'Somehow' Makes DIA The Gangkiz of 2015 (And That's a Good Thing)
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A few years ago MBK Entertainment’s shady founder Kim Kwang-soo gave an interview about why two of his post-T-ara girl groups, Gangkiz and F-ve Dolls, had failed. Kim K chalked it down to both groups lacking ace members like Jiyeon and Eunjung and Qri, and also for being too similar to the superior T-ara.

The launch of MBK’s latest girl group, DIA, shows that the agency hasn’t learned their lesson–and I for one, am not complaining!

Now that T-ara’s toxic in Korea, MBK has decided to steal from the most popular girl group of the current generation, A Pink (a.k.a. Slay Pink).

DIA’s Shinsadong Tiger-produced debut single, “Somehow,” is straight up retro ’90s K-pop–the exact type A Pink have made their signature sound through hits like “My My” and “Remember.”

It’s common for K-pop groups to plagiarize other groups, especially when it comes to rookies, but MBK is always extra shameless about it. DIA’s outfits are copy and pasted from “My My” and “Remember,” and they also wear the loose sweater and pleated skirt ensemble that’s been a big hit with rookie girl groups this year.

On top of that, they ripped off a Lovelyz promo photo.

Half the members look plastic and not that innocent, which makes DIA come across not like another A Pink, Lovelyz, or G-Friend, but like the iljin equivalent of those groups. Bad girls that couldn’t cut it at the more reputable agencies, so they ended up at the scandalous MBK instead.

I live for K-pop plagiarism and messy girl groups with legitimately good music, so DIA’s a win for me. Their unbelievably cheap album artwork and the fact that they filmed their MV overseas in Hong Kong further cements them as Gangkiz’s successors.

Of course, this means that they’re going to flop just as hard as Gangkiz did too, but it looks like they’re aimed more at the Chinese music market anyway, so I’m not even gonna pay much attention to the Korean charts.

After all the incredible girl groups we’ve seen debut this year (April, CLC, Oh My Girl…) it was time for some more trash like DIA to join Pocket Girls and SUS4 and restore the K-pop balance between good and evil!

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  • I love the concept of a naughtier A Pink. The girls really dug into their booty choreography as well. Aren’t they supposed to be releasing a sexy single too?

    • J (Fiestar Yezus)

      That would be after they promote this one. Like a follow up promotion I believe.

  • J (Fiestar Yezus)

    I see the My My similarity but not Remember. DIA is already better. Snore pink could never. =P

    • KingBeaArthur

      I boo you.

  • Grant Williams

    YASSSS the Sus4 shoutout. Their Shake It>>>>PORNSTAR’s

  • Db

    I can’t really explain why I like this A Beige rip off, but cannot stomach A Beige no matter how hard I try.

    I’m totally here for this and whatever trash MBK churns out.

  • culchan

    They had me at Flava Flav.

  • Sunny

    song’s pretty good and image wise they don’t turn me off. I can see them getting lost in the mix due to the already overcrowded idol scene. A shame cause they’re much better than that Gfriend mess

  • byoing~byoing.

    The only reason Seunghee is in this group is because no one else can sing apart from her. She’s their Soyeon and Eunjung all wrapped in one without the acting or rbf skills.

  • KingBeaArthur

    Song is just alright. That album cover is too busy for me.

  • snailsong

    thank you for remembering oh my girl they are coming back in october plz anticipate~

    & i actually love dia’s cheap travel diary look it’s cute!

  • GagHalfrunt

    Speaking of the Chinese market, I think you’ll like Girls Summit, who I discovered in a <a href="http://onehallyu.com/topic/221217-the-official-c-idol-thread-discover-new-music/"<OneHallyu thread for Chinese idol pop. They look and sound a bit like a cheap copy of Perfume, with dance shots mixed with wistful outdoor scenes, but perhaps that’s just because they have three members. The song is catchy but the production is too cheesy to pull off the electro vibe it’s aiming for.


    From looking at the credits and running the blurb through Google Translate, I see that the song is produced by a Japanese producer called Nobuhiko Sato. The song is called Qing Qing Qing Qing and the members are Han Jia Lan , Lan Meng Suo and Tuo Yue Jiaoa (source). So now you know. :)

    • GagHalfrunt

      Apologies for buggering up the formatting there.

  • Mattey

    The comparison to Apink

    Jenny vs. Naeun– If Jenny got ps, she wanted to look like nANGELun.



    And the funny thing about Lovelyz and Dia, member Cathy of Dia (the red head rapper) was a Woolim trainee before joining MBK. So looks like we have a salty almost Lovelyz member! Hooray for her showdown with Lovelyz soon. Live for that drama!

  • adg127

    So you’re british, gay, and love trashy kpop girl groups?? I think we might be the same person.

    • Jawrsche

      Aussie, fool!