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Link Migration

June 13, 2011

It’s been a while guys. But to be clear, I’m not blogging once more. This post is just to inform you that the links to the music charts and everything else on my blog roll (Twitter, HomePage, Online Chart etc) will be migrated to my youtube channel.  I’m doing this as a favor to a friend. Don’t know why she wants it to be like that but it seems to mean a lot to her. Anyway, here’s the link to my channel.

Hope you guys an entertaining life. See you around…

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ShockedFan says Goodbye

January 1, 2011

As I stated a few months ago, I have decided to end shockedfan.wordpress.com to readily prepare myself to the next phase of my life. I’ll be graduating after this semester and kpop has no place in my future. So why bother stick with something that will bring nothing to your growth? I wanna build a career and I wanna be as successful as I can be. Also, I can’t be doing this forever. And as the year 2010 ends, it is a perfect way to end something that has become endearing to me.

I got into Kpop in 2008. Late May to be exact. And if you’ve been following me for the past year and a half, you would know that my Kpop fascination is highly attributed to the Wonder Girls song “So Hot”. I actually know Super Junior first because of my sister. She has this undying infatuation to Kim Kibum. But though she keeps telling me about the group, I never really got into them. They kinda remind me of those American boy groups that emerge in 90s. Selling songs with their looks.

But one day, I heard my sister playing this Super Junior song that caught my attention. I don’t know if you know “Sapphire Blue.” But after hearing that, it kept playing in my mind. So I googled Super Junior and “Sapphire Blue”. One of the search results was this post in popseoul.com. I checked the article and I think it was something about Super Junior T. Anyway, I went to the Home Page of popseoul and read this comeback article on Wonder Girls’ and their track “So Hot”. I listened to it and I like it. I wasn’t crazy about it yet but I did like it.

I forgotten all about it after that. I checked on Wonder Girls on youtube, when I was online again a few days later. The latest video post was this 2008 Dream Concert performance of theirs. And I was really blown away. That Dream Concert performance is the first Kpop performance I saw, and I remember how amazed I was. I was like “if everyone in Kpop performs like this, then I’ve been missing a lot.” For one thing, they distribute the song as evenly as possible unlike PCD and they perform, not just sing. Unlike the Spice Girls. And that was what really got me, the dancing.

A lot of girls now can dance, but what Wonder Girls still have is this synchronized blocking which I think only After School can replicate. Scratch that, I think as a group, f(x), Wonder Girls and After School are the only ones that can be deemed as great female dance groups. Again, I emphasize the edges. You’ll know Wonder Girls can dance because the edges of the routine are on the mark. The attention to details were also amazing. My favorite parts are that V-Line intro, that switch from Sohee to Ye Eun, and the entire rap.

Seeing Wonder Girls perform in that Dream Concert made me think what other groups would be worth my attention. I checked the other performances of the event. I saw SNSD, I rejected them quickly because that “Kissing You” was a bit troubling. I mean adult women holding lollipops, in mini skirt and singing “Kissing You, baby” is a bit like a porn. No offense intended. I grew up in the US and if SNSD will sing that, my impression will be the same as everyone else. Then there’s Super Junior Happy, MC Mong, then Epik High. And so on and so forth. To cut it short, aside for Wonder Girls, the only one I liked at the event was SHINee. I don’t like Replay but as performers, they were pretty good. Funny, DBSK was there too. I wonder why I didn’t remember them?

For over a year, I’ve been fascinated with Wonder Girls and SHINee. Well, Wonder Girls in the most part. SHINee just really got to me when they released “AMIGO”. A lot of groups emerge and that I got introduce. Some of which I like and some I don’t. Some are obviously just pretty faces.

What’s really sad about Korea is that they take into consideration the outer beauty too much. I’ve been to Korea and you just can’t imagination how much shallow Koreans are. Well, they are like just in Korea. When they leave the country, they become much more open-minded. I’m not hating on Koreans but it’s really sad how the good-looking just gets their way. I know it happens in life in general but in Korea it’s 3X worst.

Going back, as I’ve stated I’m departing from Kpop. I made this decision over 3 months ago. And in that time, it made me realize stuff. For one thing, this is one of the reason why Shinhwa, g.o.d., and FINKL’s popularity declined dramatically. It’s not that their fans abandoned them. They just moved on. Like what I’m doing right now. What defined an idol groups’ success is their fans. It is so true that Kpop is just for teenagers and students. For people who don’t have commitments and obligations that entails to their survival.

DBSK is the most popular group in Korea right now. But honestly, they are not taking in new fans. That 700,000 Cassies were the same 700,000 Cassies 3 years ago, with an exception of some few. What I’m trying to say, when young Koreans finally have the consciousness, to choose the fanclub to belong, they will not choose someone who debuted 3 years before their awakened consciousness. They will choose on the new groups that will catch fancy. A few years later, the cycle repeats. My point, when you start to come down, you won’t be able to come up again. Well, as high as you were before you were gone.

A few months ago I wrote this post saying that SNSD, Kara, 2PM should invest their time in promoting overseas. Because for a fact, that their popularity are going down already. I want to put emphasis on Kara and SNSD since their group concept is pretty much what other new cute girl groups are doing. And a year from now, fresher and younger groups will emerge that will leave the “just okay” groups in the dust. Cause like fashion, Kpop is obsessed with youth.

Sistar, T-ara, MBLAQ, and Infinite are the successors of the throne of SNSD, 2PM, Kara, 2NE1, 2AM and SHINee. Just as they succeeded Wonder Girls, DBSK and Big Bang. The other groups will succumb to newer and fresher idols that will come out. f(x) for example will surely plummet when they start promoting without Amber which I think they will soon.

Please continue loving Wonder Girls until you can. As well as Big Bang, MBLAQ, 2NE1, 2AM, Infinite, and SHINee. I think they really deserve love since they have been giving quality performances. DBSK should be included but I would be delusional. The truth is staring at us in our faces. They have disbanded.

This post is quite long but I just really want to say everything I want to say before I leave. And in my departure, I think it is only fitting that I should end my Kpop phase with the same video that made me fall in love with it. Here’s Wonder Girls’ “So Hot” performance in the 2008 Dream Concert.

AJA! Fighting!
감사합니다

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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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[Chart] 2010 Gaon

December 28, 2010

Now here’s a recap of the songs that topped the months of 2010 on Gaon.

January
2AM – Can’t Let You Go Even if I Die

February
SNSD – Oh!

March
SNSD – Run Devil Run

April
Lee Hyori – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

May
Davichi – Stopping Time

June
IU & 2AM Seulong – Nagging

July
Miss A – Bad Girl Good Girl

August
Homme (2AM Changmin & 8eight Lee Hyun) – I Was Able To Eat Well

September
2NE1 – Go Away

October
Supreme Team – Then Then Then

November
Heo Guk – Always

Source:
gaonchart.co.kr

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ShockedFan’s 30 Most Recommended Kpop Songs

December 23, 2010

I have only a week left of blogging. And before I go, I would like to share to the new Kpop enthusiasts, 30 of what I feel the most well written songs in Kpop. These songs have remained in my playlist for quite some time and I hope you guys will take some time and listen and appreciate them.

01.) 2AM – 이 노래 (This Song)
02.) 2pm – Angel
03.) 2pm – Tik Tok
04.) 4Minute – What a Girl Wants
05.) After School – Because of You
06.) B2ST – Oasis
07.) Big Bang – 멍청한 사랑 (Foolish Love)
08.) Big Bang – Always
09.) Big Bang – haru Haru (Acoustic Version)
10.) DBSK – 넌 나의 노래 (You’re My Melody)
11.) F.Cuz – 친구졸업 (Friends Graduation)
12.) Fly to the Sky – Sea of Love
13.) g.o.d. – 길 (Road)
14.) g.o.d. – 헤어짐보다 아픈 그리움 (Longing is More Painful than Break Up)
15.) Hot Potato – Confession
16.) Jisun – Rollercoaster Love
17.) Kara – Lupin
18.) Kim Hyung Seob – 사랑해요 (Sassy Girl Chun Hyang OST)
19.) Lee Hyori – U Go Girl
20.) MBLAQ – Good Luv
21.) Nell – 기억을 걷는 시간 (Time Spent Walking through Memories)
22.) NRG – 친구 (Friend)
23.) SHINee – JoJo
24.) SHINee – Replay
25.) Supernova & T-ara – TTL 2 Listen
26.) Sweet Reira Lee Ssang & Lee Hyori – The Girl Who Can’t Break Up, The Boy Who Can’t Leave
27.) Rain – Rainism
28.) T-Max – 나쁜 마음을 먹게해 (Fight the Bad Feeling)
29.) Wonder Girls – 미안한 마음 (A Sorry Heart)
30.) Wonder Girls – So Hot

It’s been a long 3 years since I got into Kpop. And now, I’m leaving for good. No regrets. This must happen.

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[Chart] 2010 Dosirak

December 23, 2010

Now here’s the recap of the songs that became number one monthly in 2010 on the dosirak online chart.

January
Jo Kwon & Gain – We Fell In Love

Febuary
SNSD – Oh!

March
T-ara – I Go Crazy Because of You

April
Rain – Love Song

May
f(x) – NU ABO

June
IU & 2AM Seulong – Nagging

July
Miss A – Bad Girl Good Girl

August
DJ Doc – I’m A Guy Like This

September
2NE1 – Can’t Nobody

October
Supreme Team – Then Then Then

November
Heo Guk – Always

Source:
dosirak.com

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[Chart] 2010 Mnet

December 22, 2010

Here’s a recap of the songs that won first place on music.mnet.com in 2010.

January
Jo Kwon & Gain – We Fell In Love

Febuary
2AM – Can’t Let You Go Even if I Die

March
T-ara – I Go Crazy Because of You

April
Rain – Love Song

May
Davichi – Stopping Time

June
IU & 2AM Seulong – Nagging

July
Miss A – Bad Girl Good Girl

August
Homme (2AM Changmin & 8eight Lee Hyun) – I Was Able To Eat Well

September
2NE1 – Can’t Nobody

October
Supreme Team – Then Then Then

November
Heo Guk – Always

The lack of SM Entertainment artist is obvious on Mnet. I wonder if they will ever patch things up. In my opinion, SM should start allowing their artists back on Mnet. Mnet has always been open for SM’s artists to promote again, it’s just that SM do not want it. If you browse back on the SM-Mnet thing, it started with SNSD’s lack of music show wins, though Gee was spreading like wildfire. I mean this is the main argument that SM announced for their pulling out everything SM Entertainment in Mnet. If SNSD didn’t win, then it would be a problem for Mnet isn’t it? People will be doubting the ranking credibility of the company. But with SM’s pull-out, it gave out a negative vibe on SM. It does seem like what all SM wants are awards.

Source:
music.mnet.com