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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

new BoA!

dayo, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

New BoA but in a "uplifting talent show soundtrack" role and no one gets out of that with much personality left. Still, thankful for what I get and she's very much amazing as a TV personality on the show (since, for us fans, she's avoided talk/variety TV like the plague her whole career, it's a surreal weekly experience).

abcfsk, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink


UK-Pop for a Japanese release. Pixie Lott ft. GD&TOP - Dancing On My Own. I wonder if there're gonna be other collaborations like this in the future. I would prefer an original song with Korean rap. This isn't bad either.

re K-Pop vs the EP format: yes, loads of EP's there. It's just they prefer to call it Mini-Album and stuff like that.

blah blah blah, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Did you guys notice the last update on Jenny Hyun's site (about one day after her shit blew this thread up)? http://jennyhyun.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/apology-to-all/

apology to all
Posted on February 19, 2012 by Jenny Hyun

Jenny Hyun has been admitted to a hospital today. She is a paranoid schizophrenic and has been battling mental illness, a debilitating disease for many years.
Friends and family of Jenny want to extend their sincere apology for any harmful statements made verbally or via the web that Jenny has made while she was in the height of a psyshosis episode. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time for he

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah we discussed how it doesn't pass the sniff test in the 'is this racist' thread

dayo, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 17:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

digging this!

dayo, Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

ah I love the handclap sound

dayo, Saturday, 24 March 2012 12:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

dope throwback

dayo, Monday, 26 March 2012 12:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

think I'll stop embedding for the sake of everybody's browsers

http://youtu.be/raOsXsYgd7M nice straight-up dance pop

dayo, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 13:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Don't know if you meant to post the two big old-skool k-pop boy bands after one another, but it's a nice example of how one comes off slightly desperate in his comeback attempts (Tony An, not talking about that performance, though) and how Shinhwa still seem pretty well-suited for the pop star life. Wouldn't say Venus is amazing, but people have been saying the EP is pretty solid.

As for Ailee there, I said somewhere else, she and her songwriter really nailed that formula. The big melodic belter. To be honest I think that stuff would have an easier time making it big on the Billboard than the ones trying really hard.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

hah I don't know shinhwa, but it pleased me to see H.O.T. doing 'candy' in 2012 (or, as it were, just tony an)

dayo, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

but yeah ailee strikes a nice balance between ballad and banger

dayo, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

as for ballads I like Lyn

dayo, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like this Ali ballad http://youtu.be/U6xIO6j2mqE

abcfsk, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

New SPICA - Painkiller http://youtu.be/gO-n43lUS7s

abcfsk, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://youtu.be/QbJCB2ArgK0

Tomorrow at the lower east side!!

rayuela, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

(probably not the perfect thread for that band but i had to express my glee)

rayuela, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 18:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

'follow me' really seems to have been the template for 'i am the best'

dayo, Monday, 2 April 2012 02:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

new 4minute rather disappointing

opening of 'dream racer' rather blatantly copies a part of 'i am the best'

swaghand (dayo), Monday, 9 April 2012 12:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Volume Up is a mega hit.

abcfsk, Monday, 9 April 2012 12:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can find nothing redeeming about it

swaghand (dayo), Monday, 9 April 2012 12:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Adding the sax hook was a good idea - it will make this a big sales hit like Trouble Maker. Love the rest of the song as well, the lyrics, the techno beat, the main vocalists belting without being cloying about it.

abcfsk, Monday, 9 April 2012 12:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

"volume up" is totally awesome, sorry dayo

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Monday, 9 April 2012 15:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

thought there were a lot more jams on the LP

http://youtu.be/Qk3Cxmvljpk

swaghand (dayo), Monday, 9 April 2012 22:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

4minute also totally biting themselves w/ the buildup to the chorus in volume up

http://youtu.be/h97jt1XtnGQ

swaghand (dayo), Monday, 9 April 2012 22:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

totally into self-biting

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Monday, 9 April 2012 23:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

losing my faith in k-pop anyway since 'busker busker' is occupying the charts

swaghand (dayo), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Good week - Sistar comes back with a really sexy track http://youtu.be/E0ZHXVp_wUE

abcfsk, Thursday, 12 April 2012 04:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Having watched the show I don't think that was the best example, isolated speaking, as she did reach #5 and except for one dude I thought the others left were better - but it was a great opportunity to bring up a real problem so kudos to JYP. Yesterday's poor performance by the opposition in the Korean parliamentary election wasn't the most uplifting result, but a lot more women were elected and one of them the first naturalized Korean citizen to do so, Jasmine Lee from the Phillipines. Her inclusion was a move by the ruling party to appeal to the growing number of naturalized citizens and is an acknowledgement that that number IS steadily growing. So the topic will (have to) be dealt with, one way or another and I'm happy JYP talks about it in such a super-mainstream setting. The blackface incident earlier this year also got a lot of talk going, which isn't a matter of course as those skits have been pretty frequent on Korean TV. Some people defended it but it got a lot of coverage online and in the news, and artists like Tiger JK spoke up about it (himself being the husband of African American / Korean Yoon Mirae). Pretty obvious there's a lot of work to be done but I'm glad it's a mainstream issue at least (at last).

abcfsk, Thursday, 12 April 2012 13:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Didn't mean to suggest a connection between Michelle and the plight of naturalized citizens, of course, though my confusingly worded post might lead you to that idea --- just talking about the new multicultural Korea.

abcfsk, Thursday, 12 April 2012 13:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Good week - Sistar comes back with a really sexy track http://youtu.be/E0ZHXVp_wUE

― abcfsk, Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:50 AM (3 days ago)

K-pop SOTY

abcfsk, Sunday, 15 April 2012 10:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

everything in that sistar song is a hook

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Sunday, 15 April 2012 16:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's a lot more po-faced than their previous singles

swaghand (dayo), Sunday, 15 April 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

excited about the new girl's day!

dayo, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

You hate on the two great singles of the year, but Girl's Day gets you in the mood?!

abcfsk, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

well I haven't actually listened to girl's day yet

but sorry, those two singles are sleek but lifeless!

dayo, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

the 'mehness' of the new 4minute made me revisit their LP though, which is really quite good

http://youtu.be/tL9OB0DxkE4

dayo, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

and 'ma boy' still walks all over the new sistar!

dayo, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Their LP was really weak, but I like their previous EPs.

abcfsk, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

I know you don't actually believe that!

dayo, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

I like them american rnb-y (as their album tracks pre-LP are) over that brisk synth pop stuff. And their singles should aggressive, not sweet like the extremely disappointing "Heart to Heart". Now THAT was lifeless.

abcfsk, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

hah well I guess that's where you and I diverge. K-pop is at its best for me when it's fun and bombastic and spilling over the edges, not when it's trying to be a jet-black sports car, but that's just me!

dayo, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:10 (1 year ago) Permalink


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