Fresh Release, Korean, KPop, Music

Fresh Release: As If It’s Your Last by BlackPink

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Seven months since Square Two, BlackPink makes a comeback with a track titled ‘As If It’s Your Last’. 

As If It’s Your Last is definitely different from their previous releases. It’s more of an upbeat song that gives you the feel of making you want to jump and dance along with it. Also infused with synths in places. It’s a total bop!

The music video is a splash of bold colors and captured three sides of BlackPink: their sophisticated, school-girl type and fun side. The play of colors and how they were styled perfectly fit the sense of the lyrics since it revolves around someone’s excitement and bold take on love. You can check the English translation here. (Though, I just have to say that this song and MV gave me a 2NE1 vibe…)

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Click on the picture to watch AS IF IT’S YOUR LAST M/V! 🙂

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Fresh Release: Cherry Bomb by NCT

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Cherry Bomb comeback marks the first one that I’m on board with all the NCTzen (our just announced fandom name)! To say that I’ve been highly anticipating for their M/V and mini album to drop is totally an understatement.

When SM entertainment started releasing comeback teasers (first wave was of Doyoung, WinWin and Taeyong), the impression that it left me were NCT Dream-ish and Pop. It got me thinking, would they be taking on a NCT Dream kind of concept with a 127 twist? Are they going to release poppin’ songs because of how bold the colors used for the teasers? The video teasers weren’t that big of a help at all since it was mostly a montage of the M/V. Well, if you consider having Na Na Na NaNa stuck in your head and yes it worked. But still I’m at wits end because I couldn’t really grasp what the song will sound like and its overall vibe.

… And just a few hours ago, I got my answers for those thoughts and questions.

 

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Click the picture to watch the M/V for Cherry Bomb by NCT!

 

NCT 127 made a poppin’ comeback with Cherry Bomb as their title track.

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Korean, KPop, Music, Seventeen

Seventeen Compilation: Crazy in Love & Don’t Wanna Cry Stages

It’s been over a week now since Seventeen dropped their 4th mini album and the M/V for their comeback track, Don’t Wanna Cry, and here I am still so obsessed with it. Whenever I space out, the lyrics to that song just pops up in my mind and I end up mentally singing it. I don’t know how I can move on from this. Visually appealing music video, the rawness and remnants of sadness in their vocals and clever upbeat tone, what’s up? Don’t Wanna Cry is just so catchy and obviously have a lasting effect. To all the artists who are planning to make a comeback this year, for me this is definitely the one to beat.

Seventeen is currently promoting Don’t Wanna Cry along side another track, Crazy in Love, in various music shows and has been gracing us with powerful performances. Despite the insane choreography, numerous formation changes and the level of synchronization that it requires their vocals remain to be so stable. You can even check some MR Removed videos on Youtube. I’m beyond amazed with them. They just tick off a lot of boxes as to why they’re so stan worthy. I decided to make a compilation post so that you can join me in checking them out and their comeback stages. At this point, I’m hoping that they get several wins in music shows for Don’t Wanna Cry because they (and that song) deserves it. Seventeen deserves more recognition. Okay, I’ll leave you now. Just click on the pictures below and you’ll be directed to its corresponding Youtube videos.

 

Don’t Wanna Cry Music Video

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Don’t Wanna Cry Performance Version

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Don’t Wanna Cry

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Fresh Release: Don’t Wanna Cry by Seventeen

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On May 22nd, Seventeen dropped the latest single, Don’t Wanna Cry, from their 4th mini album titled ‘Al1’. I highly anticipated for this. I don’t know why and where the feeling came from but I really felt that this song (and basically the album as a whole) will be good.

Yet Seventeen exceeded my expectations.

If you haven’t heard and seen the M/V for Don’t Wanna Cry, do yourselves a favor and watch it HERE. I guarantee you that your eyes and ears will be blessed by the art they have created. Sometimes it takes me two or three times to listen to a certain song before I can decide if it’s a great one or just okay. With Don’t Wanna Cry, I became hooked with it the moment I heard it’s opening line and fell even more as the song continued to play. I don’t even know who’s who were singing (only knew a few members from the group) but I love it. It has been days now since it was released and I still can’t stop listening to it. Don’t Wanna Cry just hooks you in and basically causes for you to have a last song syndrome. It is addicting. Very.

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Maybe the first few times you listen and watch the M/V, you’ll just be in awe with them. Like who wouldn’t? The MV and their choreography are aesthetically pleasing and suited the song perfectly. But as I repeatedly listened to it, I heard and felt the sadness injected in the song. Even though their track was an EDM (with a basic-like beat), Seventeen managed to let the message of the song transcend through the vulnerability of their voices, its progression and the choreography. Notice even the littlest of their movements because it tells a narrative.

Once the English translation was out, I read the lyrics and it made my heart ache more.

With Wonwoo and Mingyu’s 울고 싶지 않아 (ulgo shipji ana), I know I’m going to stay and continue listening to the song. But when that choreography in the GIF above was shown, I knew that I made a great decision. Seventeen’s synchronization is definitely something and their choreography catered to it by highlighting it several times. The choreography showed creativity and complexity and they were able to execute it flawlessly. It truly showcased that they move together as one team. I legit had goosebumps whenever group shots of them dancing were shown in the M/V. It’s so good.

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Korean, KPop, Music

On My Radar: Neo Culture Technology (NCT)

TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, EXO, Red Velvet and now with Neo Culture Technology aka NCT. Huh, SM fully knows how to hook me and claw its way in to my ears – and heart.

I’ve been gone from the Korean pop music scene for several years and it was just last year when I started getting reacquainted with it. Big changes and tons of new groups welcomed me back. Like, BlackPink. Weirdly enough my curiosity and excitement spiked when YG Entertainment started dropping teasers for their debut. So when their D-Day came, I found myself streaming the debut showcase, watching the two M/Vs that they released and instantly became a fan. The power and edge that they are channeling through their music and image are definitely not the common ones we get from girl groups. In which makes them stand out more. I told myself that I would just stick with them and nothing more.

But EXO, who has been trying to catch my attention for the most part of 2016, strikes once again.

EXO members Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin (now EXO-CBX) participated in the original soundtrack of Scarlet Heart: Ryeo with the song “For You” which immediately made me fall for their voices. ChenBaekXi’s voices and Chanyeol (whom I encountered through his Chinese movie, So I Married an Anti-Fan) became the nth straw.

I caved in.

EXO stood out from the all the boy groups, hauled my lazy behind and roused my dormant heart. For a month or two, I poured my attention into everything EXO. I learned about the ins and outs concerning them and their fandom. Almost five years to catch up? I breezed through it because I had fun getting to know about their members, the glorious (and miserable) events that transpired, the inside jokes and basically everything that I must know. At first, I was hesitant if I’m going to do the entire fandom thing because ain’t I too old for that? But with them it was truly impossible not to. There are a lot of things happening to EXO and I felt the ultimate need to communicate with my fellow EXO-LS. They’re the ones who’ll be able to understand me and what I’m feeling. Read some of the blog posts that I’ve written about EXO here.

With being exposed to Korean music daily, I little by little started opening up myself for more, encountered other groups, started listening to them and appreciating their craft. Just like AKMU, Seventeen, GOT7, K.A.R.D and more. Even solo artists.

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I’m knowledgeable of NCT’s existence. They’ve been on my radar since I’ve attached myself to EXO and with how today’s fandom power work, you cannot just miss NCT. They performed during the year-end award shows and won some rookie awards too. In which I’ve seen some cute interactions that they had with EXO. I adore their sunbae-hoobae relationship because I can feel the love and respect that they have for each other. The only reason why I had a hard time convincing myself to 100% check NCT out is because I’m thoroughly overwhelmed by them. With the SM Rookies thing, their sub-units and the unknown definite number of members – I feel like I won’t be able to take everything in.

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