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Music and Lyrics: Lie To Me
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Music and Lyrics: Lie To Me

Music and lies have always had an interesting connection. It is taken as a given that music is honest, a pure form of expression straight from the soul. Of course, that is a ludicrous idea, especially in the world of pop music, but on an subconscious level, the expectation of truth in song is still there. As such, songs about dishonesty pack a great emotional punch, because it amplifies the honesty present. Truth matters most when it is placed in direct contrast to lies. Today, we’re taking a look at four songs that deal with dishonesty.

BTSs DNA: Computer Simulation and Human Nature
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BTSs DNA: Computer Simulation and Human Nature

Within the first 24 hours on YouTube, the MV for BTSs DNA shattered K-pop records. Setting a new record for fastest K-pop group to receive ten million views and twenty million views, DNA was much evidently anticipated by old fans and a growing number of new ARMYs. And BTS doesnt disappoint. They deliver a trippy MV full of lurid colors with messages about humanity and virtual reality, and with the backing of a future bass song about pre-destined love.

In an interview with Billboard, Rap Monster explains the underlying concept behind DNA:

Eunkwang Sings A Familiar Song With One Day
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Eunkwang Sings A Familiar Song With One Day

Seo Eunkwang is the seventh and final member of BtoB to release a solo single and b-side for the Piece of BtoB project. Each member has shown their individual music styles in their releases and Eunkwang is no different. His double release of One Day and Back Then are both ballads showing off his impressive singing technique. Eunkwangs voice is at the forefront of One Day and while it is impressive theres something missing from the total package.

The MV and song are both unabashedly sentimental and traditional in their romanticism. The song, arranged according to a traditional ballad structure, tells the story of a protagonist who wants his love to forget him. It fits very neatly into the adult contemporary genre of music your mother plays and sings along to with her eyes closed. The 70s fuzz-rock balladry is elevated by the quality of Eunkwangs voice and delivery. He approaches the potential melodrama with a seriousness that skirts the theatrical edge but doesnt become overblown.

Loona Expand Universe With Girl Front and Loona 2/3 Subunit
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Loona Expand Universe With Girl Front and Loona 2/3 Subunit

Loona and BlockBerry Creative are in the midst of their new revealing project for the members of Loona. To do this, they are releasing a new female member of the group nearly every month. After they reveal three or four members, they release a sub-unit song for the last batch of girls. The first was Loona 1/3 with LoveLive. You can catch up with the year-to-date Loona universe with my earlier article that ended with Kim Lip and Loona 1/3. Now, just six months later, we have Loona 2/3 consisting of Kim Lip, JinSoul, and Choerry. All three members have released their own songs Eclipse, Singing in the Rain, and Love Cherry Motion, respectively and now the three members have formed one of the most hyped nugu sub-unit releases of 2017. Along with the album Odd Eye Circle, the Loona 2/3 crew released a stunning visual video for the lead single, Girl Front.

The Truth of Akgae Fans
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The Truth of Akgae Fans

Recently, there have been a rush of articles on akgae fans and the potential problems that they can cause for an idol group. These sorts of fans are notorious within the groups’ respective fanbases for causing major conflicts.

What exactly are akgae fans? Abbreviated from akseong gaeinpaen (악성개인팬) which means “malicious individual fan”, these types of fans only like one member of the group instead of the group as a whole, and as a result, strongly dislike and bash the other members. Because they think so highly of their bias, they may also think that their bias deserve more than being in just a group or that their bias does not get enough attention.

The SB Mixtape, 9/21/2017: Not Your Usual Autumn Playlist
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The SB Mixtape, 9/21/2017: Not Your Usual Autumn Playlist

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of The SB Mixtape!

With the the Northern Hemisphere falling into Autumn, it seems like a good time to follow up on our Spring playlist with something for the new season. As before, we are avoiding the expected Autumn tunes so no sweeping, over-emotional ballads. Ive also had to, sadly, exclude the recently released IU chart topper Autumn Morning; that song is going to top charts every year from now on like Cherry Blossom Ending, it doesnt need my help.

Drug Restaurant: Live and in Concert in London
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Drug Restaurant: Live and in Concert in London

Hot on the heels of releasing their latest album, Pomade, Drug Restuarant heads to Europe for their first European tour. With Jung Joon-young fronting them, they took to the stage in London last weekend. I was lucky enough to grab a VIP ticket that included early entry, a hi-touch, and group photo with the band. Everything included in the VIP ticket was worth it there aren’t many opportunities for international fans to get to participate in something like this and I jumped at the chance.

Best of Weekly Music Shows: 9/11 – 9/18
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Best of Weekly Music Shows: 9/11 – 9/18

Welcome back to this week’s episode of Best of Weekly Music Shows! Exo won big this week, taking home wins for “Power” on  MBC Show Champion, Mnet M! Countdown, KBS Music Bank, and SBS Inkigayo, despite several shows not airing their broadcast for obvious reasons.

Despite the fewer music shows this week, there were still many fun stages to watch, here are some of our favourites!

Exo’s “Power”, Mnet M! Countdown, September 14, 2017

“Power”, to be honest, was underwhelming as a title track. Its performance is perhaps its only saving grace — indeed, the choreography is extremely powerful, with playful moves juxtaposing sharp and strong ones to make for a fun stage. Of course, we can’t forget Kai’s solo dance break, as he shows off his mad twirling skills; all in all, this lacklustre song is bearable only with the enthusiasm of the members on stage!

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Boujee Brands
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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Boujee Brands

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.

Youve seen them on the runway. Youve seen them if youve ever traveled to any New York, London, or Seoul fashion week. Youve seen them if you ever read fashion magazines, or keep up with celebrities. Youve definitely seen people wear them on the street, as the unmistakable labels easily stand out in crowds of unbranded clothing. These brands, the ones with the internationally renowned names and eye-catchingly minimalistic logos, have long been a staple of fashion.

Week in Review, 9/11 to 9/17
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Week in Review, 9/11 to 9/17

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Week in Review! Its been a relatively slow news week, but here is everything you need to know going into the new week:

Police have concluded that no abuse took place in the case of Choi Jin-sils daughter Choi Joon-hee and her grandmother, who was accused by Joon-hee of physically abusing her to the point of hospitalisation.

Dia and Mamamoo were involved in car accidents, though no injuries were officially reported.