Girls’ Generation’s ‘Mr.Mr.’ MV Is Both Utterly Fabulous And Completely Disappointing
March 2, 2014 12:57 am . Comments
Between the "Mr.Mr." music video delay and the early album leak, Girls' Generation's comeback has been a total mess so far, but it hasn't bothered me until now. Why would it? As I pointed out in my "Mr.Mr." single review, the song is totally spectacular and continues Girls' Generation's unspoiled seven-year streak of perfect pop hits. And while the behind-the-scenes issues seem to have severely hurt the Divine Nine as far as promo and sales go, it was a non-factor to me as long as the product was good, which it was. But now the "Mr.Mr." MV is out, and now I am a little bothered.Read More →
Crappy Korean Media Publishes Crappy Girl Group Ranking, So I Made a Way Better One
February 4, 2014 1:44 pm . Comments
Korea is obsessed with random rankings, surveys, and polls. Most of it's just inane shit that isn't worth reading ("So-and-so voted the celebrity people most likely want to read a bedtime story to"), but I get a kick out of popularity rankings. The downside is that most of them are usually biased or uninformed, like the new 2014 Girl Group Popularity Ranking that Sports Chosun published today.Read More →
‘Love & Peace’: Girls’ Generation’s Best Japanese Album Yet?
December 17, 2013 7:05 am . Comments
Generally speaking, most K-pop fans tend to favour Girls' Generation's Japanese releases over their Korean ones. I don't (and I think their Korean music is underrated and under-appreciated), but I get why the more top forty-driven electro-pop of their Japanese stuff appeals to the international fans better.Read More →
The Top Ten Most Anticipated K-pop Comebacks Of October
October 1, 2013 12:21 pm . Comments
Whether it's Western pop or K-pop, the fourth quarter is always the most exciting time for big pop releases. Everybody rushes out their albums and your fave is battling someone else's fave and we all have fun little stan wars. It's great. October is looking especially juicy for K-pop this year: We've got the tarnished IU and T-ara putting out their first post-scandal releases, Taeyang and Kahi coming back after several years away from the solo spotlight, the almighty Nine Muses with their first full-length album, new stuff from underdogs like Block B and AOA, and a whole lot more.
I've rounded up the ten most anticipated K-pop comebacks of the bunch and ranked 'em all from least to best. Only the officially confirmed or strongly rumoured returns for October made the list, so that means no miss A, B1A4, Sunmi, or TVXQ.
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Girls’ Generation’s “Do The Catwalk” Is Much Better Than “Galaxy Supernova”
September 17, 2013 12:25 am . Comments
I gave Girls' Generation's new Japanese single, "Galaxy Supernova," a pretty lukewarm write-up, but it's grown on me a lot since then. However, it's nothing compared to its glittery b-side, "Do The Catwalk," which just took a leak earlier today.Read More →