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The Sunmi-Hyerim Dilemma

November 29, 2010

In the first quarter of 2010, Sunmi left Wonder Girls to continue her studies prompting JYP to replace her with Woo Hyerim. Since Hyerim is a JYPE trainee, she already knows JYP’s system. To be honest, I think she was picked because she spoke different languages. And since Wonder Girls are venturing into the foreign market, they have to pick someone that will help their cause. It took Wonder Girls several months to learn English and Mandarin and if they picked someone who doesn’t speak these languages, it’s a big step back for the Wonder Girls. How can one sings in a language that they don’t know?

A problem had arose with Sunmi departure. I tried to give Hyerim a chance but it’s been months already. She should have adjusted by now. I can’t help but wonder if that’s all she can show. She might just had big shoes to fill. If I have to judge Wonder Girls with Sunmi, I rank them as 9. But now with Hyerim, I’ll rank them as 6.

The biggest problem of Hyerim is confidence. Like in their American Tour. When she makes a mistake, she panics making it more obvious that she made a mistake. Again, I bring back the “leg test”. Watch Wonder Girls performances again with Sunmi in it. She had a lot of mistake. If you know Wonder Girls’ routine, you’ll know that she made a mistake but because Sunmi shows this confidence, it’s not obvious. It could be also the fact that Sunmi is a better dancer that Hyerim. Another thing is Hyerim vocals. Sunmi makes her part works because of her husky voice but Hyerim is sweet like Sohee’s. It was a bit uncomfortable listening to her singing Nobody and Irony.

Maybe I’m a bit of a jerk for saying this but I think what’s best for Wonder Girls now is for Sunmi to return and for Hyerim to leave. The chemistry is not really as good as before. In terms of popularity, Sunmi is the least but she does have an integral part for the success of the group that I didn’t see before. Sunmi’s is an ok singer. Not as great as Sunye and Ye Eun but her husky voice was doing wonders to Wonder Girls. This is my suggestion. If Sunmi does decide to come back, put Hyerim in Miss A and give back Sunmi her place in the Wonder Girls.

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10 Most Talented Idol Groups: Eliminated – Wonder Girls

November 29, 2010

I’m a big Wonder Girls fan and as I wanna believe that they are one of the ten most talented idol groups, the numbers just do not support that. It’s too bad actually. Just one more. If they could have just beat one more group, but the ten remaining are just performing better than Wonder Girls. I’m a hardcore fan but not a delusional fan. Just have to accept it.

Wonder Girls debut three years ago as the first female group under JYP. They are known to have successfully released three consecutive songs that are considered legendary in the Kpop World, “Tell Me”, “So Hot”, and “Nobody”. This blog wouldn’t even be possible if I didn’t saw Wonder Girls’ “So Hot”. It is this song that pulled me into Kpop. The song was catchy and they were so precise in the edges of the routine.

Now going to the ranking, Wonder Girls got this far because of their performance. Of all the girl groups out there, well with the exception of ballad groups, Wonder Girls are the only ones who almost always sings live. It’s a rarity for you to see Wonder Girls lip-sync. And with regards to their dancing, their very good on stage. Almost like Miss A actually.

A few years ago there was this rivalry between Wonder Girls and SNSD. SONEs will always argue that SNSD are better singers and Wonderfuls will argue back that Wonder Girls are better stage performers. To be honest, I think if there was a competition between these two, talent-wise Wonder Girls will win. Well if it is 5 against 9 all the way and not what happened in that year end special where they place both girl groups against each other. There were numerous rounds in that so called “battle” but not all of SNSD were in every rounds. As I said in my SNSD Elimination post, there is just so much that SNSD can do with all 9 of them since the overlap in their talent is very little. But in Wonder Girls, they compliment each other that’s why they make their performances work.

“So Hot” is in my opinion is the best that Wonder Girls have released. Well, to my liking. “Nobody” is indeed their most successful song. It is the most popular Kpop song in the world. What I like about “So Hot” is that it showed how good Wonder Girls are. If I’m gonna call it out, “So Hot” is a very difficult song that of all the girl groups active, only After School can do justice to it. I thought every Kpop artist are as good as Wonder Girls at the time. And then I saw Kara and SNSD, I knew immediately Wonder Girls were better than them. No offense, Kara and SNSD performances are easy. Again, I’m basing it on performances as a whole. All 5 of Kara and all 9 of SNSD. Their routines doesn’t have as much edges as Wonder Girls.

In terms of talent, three are amazing while 2 are just wallflower. They have two great singers and 1 amazing rapper. But as I said, they make it work somehow. They compliment each other. I find it odd that other groups finds it difficult to do the same. If you think about it, 4minute is like Wonder Girls individually. But 4minute just can’t get it together. I think the biggest arsenal of Wonder Girls is their timing and blocking. All 7 Wonder Girls (including HyunA and Sunmi) have this great sense of timing. From Irony to 2DT the blocking is amazing. I think only dancers can truly appreciate this. I recommend watching these performances.

Over the years, Wonder Girls have been criticize for their so called lack of talent. And I think the argument all are directed to Sohee. Sunye and Ye Eun can seriously sing and Yoobin raps so you can’t attack her for not singing. So if their gonna attack talent, go after Sunmi/Hyerim or Sohee. But since Sunmi/Hyerim are in tune, antifans will attack Sohee. The thing with Sohee is, it’s not that she can’t sing but she sings her parts softly that you can almost not hear it. I think she can sing. She is the one in the track singing isn’t she? I don’t know why she does it. Maybe she was asked to sing like that by JYP or maybe she got sick or something. She wasn’t like that in their Irony promotion. But now with Sunmi’s departure, Sohee has to step up since Hyerim is not as dependable as Sunmi. I think Sohee should even be the one singing Sunmi’s part since her voice is much huskier than Hyerim.

f(x) got eliminated in this ranking because they were not as polished as the groups that remained. This time Wonder Girls are eliminated because they are not as explosive as those that remained. This ranking is to determined the Most Talented Idol Group in Korea. And though Wonder Girls are more popular than After School and Infinite. The latter two groups can do more than Wonder Girls. At this high in the ranking, it’s no longer what group is better than what group. Everyone is pretty much even. It is now about who can do more.

With Wonder Girls elimination, we finally have our “10 Most Talented Idol Groups”.

01.) 2AM
02.) 2NE1
03.) 2PM
04.) After School
05.) Big Bang
06.) DBSK
07.) g.o.d
08.) Infinite
09.) MBLAQ
10.) SHINee

I’ll leave you with my favorite performance of Wonder Girls.

Wonder Girls – So Hot

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Vid:
mnet

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2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards

November 28, 2010

The 2010 MAMA just recently concluded and the winners are as follows as stated from allkpop.com

Daesang Awards
Artist of the Year – 2NE1
Album of the Year – 2NE1 “To Anyone”
Song of the Year – miss A “Bad Girl Good Girl”
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Female Rookie Award – miss A
Best Dance Performance (Male Group) – 2PM “I’ll Be Back”
Best Asia New Artist – iMe
Best Digital Single – Park Bom “You and I”
Best Asian Pop Artist – Perfume
Female Group Award – 2NE1
Male Singer Award – Taeyang
Best Rap Performance – DJ Doc “I’m This Kind of Person”
Best Vocal Performance (Solo) – Gummy “Because You’re A Man”
Best Asia Artist – Zhang Jie
Male Group Award – 2PM
Best Dance Performance (Solo) – Rain “Love Song”
Best Band Performance – Hot Potato “Confession”
Best Dance Performance (Female Group) – 2NE1 – “Can’t Nobody”
Best International Artist – Far East Movement
The Shilla Duty Free Asian Wave Award – 2PM
Best Music Video – 2NE1 “Can’t Nobody”
Female Singer Award – Gummy

Here’s my verdict. I think the award is a total fail. I’m not gonna be one of those Kpop enthusiast that is pissed because their idols didn’t win. I’m gonna be logical and calm in this article.

First of which, I think there are some awards that were wrongly given. Let’s start with the non-daesang awards. I’m just go over the things that I am fully familiar. The Best Dance Performance by a Group was given to 2PM for their “I’ll Be Back” song. I was really surprised that they were even considered. I’m not saying they suck but their dance can’t really be compared to other nominees. The “I’ll Be Back” routine is easy because it is design to be like that. For fans to follow. But SHINee’s “Lucifer” and MBLAQ’s “Y” is a routine that is design to impressed. I honestly think either SHINee or MBLAQ should have won.

Another award that was wrongly given was the Female Group Award. I think that should have gone to SNSD. I’m not a fan of SNSD but as people in allkpop said, give credit where credit is due. The same goes with the Male Group Award. I’m starting to be seriously annoyed by how much 2PM is overrated. What 2PM achieved this year is nowhere near what 2AM achieved. I don’t know how this happened. The difference between 2PM and 2AM this year is so great that the award being given to 2PM should not be even possible.

Now for the Daesang. I can only comment on the Artist of the Year and Song of the Year since I haven’t really listened to the entire album of the artists that are nominated. I think both AOY and SOY should be given to 2AM. They have done so much this year to get these awards. Makes me wonder what could have happened if 2AM attended the said event. I’m also wondering why they are the only JYP artist that did not attend the award show. First, JYP scheduling the JYP Nation the same day as 2AM’s first concert and now this. One can’t help but wonder.

It seems like those who attended the awards show are those who won the awards with the exception of Rain. A bit of advise to MAMA. People have been doubting the credibility of the awards show since last year. They should have came back this year stronger. Meaning, give awards to those people that deserve the award though they could not attend. A pity really.

Also there were awards that wasn’t announced. Notably, Male Rookie Award and Best Vocal Performance (Group). So maybe there is some truth to the no-show-no-award thing.

Well, one good thing is that Big Bang and Wonder Girls were present. At least some quality performance was shown. Maybe next time, if there is a next time, they should just stayed in Korea so a lot of artists could have attend.

[UPDATED]
mama.mnet.com has released the complete list of winners for this years mama awards. The awards that wasn’t mention above are as follows:

Best Producer of the Year – Psy
Best Music Video Director of the Year – Seo H.S
Best Choreography of the Year – Kim Hwa Young
Best Style of the Year – Yang Seung Ho

A lot of people have been saying the 2AM and C.N.Blue won but I can’t find any source to support that.

Source:
allkpop.com
mama.mnet.com

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10 Most Talented Idol Groups: Eliminated – f(x)

November 27, 2010

There are lots of people who foresaw f(x) being eliminated next. I crunched the numbers, and it told me that f(x) is the next one to be eliminated. I know, so close yet so far.

f(x) debut impressed a lot of people. I’m one of them. But i’ll be honest, it wasn’t until Chu that I started to watch their performances. I’m not into their songs but they do bring it. Classic example of a not so great song being promoted by an amazing performance. Their pretty good. They’re a potential superstar. But again I quote, “potential”. Doesn’t mean that they will be, but they have potential.

The group is made up of Sulli, Victoria, Luna, Amber, and Krystal. The most popular is obviously Amber. f(x) popularity can be attributed to her. Without Amber, f(x) won’t be where they are now. I’m not saying f(x) is another SS501. I’m saying Amber’s uniqueness made the group stood out. Remember, f(x) debut at the time where girl groups are debuting left and right.

Now with regards to talent, one can’t help but compare them to SHINee. SM might have been thinking of SHINee when they were forming the group. It’s like a one on one comparison actually. Sulli-Taemin, Victoria-Key, Amber-Minho, Krystal-Onew, and Luna-JongHyun. But though the similarity is obvious, the talent attributes are far different. Well, guys will be guys. I’m not being a sexist but guys can do a lot more than women. It’s not in the mind anymore. It’s in the body. It’s biology.

But saying all this, I do not believe they are part of the “10 Most Talented Idols”. Why? They lack charisma as a group. Well, compared to the groups that remained. I don’t know actually how to put it into words. But maybe if you watch performances of the remaining groups and then pick out the best performances one by one, putting aside your bias or hatred, you’ll find yourself picking f(x) last. I guarantee, that’s what will happen.

So to sum it up, it’s not that f(x) sucks or has something pulling them back. The remaining groups are just too good compared to f(x). Well not too good, too polished might be the proper term. Another thing, I base my analysis in the assumption that Amber will be back. But if Amber won’t be back, which I think she really won’t (Kim Kibum Part 2?), f(x) will not even be in the Top 20. Without Amber’s uniqueness, f(x) will be wall flower. They will drown in this pool of girl groups.

1 more is gone and only 11 remains in the hope to be part of the “10 Most Talented Idol Groups”.

01.) 2AM
02.) 2NE1
03.) 2PM
04.) After School
05.) Big Bang
06.) DBSK
07.) g.o.d
08.) Infinite
09.) MBLAQ
10.) SHINee
11.) Wonder Girls

I’ll leave you with my favorite performance of f(x).

f(x) – Chu ~♡

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Vid:
AMFandre1

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2010 Bugs’ End of Year Top 100

November 26, 2010

Bugs recently released the Top 100 songs of 2010. The ranking is based on the data gathered by Bugs Music from November 5, 2009 – November 3, 2010. You can check out the link here. Here’s the ranking for those who can’t read Hangul.

01 2AM – Can’t Let You Go Even if I Die
02 After School – Because of You
03 SNSD – Oh!
04 2PM – Heartbeat
05 C.N.Blue – I’m a Loner
06 Kara – Lupin
07 T-ara – Bo Peep Bo Peep
08 T-ara – Like the Beginning
09 T-ara – Going Crazy Because of You
10 Miss A – Bad Girl Good Girl
11 Baek Ji Young – Do Not Forget
12 Gain & Jo Kwon – We Fell In Love
13 Brown Eyed Girls – Sign
14 IU & 2AM Seulong – Nagging
15 Park Bom – You and I
16 U-Kiss – Man Man Ha Ni
17 Davichi – Time, Please Stop
18 SNSD – Run Devil Run
19 Younha – Broke Up Today
20 Wonder Girls – 2 Different Tears
21 SeeYa, Davichi & T-ara – Wonder Women
22 Lee Seung Chul – That Person
23 HyunA feat. B2ST Yong Joon Hyung – Change
24 f(x) – NU ABO
25 SeeYa – His Voice
26 MC Mong feat. Mellow – Sick Enough To Die
27 Lee Seung Gi feat. 8eight Baek Chan – Love Taught Me To Drink
28 Hot Potato – Confession
29 Homme – I Was Able To Eat Well
30 Secret – Magic
31 Kim Tae Woo – Dreaming Dream
32 After School – Bang
33 C.N.Blue – Love
34 K.Will – Miss Miss and Miss
35 CL & Minji – Please Don’t Go
36 MC Mong – Bubble Love
37 Rain – Love Song
38 4Men – I Can’t
39 2AM – I Did Wrong
40 f(x) – Chu~♡
41 DJ Doc – I’m a Person Like This
42 Im Jae Beom – Stigma
43 IU – Marshmallow
44 4Minute – HUH
45 2NE1 – Go Away
46 2PM – Getting Tired of Waiting
47 Lee Hyori – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
48 Min Kyung Hoon – It Hurts Because It’s Love
49 Mighty Mouth feat. Baek Ji Young – Will Love Come?
50 2PM – Without You
51 Super Junior Yesung – It Has To Be You
52 JYP – No Love No More
54 Gavy NJ – Sunflower
55 Son Dambi – Queen
56 B2ST – Shock
57 B2ST – Mystery
58 Gummy – Because of You
59 T-ara – I’m Really Hurt
60 Zia – Have a Drink
61 Kim Jong Kook – It’s That Person
62 U-Kiss – Bingeul Bingeul
63 2NE1 – Can’t Nobody
64 K.Will – Gift
65 2PM – Tik Tok
66 SHINee – Ring Ding Dong
67 2AM – I’m Sorry I Can’t Laugh For You
68 Secret – Madonna
69 One Two feat. Seo In Young – Bad Girl 2
70 Eun Jiwon – Siren
71 MBLAQ – Y
72 SHINee – Lucifer
73 Seo Young Eun – What an Awful World
74 2NE1 – Try to Copy Me
75 BoA – Hurricane Venus
76 Taeyang – I Need A Girl
77 Seo In Kook – Calling You
78 Hwayobi – Bye Bye Bye
79 Gummy – As A Man
80 2NE1 – Clap Your Hands
81 Sistar – Push Push
82 Rain – Hip Song
83 Untouchables feat. Brown Eyed Girls Narsha – Living in the Heart
84 Wheesung – I Even Thought of Marriage
85 December – Because Love is What I Learned
86 Seo In Kook – Love U
87 4Minute – I My Me Mine
88 FT Island – Love Love Love
89 December – Love is So…
90 SHINee – Jojo
91 December – Tears in Heaven
92 Jewelry – Love Story
93 SS501 – Love Like This
94 Seven – Better Together
95 Seo In Young – Love is Bitter, Pain is Calling
96 Seo In Young – Can’t I Love
97 Super Junior – Bonamana
98 Big Bang – Hallelujah
99 G.NA feat. B2ST Yon Joon Hyung – I’ll Back Off So You Can Live Bette
100 Brown Eyed Soul – I’ll Move

As you can see, every song that 2AM has released (well of course excluding the recently released) is in the top 100. This is what I’ve been saying. 2AM is the busiest group of 2010. They are just everywhere this year. And given that, I think they will win Artist of the Year at least one of the year-end awards.

Source:
music.bugs.co.kr

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10 Most Talented Idol Groups: Eliminated – B2ST and U-Kiss

November 26, 2010

Here I am again for my farewell project. December is around the corner so I better speed up. As I promised, on the 1st of December I’ll post the 10th Most Talented Group. I have to eliminate four more to get my “10 Most Talented Idol Groups”. Looking at my pro-con list, B2ST and U-Kiss is not part of the elite 10. I’m actually surprise that both went this far but I can’t deny the numbers.

B2ST is first known as a group of rejects. Meaning there are members that almost made it as members of currently popular groups like 2pm and Big Bang. But as time goes by, they have made a name for themselves. The reason for their elimination is vocals and stage performance. As all of you know by now, I’m a dancer. I know and see what’s wrong in any routine, and what’s wrong with B2ST is their lack of harmony. Individually, they can dance, but the problem is that they don’t gel together. Watch their performances, someone is always half a second late. Also, they seem to not care about the details. My friends and I always do this “leg test” when judging our routine. Watch B2ST performances and take an extra effort in their legs. The angles and distance is all over the place. That means they need more practice. Details is important when your routine is fast. I mentioned this before, I really like their “Shock” choreography but they didn’t really deliver. Their timing is really off. I think if SHINee, Infinite or MBLAQ was given that song, it would have work.

Now with their vocals. I’m not saying their not in tune. But like their dancing, I think their voices doesn’t gel together. It’s actually weird. It’s like they have different styles and no one wants to back down to make the song work. Also, is it me or none of them have that voice. I don’t know that exact term. I think firm. I’m saying quality of voice. Reaching the notes is one thing but having a firm voice is another. I hope I’m saying it right. Compare the voices of MBLAQ’s Seungho, GO, SHINee’s JongHyun, Onew, Infinite’s WooHyun, Sunnggyu and U-Kiss’ Kevin, SooHyun to the vocalist of B2ST. The other groups’ vocalist is firm and full. I hope you get what I’m trying to say. I’m weak in terminology. I don’t remember the exact word so I hope you get what I mean. Technically, B2ST’s elimination is attributed to the lack harmony of their individual talents.

Now with U-Kiss, they’re good actually but not as good as the remaining groups. I know they have been criticize over and over because SooHyun and Kevin technically sings the entire song. But as I said in my previous post, this ranking rates the group’s performance. So having members singing just words doesn’t affect the ranking as long as the performance is good. And with regards to U-Kiss, their performances are good. They just lacks charisma and opportunity. Charisma in a sense that people would want to know then more and opportunity in a sense of having good songs. No one cares about U-Kiss before they released “Man Man Ha Ni”. So maybe if they were given songs like “Lucifer”, people would take interest in them more. This group can do other groups’ songs actually.

2 more are gone and only 12 remains in the hope to be part of the “10 Most Talented Idol Groups”.

01.) 2AM
02.) 2NE1
03.) 2PM
04.) After School
05.) Big Bang
06.) DBSK
07.) f(x)
08.) g.o.d
09.) Infinite
10.) MBLAQ
11.) SHINee
12.) Wonder Girls

I’ll leave you with my favorite performances of B2ST and U-Kiss.

B2ST – Shock

U-Kiss – Bingeul Bingeul

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Vid:
hawoosin
ancient236

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10 Most Talented Idol Groups: Eliminated – SNSD

November 24, 2010

SNSD is indeed the most popular girl group in Kpop today, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best. Yes, SNSD is not one of the ten most talented idol groups that Korea has ever made. It’s actually funny, SNSD have the biggest fanbase in all girl groups but they have the biggest number of antifans. I think even in Kpop history.

A brief history, SNSD debuted the same year as Kara and Wonder Girls. But it wasn’t until “Gee” that they achieved success and popularity. Currently, SNSD is the most famous group in Korea but they haven’t achieved that glorious status where all members are household names unlike DBSK and Wonder Girls.

I actually think no one even expected SNSD will be on the top ten. Again, this ranking is for over-all performance. Meaning performances with all members are judged. So I’m left wondering why some Kpop enthusiasts say that SNSD is the best girl group out there when it’s definitely obvious that there’s only so much they can do with all 9 members.

I remember this Dance Showdown SNSD did with After School where After School won. Some of the comments on the vids say that SNSD should have won and all things like that. But what people should realize that SNSD went into that Dance Showdown with only four members (SeoHyun, YoonA, Hyeoyeon, and Sooyoung) while After School danced with all seven. Get my point? In group dynamics, SNSD as a whole would not be able to dance the way that they did. No offense, Jessica, Sunny, Taeyeon and Tiffany wouldn’t have been able to keep up. I notice their lack of timing the most (a member or two is always a quarter of a second early or late). The same goes with YoonA, Hyeoyeon and Sooyoung. Vocally, these three would not be able to keep up with the remaining members. I’m thinking this might be the reason why all their songs and routines are relatively easier compared to other groups. I hope I’m able to say right what I want to say and I hope SONEs that are reading this would take this constructively.

As a whole, SNSD cannot do anything more than what they did in “Into the New World”. Notice all their covers and dance showdowns they did since they debut, the singers sing while the dancers dance. And if you compare SNSD with the remaining people in the list, do you think SNSD can do these other groups’ songs? Again, I’m saying as a group. Not just a few members of SNSD doing it. Well, they did “Tell Me” of Wonder Girls but that song is really easy. I’ll be really impress if they can do even one of “So Hot”, “Fire”, “La Cha Ta”, “Bang”, “Go Away”, “Chu”, or “Nobody”.

Also, the fact that all of their successful songs are all cute and cheery is gonna go against them. They tried to do less cute and cheery in “Tell Me Your Wish” and “Run Devil Run” but these songs were just successful in the album sales. It’s not really that popular, compared to their cheery songs, in the general public. Check the online charts.

1 more is gone and only 14 remains in the hope to be part of the “10 Most Talented Idol Groups”.

01.) 2AM
02.) 2NE1
03.) 2PM
04.) After School
05.) B2ST
06.) Big Bang
07.) DBSK
08.) f(x)
09.) g.o.d
10.) Infinite
11.) MBLAQ
12.) SHINee
13.) U-Kiss
14.) Wonder Girls

I’ll leave you with my favorite performance of SNSD.

SNSD – Gee

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Vid:
BrownEyedBoyLover