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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Up Close and Personal
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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Up Close and Personal

Welcome back to For Your Viewing Pleasure, where we take time out of the week to curate a set of photos from the K-pop landscape.

Usually, I like to highlight the latest fashion trends in Korea, but this week, I decided to pull out close shots of celebrities faces to focus on the styling. From a barely-there look paired with natural-looking straight brows to a smokey eye look with a sleek updo to a fresh and bold lip with some fun braids, the styling really puts a look together and sets the tone of the shoot.

Best of Weekly Music Shows: 8/7 – 8/14
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Best of Weekly Music Shows: 8/7 – 8/14

Welcome back to another week of Best of Weekly Music Shows! GFriend took home wins on SBS The Show, MBC Show Champion, KBS Music Bank, and SBS Inkigayo, while EXO continued their winning streak on Mnet M! Countdown and MBC Show! Music Core.

Here were some of our favourite stages this week in no particular order!

Wanna One’s “Burn It Up”, Mnet M! Countdown, August 10, 2017

Despite refusing to watch the second season of Produce 101 for fear of getting too much into the show, I have really been enjoying Wanna One’s debut album. Although “Energetic” was voted to be the title track, I find myself playing “Burn It Up” a lot more. The stage really brings the track to life, from the powerful and fiery choreography to the impeccable styling with the classic black-and-white outfits and the smouldering eye looks to the perfect harmony of the entire group. MBC Show! Music Core has also recently confirmed Wanna One’s performance on the show next week, so we have that to look forward to!

K-pop Indie Gem – Bevy Maco
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K-pop Indie Gem – Bevy Maco

With the meteoric rise of artists like Dean, Crush, and Zion. T, RB has exploded in popularity in South Korea. As such, and unfortunately as with all things that suddenly become on-trend, the genre has tended to stagnate in a rut of extra drippy vocalists and/or uninspired composition. As it continues to grow in popularity, Ive been hard-pressed to find artists that actually manage capture both the depth and nuance of the genre.

For the past year, hes been creating music that incorporates my favorite aspects of RB with a waviness that gets me every time. With the release of So Faded last year, he found himself thrust headfirst into the consciousness of both producers and fans of honest-to-goodness music. He not only managed to integrate a level of the new-age in his brand of RB, he stayed true to the roots, bringing true soul and romance into his sound a sway and bend that does aurally what a soft caress does the skin of a lover.

Weki Meki Has Strong B-Sides in WEME
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Weki Meki Has Strong B-Sides in WEME

Weki Meki, the Fantagio debut group, released their first music video for I Dont Like Your Girlfriend and the mini album WEME as part of Fantagios jump into the new generation of girl groups after the breakup of I.O.I. Weki Meki consists of eight girls, two of which Kim Doyeon and Choi Yoojung  were I.O.I. members. The teen crush groups first mini album lives up to expectations, at least with some good b-sides as a cute, explorative, and fun release.

SNSD Lacks Shine in Holiday Night
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SNSD Lacks Shine in Holiday Night

Only a few groups ever make it past the coveted ten-year mark in their careers. As popular girl groups from the second and third generations call it quits (2NE1, 4Minute, Sistar, Wonder Girls), it becomes more amazing when the older groups stay together. Although, SNSD is a member short from debut, the fact remains theyre still here. Its not as if theyve lost much branding power either since just about every K-pop fan, new or old, knows who this group is. Its nearly impossible to get into K-pop without coming across an SNSD song.

KissCrys Disbandment and Winning Insight Entertainment
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KissCrys Disbandment and Winning Insight Entertainment

Last week, KissCry fans faced the ultimate K-pop nightmare: group disbandment. Panic swept the online community as people tried to figure out what was true and what wasnt. Normally, disbandment is clearly expressed by the company, or a group just goes for so long without promoting that they get forgotten by the public. That wasnt the case here, though. In this case, KissCry member Haena announced on national television by herself – that the group was disbanding.

Wanna Ones Energetic Lives Up To The Hype
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Wanna Ones Energetic Lives Up To The Hype

The debut of Produce 101 Season 2s boy group Wanna One was greeted with much fanfare and hoopla.  The debut title track Energetic was immediately listed at number 1 on the four top Korean music charts including Melon, Bugs, Genie and Naver Music. Additional tracks from the album 1+1 were also seen with high rankings on the charts. The video promptly racked up millions of views on YouTube showing the existing fan base created by the reality show. The quality of the song, however, shows that the group is far from a flash in the pan success. Energetic is a sure step in the right direction for the rookie group.

Weki Meki Lacks Direction in I Dont Like Your Girlfriend
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Weki Meki Lacks Direction in I Dont Like Your Girlfriend

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but thats only the case if the imitation is done well. When a hodgepodge of successful tropes are thrown together with the objective being to just be trendy, then thats when things go awry. Unfortunately for newly debuted girl group Weki Meki, their first single I Dont Like Your Girlfriend has fallen victim to the everything including the kitchen sink syndrome.

My inner emo 00s kid was rejoicing at the title of Weki Mekis song, which instantly brought to mind Avril Lavignes hit Girlfriend. The message in the two are actually very similar, with both Avril and Weki Meki telling a guy how much she hates the girl hes with. With Avril, shes proclaiming that shed be a better match for him. Meanwhile, Weki Meki puts all the blame on the guy, telling him You look easy, your face looks stupid and I hate you more than her.

“All Night” is Everything that “Holiday” Should Have Been
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“All Night” is Everything that “Holiday” Should Have Been

SNSD has come back with two songs around similar topics relaxing, partying and enjoying special moments. But while there are two tracks, they are far from equal; and where “Holiday” feels like a poor attempt to parody the past, “All night” shows SNSD can deliver quality, not just quantity.

“Holiday” supposedly harkens back to SNSD’s previous tracks, but to me, it just feels like the producers were lazy. This was especially made clear in how the theme was realised; as the title is in English, there are immediate connotations for English speakers of travel, relaxation and holiday activities, but the visuals don’t match. Likewise the lyrics continually mention the word “holiday” which appears to refer to a special moment or an exciting night, whereas in Australia at least, we would think of a holiday as a longer length of time. For me at least, I would say public holiday to denote a single day, as opposed to a period of time, therefore in my mind there is discord between the lyrics, theme and title. You can connect the lyrics to SNSD and their history if you force it, but it’s a tenuous link at best.

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Blazin Blazers
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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Blazin Blazers

Welcome back to For Your Viewing Pleasure, where we take time out of the week to curate a set of photos from the K-pop landscape!

Blazers are the perfect add-on to any outfit, be it with a cute patterned bralette and fitted pants, or with a casual T-shirt and jeans, or with the classic button down and trousers. The styles of blazers are endless fitted, oversized, patterned make this item of clothing to be a must-have in your wardrobe. Check out some of our favourite styles in these recent photoshoots!