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Out of all the sexy concept comebacks this year, the most memorable has to be STELLAR’s “Marionette.” Although it wasn’t as big of a hit as AOA’s “Miniskirt,” Girl’s Day’s “Something,” or even Rainbow Blaxx’s “Cha Cha,” the impact that it had and what it did for STELLAR’s career was enormous.

Thanks to “Marionette,” STELLAR went from non-charting irrelevant rookies to K-pop’s most controversial new girl group virtually overnight. The song became a top forty hit, the music video scored over 2 million views in a single week, and STELLAR were suddenly being offered endorsements, variety show appearances, magazine pictorials, and endless requests to perform at nightclubs and events across Korea. Even I was shocked at just how much they squeezed out of what was technically just a minor hit, and I’ve been a fan of the group since 2011’s “Rocket Girl.”

STELLAR were held up as an example of pushing the trending sexy concept too far — so much so that most of the sexy-themed comebacks that followed failed to drum up as much press as “Marionette” did. The concept had already been pushed to the limit, and nobody was game to take it any further.

That is, until 4L came along with “Move.”

4L, also known as ‘Four Ladies,’ is a nugu rookie group primarily made up of members from another nugu rookie group called M.O.A. M.O.A only debuted back in February –about a week after “Marionette” dropped– but they’ve already disbanded, which really says a lot about just how cut-throat and competitive the K-pop scene is.

M.O.A’s first and only single, “I’ll Call Ya,” was a hideously low budget slice of generic dance-pop with an even cheaper music video to match, but 4L’s debut single, “Move,” is surprisingly high quality (at least by bankrupt no-name agency standards).

Instead of the usual autotuned electro crap we’ve come to expect from nugu rookies, the production on “Move” is refreshingly sparse and elegant — think Bob Girls’ underrated “No Way” or the first half of miss A’s “Hush.”

It’s a tango track, with acoustics, piano, and a lot of bandoneon (or accordion), which is something I haven’t really heard in K-pop since Ga-In’s flawless Step 2/4 mini-album. While Ga-In’s “Irreversible” was quite sinister and macabre, 4L’s take on tango is extremely sensual, but still tasteful — seriously. There’s a number of classy K-divas who could’ve easily recorded “Move” without tarnishing their images, like Uhn Jung Hwa, Kim Wan Sun, or Ivy.

Speaking of Ivy and tango, can we please just take a moment to acknowledge that “Move” is better than “I Dance”? Thank you.

Anyway, for what is actually a somewhat sophisticated SEXPOP single, the “Move” music video contains about as much class as Farrah 2: Backdoor and More (the one where Farrah performs ATM, among other unhygienic acts). It’s pretty raunchy, with provocative lesbian love scenes between the members (even though the song specifically references that “Move” is about a male), and hilariously explicit choreography. It’s still tamer than Beyonce’s “Partition,” but it’s super naughty by K-pop standards.

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It’s clearly been modelled off of “Marionette,” with 4L stealing STELLAR’s outfits, font, the colour purple, portions of the choreography, and select scenes and sets from the video. They make their STELLAR theft intentionally obvious, as if to say, “Look at us! We’re doing what STELLAR did, only much worse!

To add some relevancy to “Move” they also jacked the chorus from Hyosung’s “Good-night Kiss,” but the main goal is to out-STELLAR STELLAR, and so far it’s worked. It’s only taken “Move” a few days to get 1.2 million views on YouTube, and the sexual content has earned 4L tonnes of attention on various K-pop sites.

Now, are 4L going to last beyond this flash-in-the-pan controversy? Probably not. It’s unlikely that they’re going to get as far as STELLAR did (or Wa$$up… or RaNia…), but at the end of the day, they’re still doing a lot better than M.O.A did, and that has to count for something.

“Move” is a genuinely good song, and the music video is a lot of fun, even if it is nothing more than a testament to just how impactful STELLAR’s heel turn was to K-pop this year. I don’t know about y’all, but I’ll be supporting 4L until the long-awaited follow-up to “Marionette” arrives and sweeps the nation with more fervour than Park Ji Yoon’s “Coming of Age Ceremony.”


  • KingBeaArthur

    Better than “I Dance” confirmed!

    I was shocked “Move” was as good as it was in full, the same way I was surprised by how genuinely amazing “Marionette” was! I doubt we’ll be seeing 4L this time next year, but it was nice to shake things up a little – even if it was just by copy+pasting what STELLAR had already done.

    #JusticeforRania #ThatHyosungEffect #RocketGirl4LIFE

    • Quang Phạm

      I hope Rania is making a good comeback next year. I have a feeling they’re not going around for long. It’s a shame they were the first sex-in-your-face group but didn’t gain any attention…

      • KingBeaArthur

        Exactly! I still think if they had returned in the first half of 2014 they would have finally gotten the hit they deserve! Now it feels like it’s too late for them :(

  • Steve

    Even though this is naughty. It’s still 10000x classier than G.R.L.

    I love it.

    • HavokWWE

      GRL is pretty dope. They toned down a lot, only Simone really shows off skin

  • Db

    You noticed the chorus and choreography copying too. It was so obvious and kinda lame.

    I didn’t find the song to be “refreshingly” sparse, in fact I found it to be boring because of its sparseness. It lacked any punch and was flat. The choreo was lame and standard for kpop, other than the moves that were shown in the teaser. That crab dance is like something the alien from Species would do to you to rip your head off, after she mates with you.

    Please review HA:TFELT.

  • Nicole Naeun

    I kinda hate this song due to the obvious ripping off of Hyosung’s Good-night Kiss (which is one of my fave releases of 2014), but I kinda love it too due to the reasons you mentioned above.
    But impact-wise, it did nothing the way STELLAR did to me, STELLAR got the pioneer advantage, so people including me will always remember and reference this kind of concept back to STELLAR.

    Speaking of the kweens, when are they going to come back? I’m DYING smh!

  • fens101

    The verses remind me of Volume Up

  • I don’t like the song as much as Marionette, but I prefer this video by far, I don’t know why. The dance looks more professional, the girls have a little bit more meat, and the ambient on it, I don’t know, it’s magical (ok, it’s not). Now I need you to talk about the new queen of rap, Kemy, and how the video of her group (A.Kor) has now more dislikes than any Slayon Pop video, which makes them relevant. But seriously, the comments on their videos/lives and on sites like allkflop are appalling, how can this fandom be so stupid?

    • niyahhill

      There just making her more popular.
      Dumbasses

  • James Smith III

    I love the song and cannot wait until they “comeback” with a new song

  • TerriDesu

    They’re called ”4ladies” how ironic LOL

    • niyahhill

      Ladies that pop there pussies

      • TerriDesu

        sounds fun enough to me xD

  • HavokWWE

    As far as the song goes.

    ITS CATCHY AS FUCK.

    4L might make it until next year. They’re promoting this sexy song with so much lesbian storylines and provocative dancing as a means to get noticed. I think they’re a little better than Stellar because they can all dance their asses off, sing better and two of the girls can rap decently enough. It’ll get hype, but they’ll probably only perform on The Show and Music Champion.

    As far as Kemy goes since everyone is bringing up AKOR in this post. Their agency clearly let Kemy do that track and diss to build momentum for the group once the full 5 members debut in September. It’s sad because the 3 member sub unit is very talented so they could’ve done without it, but whatever works right?

    Also Park Bom was caught with tylenol I believe which isn’t a huge deal, but I guess since she was being so shady and tried to sneak it past customs everyone is making a huge deal about it.

    Eh.

  • Suzy Sooyoung

    The video is surely saucy but I think people need to give the actual song a chance because it’s honestly SO good.
    Tho I’m not a fan of ripping off STELLAR because those kweens deserve credit for Marionette. Speaking of them when is their comeback? :(

  • Riley Biers

    LOOK AT MY GODDAMN PUSSY!!!!! LOOK AT IT!!! PLS

  • UncleFan

    I like the song, but I can’t get into the MV, believe it or not. It feels like watching a workout video… or something.

  • Guest

    So…when is STELLAR coming back? lol

  • Sunny

    song is great, video may be desperate but given the huge competition and overcrowded idol industry they are in… who wouldn’t want to out-do Stellar and get more attention? Get money bitches.