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A Letter to YG

1 Sep

Dear Mr YG,

With the arrival of September, summer has officially ended for most of us, not that it matters since I’m no longer a child/student and thus no longer have ridiculously long summer holidays. Weather is cooling down, big summer movies have been mostly disappointing (Inception and Toy Story 3 are exceptions), fanfare of the new iPhone is dying down, and kids are heading back to school.

But it’s obviously a different kind of world at the YG headquarters, because you and your artists are banging out hit after hit (in more ways than one – congrats on the baby!) through the summer and I can’t see an end to them.

Taeyang kicked off the summer with Solar. Like many others, I needed a few listens to let “I Need a Girl” grow on me, as the tone and arrangement of the song was quite different from his/Teddy’s previous material. I loved the whole album.  See the past tense in ‘Loved’? Yeah. After a few hundred listens, I’ve found the album to be great KOREAN RnB album – but quite average when comparing to RnB as a genre. It’s a big step for TY though, and I can really see his true colours show, which is rare in the Korean idol world. He did good, and I expect even greater things from him in the future.

Se7en was next with his long awaited return from the States (which I still believe he was banished to because he lost a bet). When those previews of his new music started cropping out, I was worried. What happened to Se7en’s trademark silky smooth vocals and RnB vibe? What’s with the autotune and  electro? You had a lot of people worried with the new direction. But it turned out to be awesome and a breath of fresh air.

Then came Taeyang’s 2nd comeback. What? Does he think he’s Michael Jordan? Now I’m not a big fan of re-released albums with a couple of new tracks thrown on. I mean come on – I spent over 300HKD on that Deluxe Solar album, and now you want me to buy another with 8 of the same tracks? OK OK – I forgive you and your money-grubbing ways, because “I’ll Be There” is a fantastic track. Whilst I liked INAG, “I’ll Be There” was a much better “title track”; it was the full package: great MV, superb choreography, wicked beats, and my man TY getting nekkid for the ladies.

Who’s next? 2NE1! Dayuuuuuuuuuum I’m stoked for this album, mostly because I think no group in the Kpop world at current are quite as exciting as 2NE1. The teaser pics are FIRE. September 12th can’t come soon enough.

And the rest of the year?

October: BIG BANG!

November: JINUSEAN! (hopefully)

December: 1TYM (I can dream)

Mr. YG?

I fucking love you.

Yours truly,

Qoobie

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2009 – you've been good

4 Jan

Almost every other blog out there is doing some sort of “BEST OF 2009” post, so let me be a sheep and do one myself.

Qoobies Best of 09 KPOP Awards

Best Artist
G-Dragon

Best Group
2PM

Best Newcomers
2NE1, 4minute, After School, BEAST, Lady Collection, Maydoni

Best Songs (no particular order, one song per artiste)
SNSD – Gee
2NE1 – I Don’t Care
Taeyang – Wedding Dress
2PM – Heartbeat
Park Bom – You & I
Kim Tae Woo – Love Rain
4minute – Won’t Give You
After School – Because of You
Hwanhee – Bring it Back
Epik High – Wannabe
2AM – Time for Confession
Super Junior – Sorry Sorry
Brown Eyed Girls – Abracadabra
SHINee – Please Don’t Go
Maydoni – 7 Teen
LeesSang – Girl, Unable to Separate – Boy, Unable to Leave
Baek Ji Young – Don’t Forget

Best Albums
G-Dragon – Heartbreaker
2PM – 1:59PM
Hwanhee – H-Soul
Wheesung – Vocolate
2NE1 – 2NE1
Maydoni – 7 Teen
Untouchable – Quiet Storm
Brown Eyed Girls – Sound G.
Super Junior – Sorry Sorry
Lady Collection – Lady Collection
Kim Taewoo – T-Virus
4minute – Musik
Epik High – Map the Soul

Best MVs
2NE1 – Fire
2PM – Heartbeat
G-Dragon – Heartbreaker
Brown Eyed Girls – Abracadabra
Epik High – Wannabe
LeesSang – Girl, Unable to Separate – Boy, Unable to Leave

Drama
I haven’t been a huge follower of K-dramas (I’ve seen less than 10 my whole life), although that will change as I’m on a rabid download spree. Recommendation welcome!

In 2009, I’ve watched Cinderella Story (not sure why I even bothered), IRIS (very entertaining, although the last few eps were a huge let down; they either should of added a few more episodes to flesh out the story, or end it earlier) and You’re Beautiful (wasn’t going to watch this as it looked too “teen” and “cute” for my usual tastes, but so many people recommended it. Good recommendation! Park Shin Hye ^_^).

I am about to begin Return of Iljimae, and plan to watch Shining Inheritance after, since it has won so many drama awards in 09.

Variety
As I understand little Korean, the shows that I can watch it limited to the ones that are available on youtube/download with subs.  Family Outing is my no.1 variety show.  I’ve been a huge follower of the first series of couples of We Got Married, but interest has died down.  MNET Scandal seemed to have some promise, in at least we can expect to have crazy fangirl complaints; but that was a letdown too.  Other shows I watched/followed include Intimate Note, G7, Star King, 2NE1/Big Bang TV.  I wish there was a site which keeps track of all the episodes and where I could watch/download them…

Looking ahead to 2010
The Return of the Jedi Jaebum. Comebacks/LPs from:Taeyang, Big Bang, 2NE1, 1TYM, Se7en (basically YG family), Tasha/T, May Doni, Hwanhee, Hyori, BoA.  More material from the many newcomers of 09, such as BEAST, MBLAQ, 4minute, Untouchable, f(x).  Less freaky gifts from netizens to their idols.  Return of X-man alumni HaHa and Kim Jong Min. Movies/dramas/variety/eye candy which feature either Park Shin Hye, Ha Ji Won, Jun Ji Hyun, Park Bo Young, or better yet, all of them together. Anything with Kim Sooro – God of Study is a good start for 2010. New Cha Tae Hyun movie?

And of course, a new blog site. Damn will I ever be able to make it?

2010 – let’s hope for a even more exciting year for k-entertainment!

stumbling into addiction

2 Sep

whaddup whaddup !

I’ve listened to korean music for aaaages, but my addiction to it didn’t really start till several years ago.

I was first introduced to korean music way in the early years of high school (year 7/8).  There were loads of korean students there, and the hot idols back then were H.O.T and Sechkies.  I didn’t listen to any of their songs, but I saw the covers on the albums the other kids bought in and thought to myself “thats some crazy ass hairstyles they have”.

My friend asked me what type of music I liked, and I told him it was RnB, and he lent me his Fly To The Sky album, “Day by Day”.  I kept the album on repeat: I was hooked.  Soon after that, in a different school, a girl introduced me to BoA, and though pop music isn’t really my thing, some of her tunes were catchy as hell (typical SM Ent.) and her ballads were strong.  She gave me all of BoA’s songs, and I found some pics of her, and dayuuuuum she was foiiiiine

BoA = Hot

Fast forward 2006, I went into overdrive mode and started following the korean music industry like an addict, with the help my friends and sites like asianjunkie.com and now allkpop.com & sookyeong.wordpress (recommended sites).

Now my favourite artists are most from YG family such as Jinusean, 1TYM, Big Bang, 2NE1 etc etc, although my taste in music (slightly ashamed here..) has relaxed from the typical hiphop and RnB to include some pop.. like some …actually its too embarrassing to mention…hmmm.. -_- ;;

I got a lot more favs, but too many to mention, I’ll leave that for another day!

I have over over 2000 korean tunes on my iPod.

How about you?