After School 2012 Flashback
2012 "k-Pop World Festival In Ordos" Will Feature Secret, After School, Exo-K, Kara, Wonder Girls, Shinee And More!
In addition, the full line-up list for the "K-Pop World Festival in Ordos," which is being provided by KBS. has been revealed. K-Pop artists that will be attending the September 19th concert festival include After School, BEAST, EXO-K, IU, KARA, MBLAQ, 4minute, FT Island, Secret, SHINee, Girl's Day, Infinite and Wonder Girls with a laser show performed by DJ Koo.
Flashback To High School Jeon Ji Hyun
Jeon Ji Hyun was 18 years old in 1998 and was in her second year in high school. She was asked about her height and she replied, “I’m 172 cm tall. It would be great if I stopped growing” showing a cute and innocent charm. The appearance of her singing and wearing a school uniform highlighted her youthful looks grabbing the attention of the public. Her current radiant beauty is a good contrast to her cute charm in the past.
Her latest movie, Thieves, is making a splash in the box office with over 11 million tickets sold. The action comedy is currently the fourth all-time highest grossing movie in Korea film history.
After School To Participate In ‘Tokyo Girls Collection 2012′ & ‘A-Nation Music Week’
Besides, member Nana who has actively promoted in both Korea and Japan as a model as well as a singer, is also currently a fixed member of fashion information program ‘Tokyo Brand New Girls‘, and has also been confirmed to feature in ‘A-Nation Music Week Collection Supported By Girls Award‘, which will take place August 5th and 8th.
In related news, Orange Caramel will be standing on the same stage as popular Japanese girl group AKB48 at ‘A-Nation Music Week Asia Progress F‘ taking place on August 10th.
Furthermore, After School also received much attention after becoming the very first idols to be selected as models for global handbag brand, ‘Samantha Thavasa‘.
After School’s Jooyeon Shares Her Opinion On The ‘spread Leg Dance’ In “flashback” Choreography
The spread leg dance from After Schools Flashback choreography received some flak for being too sexually suggestive for TV earlier on, and in response, Jooyeon shared her opinion while guesting on Mnets Beatles Code 2.
On the July 23rd episode, MC Shindong brought up the topic of the dance when he stated, There are differing opinions on [the dance], with some thinking that its sexy and others thinking that its embarrassing to watch.
Jooyeon replied, We dont think its weird at all. We think it looks cool Its a hard dance because you have to sit down low making it hard to maintain balance, expressing her pride in the choreography the members worked hard to perfect.
After School’S Unit, Orange Caramel, Is To Take Part In 2012 A-Nation Music Week Asia Progress F
On July 20, the official website of A-Nation released the line-up of 2012 A-Nation Music Week Asia Progress F, which will be aired on August 10. Orange Caramel appears on the list along with AKB48, one of the most sought after groups in Japan. Orange Caramel, a unit group of After School, is to debut in Japan.
The unit group, which gave its first performance at After School’s first concert in Japan, will give the second gig in Japan through A-Nation. The three-member girl group, which is at the forefront of unit group sensation, has been receiving so much attention that the group is expected to hit it big.
After School’s ‘panorama Dance’ In “flashback” Is A Hit
With new members in tow, the girls have been commanding the stage with their sexy dance moves, turning heads left and right for their unique concept. From their performance, their special panorama dance has managed to catch the most attention, especially since other groups like SHINee and f(x) have done similar moves with Sherlock and Jet.
After Schools is a bit different in that they look like models as they reveal themselves one by one behind the other, show off their long legs and truly working it for the camera.
The rest of the EP plays interestingly, again feeling more like a business initiative than a musical statement. Opening track “Rip Off” is an interesting choice. The track is one of the stronger songs from their Japanese full-length PLAYGIRLZ, but longtime fans may have expected a follow-up to the “Let’s Do It!” or “Let’s Step Up!”, tracks that have signified strong comebacks for them in the past. If After School was set on releasing a Japanese track in Korean, they could have also opted for “Miss Futuristic” as a nod to being strong females looking to the future of the group, but “Rip Off” works just fine as the intro track. The track has as much blips and pops as HyunA’s “Bubble Pop!” (for which we should really look to Britney Spears’ “How I Roll” for reference), but focuses more on heavy drums. It’s a strong track, but somewhat disappoints as one of the tracks taking up a spot in a five-track single. Its inclusion may also be a way to remind Korean listeners of the Japanese CD, meaning more sales!
The last of the up-tempos comes from the electronic disco track “Eyeline” by Nana. The track seems to try to establish the direction After School is heading rather than making any type of musical statement. A member getting her own solo track out of a five-track maxi-single for an eight-member group? Pledis wants to make Nana a star. “Eyeline” is a hot track that wouldn’t be out of line for someone like Kylie Minogue to record with the disco violins, and Nana’s distinctly high voice is a highlight for pop fans.
The single then slows down with the ballads “Timeless” and “Wristwatch”. The former track is a spotlight for the group’s two top vocalists Jung-Ah and Raina. Again, “Timeless” feels like another item on the After School agenda in trying to establish particular members. It does feel appropriate though seeing that as they’ve paid their dues to earn a duet as the more senior members of the group. Musically, this song is a nice guitar-driven, RB ballad; although this reviewer can’t help but feel that this is an example of the closest K-pop may ever get to country or country-pop. The chorus has subtle guitar twangswhich one might associate with a country ballad creeping its way into this track. It’s an unexpected sound and adds a unique characteristic to the by-the-numbers ballad.
After releasing their music video for Flashback ten days ago and making their comeback performances on the various music shows, After School has now released their dance practice video for the song.
The dance is quite interesting for its unique moves. Instead of having the choreography being completely synchronized throughout the song, it focuses on the different movements of each member or group of members. Another fan favorite is the model posing line they do at 2:37 into the practice video.
This weekend After School start their second week of promotions for their comeback single. The title track “Flashback” contains powerful electronic sounds with a catchy hook. The lyrics tell a story of getting “flashbacks” of when one used to be in love.
After School Shares Dance Practice Video For “flashback”
For those of you who wanted a closer look at After Schools choreography, youre in luck, as Pledis Entertainments official YouTube channel uploaded the dance practice video for Flashback.
After School Discusses Their Concept, Kahi, And Their Goal For “flashback”
Kahi, who was your leader and foundation, left the group. How do you feel? We were very sad that she was leaving, and in turn, she worried a lot about us as well, said Jung-Ah. But even if she graduates, she is still a part of Pledis Entertainment. We cheered each other up, hoping that both of us will do well, she said. Kahi unni yelled, After School forever!
What are some advantages/disadvantages to your graduation/admissions system? There are more advantages than disadvantages, we think. You graduate when you have confidence that youll be able to stand on your own, Raina said. But there will definitely be obstacles, such as having to do everything by yourself, when before, you had your members around you.
In place of Kahi, the newest team member, Ka-Eun was recruited Our maknae speaks Japanese very well, since she lived there for three years, Jung-Ah said. Shes a big asset to our Japanese promotions. (laughs) Shes tall and dances well.