SECRET’s Song Ji Eun Slays Her Second Solo Project, ‘Hope Torture’
October 5, 2013 5:55 am . Comments
SECRET's Song Ji Eun made a surprisingly successful solo debut back in 2011 with Bang Yongguk-assisted "Going Crazy." The brooding "Love The Way You Lie" knock-off was just supposed to serve as some reassurance to the fans that SECRET hadn't completely abandoned their edgier style following the success of the sugary "Shy Boy," but it unexpectedly topped the singles chart and TS Entertainment ended up extending Ji Eun's solo promotions to keep up with its popularity.
Considering how well "Going Crazy" did, it was odd that TS didn't actively continue Ji Eun's solo career like Cube does with HyunA, but I guess between SECRET's local activities and their ill-fated attempt to crack Japan, there was simply no time. After more than two years, Ji Eun finally returned as a soloist earlier this week with the release of a 3-track single album, Hope Torture (or "False Hope").Read More →
B.A.P’s “Warrior” Might Be One Of The Best Japanese K-pop Singles Ever
September 17, 2013 2:38 pm . Comments
There's been a few debut Japanese K-pop singles over the past three years that are memorable for all the right reasons. KARA's "Mister" is a classic and clearly the best of the bunch, but T-ara's "Bo Peep Bo Peep" also sounded better in Japanese than it did in Korean, and 2PM's cheesily amazing "Take Off" is also worth mentioning, despite being an original song.
Although the Hallyu wave in Japan has definitely died down, the serially-overworked B.A.P recently inked a Japanese record deal with King Records (home of MEG and Momoiro Clover Z) to release a local version of "Warrior". My expectations for their J-debut were low considering how tacky a lot of K-pop in Japan's been, but B.A.P's actually delivered one of the best Japanese K-pop releases I've ever seen.Read More →
Tortured Artist Bang Yongguk Returns To Instagram, Plays The Piano
August 30, 2013 8:19 am . Comments
It was a sad day for music (and all of mankind tbh) when B.A.P's talented and handsome leader, Bang Yongguk, deleted his Instagram account back in June.Read More →
Lighting Strikes Thrice For B.A.P With “Badman”
August 7, 2013 2:20 pm . Comments
Like 2NE1 and BIGBANG before them, B.A.P went for a triple-single approach for their latest comeback. It's difficult to pull off, but when it's done right it gives a group the chance to showcase multiple sides of itself. BIGBANG did a perfect job of it with their Alive promotions, and B.A.P has done the same with their new mini-album, Badman. They smashed acoustic hip-hop on the breezy, "Coffee Shop," knocked out a severe club banger with "Hurricane," and on their latest single, "Badman," they've gone all serious and experimental on us.Read More →
B.A.P Gets It Right Yet Again With Bangin’ New Single, “Hurricane”
July 21, 2013 7:49 am . Comments
The cool thing about K-pop is the way it takes bits and pieces from other music markets and then mashes it all up together into a perfect paste, but lately the genre's really taken things to a whole nother level.
Beginning around the time of SHINee's "Sherlock," K-pop's been big on stitching together different pieces of music to create complex, Frankensteinian-like tunes. Some of it's done seamlessly, like 2PM's urban masterpiece, "A.D.T.O.Y.," while other songs are intentionally jarring, like Girls' Generation's "I Got a Boy."Read More →