I trashed f(x)'s "Electric Shock" comeback to bits last year, but I eventually grew to like it in the end. I was just disappointed that 1) f(x) stopped pretending to be all hipster artsy and went the formulaic 2NE1 route, 2) the "Electric Shock" MV was the dullest most uncreative thing ever, and 3) I was expecting so much more after the weirdo teaser photos of the girls with animal heads or whatever.
Anyway, it looks like f(x) might be returning to their original cooler-than-though style with the release of their sophomore album, Pink Tape, on July 29, which was just announced through an amazingly pretentious "art film" teaser video on Youtube.
INFINITE crashed and burned earlier this year when they released the first bad single of their career, "Man In Love." Well, that might be a slight exaggeration since it was actually a huge hit and cemented INFINITE's position as one of the leading stars of the new generation of K-pop, but it was still a disappointingly dull song, no matter how successful it was. They're officially forgiven, though, because just four months have passed since "Man In Ugh," and INFINITE's already back with a much better new single called "Destiny."
Casual J-pop listeners might recognize Flower as part of the popular 28-member group, E-Girls. Unlike otaku-targeted idol acts like AKB48, Morning Masume, and Momoiro Clover Z, Flower's a talented troupe of dancers that specialize in very pretty melodic pop songs. They're currently engaged in a girl group battle-to-the-death of sorts with fellow E-Girls, Happiness, which sees both groups competing against each other by releasing singles on the same day and then determining a winner based on criteria like record sales and concert attendance (can we please get one of these for Rihanna and Beyonce?). Flower's entry into the fight, "Taiyou to Himawari" (roughly translates to something about sunflowers), premiered online late last week, and it's frickin' gorgeous.
Ailee is a total Beyonce knock-off, but she gets away with it because she's just so damn good at it. She may not be the most original songstress under the sun, but her last two singles were able to either match or surpass their source material, and the same goes for her latest offering, "U&I."