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will the TSJ ever review a k-pop single without making a gratuitous, vague east asia reference?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Thursday, 9 February 2012 12:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Even (Hollywood) kids note the Lady Gaga-Kpop connection:

"The Boys" sounds like "Telephone" to me.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 12 February 2012 01:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I really love this:

Does anyone know anything about the rapper (Bla Bla)? He's hard to Google in English.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 12 February 2012 01:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Every time the rap part comes in there's a split second where it sounds like Maino, "Hi Hater" to me lol.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 12 February 2012 01:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

SNSD songwriter has bizarre racist twitter meltdown, wtffffff
http://www.asianjunkie.com/2012/02/jenny-hyun-songwriter-for-snsd-chocolat-is-a-racist-psychopath/

zappi, Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

yikes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

don't have the slightest ideas who jenny hyun or SNSD are, but might be the most disgusting public display of racism i've ever seen from a public figure. not sure how koreans in general tend to view such things, but i assume that calls for genocide are no less acceptable there than they are here.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's not a one-off meltdown, as far as i can tell, her whole feed is littered with racist tweets. It's either a fake account or she's 100% crazy.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Her published songs list suggests she co-wrote one SNSD album track which might explain why nobody seems to give a fuck about this. She only has 400 followers on Twitter.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

hope they cut her off forever

http://jennyhyun.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/notorious-big-mo-money-mo-problems-ft-mase-puff-daddy/

seems like she has no qualms about enjoying the music of the people she wants to commit genocide against

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

don't have the slightest ideas who jenny hyun or SNSD are, but might be the most disgusting public display of racism i've ever seen from a public figure. not sure how koreans in general tend to view such things, but i assume that calls for genocide are no less acceptable there than they are here.

― Little GTFO (contenderizer), Saturday, February 18, 2012 6:49 PM (21 minutes ago) Bookmark

afaict she's korean-american

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

another one from yesterday

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

afaict she's korean-american

having done a little googling, SNSD and chocolat (the acts she writes for) seems to be south korean, though, right? it's not like either has a big US pop presence, so far as i know...

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

SNSD (girl's generation) are trying to break it big in america, they recently appeared on letterman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

ah. i'm not sure that this is the best strategy, then.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

she doesn't write for them as much as she sold the rights to two tracks they used as filler on albums. no relation in reality

she seems batshit insane, though, should probably get a padded cell

abcfsk, Sunday, 19 February 2012 10:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

new miss a EP rather underwhelming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1tAYmMjLdY (dayo), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 01:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

i only listened to the title song so far, it's such a mess. i guess the other songs must be better, will give the ep a listen in the next few days.

expect to see this on the youtube chart next week big bang - blue

blah blah blah, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I'm liking the Big Bang, toning it down was a good idea, feels like a 2012 version of their earliest stuff.

This is kinda dreamy and great

The new Brave Girls single is decent, but this album track kills it http://youtu.be/cm_OV7q_GVk

abcfsk, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow. I'm not sure i've listened to Park Ji Yoon in about nine years but that's really lovely.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah I really like the big bang song. interesting that the girls in it are european - recall a few blog posts dissecting the gender politics of the last big bang (or was it gd/top) video that did that.

flagp∞st (dayo), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 02:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

My favorite thing about the "Blue" video is that G-Dragon made ALL the members of Big Bang pose so that they ambiguously are, and are with, the white hipster girl.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 02:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

When it was announced that Teddy Park had co-written most of the tracks on the Big Bang album, I was (happily) anticipating something like this, without the editing glitches:

Big Bang vocals and an actual sad-euphoric build is all I ever wanted out of a song, apparently. >_> Blue is not bad though, it is restful next to their more dramatic tracks. I am holding out hope for at least one really "big" track on the album, though.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 02:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

man I don't know why I wrote european, I should have just said white. sorry about that.

flagp∞st (dayo), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 02:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

@dayo the video with mostly white girls is GDTOP, High High (about clubbing). They used a Korean girl for their teen romance song, though. Now I wanna read those blog posts...

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 02:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

think the gist of it was male aggrandizing as specifically related to asian males - i.e. they're so masculine that they get white chicks. or something.

flagp∞st (dayo), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 02:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

That makes sense. There was a lot of male aggrandizing going in the videos for that album, you know, all the playboy bunny girls, the girls at the club and the spa, etc.

(I wrote "compensatory male aggrandizing" but it could have also been because it was a more 'hip hop' album and that's what hip hop albums are like, I guess.)

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 02:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

seems like I only learn about new k-pop songs after they get posted on TSJ, but I love how aggressive this one is

flagp∞st (dayo), Monday, 27 February 2012 22:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

big bang pursues more white hipster girls

what's that horse's tail hanging out of gd's hat?

flagp∞st (dayo), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's his Skrillex 'do.

I'm liking this as a lot well, looks to be a great campaign for Big Bang. They needed some scandals to.. ehm, chill out their music? A bit much 'walking in NY' if the coming MVs follow suit, though.

There's nothing new to this Rainbow song except they've found the most infectious phrase ever to go with an infectious chorus. GONNA GO, GONNA GONNA GO, GONNA GO - LETS GO!: http://youtu.be/dKDS7zzz-kU

abcfsk, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ok I think this will become one of my favorite Big Bang songs.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not a great video, but it does its job. Alive is selling visible amounts on iTunes worldwide.
The song is nice.

blah blah blah, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

we haven't talked about this yet?

flagp∞st (dayo), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 12:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

flagp∞st (dayo), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 12:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Talked about it at other places and forgot, I guess. I like that EP of hers, and was surprised she basically used it to give her own take on various American pop templates instead of doing a more pure hip hop album (where her roots are). As some TSJ folks pointed out her rapping in the verses are the highlights of DIRTY, still not 100% sure if I like the safe-pop production, but it's a fun song. Also like SNSD Sunny's singing on that one track.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 16:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Btw the third Big Bang MV is not 'walking in NY'

abcfsk, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

that doesn't feel like the video the song deserves

flagp∞st (dayo), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 02:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

abcfsk, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Talked about it at other places and forgot, I guess. I like that EP of hers, and was surprised she basically used it to give her own take on various American pop templates instead of doing a more pure hip hop album (where her roots are). As some TSJ folks pointed out her rapping in the verses are the highlights of DIRTY, still not 100% sure if I like the safe-pop production, but it's a fun song. Also like SNSD Sunny's singing on that one track.

― abcfsk, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 11:25 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark

yeah the rapping is key - TSJ write-up compared her to nicki but I'm not quite sure that's accurate - maybe if just focusing on swagger.

I love the end of 'dirty' where she's going all out in autotune. so much energy - except instead of coming through in feedback and distortion, it's coming through in autotune. using autotune as a filter for rage? interesting!

flagp∞st (dayo), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Big Bang Fantastic Baby video is a takeoff on <a href=";>Sixth Sense</a> as well as being a gigantic loveletter to the international fanbase. Basically while Brown Eyed Girls fought against censorship in their MV by being actively sexual, Big Bang lounge around on thrones or face personal demons while their supporters in gas masks fight the battle against the people who didn't want them to release music this year. As a reward, the fans get to join in the dance party at the end.

Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri all take their shirts off in this, but I'm actually more struck by how objectified TOP is, like he's literally a piece of art hanging on the wall of the gallery! Even when he "comes alive" he's still not very active-gaze. Flashing back to Knock Out and his brag verse about having the prettiest eyelashes.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 8 March 2012 00:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

That should have been Sixth Sense:

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 8 March 2012 00:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

fffv, Thursday, 8 March 2012 03:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

smh @ kanye "HUNRGHS"

wonder if gd got extensions to get that skrillex hair?

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 11 March 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh the kanye HUHs were in the studio version too, just not so pronounced

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 11 March 2012 15:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

is K-Pop EP-oriented in general? definitely approve - wish the american record industry would return to this format also

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 11 March 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

flagp∞st (dayo), Saturday, 17 March 2012 12:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

"is K-Pop EP-oriented in general? "

Generally, yeah. Allows them to put out two a year instead of one, less of an investment, etc. Usually works out for the better musically as well.

Top 5 year-end sellers are full albums, though.

2011 YEAR END PHYSICAL ALBUM SALES CHART

1. Girls' Generation - The Boys (385,348)
2. Super Junior - `Mr. Simple` The 5th Album (343,348)
3. TVXQ - `왜(Keep Your Head Down)` (263,412)
4. JYJ - In Heaven (220,442)
5. BEAST - Fiction and Fact (142,272)
6. BIG BANG - BIGBANG 4th Mini-Album (136,594)
7. Super Junior - `Mr. Simple` The 5th Album Repackage (A-Cha) (129,894)
8. CNBLUE - FIRST STEP (115,467)
9. Kim Hyun Joong - Break Down (EP) (114,642)
10. Kim Hyun Joong - Lucky (2nd Mini Album) (101,705)

11. KARA - STEP (100,662)
12. 2PM - Hands Up (100,379)
13. BIG BANG - BIG BANG Special Edition (89,371)
14. 2NE1 - 2NE1 2nd Mini Album (85,819)
15. IU - Last Fantasy (71,860)
16. Various Artists - Infinite Challenge West Coast Highway (71,300)
17. Jay Park - Take A Deeper Look (EP) (66,316)
18. JYJ - In Heaven (Special Edition) (62,790)
19. f(x) - `Pinocchio` The 1st Album (61,637)
20. TVXQ - `왜(Keep Your Head Down)` REPACKAGE (60,205)

abcfsk, Saturday, 17 March 2012 13:29 (2 years ago) Permalink


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