0 On April 29, a tvN representative showed that actor Baek Sung Hyun and BTOBs Minhyuk will star in tvNs upcoming drama, After the Play Ends (literal translation), mentioning that their explicit roles have now not been decided.

After the Play Ends could be a production that combines components of a wide rangedisplay and a standard drama to create a new hybrid variety drama. It's going to exist co-directed by way of tvNs very own Lee Tae Kyung and Son Chang Woo.

The drama will explore the tale of a typical working woman in her mid-20s, who lives a surprising, odd double life. After the Play Ends plans to have 8 episodes, and should air someday in July.

Who is the maximum efficient cloth wardrobe of the 17th Jeonju Global Movie Festival?

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The opening riteturned into hosted through Lee Jong-hyuk and Yoo Seon. Actors and actresses like Kim Dong-wan, Kwon Yul, Ahn Jae-hong, Jeon Hye-bin, Heo I-jae, Ryoo Hyeon-kyeong, Baek Seong-hyeon, Park Jeong-min-I and others were at the event.

TaeTiSeo And CNBLUE Joins KCON Los angeles Line-Up!

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TaeTiSeo And CNBLUE Joins KCON Los angeles Line-Up!

(Photo : KpopStarz) Website hosting their weekly #KCONLiveChat, it used to be announced that TaeTiSeo and CNBLUE will sign up for the KCON line-up for the Los Angeles dates.

Fans alike are guaranteed to look the synchronized and charismatic performances that might take position at the Prudential Middle and Staples Center this summer.

5/13 1PM EST KCON NY Combo/Platinum Tickets5/16 1PM EST KCON NY Unmarried Tickets6/3 1PM EST KCON LA Combo/Platinum Tickets6/6 1PM EST KCON LA Single Tickets For updates on KCON 2016, visitwww.kconusa.comand apply @KCONUSA on Twitter. Fanaticsalso are invited to register for the verbal exchange by the usage of #KCON16NY and #KCON16LA in their social media platforms.

Lee Min-ho's interview in China, "Not certain about enlisting date"

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About a Chinese fan who shaved her head to proportion the pain of having to serve his country, Lee Min-ho said, "I saw that on the scoop and I used to be touched. Not anything is explicit just about my National Service, but the fan shaved her head much previous so I believe by the time I go, her hair will grow back".

"As an actor, I'mthankfulto understandI could beready to exist supportive to somebody and others' lives. I wish to share more love in go back for the give a spice up to everyone's given me".

When he was asked if he was worried about his famewhilsthe is gone, he said, "If I compare myself to a book, there is the procedure of finishing up this e-book so there isn't any knowing to the ending, but I believe this page will be remembered forever. It all is dependent on me".

Three problems about Song Hye-kyo's symbol rights

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J. Estina supported the drama with 70 million won and now notone hundred million find it irresistible was to get started with known. J. Estina advised expanding the contract in December that year but Song Hye-kyo refused. Therefore, the contract was terminated in the next January and J. Estina had to attenuatethe quantity of cash being backed as it most effective had two months to advertise its products. Also, in keeping with J. Estina, Song Hye-kyo must solely have worn products from J. Estina but she went opposed to the contract and wore other pieces brought to her through her stylist. However, the professional PPL product agreed by J. Estina and Song Hye-kyo is a necklace that Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) gifts to Kang Mo-yeon. It was meant to be publishedat the3rd episode. The necklace was overly exposed in the camera.

Song Hye-kyo sued J. Estina for her image rights. J. Estina claimed this was morally disappointing then claimed that it has experienced more damage than excellent from the versionas a result of the tax evasion issue.

However, according to Song Hye-kyo, J. Estina has been asking to exploit Song Hye-kyo's images in branchshops in China and accountabilityunfastened stores when their contract was only limited to Korea. Song Hye-kyo agreed to this. But after fresh events, J. Estina attempted to make a deal of re-signing the brand contract or it's going todisclosethe volumeof injury it experienced thank you to the tax issue.

Dae-bak seems like Song Joong-ki when he was once young

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Lee Dong-gook's wife Lee Soo-jin posted an image on Instagram saying, "They glance alike. Here is my expectation two decades later. The happiness of waiting".

One facet of the image is of Song Joong-ki when he used to be young. Dae-bak and Song Joong-ki appearance alike from the eyes to mouth.