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What do you do when you’ve got nothing left to lose? In Hyomin’s case, the answer is simple: everything.

While bandmate Jiyeon went for a sensual yet understated approach with her solo single “1min1sec,” Hyomin’s solo effort, the Brave Brothers-produced “Nice Body,” is about as subtle as Bangerz era Miley Cyrus.

Bangerz’s garishness is fitting since the “Nice Body” music video borrows heavily from Miss Miley, snatching up everything from the hipster house party theme of “We Can’t Stop” to the slutty-sporty style of “23.” Hyomin also signals her transformation from T-ara member to solo star by cutting her hair short and dying it blonde, but just in case her inspiration wasn’t obvious enough, she twerks. (On another note, I can’t be the only one that noticed the similarities to Beyonce’s “Party” and/or Khia’s “My Neck My Back” videos.)

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Considering Miley’s standing as a blemished pop princess moonlighting as a professional troll, she’s an interesting choice for Hyomin’s muse. T-ara’s already Korea’s answer to Miley Cyrus as far as tabloid scandals are concerned, so Hyomin’s decision to channel the good-girl-gone-bad so blatantly can be read a few different ways. She might be using Miley as a symbol of rebellion and irreverence, antagonizing the haters just like she did with T-ara N4’s F.U. anthem “Countryside Life”; or perhaps she simply relates to Miley as a young female celebrity who’s been unfairly maligned by the media and overshadowed by constant controversy. Either way, there’s a lot more to this copied concept than your usual K-pop swagger jack.

I don’t need to tell you that the song is obviously derivative of >>>insert almost any Brave Brothers hit from the past two years here<<<, but lately Brave’s been making more of an effort to twist the template by adding different genres into his production. His current obsession seems to be various forms of elevator music; first with the smooth jazz stylings of AOA’s “Short Hair,” and now with “Nice Body,” which is a hip-hop song that also sounds like a cheesy cruise ship band trying to perform some light reggae at a wedding reception. For that reason, it reminds me more of Brave Girls’ underrated reggae flop “Easily” than any one of Brave Brothers’ recent hits.

“Nice Body” isn’t an instant gratification record like “Short Hair” or FIESTAR’s “One More”; it’s more laidback and vibey, with a hook that creeps instead of leaps. It takes a few spins to fully appreciate, but it’s hard to dislodge once it’s in your head.

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The song’s seemingly superficial lyrics have drawn a lot of criticism from K-pop fans so far, and while I’d love to defend them as some misunderstood satirical jab at Korea’s crazy beauty standards, I can’t. Not because I don’t want to, but because I just don’t get it. I really can’t tell if Hyomin’s tongue is in her cheek or not. If it isn’t, then “Nice Body” still works as a brutally honest aspirational anthem that tells us that reward doesn’t come without sacrifice. And if it is social criticism disguised as pop music, then Hyomin is an even bigger troll than Miley is.

Either way, Hyomin just dropped the K-pop song of the summer. I know we’re still early into the season and she could easily be trumped before Autumn hits, but the competition’s gonna have to bring it if they want to dethrone this smash.


  • norimix

    Nice body & nice song..

  • Brett

    Awww Hyomin’s Miley Cyrus cosplay is so kawaii (◕‿◕✿).

  • UncleFan

    Fun song… I just took it as a softer, bittersweet version of Godney’s “Work B**ch!”

  • Suzy Sooyoung

    I fucking LOVE this song. It’s such a cool production and Hyomin looks beautiful! The choreo is on point, even tho it’s simple. I hope this song is the smash on charts it deserves to be and that people put their fucking t-ara bias on the side.

  • Db

    I honestly don’t care for Brave Brothers and his recycled beats anymore. I used to despise Alone Once Again aka AOA’s Confused and Miniskirt. Even though Nice Body sounds exactly the same, my love for the song was instant, whereas it took me almost half a year to get into Miniskirt. As you’ve said, the production has a tiny bit of variation, with my favourite part being what I think is an organ. Loco’s rap isn’t bad either.

    Nice Body, Red Light and One More are what make me happy to be a kpop fan right now.

    • I think it’s an organ too. The way he’s done it is weird because it’s like this reggae polka elevator music. It’s really fresh and more interesting than his other recent songs which are easier to pinpoint genre wise.

      • Db

        It does sound like Muzak! It’s what gives the song its summer vibe.

    • redblue

      Nice Body, Red light and One More are my everyday anthem!, out of the three the best one is hyomins *.*

  • x0x_flower_x0x

    i love all song in her album

  • KingBeaArthur

    Eh. It’s still not working for me. I’ve listened to it on repeat, watched the mv + the dance ver. as well as a couple live stages and it’s still not clicking!

  • t-errorist

    I loathed everything about her solo career at first but thankfully I have seen the light. The song is so catchy and her controversial image is slaying me. She has pissed off the fatties, Block B’s 6 stans, every netizen in Korea, the wannabe netizens at Netizenbuzz, and basically everyone who has shit taste in everything. She deserves to win all of the golden disc awards this year.

    http://i45.tinypic.com/23r0oyq.jpg

    • TerriDesu

      ” the wannabe netizens at Netizenbuzz” AMEN!!

    • The Block B stans? Why? :/

      • t-errorist

        She got permission from one of the Block B members to use some of his mix tape lyrics in her songs but he wasn’t properly credited so his stans threw a tantrum.

  • James Smith III

    I’m glad someone else made te connection to Miley

  • Was I the only one excitingly waiting for the Hyorin/U-ji/Chao Adlibs after the breakdown… like all girlgroups do in bravebrothers songs… that was the only thing the song was lacking

    http://38.media.tumblr.com/c2c048556b9a51589b7bfaff5999c99f/tumblr_n1osq3uWQ31qghohqo3_250.gif

  • _craypopper

    I’ve been a huge stan for T-ara ever since I’ve read a review of yours back in the prophet blog about Lovey Dovey, I guess? But, this, I cannot deny, I’m really underwhelmed about both Jiyeon’s and Hyomin’s solo efforts. As I did enjoy Jiyeon’s never ever but it was a bit on the boring side (when will T-ara return to the upbeat songs?), Hyomin’s is all wrong. Brave Brothers needs to go dig a hole and disappear for a while, to comeback with something fresh. And this is a classic case of the other singles being so much superior than the one they choose. Fake it and Overcome are so good, I can’t even, understand how the hell this was put front in center. Oh, Hyomini, why?

  • Bojan Goranović

    This might be Miley’s look, but this is Mariah’s sound. No doubt.

  • The song is definitely a grower, though I wouldn’t call her troll, the message is just, well, it’s not a satire, it’s just meant to be like that. So that’s why it’s even funnier to watch the international kpopfags react, while the netizens go all “we hate her because she bullied that girl whose name we can’t remember, but we all agree that we want to be thin and dumb so we’re gonna buy it, and then bash her on naver”.
    I have hope for Girl’s Day (and then RaNia, DalShabet and SISTAR) to dominate this summer. :3
    2014 => best year ever for girlgroups.