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Rookie Group Rappers Rejuvenate Music Quality

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In an industry of young ins that all want to make it, companies have to make sure that every aspect of a debuting K-pop group is ready. This means no weak members of any kind. In the past, groups have gotten away with the standard formula but had situations where each member was perhaps not the best at what they needed to be doing musically. We all know what role Im talking about: the rapper.

Within K-pop idolsthere are plenty of decent rappers outside of the idol sphererapping tends to be that skill that is acquired through training, yet its the skill that, for true mastery, needs to come from genuine interest, dedication, and talent from the individual. Not everyone can just walk on stage and spit out rhymes with enough authenticity to sell the show. Before the recent rookie scene, it was okay to not have that rapper that stood out, that wrote their own rhymes, that sold it as a rapper from their body language to their facial expressions, to their vocal indications. But when competition gets so close, and everyone can sing, you know its time to step up. The next logical place to focus on is the rapping.

Its a staple for every idol group to have a singer. After all, they are supposed to make some sounds on stage, and its preferred that those sounds are pleasant to listen to. As such, while the talent of singers should not be undermined, it is fairly common for every idol group to have that one singer that stands out as being able to carry those high or long notes. But with rapping, its not so much the case. You can train a rapper, but theyre going to most likely have a bland style that is decent enough, but nothing outstanding. Heck, the song they rap in probably doesnt even need a rap sequence. So with rookies of 2011 and 2012, its easy to see that they stand out because they have members that are either genuinely interested in rapping and that style of music, or they can bring a new style to the K-pop scene in a relevant manner.

For example, in 2011, Block B hit the scene: A hip-hop group that would clearly have rapping as the emphasis. Though they might not have blown everyone out of the water until NalinA, they still made a statement that they had talent and were going to show just how much, no matter their differences from the rest of the idols. Also in 2011, perhaps an unconventional pick, was B1A4 with main rapper Baro. The cutesy boy group came armed with the deep-voiced rapper who, though a bit inexperienced, can rap with his own style. Hes also taken part in writing his own parts and is a solid addition next to Sandeuls strong vocals.

With 2012, oh the groups you could name: B.A.P, EXO, NUEST, EvoL, D-Unit, among others. B.A.P brings Bang Yong-guk and Zelo with their complementary rapping styles. EXO-Ks Chanyeol is probably SM Entertainments best rapper, and he has actual interest in styles of music that consistently use rapping. NUEST has Aron to pull of those grammatically and logically correct English raps that are soothing to international English speakers ears. EvoL is coming out as a hip-hop girl group in early August, having Juni.J, an experienced rapper, on board. All members of D-Units trio are experienced both in singing and rapping, as their debut song Im Missin You showed.

Its clear that becoming an idol is no longer just about an image. While some visuals may have been able to get away with contributing little musically before, in order to stay competitive, thats not going to be allowed any longer. But is this going to continue as a trend? Is it possible that the perfect idol group is going to be formed in the near future, where every member is talented musically, visually gifted, and has the gift of gab?

Probably not. Rapping is, as mentioned before, necessary in only a few styles of songs. If anything, rap breaks seem to be added in so those members designated as rappers have their time to shine. Its also an easy to spice up a song without having to put in much creative input. For groups that focus on vocals or stick with a more popular style, having a legitimate rapper is a waste not only for that rapper within the group, but also for the company that went through the effort of finding that rapper and signing them into the company. It becomes a case of mismanagement as opposed to low talent. Theres no reason for a company intending to put out popular music that isnt going to need real rapping to find someone with interest in rapping and all the effort that goes into the art. And over time, whoever ends up taking that supposed rapping role in the group is going to have a style that becomes characteristic of that group, regardless of how good they are. SHINees Minho, someone who has been mentioned countless times for his questionable role in his groups music, isnt the greatest rapper, but the style he has developed does fit in with SHINees sound. Would a more talented rapper fit SHINee? Quite honestly, no. That more talented rapper would seem like a joke in SHINee because of the limited roles he would have and the talent that would seem out of place in that setting. And dare I say it? Minho does sell his raps, to an extent, through the pure confidence he displays about how the words pass out of his mouth.

However, what companies do need to be aware of is this upward shift in talent that newer groups are bringing. Groups with these rappers tend to have those members write their own parts. And it makes sense. While writing a rap takes effort and talent, its easier than writing the lyrics to a whole song or doing all of that plus the composition. That type of writing is the first step to becoming more musically involved with the music that the group puts out, which in effect, makes that music really the groups own. Through this method, these groups are honestly able to own their songs because they arent just random tracks given to them by their company; they have investment by the group. If that group puts effort into a song, its going to be a song they are proud to promote. In other words, its going to be good. In addition, this added involvement in the music-making process gains respect from their audience. Though the group may not have a fanbase waiting for them when they debut, there will certainly be some noise over how the group isnt just made from a cookie-cutter formula: they mean business. And in fact, of these newer groups, it could be argued that some of them have the idol title only because of their age and the fact that they gave it to themselves. Should they have debuted without that title, there wouldnt have been much of a difference.

As a result, larger companies need to be more aware of the groups they are putting out. Of the Big Three companies that put out rookie groups in 2012, when it comes to level of respect that they have plus their fanbase size, its safe to say that EXO and JJ Project arent at the top of the list. These groups are doing fine, but they havent reached the musical accolades that some other groups have for truly being distinguishing and their personal involvement in their music. This runs back to the benefits of a smaller company that needs each group to be a stand-out rather than a larger company that can put out anything and support it with its wealth. Audiences of course are going to continue to eat up the image of flower boys or adorably awkward and dorky ones, but when theres the added influence of music that has a message that the group themselves was involved in, that group can create fans for life, fans that dont just enjoy groups for their personalities or how amusing they are in variety appearances. Instead, it gets back to the very essence of what these groups arguably should be at the core: musicians.

It may seem like a far-fetched tie-in: an increase in rapper quality increases music quality. But quite honestly, its a correlation that is present in groups with both variables. Big Bang has G-Dragon and sometimes T.O.P writing lyrics and composing, and their songs tend to be successful, not just because of their fans, but that sound produced attracts a variety of listeners. If we even look at Super Junior, when the members are involved in composition and writing lyricsmainly Henry, Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, and Donghae, the end result is music that often surpasses the rest of their songs in quality. And though all of those members arent the greatest at rapping, they all have taken on that role at some point in Super Juniors lifetime.

These past two years seem to be defining what a K-pop group needs to be through the increased competition that demands higher quality music. Its not that the years before didnt have sound quality. But the years before seemed instead to develop the idea of an idol group and how they could become successful. There wasnt as much focus on the groups being active in their own music production because it was okay to not be involved that much. Idols were idols, aiming to show off their performance skills and dashing personalities. But over time, when every group can perform and have those endearing members, it becomes time to return back to the roots and develop music, which is what these recent years have been leaning towards. While rappers arent the only ones that can get involved with music, the shortage of experienced rappers in the idol industry is apparent, highlighting their involvement when it does happen, bringing prestige to their group.

Along this vein, though this year is only 2/3 finished, itll be interesting to see the type of competition 2013 will bring, whether theres another aspect to improve on, or if older groups will need to up their A-game, despite their established fanbases.

Seoulmates, how do you see idol rappers from the more recent years? Has music quality gone up, or am I just off my rocker? And can you think of any other groups heavily involved in their music production?

(LOENENT, DBusinessENT, D-Business Entertainment, WM Entertainment, SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, TS Entertainment, Brand New Stardom)

Song Triplets Sing their own praises “The Go back of Superman” Diplomas From Fans

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Song Triplets Sing their own praises “The Go back of Superman” Diplomas From Fans

Song Triplets Sing their own praises “The Go back of Superman” Diplomas From Fanatics ilmare42 Would possibly 30, 2016 0 Song Il Gook’s adorable triplets have printed the diplomas they gained from fans for “graduating” from “The Return of Superman”!

Daehan, Minguk, and Manse joined “The Return of Superman” with their dad, actor Song Il Gook, in July of 2014, and they stole the hearts of audiencecorrect away. They left the prove on February 7 of 2016, yet fans have happily still been in a position to stay along of them by method of their dad’s Instagram updates.

On May just 30, Song Il Gook shared footage of the menkeeping up commencement diplomas given to them by capability of a fan club. Each and every of the triplets has a degree alongside their call on it, with the text under reading, “We provide this graduation diploma to the kid above with our boundless thank you for giving laughter and joy not tobest the country but also other folksall throughthe sectorvia their angelically beautiful, lovely, and candy words and actions.”

Watch: Topp Dogg Tests Their K-Pop Wisdom With One 2d Song Problem On “Topp Dogg: All Kill”

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Watch: Topp Dogg Tests Their K-Pop Wisdom With One 2d Song Problem On “Topp Dogg: All Kill”

Watch: Topp Dogg Tests Their K-Pop Wisdom amongst One 2nd Song Difficulty On “Topp Dogg: All Kill”ilmare42 Might 30, 2016 0 On the newest episode of “Topp Dogg: All Kill,” the individuals of Topp Dogg are tested on their K-Pop savvy!

Soompiers could also beconversant in our vintage One-Second K-Pop Song Challenges! In Can also 30’s episode of “Topp Dogg: All Kill,” the guys are split into groups to play a edition of the game in order to win ingredients for a cooking challenge, with leader P-Goon as the MC.

When one second of a K-Pop song is played, the members need to run to grasp a seat in the chair at the front and then try to bet the call of the track.

An Infinity of Possibilities: BTS’ “Save Me”

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An Infinity of Possibilities: BTS’ “Save Me”

An Infinity of Possibilities: BTS Save MeWritten by way of Irteqa On Would possibly 30, 2016To the elation of anticipant BTS lovers (including myself) over the globe, the evening of Could 15th saw BigHit Entertainment reveal the stratospheric boy group’s ultimate MV of the 3 that were promised. Following April 19ths Epilogue: Young All the time and May additionally 1sts Fire, “Save Me” used to be unveiled in birthday celebrationin their special album The Most lovely Moment in Life: Young Forever and the finish of their chart-busting “youth” trilogy, The MaximumGorgeous Moment in Life.

“Save Me” as a song is relatively freshly conceived with its safari-like instrumentals, steeped in electronica, mysteriously emotive lyrics, and stable projection of either the vocal and rap lines. At the similar fourth dimension the song caters to a crisp and recent audio and feel, however, it falters with regards toproviding musical diversity. Hearth (as a song) when in comparison to salve Me turned intoready to prop itself up and assignment musical intensity by applying its lively bridge and the numerous beats and ad-libs that in the end gave it a pleasing variance.

Meanwhile as a MV, “Save Me” might now notprecisely exist what fans were expecting, given the nature of beyond BTS tune videos (professedly subject to unending theories). Yet IT opens a window in terms of offering fans the danger to formulate their own conclusion, given the BOY MEETS _ ambiguity following the end of the MV. In other words, its starkness and ease translate to an international of possibility, in which fans are the given entire reign and the ability to either unearth, bury, re-plant, or sever the flower that started at I want U. “Save Me” is for sureclever and whilstit should flounder in the eyes of those that expected an illustrious finishing to the type of popular trilogy, its cleanness is large and creates a uniquearea for imaginations of every kind to roam and run.

Here's The total Artist Line-Up For JYP Country In Korea 2016 Concert This August

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Here's The total Artist Line-Up For JYP Country In Korea 2016 Concert This August

(Photo : Jo Kwon Instagram)Mark your calendars, JYP lovers in South Korea!

Artists from the preferred entertainment firmcould beacting in Jamsil Indoor Stadium at the first weekend of August -- that is August 6 and seven - as a phase of the biennial JYP Nation concert series.

A new poster for the JYP Nation in Korea 2016 concert publishedthe overall artist line-up, adding J.Y. Park, veteran ladystaff Wonder Girls, Jo Kwon, 2PM, Min, Fei, Baek A Yeon plus the more youthful acts like Park Ji Min, GOT7, Bernard Park, G.Soul, DAY6 and TWICE.

Watch: U-KISS Stocks Sneak Peek Of Comeback With MV Teaser For “Stalker”

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Watch: U-KISS Stocks Sneak Peek Of Comeback With MV Teaser For “Stalker”

Watch: U-KISS Stocks Sneak Peek Of Comeback With MV Teaser For Stalkerilmare42 Might 30, 2016 0 U-KISS has dropped the music video teaser for their much-anticipated comeback with “Stalker”!

The workforce has been getting fanaticsequipped for their comeback with loads ofsymbol teasers, and at May just 31 at the hours of darkness KST, they added to the thrill with the track video teaser for their upcoming identify track Stalker.

U-KISS can be making their go back on June 7 with their 11th mini album, entitled “Stalker.” We’ve still were givenquite so much of teasers to go, as we willsit up for the free up of still cuts from the music video on June 1, a track list on June 2, an album spotlight medley on June 6, and more.

Watch: f(x)’s Luna Needs To “Free Somebody” In Solo Debut MV

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Watch: f(x)’s Luna Needs To “Free Somebody” In Solo Debut MV

Watch: f(x)’s Luna Needs To UnfastenedSomeone In Solo Debut MVilmare42 Might 30, 2016 0 f(x)’s Luna has made her long-awaited solo debut!

On Could 31 in the dark KST, Luna dropped her first solo mini album entitled “Free Somebody,” in addition the tune video for the name track of the same name. “Free Somebody” is an electronic pop dance track that showcases either Luna’s impressive vocal talents as neatly as her dancing talents.

She could be making her solo debut functionalityvia filming KBS 2TV’s “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook” on May also 31 for the episode that’s set to air on June 3. She can then be performing at KCON France in conjunction with f(x) on June 2. After Luna returns to Korea, she’ll be appearing on June 4’s episode of MBC’s “Music Core.”

Watch: FIESTAR Is good Like “Apple Pie” In Comeback MV

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Watch: FIESTAR Is good Like “Apple Pie” In Comeback MV

Showing a more playful aspect of the usually sensual FIESTAR, Apple Pie is an energetic synth pop number with witty lyrics encouragedby capacity of Snow White and the tale of Adam and Eve. The catchy dance track used to be created by an globalteam of producers working with Marcan Entertainment, who prior to now put out hits like Taeyeons I, EXOs Love Me Right, and Red Velvets Dumb Dumb, whilst the lyrics were penned by leading songwriter Search engine optimization Ji Eum.

Watch: Henry Gifts Enthusiasts With Passionate Quilt Of Zayn’s “Pillowtalk”

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Watch: Henry Gifts Enthusiasts With Passionate Quilt Of Zayn’s “Pillowtalk”

Watch: Henry Gifts Lovers alongside Passionate Quilt Of Zayn’s “Pillowtalk”ilmare42 Would possibly 30, 2016 0 Great Junior-M member Henry has shocked fans with a present of a new cover video!

On Could 30, SM Entertainment uploaded a video of Henry passionately appearing Zayn’s “Pillowtalk” in a studio whilstgambling the piano. His smooth, robust comprehend of the songis certain to come up with goosebumps!

Henry is a skilled Canadian performer who debuted with Super Junior’s Chinese sub-unit Super Junior-M in 2008. He later made his solo debut in Korea in June of 2013 with his first mini album “Trap, which he followed up with a 2d mini album entitled “Fantastic” in July of 2014.

Hwang Jeong-min Continues String of Box-Office Successes

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Actor Hwang Jeong-min attracted some 50 million moviegoers over the past 18 months, as maximum of his contemporarymotion picturesbecomelarge box-office hits or were praised via critics whilst achieving some minor advertisement success. Hwang played diversified characters in films reminiscent of "Ode to My Father" (2014), "Veteran" (2015), "The Himalayas" (2015), "A Violent Prosecutor" (2015) and "The Wailing" (2016). His most modern film, "The Wailing", is a mystery set in a village where the arriving of a stranger is followed by a string of mysterious murders. The movie attracted more than five million audience in its first two weeks. "I'm at all timesanxious when shooting begins, yet one immerse myself in roles quickly", Hwang said. "I put all my power into a character, so it issimple to get over excited after shooting is done".Asked what makes him stay working, Hwang said, "Portraying a new personawill also be agonizing, but or not it's energizing and makes me feel alive. I am happiest when I'm working".The prolific actor is already running on multiple new projects, adding Ryoo Seung-wan's film "Battleship Island" set to be released later this year.

BTS Announces Plans For 2016 Anniversary Festa Jam-Packed With Gifts For Fans

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BTS Announces Plans For 2016 Anniversary Festa Jam-Packed With Gifts For Fans

BTS Announces Plans For 2016 Anniversary Festa Jam-Packed With Gifts For Fanatics ilmare42 Might 30, 2016 0 BTS’s 3rd debut anniversary is bobbing up in just a couple weeks, and the gang has now announced that they’ll be celebrating with ARMY again this year with any other “BTS Festa”!

On May just 30, the staff released a poster for their “2016 BTS Festa,” which functionspractically a complete two weeks of special gifts for fans on a day-to-day basisthrumore than a fewother platforms.

It’s all going to get started with an “Opening Ceremony” by the use of a blog on June 1, with a different choreography functionalityday after today on YouTube and Naver’s V app, the unlock of a photo album on June 3 via Facebook, and the group’s 0.33 anniversary “family photo” on June 4.