Posts Tagged ‘MBLAQ’

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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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MBLAQ will be part of JYPE?

December 30, 2010

Well, that’s what it said in this allkpop article. I mean that’s how I understand the article. I think J.Tunes will be no more and everything that’s J.Tunes will be under JYP. Again, that’s how I understood the article. The post keeps stating merge but they’re changing the name. It might be mistranslated but allkpop quoted, meaning it came directly from people who knows this news in its entirety. If this is like how I understood it, it would be a plus to MBLAQ. JYP can give the group what it needs, which is a good song. Maybe it was too early for Rain to go out on his own. But then again, if J.Tunes wasn’t created, MBLAQ would not have come to exist.

Source: allkpop.com

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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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5th Most Talented Idol Group: MBLAQ

December 24, 2010

Only 5 remains in this coveted ranking, and unfortunate for MBLAQ, they just missed the mark and finishes at 5th. I know there are some people who are skeptic on MBLAQ’s ranking because the group is just ok success-wise, but hear me out.

MBLAQ is g.o.d. Version 2. I read an interview of Rain that MBLAQ will be the only artist he will produce and that he created MBLAQ with g.o.d. in mind. And kudos to him, what an amazing group he has created. The group is one of the few that is stable performance-wise. Something they should be proud of since only a handful of idol groups actually have talent to show. They’re not banking on their looks.

The reason why MBLAQ got this far is because of what they can do. Oh Yeah! and Y are very difficult songs to perform. For one thing, the choreography is strenuous making it difficult to sing. There’s only 3 groups in Kpop right now who can do Oh Yeah and Y like MBLAQ or better. 2 of which is in the Top 4. It’s actually sad that they’re not getting the recognition that they deserve.

Saying that, MBLAQ finishes only in 5th because of what they can do more. Actually what the other four can do more. MBLAQ just cannot compete. Another thing, the group debuted a year ago alongside B2ST. Both groups are actually being pitted against each other because of this fact. And right now, it is quite obvious who’s the winner between the two. B2ST has more songs ranking high in the charts and even got a few songs winning in Music Bank. Again I’m not saying Music Bank is a prestigious award but since the showing can be controlled by album sales, it is saying a lot that B2ST has a lot of fans already than MBLAQ. Or that B2ST have a much more financially extravagant fans.

Between B2ST and MBLAQ, talent-wise and as a group MBLAQ is better. If you guys go to singers and producers, they will say MBLAQ have it more as a group. But why is B2ST more popular than MBLAQ? Because MBLAQ lacks in good songs. Again, just like Infinite, opportunity is what missing. J.Tunes is not as powerful as the other companies to manipulate the situation and provide additional promotion for MBLAQ though Rain is the CEO of the company. So MBLAQ needs to put a lot more effort on the performance and a good song will help their cause.

One more thing why MBLAQ finishes 5th. The Top 4 Idol Groups have all members who are strong on what they bring on the group. No offense, but talent-wise Chundong is a bit behind everyone else. Not just in MBLAQ but with other members of the Top 4 groups. It’s not that Chundong is untalented, but what he brings to MBLAQ is just not as solid as it should be, making the performance suffer and not live up to the potential of the performance. Chundong is vocals. Compare him to G.O., Seungho, and Joon. The latter has this confidence when they sing and their voices are full and fluid. It makes me wonder what Sang Bae would have given if he didn’t quit the group and got replace.

4 more groups to go and 3 more articles. I’ll leave you with my favorite performances of MBLAQ.

MBLAQ – G.O.O.D. Luv

MBLAQ – Y

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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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ShockedFan’s 10 Most Recommended Routines

December 18, 2010

As some of you might know, I’m a dancer. And one thing that kept me in Kpop was the undeniably amazing routines. In my departure, I want to share the ten routines that I seriously adore. I hope in the future, Korea will show more quality music and performance. If you think about it, a lot of performance today are banking on the fan service factor which I’m not holding them against. That is what their fans want. But if they’re not cute or pretty or handsome, will the routine work? Anyway, here are the ten routines I wished will still be recognize after my departure.

Again, this article is about the routine, not the artist.

2pm – Again and Again

After School – Bang

B2ST – Shock

MBLAQ – Y

SHINee – Lucifer

SHINee – Replay

Super Junior U

Wonder Girls – Irony

Wonder Girls – So Hot

U-Kiss – Bingeul Bingeul

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