Tag Archives: 4minute

Pic of the Day – 4minute in Hong Kong

1 Oct

4minute in their Hong Kong showcase back in February.

I wish they would actually build a bigger fan base in Korea before releasing Japanese singles. DBSK, Big Bang, SNSD – they reached superstar levels before their official Japanese debuts. 4minute are hardly in the same league.

But I can’t deny it was exciting to see them in HK. Jiyoon was surprisingly hot. I like. Very much.

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kpop freakonomics?!?!

17 Jun

As I majored in Economics and my current job is related to economics, I occasionally visit the Freakonomics website (BTW, if you haven’t read Freakonomics, please do, excellent book – even if you don’t have a clue or don’t like economics!).

And what did I see on the blog? Mention of SNSD, 4minute, Kara, After School !

http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/15/killer-girl-groups/

In response to the sinking of one of its ships, South Korea recently erected speakers along its demilitarized zone with North Korea — to be used for propaganda broadcasts.  A South Korean newspaper reports that the government is also considering using “songs and music videos by manufactured girl bands such as Girls’ Generation, Wonder Girls, After School, Kara and 4minute in so-called psychological warfare against North Korea.” Wonder if they’ve considered Barry Manilow?

Whilst thas been reported before,  I would never have imagined that a leading economist would actually blog about it. The power of Hallyu is boundless…

status – HOT ISSUE!

20 Feb

Right, so this blog, freeingyourwings is almost dead. But alas, like a Phoenix, another rises in its place (too much Harry Potter).

My new blog, http://www.asiawhat.com, will be live hopefully by nextweek.  I’m trying to get some good bloggers to help me out with content. But even if I don’t get them in time, I’ll still take asiawhat.com live as I got some pretty exciting content. Such as…

and…

^_^

By luck, I was at the red carpet premier of Jackie Chan’s newest movie, Little Big Soldier, which also stars the Taiwanese, very talented, hearthrob Wang Leehom, who is one of my favourite Chinese singers. Chinked out!

And today, I managed to get a press pass to 4minute’s showcase in Hong Kong, and was literally 1 meter from them for around 2 hours, so I managed to get a few photos. Well, 600 to be precise. And a few HD vids of their performance too!

So save http://www.asiawhat.com to your bookmarks~

Thanks for your support!  asiaWHAT! –  HWAITING!

PS. If anyone is interested in giving writing for asiawhat.com a go (or would like to know more details), leave a message here with your email address, or email me at:

m [dot] kwan23 [@] hotmail [dot] com.

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!

golden disk awards

10 Dec

Been following the 24th Golden Disk Awards (Korean Grammys kinda).

Exciting stuff!  Actually not sure if the show is finished yet, but so far, this is definitely SME’s night.  SuJu has already won 4 awards, including the Daesangs.  SNSD and SHINee won too.  Whilst I’m a big YG fan, SuJu deserved the awards.  They had a massive year with Sorry Sorry and It’s You.  Same with SNSD and their GEE and Tell Me Your Wish.  What did surprise me however was no award for 2NE1, as they definitely owned the second half of 2009.  Anyway, good show overall – much more exciting and glamorous then the MAMAs to be honest.

Son Dambi looked stunning – but what did she kill in order to get that atrocity that is hanging off her?!

“HyunA shii – what are you in this evening?”
“My bathing suit! TeeHee ^_^”

The tramp, the hobo, the dork, and mini Crown J

Legs Legs Leggity Legs. *giggle*

Looking good guys.

A lot of awesome performances this evening, like SuJu, SNSD, Davichi, Son Dambi, Epik High..

I’ll just post this badass performance by 2PM to whet your appetite, go find the rest on youtube! BTW, check out how they freak the shit out of some of the other singers 😀

HyunA and Jiyoon were so cute, dancing along to Heartbeat!  I know I rag on HyunA a lot, but after watching her on Invincible Youth, she’s mega adorable and innocent. Although she’s supposed to be an entertainer, it’s still a shame she has to put on a front and act so slutty/overtly sexy when performing.

bommie, big bang, and a whole lotta music

29 Oct

It’s been a week of exciting releases this week. Actually, the past month has been epic!

Releases these couple of days:

Park Bom – “You & I”
First solo single from the lead vocalist of 2NE1.  I’ve followed her for quite a while, since her Anycall days and featurings on Big Bang’s first couple of singles.  “You & I” is a very solid single. The Teddy produced track however reminds me of Taeyang’s “Where U At”.  No bad thing though.

The MV is really sweet and colourful, which I didn’t expect.  Bommie seems to only have one expression… I still love her though ! ^_^

Big Bang – Koe Wo Kikasete (3rd Japanese Single)
omfg I LOVE this song. Now i’m a huge YG/BB/2NE1 fan so I may come across slightly bias, but woaaaah this song is by far their best Japanese release.  A really smooth sound, with an emphasis on TY. Non of that auto-tune/electro crap which they’ve been putting out for most of their Japanese releases.

Seo In Gook – 1st EPSeo In Gook
This dude is the winner of Mnet’s Superstar K.  I haven’t followed the show at all.  The EP has only 3 songs, but all have a great rnb vibe.  His voice is not particularly special, I could name a dozen male korean artists who I would rather listen to singing these tracks. Nonetheless, its a very good debut, and I’ll look out for him in the future.


There’s loads of other new/recent releases that should be checked out if you have similar taste of music to me.. i just don’t have enough time to review them .. got back from work at 11pm tonight.. *sigh* >_<

A mini album by Lyn, new duo December’s debut album, 4minute releasing the MV for “What a Girl Wants”, SeeYa‘s first album after the whole Nam Gyuri fiasco, Mighty Mouth‘s “Smile”, Verbal Jint.

And for non-korean music, there’s Brian McKnight’s amazing “Evolution of a Man”, Joss Stone‘s “Colour Me Free!”, and for c-pop fans, G.E.M Tang’s long awaited debut LP “18”.

I just recently bought a 64Gb iPod Touch cuz I had way too much music for my 16Gb one, but now I’m starting to run out of space again. arghh.. gotta love music 😀

happy mid-autumn festival… and chuseok!

4 Oct

So… one of the biggest holidays in China and Korea fall on the same day.  Is chuseok just a Korean version of the traditional Chinese holiday?  Cuz I know Korea also has a new year similar to the Chinese new year.  From what I heard, Chuseok is the Korean ‘thanksgiving’. Mid-autumn is a big festival for Chinese people, and its a public holiday (although this year, the day fell on a Saturday, so no extra day off work – damn it!!!!).  Families get together for a family dinner. Kids play with their lanterns and eat ‘mooncake’.mooncake I had my fun by jacking my 10 year old bro’s scooter and his power ranger lantern, and raced the other little kids and their scooters.  I beat those kids schumacher style – they had no chance against my superior scooter skills. OWNED SUCKERS! ——————-

At Chuseok, korean entertainers publish photoshoots of themselves whearing hanboks (traditional korean clothing).  I think my fav one this year is f(x).  They’re really beautiful, plus 2 members chinese so my chinese pride seeping through there… and i’m a sucker for a pretty girl wearing traditional asian clothing. fx chuseok There was also the BIG IDOL Show which had many of the idol groups participating and putting on some good performances.  Big Bang is back! And not wearing ultra bright clothing – double win!!  Can’t wait for Taeyang’s 1st full length album, which hopefully drops this month – his mini-album was awesome.

HyunA (of 4minute) on the other hand looked like a slut when she was doing her solo dance performance.  The girl can be pretty, but she always puts on the ‘dumb look’, like Paris Hilton.  And I don’t like her voice, I much prefer Jiyoon’s rapping tone.  HyunA omg you irritate me.

Another downer was UEE’s performance, damn she looked like a zombie dancing. No expression at all.  Really don’t understand why she is so popular these days, on so many different shows and being chosen to model for Soju.  Succeeding Hyori? Epic fail.

SNSD were looking fine as usual.  Jessica ❤  I saw the clip of one of the members of 4minute feeling Jessica up as part of a game….

*faints*