T-ara's been kind of M.I.A. in Korea ever since their scandal, with the group focusing most of its energy into overseas markets instead. They revolutionized the Japanese music industry in March when they released ten different versions of their "Bunny Style!" single, and then took over America with their legendary pool party performance in Vegas. Now that they've reached the absolute pinnacle of Stateside stardom and have nothing left to achieve there, Slay-ara's back in Japan with a brand new J-pop single called "Target."
As both a country music fan and a Kelly Clarkson super stan, I've been dying to see Kelly go full-on country for years. If you read my old blog you'd know this, as I'm pretty sure I mentioned it about fifty-million times. I've always had a dream Kelly Clarkson country record in mind: A cross between the introspective Nashville pop of The Wreckers and the gutsy alt-country of Miranda Lambert, but with the flawless vocals that only the original American Idol can deliver.
Natalia Kills' 2011 debut, Perfectionist, is underrated. It's not without its flaws like the title suggests, and there's a faint whiff of The Fame running through some parts, but the GaGa comparisons were ultimately overblown and clouded people's judgement when it came to the actual music. Kills eventually put a nail through any lingering similarities to Mother Monster with follow-up singles like "Kill My Boyfriend" and "Problem," cementing her own identity as a chilly fashionista with a penchant for aggressive pop music in the process. But every bad girl has a back story, and Natalia Kills is finally ready to share hers with the release of her most personal single to date, "Saturday Night."
When I first started getting into K-pop, 4minute was one of the groups that I really latched onto. Like 2NE1, their commercial electro-pop and artificial ferocity appealed to a K-pop noob like me, who still wasn't quite ready to accept the less blatantly Western K-pop acts at that point. While I eventually grew tired of 2NE1's one-trick-pony shtick and moved on to more interesting artists, 4minute's always remained a favorite, so I was pretty disappointed when "What's Your Name?" became the group's first single that I didn't like.
When you punch Ivy Levan's name into Google images, a number of different personas will come up. There's the hipster rock chick, the striking model, and the old selfies from the aspiring MySpace artist. But none of them hold a candle to Ivy's latest incarnation as The Dame, who falls somewhere between a Frank Miller femme fatale and a retro rockabilly princess.