Music & Lyrics: Harry Potter Casts a Spell on K-pop Written by Gaya On October 31, 2014
Today, I count myself as an active, card-carrying member of the K-pop fandom. But before that, there was Harry Potter.
The Harry Potter series didn’t create a fandom so much as it did a massive cultural phenomenon whose effects are still felt today. And with the books being both written the lingua franca English, as well as being translated into numerous languages, said phenomenon’s reach was — and remains — global. Even within the Hallyusphere, the influence of Potter and friends lingers, whether it’s Taemin‘s reading of a passage on a sitcom, Jonghyun‘s caption for his ‘unforgivable’ selca with just a hint of shirtlessness, or that riddikulus parody Shinee shot (I am also beginning to feel like there’s something Shinee isn’t telling us, but that is a matter for another day). ...
Music & Lyrics: The Bad Boys of B1A4 Written by Laverne On October 6, 2014
Debuting in 2011, B1A4 has slowly but surely built up a loyal fanbase over the years with catchy songs and funny music videos. They’ve even managed to become somewhat known as artists for their involvement in their latest mini album, Solo Day, having written and produced all the songs themselves.
On top of these accomplishments, the boys exude an innocent charm, emphasized by their philanthropy and naive, countryside image. ...
Music & Lyrics: Orange Caramel and My Sushi are Dada! Written by Alolika On September 24, 2014
What is Orange Caramel’s success mantra?
No matter how much one thinks about it, it is nearly impossible to pin down the core reason for Orange Caramel’s success. However, there is an abstract ‘something’ oiling their smooth running sub-unit career. Their music is nothing ground-breaking; their choreography is restricted to simple moves, and their fashion often garish. The general consensus is that OC is concept-oriented but honestly, what in the world is OC’s concept? ...
Teen Top treat fans previews of their upcoming tracks from album “EXITO”.
Aside from the snippets of the audios, we could also enjoy the eyecandies and few lyrics which come along. The album includes a total of songs including title track “Missing”, “Alone”, “Cry”, “Love Is..”, “Remote Control”, and L.Joe”s self-written song “Love U”.
Enjoy it below:
Music & Lyrics: The Wicked Witches of f(x) Written by Laura On September 7, 2014
Five years are both a long time and a feared number in the life of an idol group. Many disband before they even reach it, or they have to see members leave the group for a variety of reasons (especially under SM). While f(x) have faced similar problems over the course of the last few months, I want to take this opportunity of their fifth anniversary to look back at the great music they have created. ...
Music & Lyrics: Just the Way You Are Written by Camiele On August 19, 2014
As far as beauty standards go, South Korea ain’t exactly a beacon of aesthetic diversity. There’s a certain “norm” that pervades society and manages to keep both men and women worried about general acceptance. That’s not to suggest that South Korea is the only country that adheres to strict standards of beauty, not by a long shot. But it’s pretty clear in its modern culture that certain characteristics are not only desired, they’re expected. ...
Music & Lyrics: Postfeminism and “Strong Women” Written by Alolika On August 7, 2014
Often misunderstood because of its immense multiplicity of meanings, postfeminism is a highly contested and nebulous place to be in feminism. The term has commonly been used to announce a historical shift (after the height of second-wave feminism) or a backlash against feminism (Gill, 2011).
This backlash has been articulated in various ways: a disillusionment with white feminism, an over-emphasis on theory instead of political action, the inclusion of queer narratives – all these are backlashes not against the idea of feminism in itself but against the general reality of feminism – a movement by, for and of white, upper middle class, straight women. ...
Music & Lyrics: Nell and Their Laments of Life Written by Laura On July 23, 2014
For the newest installation of Music & Lyrics, let’s leave the world of pop music for a while and take a look at the alternative side. When it comes to indie music in South Korea, Nell must surely be considered as one of the best-known groups both nationally and internationally. Their haunting music, Kim Jong-wan‘s soft but urgent singing, and certainly their elaborate lyrics have garnered them a legion of fans over the years. ...
MBC & Music Core ban FIESTAR's performances and MV for 'One More' + FIESTAR to change suggestive lyrics
has reportedly banned FIESTAR from performing “One More” on their programs for the time being following controversy arising over its sexually suggestive lyrics. This has prompted the girls and their agency to figure out new lyrics to replace their original.
SEE ALSO: FIESTAR give “one more” dose of their charms during their 1theK”s “hashtag” interview
According to broadcast insiders in an exclusive by Ilgan Sports, MBC”s variety and music show department sent out a notice which banned FIESTAR from performing on broadcast. The reasoning behind this ban is the lyrics of “One More” possibly alludes to having a “threesome”. Although the song passed the initial reviews of the three major broadcast stations (SBS, MBC, and KBS) prior to their comeback, controversy arose with viewers sending in their complaints following the group”s recent “Music Core” stage. ...
♬ Comeback Stage- 2AM 『days like today』,『Over the Destiny』- Hong Jin Young 『Cheer up』
♬ Hot Stage- VIXX 『Error』- Song Ji Eun 『Twenty – Five』- Raina (feat. Kanto of Troy) 『You End, And Me』- BOYFRIEND 『WITCH』- Jung Dong Ha 『If I』- JUNIEL 『I think I’m in love』
♬ Hot Debut- Yoon Hyun Sang (Duet. IU) 『When would it be』- HOTSHOT 『Take a shot』
♬ Sound-HOLIC- MADTOWN 『YOLO』- DGNA 『Rilla Go!』- B.I.G 『Are You Ready?』 ...