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KPOP iPhone Ringtones

10 Apr

Holy crap. I haven’t posted in almost 4 months! Busy with work and studies… yadda yadda yadda.

But I’m back as I’ve got something to share with everyone: iPhone ringtones!

I love my iPhone but one crappy thing about it is you cannot use MP3 as your ringtone. That’s why you and 95% of other iPhone users are probably using the same generic ringtone.

Well I’ve got a pretty cool app which enables me to make my own ringtones in the .m4r format that the iPhone requires. I’ve now made up a pretty large selecting of ringtones, mostly Kpop but with some Jpop, Cpop and western music too. Thought I’d share some with you iPhone-using Kpop-loving people  ^^

I will be taking requests for Kpop ringtones. You can do contact me by:

1) messaging me on Twitter (@qoobie23) or on this blog
2) Name of the artist (romanized), and track name
3) Which part of the song you want as the ringtone (e.g. 1:04 – 1:34)

Today, I’ll be sharing MBLAQ’s Cry and GDTOP’s Oh Yeah! Please no hotlinking, at least without full credits. Enjoy 🙂

MBLAQ – Cry Ringtone
GDTOP – Oh Yeah! Ringtone

A Great Start to 2011

3 Jan

First off, Happy New Year! I spent the 2010-2011 transition in the lovely city of Taipei. I’ll put up some pictures later when I have a bit of spare time.

Now into 2011, the land of Kpop is heating up the winter with some very exciting releases in January. Just on the top of my head, we have Seungri, Infinite, DBSK, MBLAQ, One Way, JOO, Secret, G.NA, all returning with brand spanking new music. I’ll try and jot down my thoughts on some of the worthy releases later. But I’ve now heard tracks from Infinite, MBLAQ, One Way and DBSK, and I’ve loving it. All of it. Ooooh I’m in a very happy place right now and think it’s going to be a great year for Kpop. For the record, I thought 2010 was not a stellar year for Kpop. BIG (bang) things for 2011 though!

On another note, I purchased my copy of GD&TOP (I chose the GOLD version – cuz I’m hip hop). I was going to post up some pictures of the included booklet, but you can find plenty of other blogs with pretty scans e.g. McRoth’s. I also got around to buying Utada’s 2nd Singles Collection. I only started listening to Jpop and Utada last year so I’ve been playing catch up for a long time, so these collection albums are great. Head on over to Chaotic Dusk for in-depth reviews of Utada’s releases!

Best Kpop Albums of 2010

23 Dec

Folks, it’s that time of the year again. No, not Christmas. LISTS!

For me, 2010 wasn’t a particularly great year for Kpop. We were ear raped by auto-tune and electronica, eye raped by ridiculous outfits, and left speechless by stupefying choreography (2PM – I’ll Be Back). A distinct lack of arguably the biggest heavyweights in Kpop, DBSK and Big Bang, did not help matters either. It was however, a year for a LOT of debuts and groups coming out with their sophomore albums.

Here’s my vote for the top Kpop albums of 2010. I have had to draw some inspiration from McRoth’s series of posts (here and here), as quite frankly, my memory is fuzzy on what was actually released in 2010! I also find it troublesome ranking things, so this will not be in any particular order. I will list 10 things though, as 10 is just a nice, round number ^^

2NE1 – To Anyone

The album that split everyone’s opinions. I’ve never seen the words ‘ear fuck’ and ‘so addictive’ so often in reviews for the same album. As I’ve said in my previous review, the auto-tune HAS to die down for their next album. It’s a dying trend anyway. Who gives a shit about T-Pain now? No one. Even Kanye isn’t using auto-tune much these days. Nevertheless, To Anyone had a varied track list, and the beautiful track of It Hurts showed everybody how soulful the fearsome foursome could be (bar Dara). Did the excessive use of auto-tune kill a few of my brain cells? Yes. Did I love the album? Yes.

4Men – Sorry

Gorgeous voices + great melody = win. What can I say? Hello! was on repeat 100 times in one day. No lie. I used to think Brown Eyed Soul were the Korean Boyz II Men. I now pass that accolade to 4Men (or 3Men, as it should be)

Shinee – Lucifer / Hello (re-release)

I loved loved loved Shinee’s first LP. I really did not expect the new SME idol group to have such great voices and such a mature sound. Their second LP had more character, and you could really tell that the guys had more input into the direction and writing of the songs. Lucifer was an outstanding single, so intense, with an unbelievably addictive hook, and powerful choreography to top it off. Hello was another great single. I know opinions were split, but it was a huge grower and was on my ‘now-playing’ list for a LONG time.

T-ara – Breaking Heart (Re-release version)

Going Crazy for You was so fucking addictive. So much auto-tune, but I loved it. The MV gave me a migraine though. And Jiyeon, God love her, so adorable. T-ara aren’t vocally strong, but their producers know how to make addictive tracks. It helps that they look HOT.

Epik High – Epilogue

EPIK. Run Run RUn Run Run RUN

MBLAQ – Y

I surprised myself with this entry, but I thought Y was a fantastic EP which showcases both their dancing and vocal talents. All 4 tracks: Y, One Better Day, What U Want and Last Luv, left lasting impressions and I still listened to them months after the release. This is in contrast to BEAST, who whilst I think they are talented too, need better songs. I like their mini albums, but get bored with listening to them after a week or two, which is never a good sign. Really looking forward to more from MBLAQ, especially G.O., who had a fantastic 2010, featuring on songs with the sexy J.ae and the not so sexy Nassun.

Taeyang – Solar

Another album that split opinions, especially with the first promoted single. I personally loved I Need a Girl. I liked the MV, the choreography was refined and the bonus featuring by best chum G-Dragon was pretty snazzy. Tracks like Superstar, Where U At, Wedding Dress, Look Only at Me, Prayer, After You Sleep, made this sophomore album a very, very strong effort by Taeyang. In addition, I’ll Be There and Connection in the International Edition made Solar a hugely well-rounded album. As a whole, possibly my favourite album of 2010.

BoA – Hurricane Venus

I first got into Kpop because of BoA, 10 years ago, so I can’t leave her off the list. I HEART BOA, and this album just made me reinforce my love for her. The album surprised me, with several tracks having a sort of ‘indie’, acoustic feel to them. A big change to her previous Kpop releases, which were either power ballads, dance music or power pop. The music was also very different to her Jpop sound, which is much more RnB-ish (which I love btw). Just goes to show how diverse she can be.

Brown Eyed Soul – Vol 3. Brown Eyed Soul

The ultimate chill album. I love putting their album on the background whenever I’m working. Just so CHILL. Love them. I also found this album to have a more ‘throwback’ feel to it. Does that even make sense?

Honorable Mentions – 2 albums that are yet to be released, but I can definitely see them in my top 10.

GD & TOP
Big Pimpin. That is all.
Oneway – Rainy Days
Their first LP has only been released a couple of days ago, but only for retail. But judging from their debut EP, and their titular track, I expect nothing but greatest by these very talented guys.

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!

fact: men with mustaches are tough

22 Oct

G.O (Jung Byung Hee) also took up the mic by himself with his rendition of “Last Time” by Eric Benet. Proving why he was rightfully chosen as the group’s (MBLAQ’s) main vocalist, he serenaded listeners with his hauntingly soulful voice that dripped with passion through every note. Many praised G.O’s singing ability, to which the talented singer replied, “Although I may appear tough because of my mustache, I will try my best to absolve such judgments with my vocals.”

cr: allkpop

in other news.. Hwanhee’s debut solo (mini) album, H Soul is the freakin bomb. Go get it!

P.S. Going on hols for several days. Hopefully there will be internet so I can get my daily k-ent/pop news fix! ^_^

mblaq says oh yeah!

14 Oct

MBLAQ released their MV to their first single “Oh Yeah!

credit: autumnaltints

I would like to make 4 points after watching this video/listening to the song:

  1. Lee Joon got attacked by a lawn mower just before filming, hence the state of his shirt. Chundoong (Dara’s lil bro) tried to help Lee Joon but epic fail’d since his shirt got shredded too and half of his jacket was eaten up.
  2. Main vocalist, G.O (mustache guy) looks like TaeYang with a mustache.
  3. “Oh Yeah” is said a total of 94 times in this track.
  4. HyunA‘s voice still irritates me.

A hit song?  If “Oh Yeah” wasn’t repeated 94 times, and around 30 of those times were by HyunA, I would of reeaaaaaaally liked this track.  The spanish guitars are awesome, and I don’t think I detected any auto-tune in it.

What? No auto-tune? NO WAIZ!

Nonetheless, under the guidance of Rain, these guys seem to have the looks, the moves and the voices to make it big.

Looking forward to hearing other tracks from them soon!

whats new in the music scene?

14 Oct

New Section!!!  Check out my UPCOMING MUSIC RELEASES! page at the top of this site.

Share your opinions and recommendations.

music.is.my.life

^_^

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update
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omg MBLAQ, BEAST (B2ST) and SHINee have all just released their mini albums (single in SHINee’s case) today.  No chance to listen to them as at work now… (yet I have time to post haha ^_^).

Will update later with my impressions!  Post yours too!