Archive for December 29th, 2010

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Online Streaming Link

December 29, 2010

I watch music shows most of the time in kpopflash.net. They air everything that has to do with Kpop. Well, not everything actually. But you can guarantee that this link will be able to help you watch music shows (M! Countdown, Music Bank, Music Core, and Inkigayo). And according to my sources, they will also air the Gayo Festivals. So enjoy! Another thing I will leave you guys.

I’ll try to update the links on my blogroll but I won’t promise anything. Though it’s vacation. I do have a lot of things to do.

[UPDATE]
Try this link as well. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kpopflash

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Kara’s hold in Japan

December 29, 2010

Kara debuted at the same year as Wonder Girls and SNSD. But they never really made an impact though they were dubbed as the next Fin.k.l and the next big thing coming from DSP. They were overshadowed too much plus dealing with a member leaving. Amidst all of this, Kara have become one of Korea’s top idols.

The first time I saw Kara was two years ago when they were promoting Rock U. I don’t actually remember, but I think they were promoting at the same time as Lee Hyori or at the end of Wonder Girls’ So Hot promotion. Anyway, I never really cared about them at the time ’cause Rock U didn’t appealed to me. But look at them now. I never thought that they will be on top. Japan has embraced Kara to the summit of success.

I’m not instigating a fanwar, but like what people say, give credit where credit is due. SNSD has Korea and Kara has Japan. Both are doing well in Japan but Kara are just sweeping the competition with their popularity. Well, in Japan. They can never out-success SNSD in Korea. If you have Japanese friends or someone who just came from Japan, ask them about Kara and the hip dance (apparently the butt dance is termed hip dance in the land of the rising sun), I’ll guarantee you that they know about it. That’s how popular Kara is.

Until now, I’m in disbelief that they are this successful. When I saw them doing Rock U, I told myself that this group would not last long. But I guess I was wrong. Funny thing, idol groups that are doing so well in Korea are not really doing that well in Japan. The inverse follows as well. Look at Supernova.

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tanakasmusic.blogspot.com

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3rd Most Talented Idol Group: SHINee

December 29, 2010

SHINee debuted in 2008 and made headlines because of their amazing performance of “Replay”. To new Kpop fans, do look it up. It won’t be a disappointment. It’s one of the best debut by an idol group. And from that, you can really tell that SHINee is the next best thing. I mean the group can lead the Hallyu Wave to the world. And I’m not just talking about foreigners who are into Kpop.

To be honest when I was doing this ranking, SHINee and 2PM were continuously switching places in the 3rd and 4th spot as I plug in factors. 2PM is really much stronger on the vocals than SHINee. Again, when I say strong vocals, I meant the voice is solid whatever range it is. The problem that I see in SHINee is that Onew and JongHyun have contrasting voice quality. So far it hasn’t really been a problem in their songs but it does limit their song choices. An example of what I’m saying is B2ST, and you can hear a bit of it on their Lucifer song. Again, no offense to B2ST fans. I’m just saying it as it is. But saying that, what pulled SHINee up is their performance.

SHINee, MBLAQ and 2PM are pretty much on the same boat. The difference is just appeal and that’s what I like about SHINee. When they perform, they just perform. No theatrical or fan service during the performance making them look expensive because of their professionalism. Again, no offense to the other group. SHINee just perform so well.

But saying that, SHINee just finished 3rd because of how good DBSK and Big Bang. The latter two groups might as well be the two greatest idols that Korea has offered of all time. But maybe in time SHINee will be as good as them. Well, maybe. Though Taemin grew as a singer, Minho’s growth in rapping is hardly noticeable making it negligible. And from videos I’ve seen, his singing is just so-so.

SHINee and SM Entertainment are lucky to have one another. In SHINee’s point of view, they are given everything they need to be on top. And with their capabilities, they will be on top.

Two more two go. I’ll compress my article on the two into one. I’ll leave you with my favorite performances of SHINee. I really wished that they didn’t changed that choreography in Lucifer. The practice vid they uploaded was so much better than what they’re doing now. Also, they’re already good enough. They don’t need back up dancers.

SHINee – Replay

SHINee – Lucifer

Pic:
10asia.co.kr
shinyisland.wordpress.com
kpoplive.com
allkpop.com

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